Lake bled in Slovenia
28th May 2015 – Bled, Slovenia Life is not spontaneity or coincidence, I’ve always been told. Its a matter of meticulous planning, and hard work. Maybe true, but not always, as I found out today. That fateful coincidence laughed at me again, and did his smirk. I am a huge fan of couchsurfing, and I have wrote about it multiple times before. But my faith in couchsurfing as a platform that connects humans, was restored once again today, because of 3 wonderful anecdotes with 3 beautiful people. One was a story of humanity, another of spontaneity and another of sheer coincidence. 1) Kashif Last night, me […]

Project 365: Day 331 – 3 stories of couchsurfing. And lake bled.

24th April 2015 – Riga, Latvia I’ve been given a spot to sleep in,  Even if the owner has gone far away. Sometimes, all the world needs is a little trust. Because trust has us all in its sway.   Couchsurfing in Riga turned out to be interesting. I’ve couchsurfed in over 24 countries so far, and collected many friends in different countries thanks to this platform. So much that an Indian newspaper recently ran an article about couchsurfing which carried my photo on it! (Bragging rights!) But nothing prepared me for the eye-opening experience I had today. Yeah, couchsurfing is all […]

Project 365: Day 297 – Couchsurfing. Without a host

riga, latvia, travel, photography
22nd April 2015 – Riga, Latvia If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue, Or walk with kings – nor lose the common touch. Then you have entered the realm of wanderlust Where differences don’t exist. Or nothing such.   I took the Ecolines bus in the morning today, and left from Vilnius to Riga. At just 6 Euros, I had free wifi, free coffee, and the side seat all to myself! Was in Riga by noon, and had to kill some time till 6 pm, before my host was available to pick me up. So, I decided to do […]

Project 365: Day 295 – I take all kinds of people

Denizli, turkey, travel, photography
16th February 2015 – Denizli, Turkey Narcissist! I jeered at myself. Then I smiled. At the prospect of being on the other end of the click. Between the slave and master in a studio setup, I almost felt like I was shooting a chick flick! I have taken all kinds of photographs on this trip. Ranging from portraits, panning shots, monochrome shots, HDRs, mobile phone shots, long exposure shots, lens flares etc. But one think I have never taken – and which many people keep asking me – is a self-portrait. But well, when I am travelling, there are so many interesting […]

Project 365: Day 230 – Not selfie! Self-portrait!

10th February 2015 – Novi Sad, Serbia What started as one of my first culinary adventures, Stretched into meeting some amazing CS hosts. But the night was just getting warmed up, There  was still Kolo, and some more dancing to boast. The day went like a Quentin Tarantino movie. It was all quiet till evening, and then the pace went kill-bill mode! So, I decided to cook today, and make Egor and Marina my victims. I had picked up a new dish in Turkey, made of Sucuk (a dry, spicy sausage) and eggs. I added some Indian twist to the dish, with some […]

Project 365: Day 224 – Cooking, couchsurfing, and Kolo

Ankara, Turkey, travel, couchsurfing, photography
22nd January 2015 – Ankara, Turkey Misery is often just like your pride. Only reversed. When it strikes, the head goes south and stays there. From lack to linguistic support to traversing long distances, It will purely be a Turkish test of time, to see how I fare. Just when I thought I had enough trouble yesterday, today turned out to be amazing. The perfect way to start my Turkey episode. NOT! So, at the unholy hour of 2 AM, I stepped out of the Sabiha Goekcen International airport, to find a way to get to Ankara. I had a basic idea […]

Project 365: Day 205 – Ahh, the troubles in Turkey!

Couchsurfing balgowlah heights sydney
This was the 5th post (Day 5) of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here.   6th July 2014 – Sydney, Australia (Day 5) In heightened tones and lazy hues, We passed another sunday, and […]

2 Lookouts for an amazing view of Sydney: Arabanoo and Bradley’s Head

This was the first post of an entire year-long series, which I named ‘Project 365′. The idea was simple enough: travel for a full year and document every day of it, in the form of a daily picture and poem. I am still working on a book of this year-long travel, but till then, enjoy all the posts here. You can check out the daily posts in the details below or jump to the final day of the project by clicking here. 1st July 2014 – Singapore From dust we rose and to dust we shall go And dust is […]

Project 365: Day 0 – The beginning

If you are a seasoned traveller, you should have heard of it already, or maybe you are already the CS ambassador of some city. Or if you are just starting to get smitten by wanderlust, you must be considering it already. As a hospitality exchange platform, couchsurfing is here to stay. Yes, there are a lot of negative stuff about it that you will hear everyday. The story of the Hong Kong girl who was raped in Leeds by a CS host, is sad but true. The story of an American girl who was killed in Nepal by a couchsurfer […]

8 Reasons why you should try Couchsurfing

Many of the people I meet while travelling, have never heard of dancewalking. And I am proud when I explain to them, especially when I tell them, how it is so common in Singapore. ================================================================= How to order your kopi like a boss, in Singapore! ================================================================= Well, to keep things in perspective, nobody knew of dance walking in Singapore too,  until a year ago. Around that time, one hippy local couch-surfer with long hair went on a trip to some European city, and his host there took him along for a dancewalk. When he came back to Singapore, he explained […]

Dancewalking in Singapore

Bedouin cave in Wadi Musa 2
After a day in Amman, and another around it, I was finally raring to go to Petra. ‘Raring’ is rather too subtle, given that I woke up at 4 AM to get ready for a minivan ride to Petra. Kojak, who drove me to Jerash, was going on a ride to Petra already, so I joined him on the drive. Given that a bus would have cost 9 JD anyway, it was worth it to go with him for only 10 JD. So, we set off by 6 AM, with a couple of other people from the hostel. I was […]

‘Cave-surfing’ with the Bedouins : Wadi Musa, Jordan

This post was originally written in 2013. But the blogpost and screenshots have been updated in 2015, to keep up with the changed layout of Couchsurfing. ===================================================================================   In one of my previous blog posts about travelling like a freak while still being employed, I had mentioned how couchsurfing had helped me a lot in my travel streak. I have been using this platform for 3 years now, hosted about 70-80 people in my last home in Singapore, and been hosted by 30-40 people ever since I became a full-time traveller, and have too many wonderful stories from couchsurfing. Many people have been dissenting […]

How to always find a Couchsurfing host. Or, almost always!

Before I started to travel the world in June 2014, I used to be a corporate employee too, like most other people around me. I did the 9-to-5 chore, and frankly, I did enjoy it. If you are one of those people who know me in real life back then, you will also know that I still used to travel a lot back then, at least once a month. And you might have also seen the multitude of questions that pop up on my Facebook/twitter feed. “Are you being sponsored for all these trips?” “How do you get all these leaves, man?” […]

How I used to travel like a freak, while still employed!