Month: December 2019

Kerala India: Human By Nature

There are some places in the world, that time and again call us back. Kerala, for me, is one such destination. The first time I visited Kerala, it was in 2017. I backpacked from the North Malabar region to all the way to the southern tip of the state, taking almost a month. And that was it. My love (there is no hate in this relationship) for Kerala began, and Kerala became a regular destination. The more I travel Kerala, the more I appreciate it for its people, culture and other bounties it has to offer. I still remember the first time I visited Kerala, the first thing that caught my attention, and made me fall in love with it, wasn’t the natural beauty, or the food or a vibrant culture that Kerala offers, but something very insignificant – the behaviour or auto-rickshaw drivers there. Out of all the places I’ve been to across India, I think it was only in Kerala where I found that auto and cab drivers don’t push you for a …

From Top Travel Destinations To Top Learnings: My 2019 In Flashback

When I quit my corporate career and became a blogger in 2016, I had no idea how far this road will take me. Though I had some money saved in my bank – enough to keep me going for a few years despite no income – there was a good possibility that I will eventually fail to make travelling a full-time career and will be forced to go back to the same old corporate life. Back then, I didn’t know that blogging would eventually start paying and become a full-time profession for me. But as time passed, and 2016 gave way to 2017 and later to 2018 and 2019… things started picking up. Initially blogging was only giving free travel. Later, free travel turned into paid gigs. New and uninvited opportunities started coming up. Read: How To Get Paid To Travel It was in 2017 that I got my first ever International Media Trip (to Malaysia). But 2018 was even better and I visited 7 countries in total. 2018 was, moreover, the year when I …