Travel Interview With Unbound Outbound

Hello please introduce yourself and your blog.

 They say it is easier to describe what you are not, than what you are, so here it goes. We are not your backpacker type, just regular people. We do not sleep in tents and eat wild berries and travel, nor do we stay only at luxurious resorts and 5-Star hotels. We do not wander around like nomads nor do we meticulously plan every minute of our travel. We are everyday people with everyday jobs and bills to pay. But, we take pleasure in travelling and want to help other people travelling to the places that we have been to.

In short, we feel that life is too short to restrict ourselves to one place.  We spend quality time on ourselves and one of the ways we do so is by travel. We have established Unbound Outbound to document our travel exploits, and to provide information to prospective travellers about the places that we travel. If you read our post about a place you have never heard of and decide to visit that place, then we consider it ‘Mission Accomplished’.

When and why did you start blogging?

We started blogging 2 years back to document our travel memoirs and share them with prospective travelers.

Our motto while writing our posts is to cover all the requisite information and travel tips that one needs to plan an itinerary and the reader need not look beyond.

What do you blog about? Any particular niche within travel?

We blog about travel destinations, particularly in Asia and Australia. Our blog primarily focuses on unexplored hidden gems that ‘typical tourists’ do not go to.

How did you decide on your blogs name?

We wanted to keep a little eccentric name, just like the places we go to. Hence, we decided on Unbound Outbound, which is a little uncommon.

How long have you been blogging for?

Two years. Though, we registered our site a year ago on 15th August 2017, which also happens to be the Independence Day of our country.

What plans do you have in the future for your blog? 

Projects coming up – We are compiling a post that educates readers on how to travel responsibly and leave green footprints. We are planning to do travel articles that would focus on several destinations in one post viz. best temples, forts, beaches, etc.  We are doing posts on itineraries to different places and dedicated travel tips, in mind.

We have travelled to tons of places but are yet to write about them.

And because we are people with full time jobs to tend to, we take our time out as much as we can and spend it in writing and curating posts, preparing itineraries, managing social media and travelling, of course.

Places to visit – We are planning to cover most of the places in India, especially in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. These are very beautiful states and last two are quite untouched by tourists. We also have a Euro trip that we are currently working on.

Collabs – We are actively looking for collaborations with other bloggers, since that is one thing which is lacking on our website and we are keen to collab on anything and everything.

Does your blog cover anything else other than travel?

Currently, our blog pertains to travel only. We might consider adding sections for book reviews and restaurant reviews in future.

What can our readers find on your website?

We treat our audiences with detailed information on places to visit in Asia and Australia, such that they will not need to look beyond anywhere else to plan their travel.

Do you have any travel tips or advice for our readers that might want to start a travel blog?

We are no experts, however while writing a travel blog, we must keep in mind to incorporate all the information we ourselves look for when we search for a destination online. Blogging is all about penning your thoughts and experiences, so one should just go ahead.  

What are some of the highs and lows of travel blogging?

Highs – Blogging for us is documenting our passion, which is travelling. It gives us a platform to share our happiness and love for travelling with everybody in the world.

Lows – Blogging is a full time job and it needs full time for writing posts, managing SEO and social media profile.

We, on the other hand, are full time automobile engineers, so there is absolute dearth of time. But we try to keep our love for travelling and writing alive.

As someone (if this relates to you) who works full time, how do you fit in travelling around your work schedule?

We plan our road trips to nearby destinations on weekends. One must concentrate on doing the closer destinations first and utilize those weekends.

For travels abroad, we plan our travels way in advance and utilize all our leaves and holidays solely for travelling.

It gets very tiring, at times when you arrive home at 3:00 AM in the night and have to leave for office the next day at 8:00 in the morning. But I guess, that’s how life is and that’s what we have chosen.

What sites or other resources do you use to decide where and when you will go to a certain place or destination?

There is no site in particular. It is just general awareness. Since we are into travel blogging, we come across pictures and articles on a lot of great places on social media that inspires us to travel.

Do you have any favourite travel books you have read?

Seven Years in Tibet by Heinrich Harrer

What’s been some of your favourite destinations & why?

 Honestly, it is really tough to choose 5. But given the limitation, here they are – 

Great Ocean Road, Australia – A road so picturesque and long, that no spot is devoid of beauty

Yogyakarta, Indonesia – A charming and modern city that houses several UNESCO World Heritage sites

Orchha, India – A quaint and quiet town with hidden architectural gems that is more often frequented by foreigners than Indians

Meghalaya, India – Indian state featuring lovely grassy mountains, unique culture and experiencing the world’s highest rainfall

 Langkawi, Malaysia – Rent a car and drive around this gorgeous island and you’ll know why

What equipment do you use to blog or for your blog?

MacBook, Phone, Camera

 

Do you have any tips or suggestions on how bloggers can earn an income from blogging? 

Top 5 Bucket-list Destinations?

  • Scotland
  • Iceland
  • New Zealand
  • Cambodia
  • Iran 

Top 5 travel experiences you can’t wait to try out or do?

  • Bungee Jumping in New Zealand
  • Hiking the Machu Picchu
  • Watching the Northern Lights
  • Hot-air Balloon ride in Turkey and Myanmar
  • Hiking the LOTR sites 

Do you have a money saving travel tips?

  • Stay in budget Hotels & Airbnb accommodations
  • Book your flights in advance
  • Read, research and plan rigorously 
  • Cook your food instead of eating in restaurants. Plus it’s healthy.
  • Look for deals and coupons online
  • Interact with locals

Do you have any funny or strange travel experiences to share? Please state what happened.

On our honeymoon, one of the places we went to was Rantepao in Indonesia, where dead people are worshipped and their bodies are kept in the houses for days, and corpses are offered cigarettes and alcohol as well. This was interesting and peculiar at the same time.

There is another incident which is extremely pleasing, it so happened that it was raining very heavily while we were in Langkawi and our car broke down. A man who was in the middle of some work, stopped his scooter and provided us with the contact details of a car mechanic. Not just this, he came again all the way  back after going home, just to ensure that we were safe and sound, and it was still raining all this while. We had bought a dozen packs of duty-free chocolates that morning and we offered some to this kind person as a token of thanks. This instantly made us fall in love with Langkawi.

Was there a place you visited that did not live up to your expectations & why? 

Sydney. It is our personal opinion and we think the place is just overhyped.

What’s in your travel bag? 

Travel brochure/Hard copy of map

Motion sickness pill/Diarrhea pills

Spare battery and memory card

Water Bottle/Dry fruits/Chocolates

Sun glasses/Sunscreen

What travel apps do you use?

Google Maps

Hotel booking apps – Airbnb

Call Taxi apps – Uber/Grab Taxi

Public transport local apps for train, metro, bus and boat

What are 3 things travelling has taught you?

Travel is a complete learning experience in itself. Discovering new places and cultures, reveals a completely different side of the world. If we would have to list down three things, those would be – 

Lots of Patience

Survival – staying hungry (downside of being vegetarians) and tired, and still not stopping

Wisdom

Have you encountered any travel mishaps or scary moments if so what happened?

There are plenty. But I’ll just mention one of them and it that was we had missed our flight from Bali to Makasar. We had to book another flight that was in the evening and had to spend the entire day at the Bali airport.    

Do you have any recommendations for cities and beach places that you have visited and loved? What was good about these places?

Yogya and Langkawi were two gems which we absolutely loved. The reason behind choosing them is that these are hidden from tourists and hence, retain their charm and are also very relaxing. I would recommend our readers to try visiting these places at least once in their life. 

Where do you see your travel blog in two years?

We see ourselves having a travel blog that offers posts on at least four continents and ten other countries, in next two years.

Please share one travel quote you love.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” – Mark Twain

 

Tanushree & Yaswanth  

 

 

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  • Soumya Gayatri
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    Way to go Unbound Outbound. Love reading your posts and loved your interview too. Hiking up to Machu Picchu and watching the northern lights is definitely on my bucket list too!

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