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Blog | Travel

9 October 2017

Traveller of the Week : Jade Dsa

Jade has D’sa spent most of her time in Goa where she was born and brought up and then ultimately moved to Mumbai for an MBA degree, earning her a job in Business Development. ‘That Goan Girl’ was started when she couldn’t find a creative outlet in working 9 to 5 anymore!

She began documenting her travels and new restaurants incorporating her thoughts and opinions. An ambitious woman, Jade does not give up easily and also cannot be stopped easily from doing whatever she sets her eyes on.

 

Jade D’sa

 

Travelling has been a lifelong passion, she remembers reading adventure books as a child and watching movies. “I used to dream that someday I would also get the chance to explore the pyramids in Egypt, to touch the soft white sand on deserted islands of the Philippines, to try some street food in Thailand, to see Manhattan from one of its rooftops and ride in a hot air balloon over Cappadocia”, says D’Sa.

While she has been travelling between countries since she was practically a baby, her first real trip happened in Grade 9 to the historically beautiful Hampi in Karnataka.

 

Trying local food, visiting museums, experiencing the nightlife, and shopping requires her to travel solo since travelling with a group of people will only make it uneasy in terms of preferences. For her to travel with someone other than herself, the ability to vibe together matters a lot, says Jade.

 

Jade is a full-time traveller and a freelance digital marketer by profession. She tries to finish her face to face commitments at one time and then continues to travel on road. Her family has come to accept her unconventional work style.

 

D’sa plans her trips when and where required such as experiencing Diwali in Varanasi but when it comes to exploring rural Maharashtra or Rajasthan, she’s ready to leave in half an hour. ‘That has happened on several occasions!’, adds Jade.

The Northern Lights, Greece, Russia, Turkey and North India are her top must-visit locations.

Her five must-haves for travelling outdoors are comfortable clothes, sunscreen, bug spray, a light scarf, and water!

 

Jade loves every bit of travelling right from planning where to go, which mode of transport to get and also the feeling to get back home once the trip is over! She also loves to learn and loves the diversity of culture, food and the way of life truly fascinating.

‘Travel constantly challenges you by throwing you into unknown situations and that gives me a thrill’, says the experience junkie.

Jade D’sa has travelled to Karnataka, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Gujarat. She has also travelled internationally to Kuwait, Singapore, Malaysia and Canada.

 

Travelling also comes with some life lessons which has taught Jade to trust her instincts over the time. It has also taught her to reinforce what she already knows but tends to forget.

‘Life is short and there’s no need to wait around to do something that makes you happy. If travelling makes you happy, then do it now and experience whatever you can, while you can’ says the traveller.

 

 

Whilst being invited to review a domestic airline’s new in-flight entertainment system, she was flown to Delhi for a few hours. Finding nothing to do at the Delhi airport, not wanting to kill time at a coffee shop like a normal human being, Jade decided to call a friend and ended up soaking Delhi in just a few hours. From trying Keema Parantha to taking in the sights at Connaught Place, saw the Red Fort and Jama Masjid and lastly, headed to Old Delhi where she tasted some fabulous Jalebi-Rabdi at Chandni Chowk, a good hour away from the airport while still catching the flight back to Mumbai at the nick of time!

Words by Harpreet
Images by ©Jade D’sa

 

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Blog | Inspiration | Travel

10 July 2017

Traveller of the Week : Archana Singh

Archana Singh is a Brand Strategist by profession and a travel journalist by passion, who wants to travel around the world in search of untold human stories. She believes travel came naturally to her, thanks to her army background and army life, She hardly remembers when she started traveling, perhaps since the time she was born. However, her first solo travel out of India was in 2009 where she explored UK and Europe all by herself. Archana is a very adaptable traveler who can travel as the need arises and she enjoys Solo Travel the most as she gets to interact with locals and strangers more than when she is with a group.

 

Archana Singh

 

Currently as a full-time traveler, Archana hasn’t faced any problems as such because she had planned well in advance before quitting her job. Her family and office were very supportive of her decision. She is a mix of both a planned traveler and the one who makes spontaneous trips. While that’s limited to booking her flights and following a rough itinerary, she keeps her plans fluid and loves to go with the flow. Archana suggests the following places as the must go-to destinations:

Japan – for a unique mix of culture and modernity

USA: for the diversity and immenseness of a great nation

Philippines: for the unspoiled beaches and super friendly people

New Zealand: for the epic landscapes and adrenaline rush

Finland: for the winter wonderland and Northern Lights

 

Zipper hiking pants, comfortable pair of shoes, camera, curious eyes equipped with offline navigation app and an open but vigilant mind are the 5 must haves for traveling and stay outdoors according to Archana. She enjoys the most talking to strangers during her travel. Unplanned conversations have often lead her to serendipity. Her most endearing travel stories have come from impromptu conversations with strangers. And if there’s no one to talk to then she loves to read.

 

Archana has covered 23 states in India and visited over 40 countries across the globe. Travel has been a constant in her life from the time she was born. She states that her favourite lesson was shared by Chris McCandles, “Happiness is real only when shared.”  She absolutely believes in what he said and that there’s so much negativity in this world. And according to Archana, the only way to defeat that is by spreading happiness and positivity. Therefore, she always makes it a point to share the happy memories from her travels with everyone. Archana believes that Inspiro India is a great platform to share inspiring stories about people from different fields.

 

California

Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

Scottsdale, Arizona

Great Camps, Lake Placid, New York, USA

Grand canyon raod

North Arizona, USA

Mt. Fuji at Kawaguchiko Lake, Japan (1 of 1)

Yosemite National Park, California, USA

Taos Pueblo, New Mexico

Archana has just returned from a two months Solo Trip to the USA and during that period she states that she had some amazing experiences. And she narrates, ‘I was watching the gorgeous sunset at La Fonde Bell Tower in Santa Fe, New Mexico for which the heritage hotel is known for. After the dinner, I started walking back to my hotel. As I was passing through the lobby I heard Jazz music playing in the nearby bar. To my surprise, I saw three women in their seventies dancing freely in the lobby of the hotel (not bar) without caring if anybody was watching them or if they were not at the right place wearing the right clothes doing the right thing. All they cared about was having a good time together. To me that was the real essence of travel – travel without inhibitions. Travel like there’s no tomorrow.’

Words by Arvind Vairavan
Images by ©Archana Singh

 

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