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Hola internet friends πŸ™‚

 

Over the past year and a halfΒ we’ve written a couple of personal posts (We answered all your questions and Savi wrote a monologue on turning 30), so we thought we would begin 2015Β with yet another one of them. Savi’s travelling alone at the minute, so it’s the perfect opportunity to spill the beans on the dirty facts you don’t know about her and all the nice things you don’t know about me πŸ˜‰

 

If you’ve been reading Bruised Passports for a while, you would know both of us like packing light, I need goodΒ coffee and my camera to function normally. Savi loves colour, books (the more, the merrier!) and has a serious soft spot for indie and ambient electronic music. She also needs a steady supply of long bear hugs or she deteriorates into a grump ball.

 

But here are the 10 facts you don’t know about us πŸ™‚

 

1) Savi loves cooking

Savi dishes the yummiest food EVER and loves experimenting with different cuisines. We usually take turns at cooking during the week but Savi takes Β to the kitchen with a vengeance anytime she’s stressed because she finds cooking therapeutic. No wonder I came home to 3 course meals everyday during the most stressful phases ofΒ her PhD – can.not.complain! πŸ˜‰

 

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Savi’s molten chocolate cake on a bed of espresso creΜ€me

 

 

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Oak-smoked salmon, cream cheese, and Caviar in home-baked croustades – See I wasn’t kidding!!

 

2) My superhuman abilities include never saying no to food

If one loves cooking, the other one has gotta like eating right? Fortunately for us, I LOVE eating.Don’t be fooled by myΒ lean physique (or so I would like to believe haah!) – IΒ can never say no to food. IΒ love everything from beef steaks to smoothies but I have a serious weaknessΒ for Thai food and cheese (Cheddar, Emmental, Gouda – you name it!)

 

I have a serious soft spot for cheese
I have a serious soft spot for cheese

 

3) Savi’s pet peeve

It’s very hard to get Savi riled up – she’s a happy person. But there are things that bug her to no end and slow wi fi is one of them. She’s happy without an internet connection but slow internet? Oh no!! She has an irrational fear of internet connections where she can’t stream videos, watch a movie, upload photos on the blog, and read an article or two all at once. Cue sentences like ‘I wanna throw my Macbook out of this window’, ‘Can’t we reset the router again?’ and long grunts – haha!! πŸ™‚

 

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Slow internet? It’s a good thing that laptop didn’t end up in the sea πŸ˜‰

 

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Said Savi to no one ever! πŸ˜‰

 

4) Obsession much?

You might know I’m a coffee geek. I usually buy green beans, roast them, and grind them at home. Over the years I’ve experimented with dozens of blends and developed a deep-rooted love for Colombian beans. I love the smell of well-roasted coffee beans and can distinguish between beans from different regions with closed eyes – yep, I’m not proud of it πŸ˜‰

 

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Good coffee is a thing of beauty!

 

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Roasting coffee beans at Lux Belle Mare’s roastery in Mauritius

 

 

5)Β Savi’s a crybaby!

Savi might be Bruised Passports’ giggler-in-residence (that’s a thing, did you not know?!) but she’s the biggest crybaby EVER. It doesn’t end there. She never cries in front of strangers, only in front of people she really REALLYΒ loves. You know what that means – Sid (her brother!) and I are the lucky ones – we get to experience the waterworks ever so often. Such a good life πŸ˜‰

 

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Smiles? Errr …..

 

 

 

6) The sporty stuff

You guys know I’m obsessed with travelling to new countries but did you know I love playing cricket and football? I used to play cricket in school and represented Singapore’s national cricket team. It just doesn’t stop at cricket though – football and I have quite the history. I used to play for a club in Singapore and although that stopped when we moved to UK six years ago, the physical act of playing was replaced by countless hours spent in front of the TV watching Barclays Premiere League matches week in & week out. Add some amazing friends and tons of beer to the equation, and you have the perfect recipe for a great BritishΒ evening out πŸ™‚

 

Vid's football club in Singapore :-)
MyΒ football club in Singapore πŸ™‚

 

7) Our most forgotten item on holiday?

People forget toothbrushes, swimwear, and sunscreen but we always forget to pack a comb on holiday. I have only Savi to blame. She claims she hates preenedΒ hairstyles but this bohemian wild child business is all an elaborate facadeΒ for laziness, I tell ya! πŸ˜‰

 

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Next time you see hair like this, you know the reason for it πŸ˜‰

 

8) Things that make her go ‘Grrr…’

As I said, Savi is the least confrontational being on the planet and it’s hard to make her furious. But she getsΒ REALLY worked up when people resort to stereotypes or express homophobic and/or patriarchal sentiments. AΒ lecture on warped stereotypes and cultural conditioning usually follows.

 

Known triggers include sentences like “every girl waits her entire life to plan her wedding”, “let’s buy a doll for their baby girl”, “boys love their fast cars”, or “That’s such a gay thing to say”.

 

Now you know exactly what to say if you ever want to get into her goodΒ books – err NOT! πŸ˜‰

 

This jumping monkey doesn't take kindly to patriarchy, oh no!!
This jumping monkey doesn’t take kindly to regressive ideologies, oh no!!

 

 

9) Divide and Conquer

Did you know we work like clockwork when we’re planning a trip? We decide on a country together. Savi chalks out the itinerary, looks up fun places to stay, and loads our ipod with music for road trips. I’m in-charge of applying for visas, making sure our paper work is in order, renting cars on holiday, and researching about the best restaurants and street food haunts (did you not read point #2 πŸ˜‰ )

 

These 2 ninjas work well together ;-)
These 2 ninjas work well together πŸ˜‰

 

10)Β Our (not so) secret baby

The thought of having a baby (or even a pet!) always scared us because it would mean metamorphosing into responsible mature adults. Then we conceived our crazy baby – Bruised Passports.

 

We’re both control freaks, so our little space on the interweb takes a lot of work – more than you could possibly imagine! Such a demanding baby this one πŸ˜‰ We spend over 100 hours a week making sure little elves run this website seamlessly – everything from selecting and resizing photos, curating photos on social media channels multiple times a day, writing articles that are relevant yet interesting, responding to comments and emails, and maintaining the website itself. Don’t even get us started on the time it takes to conceptualise campaigns, shoot photos, or hone articles. But we love every bit of it.

 

Occasionally we squabble over it, we go through phases of not being motivated enough to pen lengthy accounts of our travels,Β we grumble about the long hours, and then we read your comments and your feedback, and they bring the biggest smiles to our faces. You guys ALWAYS brighten up our day with your comments and we love having you along for the journey πŸ™‚

 

Did you know your comments and feedback make us really happy? :)
Did you know your comments and feedback make us really happy? πŸ™‚

 

 

Did you enjoy reading this article? Leave a comment if you want us to write more personal posts – don’t forget to leave one fun/weird fact about yourself in the comments below. We’d love to know moreΒ about you too πŸ™‚

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Want to know even more about us?

  1. Read 10 Things You Don’t Know About Us Part 2
  2. Check out Who Are Savi and Vid πŸ™‚
  3. We answered all YOUR questions in this post
  4. Savi wrote about her goals in life in this postΒ 
  5. Subscribe to Bruised Passports’Β You Tube channel and follow our adventures around the world

146 thoughts on “10 Things You Don’t Know About Us

  1. much love to u guyss <3 !!! well written .. m not into reading much but i loved reading it !! m amazed that how can a text be sooo well written !! amazing photos !!! Savi's cooking skills may be great but she has got the best dressing skills int he world !!! πŸ˜€ . enough said !!! πŸ˜‰

    1. Aww thanks Kushagr – I need to show your comment to Savi. It’ll definitely make her feel better about all her secrets being out in the open πŸ˜‰

  2. Ohhhh this ismarschmellowsweetness! You are SO salt&pepper, chocolate&coffee! A trully inspiration!
    I wish you and your (not secret) baby a lot of happiness, and I hope I get to hang out with you soon!

  3. Vid, this is such a fun and touching post. I loved knowing little details about you guys but I also loved the way you know Savi so well. Wish you guys lotsa love and best of luck for the baby. Muuaah..

    1. Thanks Surabhi – so glad you enjoyed reading it. We’ve known each other for 17 years now, so I could probably pen Part II and Part III as well πŸ˜‰

  4. Hey guys..love u even more!! Seems we can have endless chats if ever we get a chance to meet!! Let me know whenever u r coming to Delhi next, it would be exciting if u could come n stay with us!!

    1. Aww thanks Shipra – that’s very generous of you. We should definitely meet – we might just arrange a meet-up in Delhi this year πŸ™‚

  5. lovely! how colorful, healthy, and happy! loved the article. fun facts. feeling all happy, positive , and inspired after reading.. please keep writing!!

    πŸ™‚ love!

  6. Oh my God, this was such a fun post to read! Love knowing these little facts about u guys… I can so relate to the cooking-is-a-stressbuster thing πŸ™‚
    BTW, I saw your Iceland video and that was the best of you guys, I must say. Simply brilliant and u made me wanna pack a bag to Iceland right away! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks a ton Ramya – I’m officially handing over the writing at Bruised Passports to Vid after this post πŸ˜‰ Iceland is so gorgeous – did you watch our Finland video too?

    1. Hehe Shikha I have nothing against girls who dream of perfect weddings, I’m just wary of the impulse to group all womankind under one homogenous umbrella πŸ™‚ Where did you go for your honeymoon?

    1. Hehe good to know there’s someone else out there who thinks combs are overrated – you’re my soul sister Christine πŸ˜‰

  7. I just love your blog and loved this post!
    Very well written…wish I could get a guy like you πŸ˜‰
    bless you both…and keep such stuff coming!

  8. Wow! That’s some mean cooking skills Savi’s got! And coffee lover Vid, I am sure my hubby will identify with you. πŸ™‚ That’s one fact about him…both of us are perfectionists and can be very critical about each other…lol! That means lots and lots of pet peeves πŸ˜›

  9. You too couple are so very cute. πŸ˜€
    I wish me and my girlfriend have a sweetness like your,
    i would suggest you make a blog for a good relationship.
    And once you’ve done im the first one who read that blog. haha
    anyway thanks for your sharing stuff like this.
    keep it great ! πŸ™‚

    1. Aww Aijika that’s the sweetest thing we’ve heard in a while. We wish you and your girlfriend all the happiness in the world πŸ™‚

  10. l love knowing Lil details abt u guys..such a happy n passionate couple n really hopelessly in love too…I wud lv to travel to different place through ur eyes n experience things through you…stay blessed n stay happy…

  11. Hi Savi/Vid…u guys are living my fantasy! Hope your wonderful journey never ends! Will be following you’ll wherever u’l go…virtually, of course! πŸ˜‰

  12. Hi, What an interesting read and very real! Very happy to come across Bruised Passports. actually I was part of Savi’s tutorial class during MA in Venky college. she is a remarkable teacher and amicable too. so I am doubly glad to know more bt my teacher.

  13. You guys make my day. every morning i wake up and read at least one post on Bruised Passports before getting outta bed. It’s amazing that a person who is so busy takes out time and cooks so yumm food. It is very touching that you guys know each other so so well. I jus hope you guys keep travelling and stay healthy and happy forever……and keep writing posts. I’m a fan of Vid’s photography btw. My dream is to take pics as stunning as Vid captures…

    1. Dear Sindhu,

      So sorry for the late reply – we have not been blessed with good internet the last 2 months (no complaints ;-)) Your comment made our day – thank you so much. We hope you will continue to read about our adventures and enjoy Vid’s photography, for there are a million more pictures to come πŸ˜‰

  14. Just came across your blog today and withing 30 minutes fell in love with you guys and the blog. I am going to keep an avid eye on this and use loads of tips and tricks for my next trip to Prague, Budapest, Vienna and Salzburg in December. Keep rocking guys!!!

  15. Savi and Vid…
    You Guys provide some serious inspiration to peeps out side so whenever the long hours get to you just think of how much everyone looks forward to everything you post!!! You all have no idea that after I accidentally stumbled onto your blog I have ensured that my entire circle of friends and family and acquaintance and anyone I know with even a slight wanderlust has been asked to follow you guys and your adventures…I admire and Love you guys…You 2 are ADORBS!!!!

    1. Neha!!!!

      That is the sweetest message we have received in the longest time – you are right, just reading this message puts such huge smiles on our faces πŸ™‚

  16. Wow… What food! Yum! I love Savi so much after this post. Offcourse, I love you too Vids. How about adopting a traveling kid like me. I promise, I will be a good child πŸ˜›

    1. Hehe thank Deepika – welcome to our ever-expanding family πŸ˜‰ Savi does dish up some scrumptious food πŸ™‚

  17. I know Savi Mam since my college days(venky). Used to adore her dressing style that time more of Fab India Sarees and the way she carried herself. During lectures she used to take maximum attention:p
    Since the time Bruised Passport started i have been following it. All the travel stories are so exciting to read and more than that i just love every outfit she wears.
    i totally adore both of you as a couple.
    Thank you for such wonderful posts πŸ™‚ make my day !!

    1. Hey Pooja – Vid showed your comment to me and I had to say thank you. I remember you well and think of those days at DU fondly πŸ™‚ Thanks for all the love, you’re super generous. Bear hugs, Savi

  18. believe me when i say this !!! i am reading this 2nd time and there you go !! i find everything new !!! like how do you do this !!! such INTERESTING PEOPLE !!! do these kinds of homo sapiens really exist ?? πŸ˜‰

  19. Very well said Vid.
    I know you have heard this a million times, but here’s one more time – i simply love your posts. Have been an arm chair traveler with you both for ever now. Keep on writing guys and more power to you both !

    1. Thanks a million Nakul – always love hearing from you. I hope we’ve persuaded you to go travelling in 2016 πŸ™‚

  20. Wow!! This is truely amazing.. Came across your story through a recent ‘yourstorytv’ article. Did go through a few articles posted here. Well written and those pics… maan, those are simply superb. I am sure you guys are truely living your dream, aren’t you?? Good luck guys..please plan a meet-up in BLR soon…

  21. Savi and Vid , I luved you guys from the title itself , it’s just 1st article and m sure m going to end up reading every bit of bruisedpassport. My daughter is also passionate for travelling , told her to read you guys and dream to travel with her across the globe.keep going SV.

  22. Only today I discovered your page. Great write up and also very happy to see suh an excellent couple together living out their dreams. Great. Travelling and reporting is a long cherished passion which I couldn’t completely fulfill. So often i have to indulge in being a Stationary Traveller…!

    1. Thnnks a million Hubert – really appreciate your comment. You should change that – try and travel more in whichever way, shape, or form is comfortable for you this year πŸ™‚

  23. Y’all are just too cute! Love the blog, the pics, the food pics, the humor, the smiles, the motivation… I was in Iceland a couple of weeks ago and met a couple who mentioned they stayed at a very cute B&B cottage. They showed me a picture and I said, “wait, I’ve seen that. I wanted to stay there. Where did I see that….?” and then at the same time we all three said, “Bruised Passports!” LOL They absolutely loved it and I was envious, but traveling solo did not allow for that in the budget. Next time. πŸ˜‰ Keep up the good work.

    1. Thanks a million Rachel- that means the world. What a coincidence – our wee li’l corner on the internet is getting popular πŸ˜‰

      1. Dipsites : Check
        Travel junky : Check
        Crazy : Check

        Hi5 on the similarities guys.
        Your life looks super exciting.
        Would love to work with you guys.

        Keep rocking and exploring the world.
        We all love πŸ™‚

  24. You guys are doing awesome work…i read your blog first time and it was awesome..very well written about your experiences….though i also love tavelling alot. Keep up the good work:) i love to meet u guys when u were in Delhi.

  25. WOWIE! You guys (Savi Vid or shall I say SAVID :D) are rocking. Just got to know about your website from a Facebook update and i am all over you guys now. I have a passion for cooking and love for traveling just like you Savi but unfortunately the ‘VID’ is missing in my life. πŸ˜› Nevertheless, Keep traveling, writing up and posting great pictures as you guys do.

  26. Just came across bruised passport.Pleasure reading abt u guys.we r more into road trips.wat has been ur best raod trip ever.GOD BLESS YOU GUYS.

    1. Hi Gayathri,

      Some of our favourite road trips have been in Iceland, South Africa, New Zealand, and Ladakh πŸ™‚

  27. i never thought Savi would be such a good cook, but now it seems GOOD is an under statement….For u it may be comments to make u recharge, like wise for me its u ppl, ur blogs, ur posts, ur pics, ur everything…. Just love reading everything about your adventures… keep posting, keep enjoying

  28. There are so many travel blogs I follow, and I wouldn’t flatter you by saying that yours is the best (‘cz obviously all travel stories are good) but the reason I am in love with you guys is the fact that your blog oozes happiness and sunshine and all things bright and happy. (I think its ‘cz of Savi’s big smile ). More and more power to you!

  29. You both inspire me. One fine day my mom was lecturing me about getting married at right age and babies and stuff. She asked me what do I want in my life and I pulled up your blog and said “This”. πŸ™‚
    Well, she was in shock and took my passport. (Just kidding) :P.
    You both are awesome!!

    1. Thanks a ton Khushboo πŸ™‚ Lol I wouldn’t be surprised if that was actually your mom’s reaction πŸ˜‰

  30. Hello, Savi and Vid! Today I woke up a little earlier (2am) with the thirst to search for something new. I did not know that would lead me to this awesome blog. Thank you for the great insights about food, travelling and coffee (it did remind me to make myself a cup just now). A hundred hours a week is a definitely big WOW! My day just had a new bright color. Cheers and best regards!

    1. Hey Sam – we LOVE it when that happens. So happy to hear you discovered Bruised Passports and really hope you continue to enjoy our adventures around the world πŸ˜€

  31. I am jismon studying high school
    I loves traveling i have a gf she too loves traveling after i explored bruisedpassports.com i feel so inspired.
    You both are great inspiration for travelers and to those who love traveling.all the best savi and vid

  32. Really inspiring.may be next year I will also be travelling somewhere around the globe.just a question,how ahead you plan your trips?booking hotels and flights can be a costly affair otherwise.what is your plans for rest of the year?

    1. Hey Siddharth – yes we book our trips months in advance and research a lot about the places we’d like to cover. Having said that all our earnings and savings go into booking hotels and flights πŸ˜‰ We’ll be in and around North America for the rest of the year πŸ™‚

  33. hey Savi,
    You got best dressing and cooking sense. you should write more about cooking style in various country and also more about accessories because you got great sense of both..

    1. Hiiii Savi nd vid. I love reading your posts. Savi has killing dressing sense and her cooking skills are just fantabulous.. I would love to meet u guys atleast once… The way u potray your love and intimacy in the pics is beyond awesomeness…The part where u considered bruised passports as ur child(yeah, crazy baby) was toooo cute πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ˜

      1. Hey Raji,

        Thank you so much for all the love. We would love to meet you too – hopefully soon. Bruised Passports is our baby for sure and usually it’s very well behaved πŸ˜‰

        Much love

  34. You guys! You are the luckiest for having each other and we are lucky to see the beauty you both create, be it pictures, posts or words. Keep shining bright you two! Lots of love :*

  35. I am a doctor and the best part of my life goes to academics. All my days essentially consist of either working or studying..So guess what I do to brighten up my day when it gets buried under my books? I type bruised passports into the search bar. Thanks for bringing winters,waterfalls,seas, stars and all the magic into our lives passively.

  36. Hi,

    I just discovered you’ll recently while planning my itinerary for Seychelles.
    I went back to Instagram and back here; honestly I haven’t been off your website since then
    I’ve practically read all your articles now.

    I am an avid traveller too, and truly appreciate the personal style of writing and photography; for once it doesnt feel like a commercial project but just pure love. I know who I’m following to plan my holidays from now on.

    #SuchInspiration Xx

    1. Hey Juthika,

      Thanks a lot for dropping by and for your beautiful message. we treat our blog as our baby and really enjoy sharing all the experiences with our amazing virtual family around the world. Thanks a lot for your words of encouragement πŸ™‚

      Much love

  37. You know you both make me go awwww. It’s good to know that we can really get a partner so compatible. I love your posts and blogs a lot. And I love u both even though I haven’t met you, but I hope to meet you two.

    1. Hey Kinjal,

      Thanks for all the love and support πŸ™‚ We’d love to meet you too. Hopefully somewhere soon – fingers crossed πŸ™‚

  38. Itz great to know such facts about you guys…love your posts and the experiences you guys share are wonderfull…you really inspire many of youngsters whose only aim in life is to travel😁😍…keep doing!!πŸ˜ŠπŸ‘

  39. Loved your travelogue and knowing all these little things about you guys.
    I cannot start with the similarities we have!!!!
    My husband and I have a similar story, met in 11th class, dated since and got married a year and a half back. We both love travelling and have been since some year now. But it’s only after marriage that we have made it our no.1 aim in life. We are coffee lovers, hubby played/is into cricket and football. I love cooking, like a full on gourmet style “Savi’-esque πŸ˜› Yet to think of starting full time travelling like you guys. That’s the dream! Happy to see though that it is possible πŸ™‚ Cheers guys, keep it coming.

    Lots of love,
    Mridula

    1. Hey Mridula – that’s so exciting. Always good to meet, albeit virtually, folks with similar stories and interests. Hope you travel tons super soon πŸ™‚

  40. Checked all posts, Bio ..! I’m speechless , You guys made it so nice , I’m a solo budget traveller, I hope I would also get a life partner like you Vid, I mean I hope I ll make same couple in future. I liked the way Savi said in video Vid is passionate he’s feminist , That proud feeling is there in her voice wowπŸ˜β˜ΊοΈπŸ‘πŸ». Fantastic , I’m gonna be chewingum with your pages , blogs & website for life . I have the same dream you guys are fulfulling everyday , I want to travel whole world alone or with someone.

    1. Thanks a lot for the beautiful words Maitry πŸ™‚ Glad to know you enjoy reading our story!!

      May you get to travel tons and fulfil your dreams

      Much love
      Savi and Vid

  41. You guys are truly amazing and a huge inspiration to a lot of people who love to travel πŸ™‚ i follow your insta page as well and i wish, one day, i get to travel like you guys do πŸ˜€ And, your posts on Bali helped me when i went there this year πŸ™‚ looking forward to meeting you guys if you come down to Chennai πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Sanjay for writing back and sharing this information with us.We love the fact that you enjoy reading what we write. We are sure you will get a chance to travel across the globe very soon. Wish you all the best in life.

  42. Ohh thats a beautiful breakout Vid πŸ˜€
    Savi is such an awesome cook;
    Well, Good for your ever so active tastebuds….(I got to know from Point no 2 :-P)
    Also, I AM IMPRESSED by your Coffee bean roasting skills <3

    Awesome you guys; spreading more and more Love all around
    and I just wish If I could pair up and travel like both of you πŸ™‚

    Say Cheeeese…….. I know you would definitely say that πŸ˜€

    1. Thanks a million for all the love Pragati – So happy you enjoyed reading this article, I sure loved writing it. Also I love the sound of ‘Say Cheese’ πŸ˜‰

  43. A hardcore travel researcher. Read millions of blogs and articles and yours is the first one I have subscribed to. Not to say that others weren’t good but yours is absolutely fabulous!

  44. Cheers to both of you, Donot stop doing this , you inspire many of us to dream in many ways, May God bless you both . One thing i would suggest you as a doctor is to plan for an offspring , as time is really precious , if you can so why not, also there is no feeling as good as creating an epitome of your existence into this world. Dont be scared i’m sure you guys can manage it beautifully. Just an advice from your sincere admirer and well wisher, Have a safe journey ❀️❀️

  45. Hi,

    I wanted to know how you guys mastered/ tamed the SEO dragon and writing for the web? I have a cinema blog that I want to take to the next level and I wanted to know if you guys have any reccomendations for books/online courses to master strategies for building an online brand.

    1. Hi Saraswati,

      To be honest, just lots of reading SEO articles on the web (reading Google’s suggestions is the best place to start) and a lot of trial and error over the years. We still learn πŸ™‚

  46. Hi Savi & Vid. You guys are goals undoubtedly. Love your content…from photos to videos to articles.. I just have one question atm.. WHO CLICKS THE COUPLE’S PHOTOS?? I by now know about Vid’s photography skills but what about the photos that have him in them and both of you together. Thanks and keep inspiring!!

    1. Hey Gunjan,

      Most of the photos are shot by Vid (he sets the tripod in the ones he is in as well) but sometimes our friends/a tour guide help us in shooting under Vid’s direction ;-))

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