Mohasin Zishan, popularly known as Shaan Haider, is an electronics engineer and is among the “Top 0.1% Social Media Influencers” worldwide for various technology and gadget related topics and among the “Top 1% Social Media Influencers in the World” according to Klout! His blog dives into subjects relating to technology, software, social media and gadgets. His recognition as a tech savvy blogger has seen him win awards such as Microsoft’s Best Lumia Video of 2015 Award, also being nominated twice for Microsoft’s MVP Award. We had a chat to see what’s in the works next:
- When did you decide to start travel writing?
I think I started sharing my travel experience two-three years back when people actually suggested me to do that.
- Did you ever think that maybe travel writing wasn’t the thing for you?
Not much but still a bit, thanks to my laziness. Sometimes I feel lazy enough to prepare the content, finding the perfect pic to share among the hundreds I capture during my travel etc. But since I love to share my experience with others, I somehow manage it.
- Did you have any inspiration or mentors that helped you on your journey?
There wasn’t any mentor or inspiration in particular but I always keep getting inspiration from random people I meet online and in real life with their travel experiences, feedback and recommendations.
- What was the first travel experience that you wrote about?
It was my trip to Saudi Arabia. My friends were very curious to know about it, the culture, lifestyle, deserts etc. They asked me to share my experience with them and that is how it all started.
- How do you get your inspiration for the next piece or even where you are going to travel to?
Social media is an amazing thing and when it comes to travelling, Instagram is doing a great job for sure. Earlier people used to travel and visit places that are trendy and popular since decades but now with social media people are discovering new places to visit based on their interest. I always find new and interesting spots while browsing Instagram, travel blogs and even feed of my Facebook friends that I would love to visit.
- What’s the biggest reward that you get from travelling?
Satisfaction and fulfilment as a human being to see and explore this beautiful planet, different culture and meet new people. And since I am a solo traveller, it also lets me explore myself, discover my strengths and weakness and helps me developing as a person.
- How long does it take for you to get the itch and head out on another journey?
From the heart, I am a total nomad. So, it starts within few days of me coming back to my regular life after a trip. But usually it takes few months to start another trip due to my full-time job 😀
- What’s next on your Bucket List?
If all goes according to plan, I will be visiting Hong Kong, China, Macau etc. in September hopefully. So, wish me luck.
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Huge thanks to Shaan, and for all you tech needs head over to his blog. Or find him through any of the links below!
Twitter – https://twitter.com/shaanhaider
Instagram – http://instagram.com/shaanhaider
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/ShaanHaiderMZ
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ShaanHaiderMZ
Google+ – https://plus.google.com/+ShaanHaiderMZ