Tag: Travel

Books You Should Read Before Visiting These Asian Countries

Books You Should Read Before Visiting These Asian Countries

Reading a book about the country/destination before I travel is one of my favorite pre-travel activities. Sometimes, I read while traveling. Other times, it’s after my trip so I can explore more about the destination I just visited through a book. Travel writing is insanely […]

These Are the Most Unexpected Questions Being Asked at the Immigration

These Are the Most Unexpected Questions Being Asked at the Immigration

We all have those unexpected, funny, weird and memorable experiences at the immigation desk, usually in a new destination in a foreign country. Last September, I was visiting India for the third time on a new evisa. I arrived at the Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) […]

Tea Stories from Around the World: Where Tea Is More Than a Drink

Tea Stories from Around the World: Where Tea Is More Than a Drink

Coming from the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, not a day passes without a cup of piping hot tea in our lives. Nathan loves his tea with a little milk, while I am a huge fan of Indian masala chai (tea) where tea leaves are […]

“I’m Taller Than You” – Conversations Over Breakfast in Meghalaya

“I’m Taller Than You” – Conversations Over Breakfast in Meghalaya

She’s beautiful. She glistens in the warmth of the morning light as if she was like a sunkissed carpet of grass decorated with tiny wildflowers. They dance in the soft October breeze. Some of them are painted pastel purple. Others: yellow, pink and lily white.

5 Tips to Be a Respectful Traveler in Thailand

5 Tips to Be a Respectful Traveler in Thailand

Thailand is a beautiful country with warm, kind souls, making its “Land of Smiles” title well-earned. It’s also no wonder that the country draws in thousands of visitors per year, thus making the tourism industry one of their biggest economic contributors. Tourists actually play a […]

To Punjab and Beyond: Our Next Travel Plans

To Punjab and Beyond: Our Next Travel Plans

They all sang and danced together. “It was like a party inside the train,” Anne would tell me. It is now our dream to visit the vibrant, bustling cities of Punjab and the rural countryside brimming with life.

One Typho at a Time: Conversations Over Breakfast in Gangtok

One Typho at a Time: Conversations Over Breakfast in Gangtok

Some days, during my trips, I sit quietly on new cafes, sipping local coffee. Other days, I, unable to speak the local language, walk past locals, grinning. I observe them from far, quietly.

Here’s why you should not give up on Sri Lanka

Here’s why you should not give up on Sri Lanka

There are many ways to experience Sri Lanka, but to know her real side – the warmth of strangers, the nose-tingling aroma of a seasoned chicken curry, and the mythical beauty of paddy-fields where fireflies dance in a moonless night – one has to dive deep into her community.

Mawsynram, Meghalaya: Two Days in the Wettest Place on Earth

Mawsynram, Meghalaya: Two Days in the Wettest Place on Earth

I was on a Facebook video call with my mother and sister when I heard loud giggles outside my door. Two little kids appeared with possibly the biggest smiles I’d seen in a while. Then came their friends. A few minutes back, they were playing […]

Virat Kohli, Imran Khan and Feeling Indian in Shillong, Meghalaya

Virat Kohli, Imran Khan and Feeling Indian in Shillong, Meghalaya

Zin traveled to Meghalaya for two weeks and she’s creating a series of posts where she pens down her most cherished experiences. This is the post one of NatnZin’s Meghalaya series. It’s Eid. I’m with Anne. One hearty breakfast and two cups of coffee later, […]

10 Things You Can Do in Arugam Bay Beside Surfing

10 Things You Can Do in Arugam Bay Beside Surfing

We went to Arugam Bay earlier this year and loved everything about the quaint hamlet on Sri Lanka’s East Coast. Since it was the “off-season” it was far away from the Arugam Bay we had heard of. We were away from the maddening crowds, hipsters […]

Stories of 12 Long-Term Couples Who Found Love on the Road

Stories of 12 Long-Term Couples Who Found Love on the Road

“Being born in Saudi Arabia to Sri Lankan parents, lived in both India and Australia, you came all the way to Sri Lanka, where your roots are from, to find love. And now you are here. You live here.” – Zahil loves to pull Nathan’s […]