This week’s guest post comes from Kiran & Chandni at indiaketravelcouple. They are attempting an around the World Trip and prove that it is possible to travel long-term on an Indian passport. Destiny took them both from their native India to Toronto in Canada where both worked in the Information Technology Sector. They recently embarked on their RTW trip which will last for more than 7 months spanning 6 continents and 20+ countries starting in Portugal and ending back in Toronto. Check out their site for their full itinerary. Kiran & Chandni explain ‘love for travel has always been the binding factor of their relationship. Both are actually two completely different people. He likes arrivals she likes departures. He won’t move away from driver’s seat and she won’t come near it. He won’t step in public transport (unless there is no other option) and she loves that form of transport as well. He is a cat-person and she is a dog-person. He likes ‘True Detective’ and she binges on ‘Gilmore Girls’. He writes, she proofreads (and approves :)). He books all the travels which she plans. He is Microsoft guy and she swears by Mac’.
1. What are your names and where do you come from?
We are Kiran & Chandni, the faces behind our blog – indiaketravelcouple.com. Both of us are Indian passport holders and residents of Toronto, Canada.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
We are rookies in the amazing world of full time backpacking and currently we have just started our epic Round The World trip spanning 6 continents, 20+ countries across 7+ months and would be one of the first couples to do it on an Indian passport. In fact as we are writing our answers we are in Day 2 of our trip.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
As of now we are funding our trip from our savings. However we have set up our blog and plan to monetize it in the near future.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
Chandni: For me it will always be Jamaica because I really didn’t know what to expect out of a self drive Caribbean vacation and it turned out to be awesome.
Kiran: Since a kid I have been watching a lot of Nat Geo, Discovery Channel, kind of nature documentaries and always dreamt of visiting Kruger National Park in South Africa. Fortunately I got a job opportunity in S.Africa and that was the best year of my life. So it’s definitely Kruger National Park.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
“Worst” is probably a very strong word in the context of travel since we believe that each place has something to offer. Come to think of it both of us rated NY city as a bit over rated. We grew up in the 90s in India and had a fascination for NY city after watching American TV shows like “Friends” but then we visited NY city after staying in Toronto for 3 years and thought Toronto as a much better city – both from tourism or resident point of view
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
Chandni: a) Cappadocia, Turkey b) Prague, Czech Republic c) Morocco. We will be covering all 3 in this RTW trip.
Kiran: a) My biggest Bucket list item was to do a genuine long term RTW on an Indian passport and we are attempting it currently. B) Other than that I always dreamt of self-drive tour covering entire New Zealand which if things go as planned then we will be doing it in early 2016) c) Visit the Amazon rainforests
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
Chandni: a) HTC One M8 smartphone b) Lip-balm c) A new pair of slippers in every trip J
Kiran: a) My Olympus OMD EM10 Camera b) Aviator goggles c) Backup batteries for all gadgets
8. What makes you happy and why?
Chandni: If I can converse with a person who does not speak any common language. I feel that is the best way to connect with a local.
Kiran: Road trips on a motorcycle or car since that is the best time I can spend with myself and I find it tremendously peaceful.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
We started blogging just before our RTW trip to document our journey and also help other fellow travelers, especially the Indian community since even in 2015 there are very few online resources dedicated for the long term Indian traveler. Our long term vision is to be professional travel bloggers. We will be catering to the niche of traveling the world on an Indian passport
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
Our blog will feature experiences, tips and advice which cater to budget travellers but will always have something specific for the Indian traveler. We hope to inspire the Indian diaspora at large to travel long term. Most of the Asian travellers have specific needs and we Indians are no different. We have read lot of amazing travel blogs on India from a Western perspective. Similarly our blog will be giving an Indian traveler’s point of view of the world. We will be also giving out advice for travellers to India and posting destination guides.
From ESLT – thank you Kiran and Chandni for taking the time to complete my questions. Being British visa issues are something I have never had to worry about and I think it is easy to forget that travelling to certain countries can be difficult depending on the passport that you hold. I am very jealous of your RTW adventure and hope you have the best time. I for one will be following your journey very closely. Hopefully, by completing your trip it will be an inspiration for other Indian travellers who want to take the leap but have felt that they were unable to do so before. Safe travels guys and enjoy every second.