This week’s guest post comes from Four Blissful Feet. They explain that ‘we are restless souls who find their bliss in travel! Both of us work in the Indian IT industry. Travel is how we rejuvenate ourselves. We try to mix it up between touristy and offbeat destinations.
Purba Mazumdar – She is the planner of the two. Her attention-to-detail helps us in exploring new places. She is an absolute foodie and loves to try out the local cuisine wherever we travel.
Siddhartha Nagar – He dabbles in photography and is actually quite good at it. He does his own research before travelling, to learn about all the best angles and locations to get some good clicks.
1.What is your name and where do you come from?
We are Purba and Siddhartha, and we hail from India.
2. What sort of traveller are you? Full time / part time / business / backpacker etc?
Both of us have full-time jobs so we take time off work to travel. Our philosophy is to earn and save, so that we can travel and explore the world, one city at a time.
3. How do you fund your travelling?
We are IT consultants and have full-time jobs.
4. Where is the best place you have ever been and why?
We have visited many parts of Europe, most of which we loved. There was a trip to Spain that resulted in an off-beat route for us. We were planning a trip to a cliff-top town called Castelfollit de La Roca, which is perched on top of a steep basalt cliff. Although that visit itself was unique, we came across a quaint little medieval fort town called Besalu that was kind of a sweet discovery for us. Walking through the cobbled lanes of the town and exploring the medieval fort, is one of the best travel memories that we have.
5. Where is the worst place you have ever been and why?
Each and every place we have visited, we surely have learnt something new. Some places may be rich in history, some in culture, some in natural beauty, but there is no place to be called worst.
6. Do you have a Bucket List? If so where are the 3 top places on it?
The whole world is our Bucket List! But if we have to choose 3, the first name in both our minds would be Machu Picchu. We love history, archaeology, adventure and great stories. Machu Picchu is a great blend of it all.
Siddhartha has always dreamt of viewing the Northern Lights, so Iceland comes a close second.
Third would be a trip to Eastern Europe, which is a blend of serene beauty and historical remains, especially Transylvania in Romania.
7. What 3 things (apart from the essentials – food/water etc) do you always travel with?
Our mobile phones, DSLRs and good walking shoes.
8. What makes you happy and why?
Making our own small little discoveries, whether it be food or an off-beat or less-known destination, learning local stories about places we visit or intend to visit, and capturing moments on camera. The discoveries quench our thirst for knowing the unknown; the pictures make them memories for life.
9. How long have you been blogging and why did you start?
The urge to capture our incredible travel stories in our own words and pictures made us start our blog, less than a year back.
10. What makes your blog unique and why should people read it?
We believe that each person has a unique perspective and every one has a different story to tell, even when visiting the same place. We love researching the places we visit and bring out unique stories about them. We like to move around the cities on foot and get a different “un-touristy” look at them. For example, many people know of Hampi as an un-touristy destination in India, but many do not know of the pre-historic cave paintings that we researched and visited on our trip
From ESLT – thank you Purba and Siddhartha for taking the time to answer our questions. You sound very much like us – I (Vicky) am the planner of all our adventures and Mr ESLT (Chris) is the photographer. The trip that you took through Spain sounds amazing and I love that it was off the beaten track. We love Spain and it’s culture so we have certainly added these places to our list of places to visit. I love your “untouristy” perspective on things and am looking forward to keeping up with your upcoming trips! Safe travels.