- What is your favourite travel quote?
We thought we’d answer this unusual question first because our favourite travel quotes are representative of our outlook towards life itself:
Vid: “They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price” – Kahlil Gibran
Savi: “When our eyes are graced with wonder, the world reveals its wonders to us. So much depends on HOW we look at things. The quality of our looking determines WHAT we come to see.” – John O’Donohue
- How old are you?
Vid’s 34 and I’m 32. That said, you’ll often find us behaving like kids 🙂
- When did you meet?
In high school, when we were 16 and 14 respectively
- Did you travel before you started blogging?
Yes of course. We’d already travelled to 50 countries and had thousands of stories and photographs before we started Bruised Passports. Bruised Passports was an extension of our love for travel not the other way round.
- How many countries have you visited?
75 at last count but the more we travel, the less we care about ticking countries off a checklist. The past few years have been much more about spending long periods of time in one country and really immersing ourselves in the culture wherever we go.
- How educated are you?
Vid’s a computer engineer by profession. I have a PhD in English Literature and I’m a university lecturer.
- What is your favourite country?
Vid – That’s a hard one but I love Iceland because I love driving and photography and there’s a surprise at every corner
Savi – Peru – it has so much colour, culture, such gorgeous panoramas, and the friendliest locals
- Are there any destinations you don’t love?
Savi : Ummm I’m not particularly fond of Egypt – I think it’s a tad overhyped.
Vid : Guayaquil Ecuador – the city has a very unsafe vibe
- How do you pack for trips?
We try to pack light. We’ve written plenty of posts on this but check out this post which is a list of every single item that goes into our suitcases
- How do you deal with visa issues?
We plan 6 month legs of travel and apply for any visas we need in London or Delhi (our two homes!) before we set off.
- Did you always plan to quit your jobs or was it a spur-of-the-moment thing?
It was a well meditated decision. We put our savings towards a round-the-world trip instead of buying houses or cars as travel is our priority. We also started a blog and consciously moved towards a location-independent model of working so we could earn on the go.
- How do you finance your travels?
We worked full-time jobs in London and saved for this round-the-world trip for 8 years. We put all our savings into travel instead of buying a house, 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‘, and ‘Our Lives Are Changing‘ for more details about our lifestyle and travelling full time 🙂
- What do you do in places such as Bali or Lake Atitlan for months?
Most of our work is online – so we work 8-10 hours a day, go the gym, visit amazing healthy eateries and just live a regular daily life.
- What are the best and worst parts about being a professional travel blogger?
The best part is having a virtual family all over the world – bumping into you guys and hearing from you makes our day 🙂 We also love being able to pursue our passion as a profession and being able to work anywhere as long as there is good wifi.
The downsides? While the flexibility of working anywhere in the world is unparalleled, it can get really hard and time consuming to juggle location-independent jobs. Sometimes the temptation to give up is far too much. There’s also something else we dislike. We choose to share a PART of our lives with the world – but we dislike the way that gives some people the license to ask us extremely personal questions about our income or personal relationship – questions you would NEVER ask of someone in real life!
- What camera equipment do you use?
Nikon D610 with 4 different lenses. You will find a detailed list of all our camera gear in this article. But I am contemplating upgrading my camera. Watch this space
- Vid, how do you take such dreamy photos?
We are fortunate enough to visit some amazing sites around the world. But as with everything else the WAY you look at life also reflects in your photographs. I love seeing the world through rose tinted glasses, and love to portray that in my photographs too 🙂 PLUS, it helps to have a beautiful muse (Savi bribed me into saying this – just kidding 😉 )
- What’s your favourite cuisine?
Savi: Thai for the fresh herbs and spices and Greek for the fresh salads and that feta cheese. Nom!
Vid: I’m a foodie so I’ll try anything that comes my way. But I love French cheeses and I could have Japanese food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- What’s the craziest food you’ve eaten
Vid- Fried spiders and tarantulas in Cambodia
Savi – errr I’m not the most adventurous eater 😉
- Do you have a base at all or do you live out of a suitcase?
For the past 2 years – out of a suitcase. But we do refresh the contents of that suitcase every time we are in London or Delhi 🙂
- What are the issues closest to your heart?
Feminism – as a lot of you might know already, we are both feminists and big believers of gender equality. We feel true equality breeds true happiness in relationships and in life. The other issue close to our hearts is kid’s education – we frequently teach kids and donate supplies to schools while travelling. You would know it if you follow us on social media or if you read this post on Ladakh . That’s because we feel education, something most of us take for granted, is truly the greatest gift of them all. It’s the ONLY way to dispel ignorance and all sorts of societal evils (be it patriarchy, homophobia, casual sexism, or casteism).
- What’s your favourite way of seeing a country?
Renting a car and driving through the country. Laying under the stars on a starry night 🙂
- How do you stay healthy on the go?
We carry our Nutribullet everywhere we go and 2 meals of the day are usually fruits, smoothies, or huge salads. We work out at hotel gyms or go on long hikes on a daily basis. If we’re in a place for more than 2 weeks we enrol at a local gym in the area.
- Advice for first time travellers?
Don’t try to check things off a list or pack too much into your itinerary – Breathe in the place and soak in all that it has to offer 🙂
- Advice for aspiring bloggers?
Produce high quality content, post consistently, and never compare yourself to others – comparison is the thief of joy. Just put your best foot forward and focus on living out your dreams. We have a whole article that lists our favourite tips for aspiring bloggers.
- How can WE earn an income on the road?
- Be Patient: Nothing worth having comes easy. It took us 8 years to save money to travel full time and 2.5 years (of 20 hour work days) to establish Bruised Passports and manoeuvre it towards a location-independent model of working before we quit our day jobs.
- Exploit YOUR skill-set whatever that might be: We started a travel blog because we wanted to put my background in literature, Vid’s love for photography, and our shared passion for travelling together to produce travel related content we thought the internet needed. Therein lies the key to success. While it is tempting to start a travel blog, it truly might not be for everyone! You need to find your skill-set, whatever that might be, and monetise that on the road. There is work to be found irrespective of whether you’re a musician, engineer, doctor, or graphic artist. Here are a few ways in which you can earn money if blogging or living in the public eye isn’t your cup of tea:
- Freelance online
- Take up a job (TV show host, air steward etc) that involves travelling
- Start a business that involves travelling. Eg: curating handicrafts from remote parts of the world etc.
- Use your skill set towards setting up an online business such as trading or an e-shop
- Teach in a foreign country
- I want to take a break for a few years but don’t want to work on the road. How do I do it?
We hear you. Location-independent work can be extremely taxing and time consuming and it isn’t worth it if you want to truly break away from the monotony of your current job for a year or two. Here are a couple of other ways in which our travelling friends make their money go the extra mile:
- Rent out your house and use the rent to travel the world
- Travel on a shoestring budget – you’ll be surprised how far your money goes. For instance it is easy to live in Thailand or Indonesia for under $600 a month.
- What do your tattoos mean?
The one I have on the nape of my neck is a Michelangelo quote which reads Ancora Imparo ( Latin for “Still I learn”/ “I continue to learn”). The one I have on my rib cage reads Fernweh (German for “an ache for distant places”)
- Who clicks your photographs?
We click all our photos ourselves – sometimes we take the help of a tripod or people we meet along the way.
- Where are you off to next?
The Far East – we’ve always wanted to visit South Korea and Japan, so we’re finally doing it.
- For how long will you travel full time?
As long as we enjoy it 🙂 Travelling will always be a big part of our lives, but we will set up base somewhere soon.
- What’s your favourite kind of accommodation?
Luxury hotels with great views for short stays and apartment rentals for longer ones – we love meeting people and making friends along the way but really cherish our privacy too, so private accommodation works best for us.
- Anything you hate about travelling?
Hehe we usually love everything that comes with travelling. But yes there are some things we dislike about travelling too. Check out this article we just wrote on 5 Things We Hate About Travelling
- Any tips on choosing someone to spend your life with? Does Vid have any brothers 😉
Haha we get asked this every single day. Here’s our two cents – don’t EVER let society or convention tell you who to marry or when to marry! Instead, concentrate on finding someone who makes you TRULY happy, CELEBRATES your individuality, NURTURES your soul, RESPECTS you and VALUES your opinion, and INDULGES your craziest whims.
Long term commitments aren’t ever easy (far from it!) but they just need to be nurtured with the right mix of love, equality, happiness, and snuggles (always snuggles!).
- Do you miss friends and family while travelling?
We make lots of friends as we go along, so there’s never any homesickness at all. But we try and catch up with our friends and family – over the internet or in person – as often as we can. In fact, spending precious time with our families, was one of the reasons we chose this lifestyle. Our busy jobs didn’t leave much time for that but now we try to spend as much time as we can with our folks.
- How are you guys always smiling? Don’t you ever have bad travel experiences?
I’ll let you into a SECRET that makes travelling fun ️ There’s a shortcut to enjoying a new place where you don’t know the language or people – SURRENDER! Surrender to its whims, idiosyncrasies, and the little things that make it special. Accept a new place with open arms and eyes wide with wonder. Let the romance of the place sink in and watch yourself fall in love with it, irrevocably ️at that.
No – there is no wifi in that lil town in Morocco. Yes – white rice and potatoes is all you’ll get in the deserts of Bolivia. Yes – the day is just 5 hours long during winter in Lapland and there are no ATMs for miles. BUT there are panoramas that blow your socks off and people that make your heart sing. To everyone who asks us about handling wifi, currency exchange, language problems etc every single day – I will just say this. Magic is all around. You just have to SURRENDER.
- What, according to you, is the one things that makes Bruised Passports special?
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 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
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