When we think about the travel industry we just think about the hotels, the flights and the local guides as the people who survive on tourism. But in this digital age, there are travel bloggers who live completely out of the suitcase and create impactful travel blogs. They are the source of travel inspiration for their Youtube and insta families! But they are currently staying at home and telling the world how to enjoy lockdown!
You must be the change you want to see in the world!
They are actually implementing it. Post pandemic, travel now has completely come to a standstill, these people are also losing out on a lot. Their assignments are getting cancelled and their projects are getting postponed indefinitely. Almost everyday is a #throwbackthursday. But these people are still managing to keep us engaged with their daily feeds and we completely respect them for that.
Let’s learn from the travel bloggers across India about how they are surviving and managing to enjoy the lockdown!
Anita Kumar (Insta handle: Monkey.inc)
Read this on a travel blog – Maps and Masala Chai – where the blogger Shivani Rana talked with one of the celebrated Indian travel influencer Anita Kumar –
I remember waking up a month ago feeling like I wasn’t able to breathe because I was so stressed out. At this point, I started experimenting with my content and came up with Tips for Indians traveling abroad video. But honestly, I wasn’t quite happy with it. I realised that this kind of content doesn’t make sense right now since people can’t travel. And that in fact took me into worse of a stage and I felt maybe for next couple of months I won’t be able to create anything. I was stressing out so much for being productive that it starting turning out to be counterproductive instead.
All of this happened and I was completely zapped. So I locked myself up in a room, and for a couple of hours I was just continuously writing. And that brought me a lot of relief. Once I had it all out there then I started re-thinking and came up with the idea of doing extra day before the lockdown video, and I am so glad for how it has been received. In fact, now I have a few similar ones lined up as well.
Honestly, it feels so good to be able to still create content because at some level I had doubts if I’ll be able to do so without a crew. But now I have faith that I can still deliver valuable content even if I don’t travel.
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A few days ago, I asked you guys what you'd have done if you had an extra day before the lockdown. Just one day to do anyythingggg you like. The responses were sweet, touching, random and some downright hilarious!! 😅 Compiled this short video from what all you guys had to say! ⠀ Do share it with your people if you liked the film. 💛⠀ ⠀ A huuuge thank you to all the lovelies that took time out to send me these snippets. And for being sooo accomodating with my pls reshoot this or send me a VO of that. Love you guys!! 😘😘⠀ @herr.schlau ⠀ @diksha04 ⠀ @kritika_goel ⠀ @mishti.and.meat ⠀ @terri2808 ⠀ @gypsysouldingo⠀ @peppytravelgirl ⠀ @srish_teee ⠀ @itisinthename ⠀ @jacobcherianis ⠀ @aniketkumar9504 ⠀ @trulynomadly ⠀ @mime_t ⠀ @stutiashokgupta ⠀ @riyaction ⠀ @millennialladki⠀ (in order of appearance)⠀ ⠀ and tight bear hugs to those who sent in their videos but I couldn't use them. 🙈 I love you guys for sending it and I apologise for being a noob and not being able to use them all! 😘😘⠀ ⠀ PS. Edited and colour corrected the film myself. My first time doing this. 😬 Used FCP trial version. Cuz I'm cheap like that. 😂 Huge shout out to @rockygogoi for always being awesome and helping me with sound. 💛💛⠀ ⠀ #anextraday #LockdowninIndia #QuarantineQuotes #socialdistancing #stayhome #quarantinelife #quarantineandchill #coronavirus #selfisolation #staysafe #quarantinemood #quarantine2020 #quarantinestories #quarantinedays #quarantinegoals #quarantinetime #stayhomestaysafe #lockdownnow #flattenthecurve #togetherathome #stayathomechallenge #viewfrommywindow #mypandemicsurvivalplan
Savi and Vid (Insta handle: Bruised Passports)
Savi and Vid is our favourite travel couple are currently based in their house in London. They were touring the Carribbean after which they had to take this break due to lockdown. Their story is an inspiring one, clear from this extract of their Insta post –
“Did you know all this is actually a result of something that happened during the last economic crash in 2008 – The Lehman Brothers crash! It was a bad time, Vid was out of a job, I was still studying with no steady income, and all around us we saw people losing jobs and their lifelong dreams collapsing. It was then that we decided we would take control our life and take tangible steps towards TRULY living our present while working towards our future 💙💙 I’ll be honest – this was MUCH harder than we thought it would be. BUT it was also completely worth it!”
Their insta posts is just a glimpse of how much fun we can have staying at home. Of course they miss their travels! But Vid and Savi keep themselves busy by cooking yummy and healthy dishes and pampering themselves to a face mask. May it be lazing in bed watching back to back movies or play board games on the terrace, this couple really knows how to spend their we-time!
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“It's true though: time moves in its own special way in the middle of the night”🌙🌙 ✨ Our weekend in one little photo: for is there any better time for a little celebration that the weekend?! We’ve been indoors for over 2 months now, so we decided to give our balcony a mini-makeover for a slow evening spent playing board games and eating pizza! 🍕🍕We watched as the pink of the sky gave way to the stars and loved it so much that we did the exact same thing two days in a row 😅🌟🌟 ✨ ✨ It’s a crazy time right now but I’m SO happy we decided to make a bit of an effort because it turned out to be such a memorable evening. Because THIS is how I’ll remember our quarantine now, despite all the odds🌙🌟🌟 ✨ ✨ In fact, we might just repeat this on Savi’s birthday in a couple of weeks. What’s YOUR sunsign? Have you celebrated any occasions at home this past month? 🤔🌟🌟 ✨ ✨ #bruisedpassports #livevictoriously #greygooselife #stayhome #quarantinelife #glasshalffull
They keep on posting their old travel photos which are a treat to eyes. Like see the one below they posted on the earth day.
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A little slice of heaven 🌸🌸 It is Earth Day today – I hope you will all take out some time to think about your favourite corner of our gorgeous planet today 🪐🌸🌸 I will NEVER forget that April when I saw carpets of pink cherry-blossom petals at Mt. Fuji for the first time. What’s the most gorgeous sight you’ve ever seen on Earth? 🌸🌸 ✨ ✨ #bruisedpassports #earthday2020 #love #japan #stayhome
And most importantly they are very real about their feelings.We can see posts from them about the bad days and the sad days in their lives. They uplift us by telling us how we can cope with them.
Although they are not traveling, they still manage to keep the readers engaged with their content. I still check their updates daily and miss them if there aren’t any posts from them in every few days. Now that’s the sign of a good travel blogger, isn’t it?
Shenaz (Insta handle: Shenaz Treasury)
Shenaz returned from Sri Lanka and from the lovely beaches she was quarantined to the solitude of her house. Her quirky sense of humour is the best thing about Shenaz and her insta post. Now that she is at home, Shenaz is engaging with the people by making some funny videos and posting them for viewers’ opinion. Like the one below in which she asks about the mood today versus when the lockdown started:
She also inspires you to make a bucket list of what all you want to do in your life and this video below is really inspiring.
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I also loved her video made on the earth day:
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It’s her day. Actually 2020 is her year. As we are locked up in our homes she is rejoicing. And rightfully so. We haven’t cared for her, we’ve used her, we’ve abused her. On behalf of all humans I want to apologise! We are the REAL VIRUS. Do you agree? #GoPro #goproin #GoProIndia #earthday2020 #earthday #happyearthday #motherearth #mothernature #lovetheearth #protectourplanet #savetheplanet #travelwithshenaz #coronavirus #covid19
She also encourages people to post the videos on their talent and is engaging many people in the lockdown . Shenaz, we all wish to see you get back travelling soon as we all are missing your travel videos badly!
Travel does not become an adventure unless you leave yourself behind!
Shivya Nath (Insta handle: Shivya):
The travel blogger Shivya Nath is all about being offbeat, slow and sustainable. She feels right now is the time to think about sustainable living.
“In past few weeks of lockdown living, I’ve felt a deep longing to be in the midst of nature. The forests, the mountains, the sea, I’ve craved them all. This longing made me realize that I never fully appreciated the freedom (and privilege) to experience the incredible beauty of our world. It equally made me dwell on my environmental footprint as an inhabitant of a shared planet.
In the midst of a pandemic linked to deforestation, biodiversity loss and intensive animal farming, all roads seem to point towards a life that is more sustainable, compassionate and mindful.”
The blog below on sustainable travel in Kerala makes us think what all should we as a world do to stop the havoc that we are wrecking on Mother Earth:
‘What India and world can learn about sustainable tourism in kerala‘ – Blog post by Shivya Nath
While many travel bloggers are engaging in other blogs, Shivya has still stuck to her travel related blogs. In the blog below, she mentions what she really misses about her travels during this lockdown. This is so true to heart! I feel every travel blogger can relate to this:
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I miss the feeling of landing late at night in a new country. Picking up my bags, figuring some transport, staring at the city lights as I roll out of the airport. The air smells different, the language sounds different, the people look different, I feel different. I miss the feeling of waking up in a strange bed, in a strange land. Taking that first walk in a strange neighborhood. Navigating a strange system of local buses or trains. Reading strange names on the map. Then a stranger smiles at me, or helps me figure out my way, and suddenly everything feels familiar. I miss the feeling of heading out into the countryside. To some small village, to some remote part of the mountains, to somewhere I can feel the full brunt of my solitude. The liberation, the loneliness, the thrill, all mixed in. And if the universe has its way, like it usually does, to finally meet a friend or family that somehow feels like my own. I’m trying to be grateful for this time to reboot and rethink life. But I miss the feeling of being on the road. I miss who I am on the road. What about you, what do you miss about travelling?
All of us have just one question in the mind and that is how to stay sane in this lockdown. Shivya lists the activities that she does to remain sane in the link below and you can also try a few of them:
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LOCKDOWN LIFE 👩🏽💻 Well over a month into this lockdown, just popping by to share a bunch of little things that are helping me stay sane: 👣 Working out. I’m consciously alternating between functional training and yoga – for physical and mental health respectively. Yoga with AJ on @primevideoin is my go to. Aprajita teaches @theyogahousemumbai and is a fab teacher. Those endorphins seriously make it easier to get through the day. 👩🏽💻 A movie / mini series a day. It just helps to take my mind off. I’ve been watching a LOT of period dramas – and finding hope in the fact that the west has come a really long way in terms of women’s rights in just a few generations. @unorthodoxnetflix, Art of Loving, Dangerous Beauty, The Other Boleyn Girl, Alias Grace are all based on true stories and worth watching. 📖 Seriously wish books were “essential” enough to be available. Anyway, it’s been helpful losing myself in Murakami’s world with Kafka on the shore – though I must admit I didn’t enjoy it as much as I had hoped. Now back to non-fiction with Everyone loves a good drought (borrowed from a neighbour). 😋 Never imagined food could be therapeutic! Been experimenting with delicious yet healthy vegan dishes – raw double chocolate brownies, nut butter, fermented cashew cheese, quinoa stir fry, beetroot patties, baked falafel etc. Anything more than 5 ingredients is usually scary for me but found plenty of easy recipes by @healthnut_india @vinitacontractor @sharanindia @minimalistbaker 🌱 Other things keeping me sane: Working on my blog, reading poetry in the Urdu script on @rekhta_foundation (slow but so satisfying), the occasional webinar, the sunset sky (despite all the construction around), sleeping in on some days (so there’s less of the day to get though!) and knowing somewhere within, that this too shall pass. What about you, how are you staying sane? Any recommendations for films, shows or vegan recipes? PS: These mountains – so near yet so far 😭
Shivya we really love all your blog posts and all your photos and we hope to see you soon back on the road. Till then we would love to enjoy what you are posting as that too is adding a lot of value to our lives.
In this time of lockdown, these travel bloggers are managing to keep us entertained with their blogs. They are putting up a brave face in the tough time. We feel inspiration bloom as these travel bloggers teach us how to enjoy during lockdown. We all love you guys and wish to see you back travelling very soon!
Happy travels (Soon)!!