Chalukya and Rashmi, a couple from Mumbai, India had started travelling and exploring India to get away from the monotonous 9 to 6 jobs and soon travelling became their passion. They have travelled to 15 countries in 2015 alone and continued to pursue their passion of travelling.
What type of traveller would you say you are?
We believe we are curious budget travellers. We do have limitations on trips we make as all of them are self-funded and we make trips together with my full-time job. But we love to understand and learn about the history and culture of every place we visit.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
The first trip we took together was to the southernmost point of India – the Kanyakumari in 2007. This was the trip where we were introduced to each other. We were on our training for our first job and our common friends planned this trip.
What is the one thing that you always carry inside your backpack?
If it is about to of us simple jeans and pair of shirts will be all that we could need. Our luggage mostly consists of needs of our daughter food, clothing and one thing which we never miss carrying is our daughter’s teddy. Our daughter wants her teddy beside her all the time, when having food or sleeping or playing.
Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone? Why?
We travel as a family and we love to do so. We can appreciate and share our perspective. It’s always great to know fellow travellers perspective of a place. We have been making great memories of the places we visit and what else would be best to make memories with our loved ones. We are a support to each other throughout our travels.
What is the one place that you would highly recommend others to travel to?
Switzerland is paradise on earth. There is never a dearth of wonderful places in Switzerland. We have visited a dozen of places and still the country never stops to mesmerise us. Also its great in terms of transportation and facilities for tourists.
What’s the worst place that you have stayed in for sleeping? What’s the best?
We have always booked apartments through Airbnb and been careful in choosing places as we travelled with a kid so there is no bad experience as such. We loved the place we stayed in Santorini which had great views of sunsets and very close to Oia a typical greek island town and apartment in Bristol which was kinda small lovely farmhouse with backyard and barbecue.
Do you have any challenging and bad experience while travelling?
We travel with a kid and hence every trip is challenging. Our daughter joined us in travelling since she was 6 months of age. We have learnt a lot ever since.
We did have a couple of bad experiences but they were worth it.
1.After visiting Etretat we had to catch the last bus from Le Havre to Caen where we booked our apartment but due to traffic bus from Etretat to Le Havre reached late and we missed the last bus. We were tensed but then managed to take a taxi. Taxi was probably a better option when travelling with a kid. And Etretat is so beautiful.
2.When travelling back from Edinburgh to London, our scheduled train got cancelled and we had to take the next train which got jam packed due to passengers boarding from both previous and current trains and we had to sit on train floor due to unavailability of seats. And after around 10 minutes or so on enquiring with the lady working in train cafeteria she offered us staff seats and, later on, arranged us a seat in first class. So all is well that ends well. 😉
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
We would definitely be travelling exploring India but maybe not to the international destinations if not for the opportunity to work in Switzerland. Once back to India we are planning to save our pennies to continue pursuing our passion for visiting different countries and most of the India
Are you planning for a new trip or do you already have a new trip in mind?
We are hoping to cover as much of Switzerland and Europe as long as we are in Europe. We have places from Switzerland on our list currently to explore and are planning to visit a new country soon.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
We would love to give a message to new mommies and daddies if travel is your passion please don stop travelling for baby as a reason. After having kids life changes, your lifestyle changes, you change certain things, adopt new likings. You become more patient, multitasking and organised. Do all these qualities not help you be a better traveller. Then why stop travelling? Keep exploring and make memories.
Chalukya and Rashmi is the brain behind Go Beyond Bounds. Share with us about your website?
We started our blog in early march, jotting down our experiences in blogs to create memories for ourselves and soon realised that it served as guidance for our friends and families who planned to visit the same countries as we did. Hence, we are now putting our best efforts to make our blog an awesome experience for people looking for some information and guidance on travel.
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