We present you Savi and Vid, the lovely couple that blogs at BruisedPassports. They’re originally from India but at the moment they’re living in the UK, that is, when they’re not travelling around the world – 40 countries and counting!
They’re answering our questions and sharing with us their experiences and thoughts:
1. How long have you been travelling?
We’ve been travelling for over 6 years now. Long long back we took a trip to Thailand together. That was in 2006. We’ve been to 40 countries and over 300 cities ever since!
2. Which one of you trips was the craziest one?
It would have to be South East Asia. We spent a crazy month in Cambodia and Vietnam earlier this year – exploring chaotic markets, meeting colourful people and hearing their insane stories, trying everything from fried spiders to ‘happy’ pizzas.
3. If you could travel back in time, where would you go? Why?
Thailand circa 2006. Thailand’s islands used to so different. They’ve been commercialised beyond belief over the past 8-10 years. Blue waters are polluted, beaches are populated with resort style accommodation, and there are shops everywhere.
4. Think of a single song that you could listen on repeat while travelling, which one would it be?
We enjoy Indie music. We listen to a lot of Death Cab for Cutie on Road Trips but we’re currently obsessed with Brandon and Leah’s ‘Life Happens’. It’s the perfect song for the road because it celebrates the everyday.
5. What is the best advice you can give about travelling as a couple?
Do things together but don’t shy away from things that appeal to you as individuals. It’s the perfect excuse for some ‘me time’. Vid loves photography and will often spend hours taking panoramic shots of cities. I try and do things I enjoy during that time – visiting an offbeat library, a museum, or an art gallery.
6. Taking in consideration your lust list, what is the most important thing that you want to do next?
We keep checking things off our Lust List – for instance we participated in the Tomatina festival last year and travelled through South East Asia earlier this year. But we definitely want to visit South America and stay in Brazil for a while as soon as we can.
7. @Savi, since you’re really into fashion, what’s the most “fashionable” destination you’ve been to?
I like laid-back, bohemian fashion. So I really enjoy the colours and prints of traditional African fabrics and their beaded jewellery. It might be a tad unconventional, but I think really enjoy the fashion in countries like Morocco, Kenya, and South Africa.
8. What did you like the most about your trip to malta?
We love Malta- turquoise waters, stunning landscapes, and amazing food. But our favourite part of the island is the tiny fishing village of Marsaxlokk. Coloured fishing boats grace the waters of the village and the promenade is lined with al-fresco pizzerias. It seems like time stands still here.
9. You’ve been to Paris six times – why do you love it so much and can you tell us one of the best hidden gems?
Paris is a magical city and lives up to the stereotype of being a romantic one too. Its cobble-stoned alleys, hipster areas, bakeries, and restaurants can melt hearts made of stone. We love the quirky boutique hotel called Mama Shelter. We were introduced to it by one of our French friends and since then there’s been no looking back. The hotel has Imacs in every room, quirky masks, and its in-house restaurant serves the best desserts in town.
10. What’s your favourite hobby when you’re not travelling?
Vid is keen purveyor of third-wave coffee – a geek, if you may. He roasts and grinds his own beans at home, and loves experimenting with different blends. I am passionate about English literature, world cinema, and Modernist art- you will find me swooning at Dalis and Picassos at neighbourhood museums in London when we aren’t travelling.
11. And which Instagram photo brings back the best memories?
We’ve been talking about Iceland a lot over at Bruised Passports lately. While we’ve spoken about most of the highlights from our trip, words cannot begin to describe the beauty of Iceland. It’s unlike any other country in the world. It definitely needs to be seen to be believed.
We had this glass of wine while staying at a gorgeous cottage in Northern Iceland. It was, without a doubt, the highlight of our road trip in Iceland. We spent hours sitting at the edge of our cottage, sipping wine and admiring the beauty of the fjords and the ocean. It was unforgettable.
12. Pick one situation for each destination:
A. Live for one year
B. Travel for two weeks
C. One-day trip
Russia / Greece / Argentina
A. We’d have to pick living in Argentina for one year. We’re well acquainted with the nooks and crannies of Asia, Europe, and most parts of Africa but we are yet to venture to the Americas. We’d love to spend an year in Argentina exploring glaciers, rain forests, and waterfalls.
B. If we had a fortnight on our hands, we’d probably go island hopping in Greece. Let’s face it – the combination of turquoise waters, warm people, and Mediterranean food can be pretty darn persuasive.
C. We’re not a fan of short trips, but a day trip to St. Petersburg (Russia) would be fun. I have no doubt that a large chunk of the day would be spent admiring or photographing Russian Orthodox Cathedrals in the city.