Welcome to my travel blog – Not All Things Touristy!. 🙂
I am Lipsa, a social media consultant by profession. I live in the beautiful garden city of India, Bangalore, and I hail from the temple city of India, Bhubaneswar. I am here to share my travel experiences and get inspired by reading yours.
Traveling is something that I have been excited about all my life, as far as I can remember- be it going to a new place with my parents for summer vacation, or going for short day trips to waterfalls and beaches as part of school and college excursions. I was bitten by the travel bug since then! 😀
I can’t tell exactly how and when this idea crept into my mind, but I guess it happened over time. May be it started with my instagram account. Initially, I used this platform to share my personal pictures, but gradually it transformed to a venue to share my travel pictures.
Eventually, I felt like I could do more than just instagram, as every time I traveled to a new place, I would always come back with tons of stories for friends and family. Plus, whenever I would read other blogs, I always felt it was something that I could do as well to tell my travel stories to the world.
Finally, inspiration struck me after my trip to UK. There was so much write about that I thought it was the perfect time for me to start my own travel photography blog.
My blog is broadly based on three key aspects:
- It is an attempt to share MY travel experiences, opinions and thoughts – things I liked, loved, or disliked about a place … Places that I thought were “touristy traps”, to places I felt were “touristy yet fun” and must-dos. My blog represents my personality and I am going to be bitterly honest. If there are places that I think are a waste of my money and time, I put it that way.
- Apart from writing about the places I visit, I also talk about places that were my home away from home, modes of transport, eateries, general travel philosophies, etc. So, when I say this, I don’t write a mere hotel review, but I love to talk about accommodations, which add to my travel experience. For a finicky traveler like me, where you stay and what you eat, is also part of how good your trip was.
- Like the old expression goes, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” One can ramble on and on about a place, but let’s be honest, what’s a travel blog without some promising photographs in it? So, yes, some of my posts are photo essays, where I let the pictures do the talking, while in most of my posts I like to showcase pictures that complement my travel tales. 🙂
Travel for me is all about getting the real essence of a place by experiencing the local lifestyle, cuisine and culture. I am specifically inclined towards places with scenic natural landscapes, history, and medieval architecture and towns, though I love to explore and try out new places in general.
Thank you for stopping by and I would love to hear from you in the comments section. Hope you enjoy reading my travel stories!
For some travel inspiration, I will leave you with some lines from one of my favorite poems of all times. Happy traveling!
…I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees: All times I have enjoy’d …
… I am a part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethro’
Gleams that untravell’d world whose margin fades
For ever and forever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!
As tho’ to breathe were life! …
… Come, my friends,
‘T is not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die…
by Alfred, Lord Tennyson