Now that you’ve married that girl who travels.

If you've read, Why You Absolutely Should Date a Girl Who Travels you'll  better understand and appreciate the context of this blog. I decided to write this for my husband because he had shared the article with me when he was my boyfriend. Dear Damian, It’s been 3 months since we said “I do”, a day I will forever cherish in the depths of my heart. A day I said yes to you being you and you said y...
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15 Indian habits I lost after moving to England.

It's been 2month and 2 weeks since I arrived in England and it's slowly shaping this new person I'm becoming. And even though everybody who decides to move to a new country needs time to adjust to their new environment, I've noticed that some changes are merely accepted overnight (like no fans in your bedroom) while some take awhile (like bundling up for all kinds of weather) But here are some hab...
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Walking tour of the WWF Living Planet Centre

I was really excited to take a walking tour of the WWF Living Planet Centre today! Here are some pictures and observations from the space. The #WWF may be one of the most recognised conservation organisations around the world, but their building the Living Planet Centre is one of the most environmentally friendly buildings in the UK. I was surprised to find that they have three massive trees in t...
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The beautiful palaces of Bhuj.

My first stop on my journey through Kutch, headquarters of the district and the most important place in the area is the city of Bhuj. Picturesquely placed between two streams, Bhuj was built by Rao Khengarl (1548-85) with a city wall, 10.5mtrs high that forms a polygon to surround it. It has 5 major gates and one small gate known as Chathi bari. Not much remains of the fort wall after the mult...
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Recipe: Rum Fruit Cake

It’s the 1st blog post of the year 2017, so why not make it a sweet one? I’ve tried my hand at the famous old recipe of a rich fruit cake but, alas, what is life without its twists (Spice) and turns (Rum) and who said these should be devoured only around Christmas? I say.. let’s make, bake and in return it’ll… help see us through the year and whatever curve balls it throws at us! Belated Happy New...
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Eat like a local: Paraguay

Whoever said “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper” has obviously never been to Paraguay, where the food is not only cheap but delicious and drool-worthy and where it’s possible to eat every meal like a king! In October 2014, I had the opportunity from Gadventures to travel through a few countries in South America. While Paraguay was never on the plan, I foun...
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Munnar, a vibrant hill station.

Munnar is a famous hill station in Kerala and located at an elevation of 1700 meters above the sea level. It draws a large number of tourists every year because of its pleasant climate, lush green landscapes, and beautiful tea plantations. Munnar is located in the Western Ghats and has a large cover of the area under protection as it houses some of the rare species of flora and fauna. It also offe...
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Cheat Sheet: Best Tango shows in Buenos Aires

Argentina’s capital fizzes with energy, be it art, football or dance. Tango, a Porteno (The name for natives of Buenos Aires) creation, grew along the banks of the River Plate in the 1880’s, as the city welcomed thousands of European and African immigrants. Today it remains a fixture of the local scene. I had the opportunity of a lifetime to spend a few days in Buenos Aires on my trip through Sout...
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Why Nepal is on my Bucket List!

Long associated with trekking and yoga fanatics on a quest for spiritual enlightenment, the country of Nepal offers plenty for any traveller that simply loves stunning landscapes, unique architecture, history and unexampled culture. Nestled cosily in between the Himalayas that stand tall and the wild jungles of the Indian plains, Nepal is now accessible by daily Indigo flights to Katmandu (KTM). T...
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Dubai Walls: Graffiti in City Walk

#DubaiWalls is a ground-breaking initiative bringing street art to the Middle East. It invited 16 globally renowned street artists representing five continents to create their signature style art work in public spaces across CITY WALK in Dubai. They aims to engage both residents and visitors in a conversation about this exciting art form and introduce new mediums of street art for the public to ex...
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10 Things to do in Pondicherry.

The good life, lies in Pondicherry. Perfect for a city break if you live in Bangalore or Chennai and easily accessible by an 3-6hour overnight bus. It is 135kms from Chennai which takes around 3-4 hours while it is around 350kms from Bangalore which takes 12 hours of travel time. The culture there is synonymous to being laid back, sunny, great sea food and tax free alcohol. My favourite part of ...
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Formerly known as @Miss_Mused

Many of you would have recently noticed the sudden name change on all my social channels from @Miss_Mused to now being @nickolaikinny  Changing your name so dramatically and without warning isn’t something many of us would consider, so I thought it would be fun to tell the story of why I changed it and then tell you the story about a girl who was once known as @Miss_Mused. I decided to change i...
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Recipe: Pan Seared Salmon

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 (3-ounce) salmon fillets Salt and pepper Tablespoon of ginger garlic paste for marinade Oregano, for marinade 1/2 Lemon slices, for marinade Liberally season salmon fillet without skin with the ginger and garlic paste, oregano, with salt and pepper. Finally squeeze lemons over everything and leave to rest in your refrigerator for an ho...
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The world beneath our world

On account of it being World Ocean Day yesterday, I wanted to surprise my readers with something straight out of my travel journals. Yes! There are a few stories and moments I hold onto and keep to myself, they're both sacred and almost never make it to this blog. But that might change and here’s a treat. It relives the memory of my first scuba dive in the Andaman Islands somewhere off Haveloc...
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Everything you learn from travelling with a partner.

The adventures of this tiny lady has a +1 these days. After 10 years of travelling solo, or with friends, I finally found a partner who loves to travel and explore just as much as me. We’ve taken 4 trips together so far and I’ve learned many new things along the way - about me, about him, and about us, as we take on the world. But more importantly, about everything that travel gives you a chance...
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La Veranda – Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai.

I love restaurants by the sea that imbibe the beach ambience into their decor. Where you can enjoy sun-kissed skin, kick off your heels and have your toes in the sand and the sound and sights of the sea. Thats exactly what we got, with our beach front table at La Veranda. Its the ideal place to tuck in a pizza, bruschetta and other Italian delights. We started with some chicken caesar salad, alon...
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Camping at the beach.

Last year, i finally took my friend Kris up on his millionth attempt to take me overnight camping by the beach. He picked Kashid, a beach town on the shores of the Arabian Sea, in the North Konkan region of Maharashtra, India. Located 30 kms from Alibaug and 135 kms from Mumbai on the Alibaug-Murud road. I rode pillion on his motorcycle all the way from Mumbai one weekend and we arrived at 9pm. Af...
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Every adventurer needs a friend called Frodo!

You know a new travel tech product is going to be good when its launched and backed by adventurers and for adventurers. NexGear is a tech startup in Mumbai with a focus on developing seamlessly wearable devices. It is driven by a core vision to better the way people capture and share their adventures. Made up of a bunch of travel, adventure, and photography enthusiasts who also happen to be engine...
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Travel Apps To Look Out For!

Using my phone during my travels comes almost naturally. There are so many cool apps that makes travel and travel planning easy, so I decided to put together the 5 on my radar and which im currently using. From finding fun things to do along the way, the best hotels or car drives, to splitting bills with friends or saving money on tourist attractions, you are going to love having these apps along ...
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Avasa – St. Regis, Saadiyat Island.

The reason i like to try Indian food in countries other than India is because the flavours are blended in a way, to match its new local environment. Avasa’s new menu has not only ranked them as the most creative Indian cooking restaurant in Abu Dhabi but also a very good contemporary one. The flavours are inspired by the chef’s willingness to experiment and has a tendency to leave your taste...
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Money Mistakes to Avoid While Traveling

By this point, I think I’ve tried it all when it comes to carrying money around while on the road. Going back to thinking about a few trips in the past, I can only chuckle and shake my head as I recall myself, cautious and frightened, carrying cash in money belts, various hidden pockets, and forex cards, which I came to know about during my first trip abroad. After a while, I immediately switched ...
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5 Must try Malay dishes.

If I could pick and choose the next country i fly to, I would pick Malaysia. And it would only be because of the food there. This craving is strongly influenced by my Malaysian flat mate who loves to cook up a storm in the kitchen and flood our apartment with drool-worthy scents. After having tasted quite a variety of dishes, here are some everyone should try: NASI LEMAK: Nasi lemak could be...
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Around the world in 10 films.

The 12th Edition of Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF) brought together the best films from around the globe for their ‘Cinema Of The World’ segment. It showcased 134 films from 60 countries, including 55 world and international premieres, 46 MENA premieres, 11 Middle East premieres and 17 GCC premieres, the 12th edition cemented its status as one of Conde Nast World Traveller’s Top 10 Film ...
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Online video is the future of travel content.

If it were five years in the future, would you be reading this blog article or would you be watching it? As online video continues its inimitable rise, it's an interesting question to ponder. I asked the same on twitter and was surprised to see the results of how videos is almost at par with written blogs. While websites, social media, blogs and infographics dominated online travel information ...
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Stopover in Abu Dhabi

If you’re on a long haul international connecting flight on Etihad, you will very likely end up connecting through the Abu Dhabi International Airport. It is located roughly 30 kilometres from the city centre and makes the city a quick destination for those who are stuck on long layovers; the airport also makes it possible to let people get a taste of the Arab culture between flights. There are pl...
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Simple ways to adopt responsible travel.

The sustainable travel movement is strong and growing and includes multiple organisations around the world that are seeking to educate people about how they can help. Many of the suggestions are simple and can be easily incorporated in your day to day travel lifestyle too. It’s important to know the ways to be a sustainable traveller, because many people that may take care of the environment when ...
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10 Essentials for a camping trip.

Ive noticed a trend and rise in how camping is more popular than ever, with more and more people choosing this rustic getaway instead of hitting hotels etc. With the right camping equipment, you can holiday at a low cost with friends and family for years to come. If you are new to camping, this guide will give you a basic knowledge to prepare you for your first trip, it's worth getting a hold of t...
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Explore Dubai on a shoestring budget.

Winter is coming! Yes we're halfway through September, and October is speeding up around the corner and if you're looking for places to end this year with, Dubai should be on the top! Every year airlines swoon with offers and encourage you with excellent deals. Dubai's leading airline in particular will top their offers every winter to convince you to just Fly Emirates. Being the jewel of the M...
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Summer Treat: Watermelon & Feta Salad

Psst. (Scroll to bottom for the IKEA giveaway details.)                                              The combination of salty feta and of sweet watermelon might seem strange at first , but it is very common in the Mediterranean. Watermelon, apparently originated in the Nile valley and with its greater than 90% water content, it is perfect for any sweltering summer heat. Given the area's proclivity...
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Places to Explore From Dubai

Planning a holiday can be an expensive affair; therefore, researching about your travel options beforehand is one of the greatest options that will save you from extra expenses. With the rise in low cost and budget airlines such as FlyDubai and Qatar airways, it has now  become easier to escape and unwind on a shoe-string budget. Here is a list of all the places I would like to explore in Dubai: ...
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A taste of Brazilian summer in Dubai

The first time i had a bowl of Açai was while i was sun-bathing on the beaches of Ilha grande which is an island in Brazil. Thereafter i was hooked and i made sure i got my daily dose of Açai without fail. In Brazil, Açai cafes, fruit shops and natural food eateries are on every street corner. These serve everything you could imagine – Açai juices, bowls of frozen Açai with fruit and toppings, A...
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Buenos Aires in 24 hours

From wandering the streets of La Boca to outdoor steak houses and from walking through the eerie Recoleta Cemetery to Tango dancing in my converse. Here’s my journey through Buenos Aires, Argentina in 24 hours. Enjoy!
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Moving on, to Dubai!

Hey, Im moving countries!!!! Yes, you read right. I’ve always been interested in other places, people, cultures and languages and after living and working in India for 26 years i know that I’ve always felt that I wanted to experience not just traveling, but living in different places around the world. After years of living out of bags, in between trips through India, just to return home to do...
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Digital Behaviour of Indian Bloggers

Sorav Jain of echoVME conducted a survey on Bloggers in India wherein 350 active bloggers from all over India participated. The objective of the survey was: To understand the pattern of blogging of the top-most bloggers. To explore how bloggers exploit social media platforms for their personal and professional promotion. To know if bloggers understand the basics of SEO. To understand how bra...
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Kingfisher Blue Mile- Andaman Islands

This article was first published on kingfisherworld.com Imagine 7 days of sheer bliss, adventure and good times in the Andamans. For Shibani, Craig, Ravi , Vinay , Roycin and me it will no longer be just a mere figment of our imagination. Thanks to the #kfbluemile we got to travel to the amazing andaman islands and cross things off from our personal bucket lists. From jumping off boats , to scuba...
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Caramelising City – Mumbai’s best caramel custards.

Caramel Custard is a creamy and scrumptious dessert made with caramelised sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla essence. The quintessential dessert that was once served to the reserved palate of Sahibs and Memsahibs of the British era. It is now accessible to the simple man with its yum dollops of tasty and its magnificent texture and mouthwatering taste. Being one of my favourite desserts, if i spot it o...
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Chasing adventures with The Man.

My dad "The man" has always played an important role in my life, from when i was younger and even until now. But the biggest life lesson or quality he instilled in me from a very early age was my thirst for travel and adventure. I remember the memories like they were yesterday. While most of his plans involved pulling us out of school for a few days to discover and learn while we traveled. ...
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Dubai airport’s newest resident

What do you get when you put a penguin in the world's largest international airport? It sounds like the start of a joke, but it is in fact the center of a new social media campaign by Dubai Airport. Meet Pedro the penguin, the two-foot star of the quirky video that depicts his adventures after his journey from the icy glaciers of Antarctica to the hot sandy plains of the UAE and as he explores ...
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Dubai’s finest burgers

This article was originally published on Dubai Voyager in April 2015. While the hamburger may have taken its name from the city of Hamburg, it is undoubtedly the Americans that have brought this humble meat sandwich to its current fame.But Dubai seems to be catching onto the craze with burgers varying in prices from Dhs25 - Dhs130  Here are some of Dubai’s finest burgers: Shake Shack: It may not ...
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Top 10 things to do in Hampi

10) Visit the ruins: Hampi ruins are ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. It continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Visit my Photo Diary: Monuments at Hampi. 9) Stay by the rice fields and river: We stayed at the Mowgli Gu...
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Let music take you there.

Imagine if a song could take you back to a place or time, a place you've either never been to or want to relive again. Yes music can sometimes do that for you. The perfect song could transport you to that place in your head and make you feel like your there even if your halfway across the globe going through files on your work desk. These are 10 tracks that take me there and snippets on how i foun...
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Be everything you are and more: #UseYourAnd

It's easy to define someone as "smart" or "funny" or "beautiful," but what if you could be all of the above and still have various more attributes that define you? Every woman has things that she is passionate about, things that make her who she is. Put aside 5mins and figure out what are the things that are important to you, the multitude of things that make you who you are, because you can’t be ...
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Why travelling solo is the best thing that ever happened to me

This article was originally published on Times of Inida's idiva.com on Jan 23rd 2015. If someone asked me to think back to the last time I went without a trip or travel, I'm afraid I wouldn't have an answer because travel for me has now been ingrained so deeply that, it's now a lifestyle choice than a task or career. When one travels as often as I do, that it sometimes gives me only 2-3 days at ...
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Recipe: Sausage & Pepper Omelette

Serves 1 Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 60gms Sausage 1/4 green pepper, chopped 1 teaspoon unsalted butter 2 large eggs, beaten 1/4 cup grated extra-sharp 30gms Cheddar Salt and black pepper Directions: Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, breaking it up with a spoon, and bell pepper and cook until the sausage is browned and cooked through and the peppers ...
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Top 5 things to do on the Republic Day weekend

Long weekends are like an oasis. After the New Year festivities, celebrations hit a low and its back to office and routines for most people.But as travelers we are always seeing the next big break and the Republic Day long weekend is exactly that! This city of Mumbai and our country offers us plenty to do, as per our interests and as per things that set us on fire. Here's a list to choose from...
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À la carte – Pondicherry

This article was first published in The Mumbai Mirror on Dec 14, 2014. Pondicherry or Puducherry is usually sought after for its French villas, quarters and unique graffiti. But there is more to this place other than the usual laziness that is implied whilst cycling or strolling around the rues and maisons. The best way to experience any place is via its culinary offerings. Making it not only fu...
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