My TedX Talk on Travel

In January 2015, I was invited by Symbiosis Institute of Business Management in Bengaluru to give a talk at their TedX event on why I travel – and how everyone else can too. The theme of the session was ‘Carpe Diem’ or ‘Seize the day’, and i spoke about my own experiences and motivations, and…

Are you a travel addict?

Or should I even be asking this question, considering you are reading a travel blog? For traveholics? Named ‘Itchy Feet’? On a week day? I came across 21 signs you are a travel addict and they had me at No. 1. “Your travel bucket list is 4 pages long.” Other people count down from 100…

Thoughts on being a tourist

And the tourist versus traveller debate rages on… Of my favourite types of travellers to dislike (and there are many such) is the one who takes immense pride in being an untourist. Sure, I am all for spending enough time in every place I visit, taking in the experience and not ticking off boxes of…

How to write

Since I regularly get emails asking for tips and advice on writing, here is a link to writer Shoba Narayan’s great piece on how to write (yeah, yeah, linking is not the same as blogging – just call me lazy). Not to scare you but as she says, “No matter what kind of writer you…

Seeing the world

I’ve found me a sparkling new way of feeling all angsty (as if there wasn’t enough earlier) – for the last week or so, I have spent every day going through travel blogs that I have discovered lately. Many of them are round-the-world travel type blogs – high on the angst scale, since this is…

A new way of seeing

Imagine this situation. Your friends are visiting from out of town and you have gone out with them. They are new to your city and stop to stare and comment over every single thing they see on the way. And you gamely join in their conversation, trying not to show your impatience. You are thinking,…

Why I travel

People ask me all the time “how do you travel so much”? I came across the answer today – I travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine ~Caskie Stinnett The most delightful – and insightful – essay on travel is perhaps this by Pico Iyer – Why We Travel We travel,…

No camera, no see!

Mommeeeeeee, they are making fun of me… {What the duck} While on traveling with a camera, read what Neha Dara of HT says about us click-a-lots. Me, I cannot even think of a holiday without a camera. However, while I am trigger-happy with the camera, it is seldom for the sake of saving that moment…