One of the things I love about the Traveler Tuesday series is being introduced to travel writers/bloggers who have so many similarities with me contrasted by incredible differences, and usually with people more than halfway around the world! Divsi of Quirky Wanderer, a blogger based in Mumbai, India who describes herself as a storyteller who finds magic in starry skies cloud patterns, and loves long road trips and has a penchant for doors. [Me too!] She is a a story weaver, a travel writer, a part time social media consultant, a full time doting aunt.
Let’s meet travel blogger Divsi!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
As a kid, I spent my summer holidays with my grandparents in a tiny hamlet in the mountains. With pristine rivers gurgling and fruit orchards looming nearby, my childhood was spent in nature and I fell in love with the hills and winding roads. To add to this, was the influence of Enid Bylton whose works I grew up reading. Those Famous five adventures made me crave for my own explorations. And then road trips with my mum only reinstigated my love for travel and explorations!
 What kind of traveler do you define yourself as?
I am neither a backpacker nor a luxury traveller. I am just a traveller. I love collecting stories, experiences, frames, memories, and learnings. I will probably call myself an offbeat traveler. Someone who likes to go off beat or perhaps see a touristy place with an offbeat perspective!
 What do you love most about traveling?
The Give and Take. Travel has so much give and take involved. It’s an exchange of sorts. You go to a place: you learn, you receive so much and you give: you give back to the locals: either your perspective or your stories, a piece of yourself! You get back stories, learnings, and memories. I love the learning that conspires in this two-way exchange.
 What do you dislike about traveling?
Has to be the packing! Oh gosh. I am so bad at it that I detest it. Unlike a lot of bloggers who hate shopping, I LOVE picking up local stuff from the markets and then struggle to put it all in that bag!
 Why should people travel?
People should travel to learn. To grow as individuals and to evolve. To know how different we all are in this world and yet deep down how similar. It is such a basic learning but it helps you live your everyday lives and enriches relationships!
 What famous person would you like to travel with?
I would love to travel with Pico Iyer. His travel perspective is outstanding and I would love to learn the nuances of travel writing from him.
 Travel essentials – 3 things you always travel with
My iPhone. My camera. My diary for notes.
 If you’re a foodie, what’s your favorite food city? Do you have a restaurant recommendation?
A big-time Foodie! Love traveling to places JUST for food and love taking part in food walks to understand the local food culture at a particular destination! My favourite food cities are Jodhpur in Rajasthan and Amritsar in Punjab, India. Restaurant in Jodhpur will be Gypsy for its Thali and in Amritsar will be Kanhaiya And Kesar!
 What’s one location on your bucket list?
So MANY! I have Belize, Iceland, New Zealand, Morocco, and Greece right on the top! 🙂
 Do you have a piece of advice for bloggers starting out?
Be consistent. Be patient. Be genuine. Don’t follow the crowd and find your voice. Once you do all this: stick to it.
Divsi’s Lightning Round of Favorites
Mode of Transportation: road trips! Love them!
City or Country: Fav region: Kinnaur in Himachal , Country: India
Travel Gear: My camera.
Travel snack: energy bars ( always a huge amount in my backpack)
Book: The Kiterunner, Jonathan Livingston Seagull.
Movie: Highway ( Indian), Pursuit of Happiness
Song: All songs of Highway and Rockstar ( Imtiaz Ali movies)
How about you? What would you like to know about Divsi?
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