Shayan was born in Islamabad, Pakistan but raised in Thailand. Growing up, studying and now working in Bangkok, he’s got a pulse of the city in his veins. He currently works full time at the Asian Institute of Technology as a Marketing Manager and also freelances as a marketing consultant and writer for companies around Bangkok. However, this doesn’t deter him of fulfilling his adventurous persona as he always makes time to visit the next big event, dive into oceans, climb rocks or practice his parkour skills. He shares the love of travel with his wife Kanika.
1. What inspired you to start your blog?
After going on my mini honeymoon to Koh Samui and then on the actual honeymoon to South Africa, my wife and I decided to start a travel and lifestyle blog. We thought we are starting a new journey together, why not document it and also help others with tips and advices. Also, it gave us an opportunity to force ourselves to break away from monotony of everyday life and add a bit of Dose of Life, which is how we came up with the blog name. =)
2. Do you prefer solo travel or with someone else?
I have never solo traveled and wish I did when I was younger. Now that I’m married and we did star the blog together, we travel together and wouldn’t have it any other way.
3. How often do you travel?
I work full time in Bangkok so whenever I get the chance. Long weekends, public holidays, I take days off. There’s no real number and no rush. As long as I’m constantly doing something or moving. Days I’m not traveling, I go and explore the nearby towns or communities in Bangkok.
4. What’s the longest you’ve been away from home?
Before getting married, I visited my wife (girlfriend at the time) in Singapore, while she was studying there. I lived with her for a month or so. Otherwise our travels usually last anywhere between 7-10 days.
5. What travel scams have you experienced?
Just recently we fell for a scam in Cambodia. It was a really bad and disheartening one.
6. What was your most embarrassing moment while travelling?
Before going to South Africa, we were told to be careful. That it’s a dangerous country and people get killed/mugged on the streets. So we are in our car on the way to Sun City and the driver pulls up to the gas station. I step out to take a fresh breath of air and stretch my arms/legs. I see an African man point at me and starts charging at me. He’s exclaiming. I freak out and ran inside the car and tell my wife to lock the door. He comes up and goes “hey do you want to buy a belt?” I was so embarrassed because I let stereotypes and ignorance get the best of me. And I know how THAT feels being a Pakistani. I never want to be the same with other people.
7. If you could move anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Oh let’s not open up a can of worms. So many places! I can tell you where I really want to visit right now…ICELAND!
8. What can’t you travel without?
My gadgets – phone, music player, camera, etc. I’m a tech freak.
9. Do you prefer to walk, take public transport, or take private transport?
Bit of everything. If the weather is nice, I’ll walk. Public transports are the best but sometimes I fall back on convenience.
10. If you could offer your readers one piece of advice, what would it be?
Stop worrying what other think and live life like it is your last day. I just wish I would take my own advice :p
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