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We were schoolmates, friends, we dated for eons, and then got married. Our passports are full of bruises and stamps because we’ve been travelling extensively for over 12 years now! Together we’ve been to over 75 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:

 

Savi

BruisedPassports

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.

 

 

 

 Vid

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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 our Travel & 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, after saving for 8 odd years, 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 writing
  • Travel and fashion photography
  • Social media campaigns and product reviews
  • Public appearances
  • Public speaking
  • 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:

Tips for bloggers and long term travellers including financing oneself on the road

Here is an article where we answer all the questions our readers ask us all the time

You could also read Our Lives Are Changing

 

 

If you’ve made it so far, welcome to the Bruised Passports family. We have a LOT of fun here 🙂

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Do you seek once-in-a-lifetime experiences while travelling? Read our Top 10 Travel Experiences here

 

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120 Comments

  1. Lovely start! Am very happy to see this.
    Vid, stay true to steering clear of Photoshop! That’s the thin red line you must not cross.

  2. Thank you 🙂 Both sides of the Photoshop debate have merit, Vid is usually too lazy to process his photos 😉

    • I see Vid became a photo processing/editing convert in the end 😉 No shame in that guys, it makes the photos all kinds of awesome. (Plus we are all guilty of a little visual embellishment here and there since instagram right?)

      • Hey Guys,

        Yep, after 6 years of deliberation, I finally decided to give Lightroom a try :). Recently picked up a copy and playing around with it but I must admit that even with basic touches one is able to make the picture much closer to what the eye saw and not what the camera is able to capture. Let’s see how long this honeymoon period with LR lasts 😉 First preference is still to get a technically correct image.

        Hope all is well with you guys.

        Cheers

  3. He doesn’t need to!

  4. Love your looks! Keep them coming!

    • Thanks a ton Aditi- rest assured, there are loads of outfits in the pipeline 🙂

  5. Yay. I tots can relate to Savi. Nice to meet you guys! Loving your blog.

    • Yay- good to hear that – usually I’m ‘that quirky madcap’ haha 😉 Looking forward to keeping in touch

  6. Best site I came across in a long time. The quote written by Vid here fills my heart with so much pleasure that it can explode. I share the same passion of laying my eyes on world’s best scenic landscapes, setting my foot on remotest parts of Earth, just keep on going, immersing yourself in the culture of every place.
    P.S.- I do not believe in photoshop, so was glad to hear that the pics on your blog are untouched. 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Joyi 🙂 You made my day. Do share your travel stories and pictures with us 🙂

  7. You two hav totally popped out of a fantasy novel..! I cant wait to be all grown-up and go around the world and u knw….live like u r living..! 😀
    and also i love ur blog’s name…”bruised passports” …so apt..!
    when did u two start on this “lets-conquer-the-world” story..??

    PS: I love love your blog..!
    lots of wishes..! 🙂

    • Hey Arpita – your comment made the two of us feel warm and fuzzy inside 🙂 Thanks a ton. We’ve been travelling for 6 odd years now. We hope you continue to enjoy reading Bruised Passports – we will look forward to seeing your comments on our posts.

  8. Just came across ur website. Amazing work!!

    • Thanks a ton Ram 🙂

  9. One of THE most captivating travel blog that i have come across in a long time. It’s fresh, sassy and easy to connect with! Totally digging the name bruisedpassports – as an Indian couple who love to travel we can totally relate to the woes of our tattered black passports 🙂

    • Thanks Swapna 🙂 Glad you enjoy reading Bruised Passports. Urgh visa woes, don’t remind me of those 😉

  10. I loved your blog. Travelling is the best experience you can get. I love to travel to different places and seeing this blog makes me go to even more places..I love the outfits also.:)

  11. I was looking for travel ideas and came across your blog. Guys, “your baby”, as you call your blog in your video, is wonderful. I live in London too and I share the same passion; in fact, travelling and constantly discovering new places and cultures fills my heart with peace and happiness. Both of you seem like amazing people and I wish you all the best for what’s up next in your lives.

    • Hey Aicha – thanks a million for your warm note. It made our day 🙂 It’s always great to meet a fellow traveller, albeit virtually. We hope you follow our adventures on Facebook too https://www.facebook.com/BruisedPassports. Happy Travels 🙂

  12. Just stumbled on your site and loved it! 🙂

    And the video is just awesome…keep going, both of you 🙂

    • Thanks a million Sid – glad you liked it 🙂

  13. Love your blog!! both of you are travelling my dream… Enjoy the travels! and keep up the blog! 🙂

    • Thanks a ton Leona – we hope you continue to enjoy Bruised Passports 🙂

  14. Savi & Vid,
    Your passion for life is translated beautifully in this blog. The pictures are awesome. Loved the video. Great going. Wishing you both the best adventurous life ever. Keep smiling.

    • Thanks a million Mangal – connecting with a family of wanderlusters through Bruised Passports makes us so so happy 🙂

  15. Just stumbled across the blog and have to say that I love it and I think we have a ton in common, especially as far as travel style is concerned. Those feelings that you describe that are not in any guidebook are the reason I travel too, and the food and drink aren’t bad either. See you out here!

    • Hey Wesley – it’s so good to hear that. I hope our paths cross sometime in the future 🙂

  16. Absolutely love your blog! Everything is so colorful and fun, plus great travel advice!

    • Thanks a ton Ginny – hope you continue to enjoy following our adventures around the world. We’ll look forward to reading your comments on our posts 🙂

  17. Good to know more about you guys. I accidentally stumbled upon this blog while looking for road trip itineraries and totally fell in love with the fresh style of writing and the no nonsense attitude of you two. Me and my husband love to travel too…although we haven’t seen as many places as you two 😉 Keep up the good work guys!

  18. What an amazing blog you two have! I have been following your blog since few months and enjoy going through it. I have read almost all your posts so far 🙂 Each post is a delight to read. Hats off to the photographer (I guess it’s Vid, most of the time 😀 )

    Btw, we share similar interests – Food & Travel, though I’m more into Food. Do check out my blog http://www.RashCha.com 🙂

    Cheers,
    Rashmi

    • Thanks a ton Rashmi – so glad to have you along for the ride. Yep, Vid clicks almost all the photos that are on Bruised Passports 🙂

  19. Hey guys, love you website 🙂
    What camera and lenses do you guys use?

    • Hi Abhi,

      I use a Nikon D610, 28-300mm, and 50mm lens

      🙂

  20. just came Across this website while looking for Australian visa amazing to see you guys enjoying life if your planing to come to Amsterdam your more then welcome!!!

    really amazing photos 🙂

  21. hi guys,
    u guys r doing amazing.hey m planning a trip to maurutius.can u help me plan my itenary

    • Mona,

      What help do you need? Could you be more specific, please? 🙂

  22. Hi Vid
    Is that photo taken in Capetown – yjust past camps bay – heading out to lladudno – at that hotel with a great deck and spa? ( I think it’s called the 12 apostles hotel ? )

    • Hey 🙂

      No it’s at Famara beach in Lanzarote but I can see the similarity 🙂

  23. Hello guys..let me tel u first..u two are adorable..savi..u r a real freebird fashionista..and vid u r so enthusiast..went thru ur blog for d first tim…applause to u guys…ur baby is absolutly wonderful..i loved reading u guys..i m a travel addict…travelling is a family ritual..i travel 4 times a year wid my family bt hav never seen world lik u ppl hav shown thru ur baby..u guys r real inspiration..living ur dreams passionatly..u hav got a new fan today..n promise to follow u till ur last post..keep showing us d happy world..love,hugs n kisses to u guys?

    • Dear Khevna,

      Thank you so much for this beautiful message – when we saw it on waking up, we couldn’t help but smile 🙂 Thanks a lot for that!

      Much Love,

      Savi and Vid

  24. Wonderful guys, i’m hooked to your page on fb. 60 countries? how? How many countries have you visited in Europe? I’m planning Europe for my honeymoon, which 3 countries would you recommend over 18 days?

  25. Hola! I’ve been following your web site for a while now
    and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Dallas Tx!

    Just wanted to say keep up the great job!

    • Thank you – so happy to hear that 😀

  26. What amazes me is that there is not a single imperfection one can point out in the million imperfections you speak about in your video. This blog , you life i.e., to me represents happiness! 🙂 Hope you can add another 40 countries in the coming year. Much love! Shikha

    • Awww thank you so much Shikha! We hope 2016 is an amazing year for you as well.

      Much Love

      Savi and Vid 🙂

  27. Hi Sujoy,

    We have long standing partnerships with some of our favourite brands 🙂

    Cheers!

  28. In a couple of your posts you have mentioned that Vid is a coffee geek , being one myself too would like to know what all do you use to get a prefect cuppa, which beans and coffee maker for instance

    • Hey Randhir – I use a Gaggia Classic coffee machine and Mahlkonig Vario grinder at home. I experiment a lot with beans but I have a soft spot for South American blends 😀

  29. Nice blog. I do see a lot of modesty in your posts! Would love to become as popular and as humble 🙂

    • Thanks a ton for your kind words 🙂 Hope you have fun blogging and achieve your dreams as you go along

  30. Just came across your website via Facebook. Amazing photographs and places. Really great work. Inspiring!

    • Thanks a lot Kanishka 🙂

  31. I loved every bit of your blog. Im a writer and a photographer too wish to travel in the same manner as you two do. Inspiring you both are….:)

    • Thanks a million Shubhi. Hope you travel TONS this year 🙂

  32. Hey Savi and Vid,
    Amazing Job with the Blog!! You both are truly an inspiration for travel lovers.
    I randomly bumped onto your website today afternoon at my office workstation and I was actually glued to reading your blogs for almost 2 hours without realizing that I skipped my lunch break…
    Once Again, Best Wishes to both of you !!! Keep Blogging !! 🙂

  33. I love traveling and the way you guys are doing is commendable.
    Will try to follow your blog whenever time permits and also make sure more and more people from my chain come and visit your page.

    Great work done guys… all the luck for your future destinations.
    All the best 🙂

  34. I am sooo glad to find my gypsy soul alike here.. You guys are just amazing.. I bet this blog will be my go to p;ace before i plan to visit any place.. More power to u guys xx

  35. You guys are far too amazing!!! The name of the blog is so apt.. 🙂 love your style and you guys are such an inspiration keep up the good work!!!

    • Thank you so much Rita 🙂

  36. amazing Savi and Vid… i think i m in awe with everything… your blog, your romance, savi’s voice texture, her love for colors and yours for food…. i m still exploring my India… hope to step out of the same and explore other countries too… thanks for being a coupe to look up to….

    P.S- Great going…. love the smiles on your faces 🙂

    • Hey Ridhima – your little note made us so so happy. Thank you so much for reading Bruised Passports with such passion – hugs, Savi and Vid

  37. What suprised me is that there is no imperfection in your video. This blog , you life i.e., to me represents happiness and fun! Hope you can add rest of the countries in the coming year.

    • Thanks for all the love Erin – that video is a few years old and seems a tad dated now. But we still stand by all those dictums 🙂

  38. Hey guys! I randomly came across your Instagram page and after scrolling and admiring each one of your picture, I opened up your blog today and oh my my, what a blog!! It got me hooked! Loved reading all your posts. You both as a couple and as a team are an inspiration. Keep it up guys! Sending loads of love and luck your way!

    • Hey Tanvi – thanks a million for your little note. It put huge smiles on our faces. Welcome to the Bruised Passports family and I hope you enjoy following our adventures around the world. Much love 🙂

  39. I was doing some research on our upcoming Marrakesh trip and stumbled on your blog. one article after another and i am hooked! you guys are amazing and Savi you write beautifully. I have now bookmarked your site and read it just to get some travel therapy. Thank you for doing what you are doing!

  40. I loved your blog and shared it on my FB. I am a travel freak too but what you guys are doing is simply amazing. Hope to see you guys sometimes somewhere…

    • Hey Yashpal – always good to hear from a fellow traveller. Thanks for sharing Bruised Passports with your friends 🙂 Hope our paths cross somewhere around the globe

      • Sure 🙂

  41. Thanks Guys for sharing the amazing experiences, these are really helpful to many. I love your blog and I am a travel freak too, but what you are doing is simply amazing. All the best for you future trips, keep rocking.

    • Thanks a ton Yashpal – we really appreciate it 🙂

    • Sure

  42. Thank you for doing what you do. I am a big fan of your blog!

    • Thanks Gunjan – so happy to hear that 😀

  43. You two are fabulous… Really, very few people have the courage to folloe their hearts! You are the lucky ones! Keep going.. I hope you journey is a wonderful one.

    • Thanks for all the love Jill 🙂

  44. Your blog is so inspiring and sooo fresh !
    Me and my husband love to travel too but because we bought are too tied up in our works we could hardly manage a trip 🙁 Its been two years of our marriage and our honeymoon is still due !! After seeing your blog we have decided to tick off a few places too.. May be soon :)) Keep up the good work!

    • That’s awesome – we love hearing that. Hope you travel tons in the near future 🙂

  45. Wow …. It’s really nice to know about you guys

    • Welcome to the family, Sangita 🙂

  46. Your blogs and your pics shout out loud your mellifluous life. U ppl r living a fairy tale. Finding ur blog was a true serendipity for me. While reading ur blogs n watching ur pics i had a myriad of emotions….. Admiration, amazement, immense love, envy (may b a bit!! Spare me for that though), acclamation being just a few amongst them. I m an insatiable reader n trust me peeping into ur life was like reading a beautiful novel. May u carry on with d beautiful blogs as adroitly as u r ….. ❤️❤️

    • Hey Paridhi,

      Thank you so much for all the love 😀

      Welcome to the family!

      Cheers!

  47. hey ;0
    Really adore you guys.can you tell me hacks of travelling without rich budget theory?

    • Hey Shivani – a lot of our blogger friends travel on a shoestring budget or put their houses on rent and use the rent to travel the world.

      We like travelling comfortably, so we worked full-time jobs in London and saved for this round-the-world trip for 10 years. We put all our savings into travel instead of buying a houses, cars etc. But we also work full time in travel and have a host of location-independent jobs to help sustain us as we go along.You can read the articles titled ‘Who Are Savi and Vid’, ‘5 tips for bloggers’, and ‘Our Lives Are Changing’ on our website for more details about our lifestyle and some tips on making travel work full time 🙂

  48. Hey Savi and vid !
    I just came across your blog via Instagram and I am loving all the posts! I have been glued to my iPad since 3 hours now just reading your blog and watching all the amazing photos! Kudos guys, you are an inspiration? Our story is similar, the way you both met is exactly how I met my (now) husband, friends to dating to getting married and now travelling as often as possible!!
    So much love and happy travels to you both❤️

    • Thanks a million for your lil note Riddhima – so happy to hear you enjoyed reading Bruised Passports, yay. Wish the two of you a lifetime of happiness and love 🙂

  49. I am regularly reading your blogs, I love you both are travelling in a unique way.
    But Let me know one thing are you both British citizen?? or Indian citizen??

    How you manage Visas if Indian citizen?? kindly post about Visas in your coming posts for indians

    Mayuri

    • Hey Mayuri I’m an Indian citizen. As far as visas are concerned, we plan 4-6 month long legs of travel in advance and apply for all the visas we might need before setting out from Delhi/London, which are our two bases at the minute 🙂 Having an Indian passport is quite an obstacle when it comes to long term travel, but you know what they say – where there’s a will, there’s a way 🙂

  50. are you Indian or British citizen?
    If Indian citizen than how you manage all visa hurdles for indians??
    please do share experiences about visa issues

    • Hey Mayuri – I have an Indian visa. We plan our travels 6 months at a time and apply for all the visas we need in either Delhi/London before we set off for the six months 🙂

  51. This is an awesome blog! Came here from a recommendation by MrJovitaGeorge 🙂 Just curious, how old are you guys?

    • Hi Divya,

      Thanks 🙂

      We are in our early thirties 😉

  52. Hey both of you!

    I’m an avid travel blog reader and a die-hard travel enthusiast and hence, you guys are a great source of inspiration. Been on your site before but just read your story. A big salute! Your Iceland road trip blew me away. Planning my second Eurotrip with friends this July and choosing between Spain/Eastern Europe. Your site will come handy.

    Thanks a lot!

    • Thanks a million for all the love Harsh 🙂 Hope you have an amazing time in July

  53. Hi Guys,

    Have been following you on insta for quite a sometime. You make travelling look so amazing. Keep it up.

    • Thanks a million – so happy to hear from you 🙂

  54. Hi Savi and Vid,

    Have been following you guys on instagram for a while now and must say that I am in love with your content and stories. I hope you guys never cease this journey and keep sharing your experiences with us.

    PS: Savi, your smile wins my heart!

    • Aww thanks a ton for all the love Supriya – so happy to see you here 🙂 I hope you continue enjoying our adventures around the world

  55. Hi sari/vid
    Just happened to come across your account on instagram(one of your pics on explore), then to your travel blog. Great work . Wish I had known this blog few years ago.
    Loved the photos, lovely shots, vibrant outfits, your photos are like treat to eyes.
    I have started following you guys on instagram.
    I am sure I will like reading your blogs too(whenever time permits from 2 young kids). We live in Canberra, Australia.
    Hubby & I did bit of travelling in Australia and visited NZ before we had kids.
    We plan to do caravan/campervan trip either in south island(NZ) or northeast Aus. Hopefully in couple of Years.
    Your blogs will be motivation for travelling.
    Amazing work, all the best to you both.
    Regards

    • Hey Himabindu – so good to hear from you. Extremely happy to hear you enjoyed reading Bruised Passports. Happy Travels to you guys 🙂

  56. How do you manage travelling and work?

    • Hi Teja,

      We worked and saved for this round the world trip. Now, we work full-time in travel and have location independent jobs through which we earn money to travel 🙂

  57. Hi i am still unemployed. But, i have a thirst to travel the world but how can i do it myself. Financially i don’t want to trouble my parents. I want to do it all by myself but even if i get a job how can i save time and money. Also, you guys are exceptional and extraordinary. Lots of love and keep travelling and ispiring us.

    • Hi Naina,

      Thanks a lot for your kind words. It’s best to get a job and then save money to travel. We saved for travelling for 10 years before we decided to move towards travelling full time. It’s not easy, but if you are really passionate about it, it can be done 🙂

  58. Hi Savi and Vid,

    Me and my spouse have been following you on Instagram via name “Tripper Tales” over a while now.You both inspire us a lot. Totally in love with your travel photographs and stories.And no doubt the tagline “Bruised Passports” is unique and perfect. Keep travelling and keep inspiring us:)

    • Hey Saumya,

      Thanks a lot for all the love and support.

      Happy travels 🙂

  59. Me and my girlfriend loves your pictures..
    We wish to travel across the globe ..hopefully..

    Keep up the good work !!

    • Thanks a lot guys – hope you get to travel tons soon 😀

  60. Hey guys!
    Been following you guys on insta for some time now. Love everything about Bruised Passports ever since I’ve known it. I’ve often mentioned in my comments but still saying it here too, you guys are way too gorgeous and always look to me like, out from some storybook. Absolutely surreal.
    And just one more thing, that is best about you two is, how you guys always read each and every comment and manage to reply back.

    P.S : I like Savi more than Vid because she is so endearing and bubbly. And I can understand her love for all those fancy words and the luxury they provide(being a literati myself)

    Suitcase full of love for you two.
    From a fangirl.

    • Hey Drishti,

      Thank you so much for such a beautiful comment – it put huge smiles on our faces 🙂

      If our readers can take the time to leave comments, we can surely take out time to reply to them 😀

      Much love
      Savi and Vid 🙂

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