Revati and Charles are a travel blogging couple from Mumbai. We can totally identify with them as they both work professionally in the advertising business by day (for us, it’s the media industry), and travel at every chance that they get (also, similar to us!). They write for their travel blog, Different Doors, which you should totally check out. But first, learn all about this traveling couple in our interview!
What inspires you to travel and what do you enjoy most about traveling?
What makes us travel is the thrill of discovering something, the joy of collecting meaningful moments and experiences, and well, just feeling a little more wiser than we were the previous day. On our first international trip together (which happened to be our honeymoon) we had a moment of epiphany, as we stood with our feet in the water, facing the mainland of Africa. A million questions exploded into our thoughts. How big is this planet? What’s beyond that horizon? Does the ground tremor during a wildebeest crossing? How cold does it get in the snow? What’s it like being in a place where nobody speaks your language? And we decided to spend the rest of our lives finding answers. (PS: We still haven’t seen wildebeest though.)
How did you meet and is travel involved?
You could say travel is involved, considering we were in different cities at first. Now that we’re together, we take off to discover other cities together.
Where is your favourite destination and why?
My (Revati’s) favourite destination is Paris and Charles loves Barcelona, so while we’ll never see eye to eye on those, the one we both agree is amazing is Melbourne. It might be because we have very close friends there who showed us an amazing time, but the city was easily the most vibrant and friendly we’ve seen! Not to mention the brilliant food and coffee.
Our honeymoon in Mauritius was a wedding gift, but our next trip was Paris. It was our first time in Europe and it changed our perspective completely. From seeing churches and museums to stepping into the nicest restaurants and shops, it was unlike anything we’d seen before. The overwhelming magnitude of history, culture, fashion and gastronomy completely blew us away. And it was easy on the eyes too!
Why did you start your blog, and what do you enjoy most about blogging?
Charles is a self-taught photographer and both of us love telling our friends stories of our travels or helping them plan theirs. We wanted to do something more organized than just helping others out on travel forums, so we started our blog as a way to reach more people and help them plan their trips in the same way other blogs helped us.
What do you like to bring back from the places you’ve visited?
Our bags are usually mostly full of local foods and buys from gourmet shops and grocery stores. We love bringing back the flavours of a country and trying to recreate the dishes in our kitchen. Apart from the food though, we also try to buy one nice thing for the house (just to let it know it was missed) and a magnet for our ever- increasing collection on the fridge (cheesy, right?).
Where do you plan on visiting next?
We’re off to Kuala Lumpur just before we visit Charles’ family in Bengaluru for Christmas. And we’re contemplating Greece early next year. Should we be?
You focus on culinary travel. We both follow a vegan diet. Have you come across any amazing vegetarian or vegan food on your travels that you can share with us?
You guys need to get to Asia! India’s undoubtedly a great place for vegetarian food. The thali is an all you can eat buffet that’s served to you in your plate. It’s a concept that is found in every state’s culture, with the actual preparations and flavours varying across the country. It’s an extremely well balanced plate of salads, greens, buttermilk, bread, rice, vegetables, pickles, crisps, lentil soups and sweetmeats. From all the thali joints we’ve been to, Chetana in our city of Mumbai and Agashiye in Ahmedabad have been exceptional.
How do you balance working your jobs in advertising with a life of travel?
As advertising professionals in Mumbai, our crazy hours, all nighters and working weekends only work out because we love what we do. It’s also great that we can bring loads of those skills into our blog and travels, so that someday when we look back, we’ll agree it’s all been worth it. Don’t we all want to have a big, meaningful and fulfilling life to look back on filled with memories of opening different doors of experience?
Thank you so much for the fantastic interview, Revati & Charles! I totally agree – we would much rather have a meaningful lives filled with awesome memories of traveling the world, as you put it, “opening doors of experience”. It is great when you can balance work life and a life of travel, as we also try our best to do. You can check out their blog at Different Doors, or follow along on social media:
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