Over a cup of coffee with Stayzilla, meet travel blogger, Bidisha Banik, from the picturesque land of mountains and rivers, Sikkim. After completing her education in Gangtok, Kolkata, and Dehradun, Bidisha went on to work in the corporate sector for about two years. Having inherited love for travel from her father, Bidisha quit her job and took off to pursue her dreams to travel. Fueled by her family and friends’ motivation, she created a blog and became a full-time traveller. With her blog, Resfeber18, she hopes to bring attention to the beautiful, idyllic, offbeat locations that exist in India, for travellers.
Let’s get to know more about Bidisha over a cup of Coffee with Stayzilla.
DESIGN CREDITS: ARAVIND AZHAGAPPA
Traveller | Adventurer | Blogger at Resfeber18
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Coffee With Stayzilla: A Conversation With Bidisha Banik
1. Resfeber18 is an interesting name. What was your inspiration behind creating this blog?
Resfeber is a Swedish word that describes the anxiety one feels before embarking upon a new journey. Haven’t we all experienced such excitement before setting off on a new adventure? The number 18 is a ‘hereditary lucky number’ that runs in my family. (she smiles). So, that’s how Resfeber18 got its name.
2. According to you, what is the most challenging part of full-time travel?
Full-time travel comes with its challenges. It is the safety that worries female travellers. Full-time travel is nothing like working in a corporate organisation. There are financial uncertainties that one has to overcome. Some months you may earn enough to fund your next trip and some months, you just learn to live with what you have. Traveling this way teaches you how to manage your finances effectively. Oh, and not to mention the lot of explaining you have to do at social gatherings with relatives and nosy neighbours who don’t understand a thing about your work and the intense question of ‘settling down in life’. (she laughs)
3. What do you enjoy most about travelling? Share an interesting experience from your travels in India.
I am an overly emotional being. I fall in love with places way too easily, but it’s the people I meet on my journeys and sojourns that keep me hooked to traveling and blogging. I was in Darjeeling, some time back and I noticed a shop by the road that had awesome sneakers. I kept going back every day to the same shop, but somehow, I never bought anything. Before I left, I went back to the shop to buy a pair of lovely denim sneakers. I met the humble couple who ran the store. During a conversation with them, I learned that the man, originally from Delhi, had visited Darjeeling 24 years ago and fell in love with this beautiful Tibetan lady from Darjeeling. They got married and he never went back to Delhi. I mean, how amazing is that?
These people were so lovely, warm and genuine, that I fell in love with them. I was leaving on 15th August and there was a huge rush while getting a vehicle to Siliguri. The kind gentleman from the shop called me and asked me if I found a cab. They offered to take me to their home. Would you believe that? Someday, I hope to go back and live with them.
There’s so much love in this world and we are sadly trapped in the brutal realities of life. It is important to understand that hatred or extremism does not solve problems, no matter how big the issue is. Love conquers all and I believe, I fall in love with places because of the people I meet.
4. Which one would you choose and why?
Treehouse | Jungle House | Boat House | Hilltop House | Beach House | Tent | Skyscraper
Well, I would choose all if possible. But, I have been really wanting to experience the tree house in Pench National Park. But if you ask me my favourite, it would be a hill-top cottage far, far away from the maddening crowd of the cities. I have lived a large chunk of my life in the mountains in Gangtok. My home is also on a mountain top with a crystal clear view of the Kanchenjunga range. I wouldn’t trade that for anything in the world. (she smiles)
5. What is your most memorable holiday stay experience other than a hotel or a resort?
I love people and I love their homes. Hotels and resorts are fun, but a Homestay is the best. You become a part of the family. I was in Bhutan in April 2016 and I stayed at a friend’s home. The house was simply a fairy tale, with flowers, plants, and shrubs all around. It was just the beginning of spring and the flowers had just started to bloom. My friend has the most adorable German Shepherd ever, who loves to cuddle.
The entire family was the most loving and compassionate people I have ever met. Aunty cooked the best of Bhutanese and Nepalese cuisine and Uncle would give me detailed information about the places I should see. They were the most humble and modest people I have ever met. The hospitality and care received in Thimphu was out of the world and not for a single moment did I feel that I was away from home. (she smiles)
Bidisha’s Coffee With Stayzilla was exciting and we wish her best for all her exciting adventures.