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:
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.
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 would like to know how we designed our dream life or need tips for blogging, check out these 2 videos
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We are digital nomads and we travel full time. But there are no magic pills or secrets for success. Here we share 6 tips that have helped us move towards a life of full time travel. You can use them to fulfil your dream of travelling full time or anything else you might want to achieve! Leave us a comment if you'd like to know more about our story of how we built a location-independent business or if you'd like some tips on blogging. And don't forget to follow @bruisedpassports for our daily adventures 🙂 Here's a summary of the six steps below Step 1 – Set Short Term Goals and try to fulfil them no matter what Step 2 – Recognise your strengths and weaknesses Step 3 – Have lots of courage and believe in your dream no matter what anyone says! Step 4 – Be financially and mentally independent Step 5 – Have a backup/Plan B Step 6 – Make a conscious effort to cultivate positivity
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11 Blogging Tips that truly work – BLOGGING MASTERCLASS We are digital nomads and we travel full time. But there are no magic pills or secrets for success. Here we share 11 tips that have helped us in our blogging journey. You can use them to fulfil your dream of travelling full time or anything else you might want to achieve! We talk about everything from creating content to sponsorships to working with brands and dealing with trolls. Just sitting down for a really laid-back and super chatty video about blogging and lessons we've learnt along the way. Leave us a comment if you'd like to know more about our story of how we built a location-independent business or if you'd like some more tips on blogging. And don't forget to follow @bruisedpassports for our daily adventures
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
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