What’s behind Travel Bug Diary?
As we move into the New Year 2019, we kick-started our segment by speaking to someone gorgeous, bold, trendy, and ballsy. Fenu Weeraperuma travels for a living and has an Instagram account that’s super “in scene”.
She loves travelling the world on her own, and lucky for us, she loves sharing stories of her travels with the world. Sporting bright coloured highlights and killer style, Fenu shared stories of her adventures with The Sunday Morning Brunch. Read on below to find out more.
What got you into travelling and sharing your travels on Instagram?
I work at SriLankan Airlines as cabin crew, so I’ve gotten the opportunity to travel quite a lot and I’ve been to 50-60 destinations in total now. I usually make it a point to make the most of my travel schedule and visit the destinations I go to on my trips as well, and since I get a lot of great opportunities, I thought I’d share it with the world. Travelling has always been my greatest passion, but I started travelling this much, because of my job, which is one of the main reasons I took it, because I basically get paid to travel and do what I love.
What is your personal style of travelling?
I usually travel alone, because I have a bucket list of things I want to try out in a destination and very little time, so it’s easier to travel alone and fulfil them. So, I usually land in a destination and meet the locals and get their recommendation of the best ways to experience the city and the must-dos. And I’d jump on the nearest and most convenient public mode of transportation (I love travelling by metro) and just explore. I don’t have a category which I prefer like trekking or shopping, but I love to experience a city for what it is and its culture and usually try out places which are not really in trend or what most people do.
What is the best trip and worst trip you’ve ever had?
I don’t really have one best trip, but I think the best thing about travelling, especially since I usually travel alone, has to be meeting new people. I usually ask locals where to eat, what to do, and what not to do and travel based on what they say and in this process, I meet a lot of amazing people and get a really good feel of the culture, which is the best part of any trip.
The worst experience has to be travelling in Bangladesh. It wasn’t really one incident per se, but the entire feel of the country. People were not friendly, and it wasn’t the best of places to walk around, especially alone. It was even difficult to do something simple like crossing a road. Tuk tuks would honk at you and try and run you over, and people judge you and make unpleasant remarks and it was all in all a very unpleasant experience.
Well up next is Manali, in India, which is this really beautiful, scenic town near the Himalayas which I’ve heard is really beautiful in winter.
Must-dos in Sri Lanka?
Personally for me, no matter how many times I’ve been there, whenever I have some free time, I love to drive down to Galle. I usually spend the day just walking around, having lunch at Crepe-ology at the Dutch Fort and just chilling. I love the drive, the vibes, and everything about Galle. On my way back, I usually drive down to Unawatuna to enjoy some sand and sea.
Any advice for other young travellers like you?
Travel as much as you can and don’t be afraid to travel alone. Nowadays you don’t really have to spend a lot when you travel. So get started and travel and you will see just how much fun and experiential it is.