Sandeepa and Chetan's Travel Blog
Life and travel adventures of a married Indian couple.
We are Sandeepa and Chetan living the life of our dreams
From travelling in a truck to seeing places we still don’t believe exist. From having tea in a tribal’s hut to talking about what we have learnt living this life in TEDx talks and TV interviews. We hope that through our travel stories we inspire you to make your dream into a reality.
In January 2013 we quit our jobs, sold our house and decided to travel the world. We thought we would do a year-long RTW (Round The World) trip. But an unexpected thing happened. We fell in love with the road. Long-term and slow travel became our way of life. Since then we have developed a lifestyle based on around travel.
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People, Places, Photos
Welcome to our online home.
How travel became the tool of our transformation?
A time came in our lives when we knew we needed a change and needed it now. We knew we wanted to break the cycle of “get a new job–>earn more money–>try to live a BETTER life”. But by continuing to live the life that we lived, we weren’t going to find any answers. We needed a tool that could help us look at our lives from the outside. Our love for travel was what had helped us get together in the first place. We decided to use this love for travel as a tool to help us transform our lives.
This website is obviously about travel stories and experiences. But it is more, a story of our journey through life as we adapt to change and challenge ourselves to live out of our comfort zones – and hope to become better, responsible citizens of our planet.
A word on "Responsible Tourism" and what it means to us
Responsible travel has become the guiding principle of our travels. Not just being ecologically sensitive and trying to minimise our footprint but also being culturally and socially sensitive. We know we can not “understand” a place and its people unless we visit. A clean slate and an open mind (as much as we can) is what we carry to a place.
As we travel, we seek answers to -
1. How do the locals of a place live?
3. How are their food habits, their work, even their culture defined by their geographical location?
4. What relevance does the history of the place have on their present-day lives?
Stories about responsible travel
Dibru Saikhowa Wildlife Sanctuary had caught our attention since the time we decided to make our first trip to Northeast India. We were looking at the map to get an idea of the places we could visit and this piece of land in the middle of what looked like the mighty Brahmaputra looked intriguing. That it was a wildlife sanctuary meant that we had to visit it.
It is ALL about the connections we make
After a while, the novelty of travel can cease to amaze. Mountains, beaches, forests can all start to feel the same. A travel experience is more about the people you meet than the places you see or things you do. The connections you make with the people become the lasting memories of the place.
Sani was our introduction to the Zanskar valley. It was studded with many firsts: the first face-off with “remote location”
View of the sunrise to the right, sunset to the left. Unrestricted views of the valleys in all directions, dotted
Our travel style
We haven’t stereotyped ourselves in any travel category. Nor do we have a favourite travel style. Road trips to trekking, city travel to rural tourism – we like it all!
In this travel guide for the Srinagar Leh highway, we will tell you everything you need to know for your road trip on this route to reach Ladakh. This travel guide is based entirely on our first-hand experience of our road trip from Srinagar to Leh.
The best way to explore the unknown within us is to travel as much as one can. Road trips make
A bicycle had been my trusted childhood companion but as time went on I let go of that habit. Cycling became a sport I only observed from the outside. It came back into my life when we took short cycling trips in our travels. The spark to cycle long distance was reignited.
It was the weekly village market, albeit the biggest of the year. But a rural Indian bazaar, with its explosion
“Look forward to having you with us in the lost land of the Himalayas. Let’s leave the itinerary unplanned and
We had heard a lot about Hyderabad’s culinary heritage but didn’t have a local contact to help us discover the hidden treasures. We took to social media for suggestions on-the-go using our swift Airtel 4G. From unknown monuments of the Nizam’s era and one-of-a-kind ice cream parlours to inspiring stories of overcoming all obstacles, we discovered Hyderabad through the eyes of the “virtual” locals.
Same same but different
You don’t always have to travel to a new place to “feel” something new. Just doing something different in an often visited place can turn out to be a totally new experience.
We had decided to take the offbeat route to the Golden Bay in the South Island of New Zealand. Accordingly,
Being a traveller at home
And sometimes, you don’t even need to travel. Looking at “Home” with the eyes and mind of a traveller can reveal things we often miss out.
Long-term travel isn’t a long holiday. If you are planning to take the plunge (or a break) and wondering what long-term travel feels like, have a look at these stories.
“So, where’s the honeymoon?”, guests asked us. Our reply of “Coorg” was invariably followed by “Oh nice, where else?”. “Umm…nowhere,
Photography is now an integral part of our travel
“This June my dream of travelling to Ladakh is finally coming true. Which DSLR camera should I buy?” Before getting
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How the thought of travel was converted to the action of blogging and how we combine the process of travel
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