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Travel is our PASSION. But Bruised Passports isn’t just about travel. It’s about love and living full, happy lives.

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 80 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. Gradually, it transitioned into a full-time profession for both of us. Bruised Passports has all the details you would need to plan a trip to a new country – itineraries, accommodation suggestions, packing guides, and tips for budgeting. 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. Over the past few years, we have won a number of prestigious awards for our work in the travel blogosphere, featured on dozens of news channels, and delivered several TEDx Talks that focus on designing the life of ones dreams through passion and hard work. Here’s a bit more information about us:

Savi at Mt. Fuji, Japan 😀

Savi

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 categories 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 write most of the articles on this website. I also 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.

Playa Del Carmen Mexico
Vid in Mexico on his birthday 🙂

Vid

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 capturing sights and emotions from around the world with my photography gear – over the years I have used cameras and lenses from Canon, Nikon, Sony, and GoPro. 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.

Sustaining ourselves on the road:

We were both born in professional middle-class families, so we’ve spent most of our lives educating ourselves as much as we can and working hard. In 2015, after saving for 10 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 lifestyle photography
  • Public appearances
  • Public speaking
  • 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 4 articles for some leads:

Q and A with Savi and Vid where we answer questions asked by our readers

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

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 :-)

136 thoughts on “Who are we?

  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 😉

    1. 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?)

      1. 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

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

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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..! 🙂

    1. 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.

  5. 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 🙂

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

  6. 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.:)

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  9. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

  10. 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!

  11. 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

    1. 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 🙂

  12. 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 🙂

  13. 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 ? )

  14. 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?

    1. 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

  15. 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?

  16. 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

  17. 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

    1. 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 😀

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

  19. 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….:)

  20. 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 !! 🙂

  21. 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 🙂

  22. 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

  23. 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!!!

  24. 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 🙂

    1. 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

  25. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

  26. 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!

    1. 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 🙂

  27. 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!

  28. 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…

    1. 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

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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!

  32. 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 ….. ❤️❤️

    1. 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 🙂

  33. 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❤️

    1. 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 🙂

  34. 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

    1. 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 🙂

  35. 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

    1. 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 🙂

  36. 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!

  37. 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!

    1. 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

  38. 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

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

    1. 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 🙂

  39. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

  40. 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:)

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

    Keep up the good work !!

  42. 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.

    1. 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 🙂

      1. Hi Savi and Vid – I am a 11 year old “desi” kid born and raised in Houston, TX. I have traveled over the past decade with my parents and have been blessed to have visited over 3 dozen countries. My parents ask me to research “off beat” things to do when we visit any city around the world and that’s how I stumbled upon your site! What can I say – its an amazing site and you have compiled a treasure trove of information. I also love to write and take pictures and your blog inspires me. We just finished a short vacation in Cannes, Nice and Monaco. We missed seeing Eze as we ran out of time. Now we are in Paris and will ask my parents to check out some of your recommendations. You both are awesome! Good luck and all the best!

        1. how exciting Eshaan – so happy to read your comment. Glad you stumbled on Bruised Passports and hope you continue to follow our adventures around the world 🙂

  43. Hello Savi and Vid. I have been your fan since the day I read about you two for the first time in a TOI article. I suggested so many of my friends to follow you guys on social media. The name itself- Bruised passports is so unique, so cute 😀 I cannot pass a single day without checking your updates . All your writings and pictures are amazing. They make me jump from my seat and think “Man! I want to pack my bags right away and leave” :D. Thank you for sharing your travel tales with us. You are one of my favorite and most adorable couple. Much love.

  44. I love your blog!! both of you are travelling my dream…❤
    Enjoy the travels! and keep up the blog!..
    You are soo amazing❤👌
    And.. because of my curiosity just have a small question for you ..
    Do not you want to have a child? And why?

    1. No we don’t. Simply because we don’t feel the need to start a family and don’t want to have one just to check an item of society’s list of approvals 🙂

  45. Hi there,

    I have been following you for quite some time on Instagram.
    I never ask people, how much money one makes, neither I like disclosing how much I earn. But, I have ever been wondering, how does travel blogging suffice and provides enough money especially for your luxury travel and the number of places you guys visit on a yearly basis. Just curious to know the business model, and from where the money comes from.
    Looking forward,
    Sandheep

    1. I think you’ll find the answer if you read the above article carefully. It’s yes but it depends on your priorities (career, house, cars, travel etc) – travel and gaining experiences is our personal priority, so we spend our earnings and saving on new experiences 😊

  46. Very such interesting blog was this …very happy to know many things and and everything was there in this blog was so happy to know about Bruised Passports thanks for posting…!

  47. Came to about u both from a magazine, immidiately I create instagram account just to follow you guys and know more about travels. Your bolg is just awsm surely it will help to many to leave a life that u ppl are living. Keep coming your posts for advice, inspiration and experiences from all the places u g and njoy the life what everyone shd live.
    Wish u best in your endeavor

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