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Ever since we started writing Bruised Passports, we are asked a lot of personal questions. Our inbox is full of messages asking li’l things about us. So we thought we would take a break from ruminating about local customs and swooning over local food from some random corner of the world and address some of the most frequently asked questions by our readers.

 

Here’s the story of two madcaps who enjoy travelling the world, armed only with wonder in their eyes and restlessness in their souls. Hope you enjoy it :-)

 

The two of us in Croatia

The two of us in Croatia – 2012

 

 

1) When did you guys meet?

 

Let’s get the cringe-worthy stuff out of the way first shall we?! We first met when I was an overweight and bespectacled teenager and Vid was a super geek. That was 16 years ago and we were both in high school in New Delhi *sigh*.

 

Savi and Vid

The two of us circa 2007

 

2) So did the sparks fly?

 

Errr NO. To the contrary. We were great friends right from the day we met. We saw each other through high-school crushes, random dates, and other such. We started dating each other only 4 years later :)

 

Savi and Vid in Singapore

Both of us in Singapore circa 2007

 

3) So how and when did UK happen?

 

Aah this is a fun story that involves a lot of countries. Once upon a time, Vid used to live in Singapore. At the time, I used to teach English Literature at the University of Delhi and I loved my job. Vid moved to Delhi so we could be together – this lasted all of two months ;)

 

Shortly after Vid moved to Delhi, I got an amazing scholarship to pursue the degree of my dreams – Phd At University of Leeds. So off I went to England. Before I knew it, Vid resigned from his job in Delhi and landed at my doorstep in UK. Yipee :-)

 

Savi Vid in Delhi

Both of us in Delhi

 

4) When did you guys get married?

 

One fine day, 10 years after we first started dating, we decided we wanted to get married. We were sure we did not want the Big Fat Indian Wedding. The traditional Indian wedding ceremony is usually romanticised in mainstream media but it has a whole host of customs and traditions steeped in patriarchy and we don’t agree with it. Never ones to follow the herd, we opted for a really simple civil ceremony in New Delhi – the kind where you go to the court in a pair of denims, you get the idea :-)

 

We didn’t register for gifts for our wedding or accept gold (a staple at Indian weddings!). Of course our families couldn’t live without giving us a gift or two. Guess what we asked for? A Macbook, which we still use for blogging and a Nikon DSLR camera for our travels :-) These two were, without a doubt, the best gifts ever !!

 

No wedding is complete without a party. We followed our visit to the court with an epic party and had the time of our lives with family and friends. Our wedding card will tell you more about the nature of the party. Needless to say, the next day was spent curing mammoth hangovers ;-)

 

Our wedding card - the outside (left) and the inside (right) :)

Our wedding card – the outside (left) and the inside (right) :)

 

 

5) Clearly what you do is what you love:) But when do you guys actually ‘work’? Or is this full time work for you two now? Wouldn’t it be challenging to fund all these trips? Sponsorships?

 

Vid is a business analyst at University College London and I am an academic and we’re both based in London. It isn’t easy to juggle travelling and working, but the key lies in prioritising: We’ve made a conscious decision of opting for jobs that pay less than the average corporate job but are flexible and make it easy for us to take time off work. It is just about priorities.

 

We have been saving our pennies to travel to different corners of the globe for over 6 years now. Since starting Bruised Passports in 2013, we get the occasional sponsored hotel stay or holiday, but we continue to spend our own hard-earned money on travelling the world. Some people like to save, some like to splash on cars, some like to party, we love travelling. It’s really as simple as that :-)

 

Both of us in some corner of the world :)

Both of us on a tiny island off the coast of Africa :)

 

6) How do you get so many days off work?

 

The work-life balance in Europe is much better than that in Asia or America – here (in UK) everybody gets 27 days of annual leave. Add to that a handful of bank holidays (public holidays) and a generous helping of 52 weekends – that’s a whopping 140 holidays in a year. And if you are anything like us, you will make use of every one of those days to travel near or far :-)

 

7) You guys write so much about food. I know you love experimenting with all sorts of food when you travel. What about holiday weight?

 

Haha – reading this question made us giggle. Aye, we do love our food. Truth is, we eat healthy most days when we are in London (save the endless tubs of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream that are devoured over weekends, but those don’t count right? ;-) ).

 

We love our green smoothies and go through phases of juicing, but the only reason we don’t switch to a completely vegan or raw diet is because we firmly believe that experimenting with local food is the key to understanding a culture. It’s hard to think of Spain without jamon serrano, Brazil without steak, or Germany without bratwurst. We can’t help binging while travelling but we hit the gym with a vengeance on getting back. Want a sneak peak into our diet in London? Check out this post we published last week  :-)

 

Budget Cruise Deals dining Pasta

What’s Italy without pasta eh?! :)

 

8) Any advice for the first time traveller?

 

Clichéd as it may sound, if you feel like doing something, you should. If you love travelling (or for that matter the idea of travelling), you should make every possible effort to do so. You might have to sacrifice something or make compromises to travel, but as they say, nothing in life comes free. As with any other experience, it’s best to start small – maybe a weekend trip to a nearby place or a 4 day trip to the neighbouring country. This will give you an idea of how much you enjoy travelling.

 

Trust us when we say this – travelling to new places and meeting people from different cultures will give you a perspective to life that no text book can. It has taught us to be ambitious, confident, patient, sensitive, and above all, well-rounded people. In the words of Prophet Mohammed: Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled. Touché !

 

travel the world

Vid’s travel themed birthday cake :)

 

And before you go, here’s a short video of our shenanigans in London – it’ll tell you guys a bit more about us :)

 

Leave us a comment below if you have any other questions – we’ll try our best to answer them :-) We LOVE hearing from you guys !

 

If you want to read about our individual likes and dislikes, you must read Who are Savi and Vid?.

Want to see all the places we’ve travelled to at one go? Check out a compilation of our favourite photos from around the world

Want some travel fashion inspiration? Hop over to a gallery of some of our favourite outfits from around the world

 

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76 Comments

  1. I knew all this and yet re-reading it was so much fun. I like the personal touch Savi and Vid. Muaah

    • Hehe! Thanks Ratika :)

  2. OMG i’m in love with you guys!! You guys are actually living many of our dreams. Loved your wedding card :D :D
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    • Thanks Laks :) It makes us really happy to read your comments :)

  3. I really loved your wedding card! super cool! And, did you throw a party at Trafalgar Square? I love that place!

    And hey, thanks for answering my question.. you guys rock! :-)

    • Hey Deepsy,

      So glad to see you loved the wedding card – we wanted it to be fun and it did turn out that way. We threw a party at Trafalgar’s in Tivoli Gardens. I’m assuming you are talking about that place too?

  4. its great reading to this and the wedding card is plain awesome .. !! and u guys look great in 2007 photos .. :P

    • Hehe thanks Kushagr. We are not sure we look great in photos from 2007, but thanks for indulging us :)

  5. I’m a new reader, so this was a fun reading to get to know you a little better :-)
    I love your wedding card! And that cake is gorgeous! :)
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    • Thank you so much :) We can’t wait to visit Ghana !

  6. Ahhhh, I love you guys, you’re so adorable! And that’s such a cool back story :) Wish you guys many, many, mnany more happy travels!

    • Thank you so so so much Amiya :) Your comment made us smile from ear to ear !

  7. Eeee! Can I bookmark this post already? I thought I had my life pretty much all figured out (or at least, other people think they do, le sigh). But you two have inspired me to think about what I really want….and its very hard for someone to get into my head like that! I really love how you reply to almost every comment and for now, since I can’t travel as yet, I’m so loving this journey with you two, hugs <3

    • Awww Thank you so much Neer. We are blessed to have lovely readers like you. Happy to have you along our travels :)

      Hugs

  8. Loved it. I’ve always wanted to know how you guys managed to get so many holidays.. lol. And I’ve a very similar plan. Live a very simple life and splurge on travelling!

    • That’s a great plan, Joyi :)

  9. So inspiring…hats off that you have taken some tough decisions plus smart planning to do what you love :)
    I recently got married and we too are travel buffs, just sometimes budget comes in the way :D But we have managed to go on 2 big trips and a few weekend trips in the past one year. Hopefully many more to come this year. Just today we were planning a trip somewhere in south east Asia after seeing the Air Asia sale…Any recommendations? Need your help :)
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    • Hey Soujanya,

      We recently travelled to South East Asia for almost 4 weeks. We went to Malaysia, Cambodia, and Vietnam – posts will be up on the site soon but you could start looking into visiting Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, Saigon, Mui Ne (fishing village south of Saigon). We had an absolute blast :)

      Drop us an email if you have more questions. Happy travels and thanks for all the comments on all our blog!

  10. Savi-Vid…
    Have been your fan for some time….have enjoyed your blogs…..but going through your Q & A’s was really
    Good….knowing you was loving you……in fact I already loved you…..78,still fond of traveling….and inspired by your travels…….
    Presently,in Norwich,I would have some 4 days….make a choice for me…Amsterdum,Venice,Morocco or just Ireland …….or where…?

    • Hey Dharma,

      Thanks so much for all the love. We would say go for Venice :) If you can extend your holiday to 6 days, then definitely go to Marrakech :)

  11. Very inspiring! It’s nice to know how you guys manage between work and travel. It’s my biggest challenge, I can never have enough holidays.

    Didn’t know that Vid is a BA, I am a BA too!

    Cheers,
    Snig
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    • Hey Snig,

      It’s really difficult to manage work and travel, but Vid’s job affords him a fair bit of flexibility :) His job as a BA can be stressful at times (as you can imagine :)) but he gets to take time-off to relax ;)

      Cheers

  12. Love your history and story :-)
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    • Thanks Hanah :)

  13. What a great way to get to know you guys, thanks for sharing this :) It seems we share precisely the same food philosophy! I feel best when I’m drinking green juice and eating big salads but I don’t want to miss out on eating with the locals! Imagine being in Thailand and not eating the street food ;) Thought i’d share with you this post all about finding balance in my diet in Vietnam: http://www.thisamericangirl.com/2013/11/09/how-to-eat-in-vietnam/
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    • Hehe ! Cheers to that :)

      Loved reading your post :) Green smoothie gets us going too and makes us feel less guilty about binging on all the scrumptious food on our travels ;)

  14. Gawwwd.!
    you guys are soooo amazing.! The most beautiful element in all your posts has been the love, for each other, for travel, for folks and none the less for food.!
    Cheere to the togetherness!
    tons of love from this fan.! :D :D

    • Hey Gurmeet,

      So happy to read that our love for each other and for travel pours into our posts. We have the best readers ever :)

      Thanks for all the love

  15. I’m really curious to see your tattoos and stories behind it?

    • Swathi,

      Watch this space – more details coming soon in another post ;)

  16. this was the best post by far:) knowing you guys is inspiring enough!! I love to travel and ya a lot of problems comes my way when i am planning any trip, but like you rightly mentioned” prioritizing” is the key..keep the good work on guys..you both are doing great..

    • Hey Priyadarshini,

      Your comment made us smile – thanks for making our day. So happy to read that you enjoy reading our blog. We wouldn’t enjoy writing if it wasn’t for supportive readers like you :)

      xx

  17. loved this post..by far the best , nice to know you guys:)

    • Hey Rima,

      So glad you enjoyed the post. Thank you so much for your message :)

  18. You guys are adorable. and Savi i love your unkempt hair :)
    Love,
    Mehak

    • Thank you ever so much, Mehak :)

  19. loved reading every bit of this post… and so inspiring! <3

    • Thanks a lot Ritu ! this was long pending.

  20. Lovely story!
    And that has to be THE BEST birthday cake ever!! :)

    • Awww thank you so much, Zara :) Vid loved that cake – he is usually not very fond of his birthdays (weird, right ? ;)) but when he saw this cake, he could not wait to celebrate ;)

  21. Wow you guys are having sooooo much fun. I wish I was young again! I’m 71 in May and still traveling, but so much yet to see and do. I am a photographer/cimematographer and love to travel the world.
    When are you coming to visit us here in Australia? We would love to show you our beautiful country.

    • Hey Sandra,

      Thanks a lot for such a sweet comment :) We would love to visit Australia and are planning a trip for early 2015. We can’t wait – Australia is so gorgeous :)

      We’d love to see your pictures/videos – do share them with us !

      Cheers

  22. OMG!! You guys are just awesome… me and my partner got hitched just a few months back and we love travelling together. Being into full time jobs is a roadblock to our travel plans but you guys are such an inspiration. I can totally agree to the ‘priorities’ part. Gotta learn a lot from you guys… :)
    Much Love <3

    • Thanks Raman. Glad to see others out there who’re in the same boat as us :-)

  23. Hi guys!

    Reading about your travels and getting to know about the beautiful memories, makes me very emotional. I heartily wish if I can fulfill this dream to even 5 per cent.

    All the best you guys! Safe travels :)

    • Hey Yukti – thank you so so much for your lovely message. I’m sure you’ll fulfil your dream of travelling the world super soon. Much love from both of us

  24. Awww couldn’t have imagined all this while you were teaching us at the Uni. Hope you continue your life’s journey in the same unpredictable and adventurous manner!

    • Shifa so good to hear from you :-) Hehe yeah I tried not to let my personal life interfere with work at the time – didn’t want to be the resident wild child at DU ;-)

  25. I love you two!!! How do u guys manage so much travelling? And I just cant wait for u guys to come to india and blog about the intricacies in india..you two are pure love

    • Aww thanks Sowmya. Can we confess something – we’re dying to take an year or two off and devote ourselves to exploring India. It’s going to happen- watch this space ;-)

      • listen people. u gotta hurry up.! my family were planning a trip in india and i was facing so much difficulty because there are hardly any good indian travel blog. i was thinking that time ki how i wish you guys hav wrote about certain parts of india. i want to see u guys blogging about our vivacious india. pretty please:D

        • Absolutely Somya- we hope it happens soon :-)

  26. Hey ! i love this post – what a great journey you guys have experienced together ! nice photos on some of your other posts i have been reading also !

    • Thanks a ton Jasmine :-) We hope you continue to enjoy reading Bruised Passports

  27. Hi savi and vid!! Ur love story s very inspiring!! :-D As u said I and my friend travelled to paris and swizz :-) few months (tried.some crepes as u suggested in Ur blog) and now we are totally obsessed with travelling!! And we are already a foodie :-P. !! What you’ve said is totally true in each words.. Things we learn with travelling are somethings which we won’t get in textbooks.. Keep travelling and enjoy life!! :-) love you guys a little :-) :-D

    • Aww thanks Uma. It makes us so happy to know we managed to inspire you to travel :-) Thanks a ton for all the love – will look forward to reading your comments on our blog posts

  28. Teaching english at DU. I was in your class. Absolutely love reading your blogs and seeing the world through the DSLR in the hope that someday I might do the same.
    Question – best food market in London according to you?

  29. I remember being in your class at DU. Absolutely love reading your blogs and seeing the world through the DSLR in the hope that I might do the same some day.
    Any advice for good food markets in Central London?

    • Hey Dhruv- so good to hear from you. I’m so happy you enjoy reading our posts :-) Borough Market would have to be the best food market around Central London. It can get really crowded, so go early

    • PS You can also check out our list of Things to do in London Dhruv- there’s a whole section on London’s markets that you might enjoy. Here’s the link :-
      http://www.bruisedpassports.com/wheres/offbeat-london-alternative-things-to-do-in-london

  30. Loved it to the core savi……n appreciate ur generosity…..<3

    • Hey Naina – glad you enjoyed reading it :-) This was back in 2008

  31. which year you guys got married btw :)

  32. Great writeup. Sounds like a bollywood movie. Enjoy the life :)

    • Aww thanks, that’s sweet. We all have our ups and downs but I suppose it’s just about celebrating the li’l things :-)

  33. It does sound like a Bollywood movie Savi! and Kudos to your honesty. Whenever I visit your blog.. I’m in another world. You guys are living my dream ..! Stay happy guys..mmwwah
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    • Thanks Nishu – we just try and stay true to our ideology and celebrate life as much as we can :-)

  34. Reading this post made me so happy! It’s where I wana be and with the kinda person I wana be! Love u guys! Keep the great posts coming!
    Gauri
    Bombay

    • Yay – thanks Gauri. Hope you get everything you want in life :-)

  35. You guyz are truly an inspiration for me as travelling to me is just like oxygen to my cells ..have been following you in facebook for only a short time though but its enough to make a huge admirer of ur ideas and though…love u guyz…keep exploring

    • Hey Vaibhav – it’s always amazing to hear from a fellow wanderluster. Hope you continue to enjoy Bruised Passports :-D Happy Travels

  36. Here’s sending your way oodles of virtual love and respect..may u guys keep travelling eternally and keep shining bright! Your story leaves me just awestruck like i just watched a fascinating and satiating bolly movie:)

    • Thanks a million Priyanka. We’re both rebels, so we would totally be out of place in a Bollywood film :-)

  37. You guys are super amazing!
    Savi you are beautiful Vid charmer and you guys have no clue how many souls you guys touch!
    Cheers guys!

    .

    • Oh that you so much Gulnaaz. You completely made our day :-)

  38. Savi and Vid you guys are beautiful together :) May you travel the world forever!

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