My Footprints Around The Globe
Hi, I am Maninder from My Footprints Around the Globe.I dreamt of traveling the world since time eternal. Born and raised in Dubai for 17 years, and now living in the United States, traveling has been a part of me from a very young age in the form of family vacations to India and England. I wanted to explore the rest of the world just like a lot of people, I didn’t know how to make it happen.
I faced many hurdles such as money, school, work, etc. but I was determined to fulfill my dream. Now I share my journey and tips on my blog to inspire others to travel realistically without quitting your job or moving to a new country. I graduated college with a degree in Tourism ad Hospitality Management and work a full-time job in Property Management.
When and why did you start blogging?
I started blogging in March 2017. The main reason to start blogging was to improve my writing skills and become a little more tech savvy, since I loved everything about traveling, I figured why not discuss that topic. The blog was supposed to be a learning tool for my future self.
What do you blog about? Any particular niche within travel? For now I share my journeys and any tips or tricks that might be helpful to anyone else out there planning their trip and basically show that traveling is not as hard as it looks, you do not have to quit your job or be filthy rich to be able to travel.
How did you decide your blogs names In the shower? Had been thinking of different names for a couple of days and then it just struck!
What plans do you have in the future for your blog?
Projects coming up Launching phase 2, my teeshirt line called BlueJay Couture to empower women of all ages.
Are there any destinations you are visiting soon or in the future?
Atlanta, New Orleans, Arizona, Spain and continue exploring my backyard, Washington, D.C.
What can our readers find on your website?
I share my thoughts and views on the places I have visited and my tips on how you can make that trip happen too! myfootprintsaroundtheglobe.com
Do you have any travel tips or advice for our readers that might want to start a travel blog? Blogging is like chess to me. You constantly have to keep learning to grow and if you are looking to make it a career, you have to stay ahead of your competition. Might sound like a broken record, but if you don’t love what you are blogging about, it is not for you. It requires long hours at times and you have to be your biggest motivator.
What are some of the highs and lows of travel blogging?
Some of the highs of travel blogging are: 1. you have a pretty darn good excuse to travel, 2. you learn so many new things, a year ago I was clueless about plugins..like is that something you plug on the wall?, 3. you get to meet a lot of new and fun people in different parts of the world.
Lows of travel blogging: You have to figure out everything such as WordPress aka rocket science which taught me a great deal of patience and don’t expect to make an income immediately, it will take a while.
How do you manage to work travel?
I have a full-time job, I take several short trips in a year and explore my backyard on my weekends.
What sites or other resources do you use to decide where and when you will go to a certain place or destination?
I am very open when deciding where I will be going next. I start off with a budget and then look for destinations that will fit my budget. I would highly recommend signing up for newsletters from airlines so you can be the first ones to find out about the special rates.
What’s been some of your favourite destinations & why?
Krakow- Loved the combination of history and modernization and all the different cultures.
Milan- I would love to live in Milan! The architecture, shopping, food, friendly people, everything!
Dubai- Home always makes me happy.
Cancun- There is something about the ocean that makes my soul happy, I can spend hours doing nothing there. The best hospitality I received everywhere I went.
What’s the TOP blog posts on your page?
My post about Poland: Hidden Treasures Of Poland Away From Warsaw
Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations?
Croatia, Morocco, New Zealand, Bora Bora and Russia
Top 5 travel experiences you can’t wait to try out or do?
Hot air balloon ride over the Niagara falls, Snorkeling in Hawaii, watching a live soccer game in Europe
Do you have a money-saving travel tips?
Be open to the destinations when deciding, and don’t be afraid to use low fared airlines such as Frontier airlines and Norwegian.
Do you have ay funny or strange travel experiences to share? Please share what happened.
My first solo trip was to Gdansk, Poland. I had reserved a hotel near the airport but had done 0 research,just had the address. I got a cab from the airport and handed the driver (who only spoke Polish) the address. He starts driving (even though he was confused), 5 seconds later looks at the address again, parks the car and gets out of the car, hands me my luggage and clearly annoyed at me, points at a building a few feet away hidden behind a construction board. Indicates me to start walking. I laughed hard at my stupidity.
Was there a place you visited that did not live up to your expectations & why.
Bahamas way too touristy, felt like it was an extension of the United States.
What’s in your travel bag? Name 5 travel essentials always in your bag?
Baby wipes, portable battery, a mini skin care kit, a mini make up kit (Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer, Smashbox camera ready BB cream, Benefits cosmetic cheek and lip stain, any mascara, random bronzer and chapstick) and an extra outfit (in case luggage gets delayed)
What travel apps do you use and why?
Google Maps if internet is available. Like to challenge myself to travel the old fashioned way with very little technology.
What are 3 things travelling has taught you?
Independence, self- confidence and determination
Have you encountered any travel mishaps or scary moments if so what happened?
Had to drive through a blizzard in March this year from D.C.- to New York to catch a flight to Paris. The roads were very icy and slippery, poor visibility.
Do you have any recommendations for cities and beach places that you have visited and loved? What was good about these places?
I lived in Florida for over 10 years and loved the beaches there. They certainly have some of the best beaches in the country and it is very inexpensive.
Where do you see your travel blog in two years?
I would love to continue learning about the Tourism industry and want to be knowledgeable enough to discuss more complex topics such as ecotourism with my readers.
Please share one travel quote you love or one you have made up?
“It’s time for a new adventure”- me on a weekly basis”