About me

Hey there!
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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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


  1. Hi there Lipsa,
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the Blogosphere and for the follow. Your support is greatly appreciated. I hope you enjoyed you visit and look forward to seeing more from you.
    Have a great day, 

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  2. Lipsa…I have traveled a great deal myself. There’s almost nothing like being there in person. It’s also best, as you said to go with the local customs. The tourist areas don’t do the place justice.

    Also…I am highly visual. I may not take a lot of pictures, but I sure do enjoy a talented photographer such as yourself taking them and showing them off.

    Highest and Best as you travel near and far. Thanks for being courageous enough to share your travels with us!

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