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We were schoolmates, friends, we dates for eons, and then got married. Our passports are full of bruises and stamps because we’ve been travelling extensively for over 10 years now! Together we’ve been to over 65 countries and hundreds of cities. But it was only seven years after we first started travelling together that we decided to start our own blog to pen our favourite things about the world for fellow travellers. Bruised Passports has our all details you would need to plan a trip to a new country. But Bruised Passports isn’t just about travel.
It’s about love and looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses. We’re both hellbent on questioning convention, chasing true happiness, and phasing out the negativity and clutter that define modern life. Nobody’s life is perfect but focussing on the positives just leaves us with so much more time and energy to engage with things we love and pelt the ONES we love with hugs and kisses 🙂 Here’s a bit more information about us:
I am an academic with a PhD in visual arts and literature. Even my pedantic self believes that in a world saturated with visual media, what you wear is as much an expression of your personality as what you read, eat, or watch.
I despise conventionality as much as I love colour, mismatched socks, and messy hair. I cringe at labels but if I had to describe my style, it would be bohemian, with a quirky edge. I cherish eccentricity – be it in literature, films, or clothes.
I’ve always maintained I’m a bit of an urban gypsy- a confluence of my travels. I love amalgamating ethnic elements, experimental clashes of materials and colors, flea-market finds, and avant-garde trends into fun outfits. I blog about the outfits I wear when I’m travelling. Expect the ‘wears’ section of this blog to be a eclectic mushball of bright colours, kohl-rimmed eyes, unkempt hair, wander lust, and sun-hazed locations.
I remember Alex’s dialogue in A Clockwork Orange (one of my favorite films): “Oh bliss! Bliss and heaven! Oh, it was gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh. It was like a bird of rarest-spun heaven metal or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now. As I slooshied, I knew such lovely pictures!”
That’s how ecstatic I feel while travelling. It might be clichéd but I’m most alive when playing vagabond, with Savi for company. The thrill of finding that hidden alley, sleepy tapas bar, secluded beach, or ruins which cannot be found in any travel guide is second to none. I love documenting these treasures with my Nikon D 610, Nikkor 50mm f1.8g, and Nikkor 28-300mm f3.5 – 5.6 VR lenses. If you are new to Bruised Passports, I’d recommend having a look at ourTravel & Fashion photographs. I’m a coffee geek and a keen purveyor of Third Wave coffee- expect the occasional rambly post about types of coffee and best cafés in Timbucktoo and the rest of the world.
Our travel style:
We love exploring a country in our own unique way – you’ll find us meandering down forgotten alleys, spending hours in crumbling buildings, or days trying to find the perfectly-baked croissant. We have a soft spot for offbeat and romantic travel, luxury accommodation, local experiences and culture, and fine dining.
Here’s a short video that will help you get to know us a bit better:
Sustaining ourselves on the road:
We were both born in middle-class professional families, so we’ve spent most of our lives educating ourselves as much as we can and working hard. In 2015, we quit our jobs to become full-time travel bloggers. Full time travel blogging is an extremely demanding, yet fruitful, job. We spend over 8 hours every day penning detailed destination guides, clicking high-quality photographs, answering all our readers’ queries and responding to every comment on social media. It’s time-consuming but we love every bit of it because we are passionate about travelling, writing, and sharing our experiences 🙂
We work as a travel photographer and travel writer duo to sustain ourselves while we are on the road. Our articles and photos are published in a number of renowned magazines, newspapers, and online portals including BBC Good Food Magazine, National Geographic Traveller, and The Huffington Post. We’ve also appeared in a number of TV shows on Discovery Channel and TLC Asia. In addition to this we have longstanding relationships with brands, who occasionally host us while we travel. Some of the ways in which we earn money include:
Travel and fashion photography
Social media campaigns and product reviews
Social media consultations
All the money we earn goes back into financing our travels. Some people like to save to buy a house, some like to splash on cars, some like to party, we love travelling. It’s really as simple as that. If you want to read more about our lifestyle, check out these 3 articles for some leads: