Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create... This is something that time and again proves itself in our lives. We have spent much time worrying about the decisions and matters outside our control, but what has never failed to bring us happiness and rewards is ultimately what we can control, what we can create and what we can learn... This is our first drone video. Kam is learning to fly it without drowning our investment 😂 I downloaded the trial version of Adobe Premiere Pro and tried my hand at editing... Piecing those clips together was no big deal but learning to download CC royalty free music and learning to do write on text for the name Sukabumi was incredibly satisfying. Guess we have new passion projects now! What are you learning to create at the moment!? . . . #ourhappyfootprints
How would you change the details of your life of you could see the bigger picture!? I always wonder what if I could see the larger picture in life as I can see when we send our drone up! I'm sure I'll think very differently about a lot of the smaller details. Oh and if you are wondering what is this place? This is Sukabumi, 100 odd KMS from Jakarta that can very well be an 8 hr drive, lol you read that right, we have the worst kind of traffic I've ever come across to blame for that. But I really couldn't regret visiting this slice of paradise. Popular among the locals and a hidden gem for the foreigners; Sukabumi has lakes, waterfalls and nature trails to explore. This was extra special as it was the first time we really enjoyed using our drone and enjoyed the aerial views from the ground! How many of you enjoy flying a drone just to enjoy the aerial perspective of a place? And for others are you also interested in learning drone/aerial photography? . . . #ourhappyfootprints
I was a little disturbed by a few news articles I've been reading and I had decided to take a few days off to clear the thoughts in my head. But I do want to talk about it... A young girl in Malaysia apparently ended her life after hosting a poll on Instagram asking people about if she should live or not. Several friends here on the IG community wonder if there is any point to their passion for writing and creating content when the numbers stonewall them. Peer pressure, online bullies, unreal expectations, a lot of factors contributing to growing number of mental health issues. So, what can I do about any of these issues? I'm no expert on mental health, but I definitely feel strongly about it, so I listed a few things I can do: 1 - Try to be as truthful about my struggles as I can. Normalising the facts that I don't travel 90% of the time, have stupid fights with my instahusband, really question if i'm a good mom from time to time, worry about a lack of career at the moment and having health troubles from time to time. 2 - I spoke about how numbers are not important and then went to like pods to get traction on my posts, which I felt were not being seen by enough people. But how many is enough 100,1000, 10000, 100000, 1000000? Because someone else is always sure to have more than me. I guess not faking numbers in this community can itself go a long way in building positivity here! 3 - Be myself. There's a lot of pressure on here to conform to certain formulas of success. But the people who truly inspire me here are the ones who didn't conform, spoke their minds and did their stuff, regardless that it may be the long route to success. So why was I trying to conform when those who inspire me don't!? 4 - Support from the heart. I really feel the need to re-examine the way I consume content. I want to actually be filled with awe about something someone wrote even if the picture is ordinary. I want to look at content without the filtered glasses I seem to have subconsciously donned and give support only because I want to and not because it's some kind of barter system! What else do you think will help create a kinder and inclusive community here?
A Perfect Life Is A Mirage A Happy Life Is A Reality I hated my first few jobs stuck in a place that had no space for creativity. But I made a calculated choice to change careers even if it meant I had to start from the scratch, not just in terms of work experience but in regards to my salary. It wasn't the perfect work life I had envisioned at the start, but it turned out the combination of skills really helped nail pretty much every interview I gave! Now, i'm really happy for all my work experiences. When Kam and I met, we were a couple that had to deal with a lot of emotional baggage. Problems that involved other people and problems that my family didn't approve of, but in our gut we felt it was right to make us work and a decade later we realise everyday we couldn't have made a better choice. Even though some shadows of the past will never leave us, we are happy. In our pursuits to create a home and financial assets to fall back on, we raked up some big loans. We still have home loans to pay totaling over $100000 yet we have our houses earning rent for us, which will soon be a source of revenue as we get closer to paying off the loans. So, life is not perfect or ideal for us. We have been fortunate, we have also worked hard but regardless of the ups and downs or the issues, we are happy as long as we have our family and health. People may not share the hard parts on IG that doesn't mean they don't exist. So when I find myself comparing I remind myself to count my blessings instead. And that positive attitude makes me happier than the concept of perfect 💛 Do you ever find yourself comparing with someone's 'perfect' life!? ... 👣 #ourhappyfootprints
Do you want to travel exclusively forever!? This kind of marketing seems to have gotten so popular on social media these days and while it would have made my 22 year old self dizzy with joy just at the prospect of it, now I realise it doesn’t sound as attractive anymore! So, no I don’t want to travel exclusively forever. I realised that apparently I want so many things, I want the highs a career can bring, I want a house that I can do up to my taste and go back to my familiar bed and curl up with a book, I want to take vacations that are just vacations not content creating trips! I want home food, I want neighbours who’ve become friends and bring biryani over on a nice day 😂 I want our son to go to regular school and together look forward to summer holidays. Want the excitement of planning a year of travel and also want weekends where all I want to do is cuddle up with Kam without caring about any form of to-do! On my birthday last week I spoke to Kam over dinner about our love for travel and realised something important. We tie a certain notion of freedom and happiness to travel that really is more to do with the freedom of choice! But a lot of the choices we’ve made in life have only elevated our sense of freedom and happiness even if in the moment it had seemed hard. SO, FOR US HAPPINESS COMES FROM FEELING FREE TO CHOOSE TO DO WHAT WE WANT TO DO. Travel when we want to, work when we want to, relax when we want to, learn something new when we truly want to. And all of that can be done without travelling exclusively or without being a nomad. So, nope we don’t want to travel all the time, we want a lot of things and travel is just one of those things that make us happy! Have you thought about what makes you truly happy? . . . 🧳👣#ourhappyfootprints
Just relax I told myself ! If you truly do what you love shouldn’t it truly relax you!? I’ve been a little erratic here on the gram! And I’ve been enjoying and relaxing outside of the platform, I’ve been editing photos and trying to learn more about video editing and suddenly a few things struck me hard! I actually started using this platform as a place to be creative after my son was born and I battled with postpartum depression. I really had the worst kind of negative thoughts and I was close to rage! I was one step away from going to a shrink and begging for medicines when I started expressing myself creatively here. I found friends I wasn’t obliged to invite home for a meal but could talk to in my PJs, found friends who would have passionate conversations with me about topics my family couldn’t care less about and ironically enough this platform that can cause so much envy and negativity also actually healed me. It helped me battle postpartum depression in a positive way by channelling my energy on doing things I loved! However, when I stared my travel handle at the back of my mind I wanted to figure ways of setting up a location independent career and in many ways I wasn’t thinking straight and so while I enjoyed creating content here, the lack of clarity also meant I was getting stressed by all the rules and numbers game. Today, I want to be honest, I made money more easily by heading into an air conditioned plush office than I can dream of doing on here! While location independent jobs and freelancing is definitely a reality and while IG really opened my mind to the possibilities I realised I don’t want to become an influencer😅 and I’m no travel expert 😝I’m also not a photographer 🧐 I’m just someone who loves to travel, loves to talk to people and loves seeking inspiration and sharing my experiences! So that’s exactly what I’m going to do! As for a nomad friendly career; I’m currently signing up on various freelance websites to find work in my fields of expertise and hopefully settle into a rhythm of doing this before our travel sabbatical in 2021! I find being honest here so freeing! So what is stressing you here? Let’s talk about it!
Hidden mystical temples of Bali! The Danau Pura Tamblingan temple located a little further from Wanagiri Hidden Hill is a lovely temple built on the banks of the Tamblingan lake and surrounded by green hills! It is one of those places in Bali that look magically different based on the season of travel. During the monsoons, the lake swells in size and covers the ground I can be seen standing on here! When we visited, the land around the temple was surrounded by wild grass and flowers. It so happened that we visited this temple that is lost to the tourists on a full moon ceremony day that is important to the locals and so we got to see families rowing their boats to the temple and offering prayers to the gods. It was a very special experience, we only wish we had made it even earlier in the day to catch the sunrise here! Which hidden gem did you stumble on recently on your travels!? 🧳✈️👣 #ourhappyfootprints Follow @ourhappyfootprints for a little wanderlust and some travel lessons!
Figuring travel finances. In continuation to my previous post on how we manage time and money to travel as much as we do, here are some of our conscious decisions that help: - Our biggest weakness is travel. It is also where we spend maximum of our savings. We avoid splurging on fancy gadgets, branded clothes, movies, jewellery, eating out etc and instead set aside money for trips. - Cooking at home really helps save a lot of money compared to if we were to eat out every day. - Of course we really have our jobs to thank for allowing us to create this lifestyle. Our corporate jobs while sometimes taxing has really been the backbone of our financial achievements! - And I give our corporate jobs this credit because we managed to build financial assets to secure our future while still also managing to travel. Something that would have been close to impossible for us otherwise! - In recent times we have tried adopting a more minimalist approach to our lifestyle where shopping for items on travels or for our home has almost come down to zero! - We look for membership deals, discounts, off-season travel deals, staying in Airbnb’s and other budget accommodation, utilising credit card points and overall planning our trips to be as cost effective as possible. - Travelling with our baby means we don’t really opt for the backpacker style of travel and actually end up spending more than before, after June travelling with Riyan will mean a third full fare ticket! - Our international trips until recently was restricted to just once a year which minimised our expenses. This increased the past six months since we moved to Indonesia and mixed work and travel on some occasions. The amount we’ve had as savings has changed a lot over the past decade but our travel choices have been intuitive that all and any money after paying for our loans/other responsibilities will first go towards travel! How do you manage finances to travel? Do you have a travel savings plan or is it far more intuitive? 🧳✈️👣 #ourhappyfootprints Follow @ourhappyfootprints for a little wanderlust and some travel lessons!
The land of waterfalls! Bali has so many beautiful waterfalls. Hidden gems, crowd pleasers, easily approachable, tricky climbs and adventurous terrains... there’s a waterfall that can satisfy every need and every fantasy! You can spend an entire month in Bali just exploring its many waterfalls! This is Gitgit waterfall close to the Wanagiri hidden hill area and a short drive from Lovina. You definitely don’t need a guide though they will surely approach you, there is a designated parking area and you simply cross over the road and take the marked trail of stairs down to this lovely waterfall. A lot of photos of waterfalls in Bali don’t show the sheer power of the spray! So, I was surprised when just a few steps towards the waterfall had me drenched wet and my hair in a tangled mess! We unfortunately stopped here enroute to Tanah Lot and hence didn’t spend much time playing in the water. Definitely the kind of activity we’d love to explore more of when we travel without Riyansh next month! What is the favourite waterfalls that you have visited? . . . 🧳✈️👣 #ourhappyfootprints Follow @ourhappyfootprints for a little wanderlust and some travel lessons!
“How do you afford (both time and money wise) to travel so much!?” Is a question many people (both friends and strangers) have asked us! We’ve been travelling in whatever capacity for over a decade and it feels important to tell people that we didn’t win a lottery or simply get all lucky! I’m 30 years old and Kam is 38 and between us we have nearly 25 years of working in various jobs. In this post I’ll open up about how we tackle time. Contrary to what some of our friends and family believe; we do not travel all the time! - I used to work until 11 months back in the field of digital marketing and thankfully had leaves that I could take every month to club with public holidays. Kam works in operations and analytics and also has had a similar work culture where he doesn’t have to work very late hours or weekends. - Right at the start of a year we plan possible trips around all public holidays based on time and budget available. - Even a destination is 100kms away is travel worthy for us. We do not chase countries and do not feel the pressure to have ‘x’ amount of stamps on our passports! - Typically birthdays and anniversaries are excuses to travel. Our favourite gift for any occasion is a trip! - Holiday season such as Christmas and New Year is when we travel outside the country as we are able to do it some kind of justice with 10 odd days at hand. - Unfortunately, though we love slow travel and road trips, time constraints mean we are mostly flying to destinations. Weekend trips are always on the road. - Our responsibilities outside work are few and this is key. We have no extended family living with us, no own business, no pets and ironically enough not even a balcony garden that would suffer from our absence! - Our families are supportive and have accepted that we won’t always celebrate festivals at home by instead choosing to explore new destinations during the holidays. - In a typical year of 365 days, we have about 261 working days of which we get about 30 odd days of leave+public holidays which actually we don’t exhaust, so in all reality 230 plus days of the year we are definitely working! Ask us any related questions and we’ll be happy to answer!
We didn’t really plan on visiting this popular gate but we chanced upon it during our drive from Canggu to Lovina. The Handara Gate is the entrance to a golf resort and over the years gained so much popularity that now you have to pay to take photos here. They have some other packages that include food/beverage and even some kind of ultimate Instagram package! Honestly the ticket to allow one to take photos and spend ten minutes at the gate is just IDR 20,000 and rather cheap! Since my parents were visiting Bali for the first time we decided it may make for some interesting photos, they were impressed with this gate and every other gate they saw in Bali! . . . 🧳✈️👣 #ourhappyfootprints Follow @ourhappyfootprints for a little wanderlust and some travel lessons!
Don’t put any place on a pedestal and don’t put any person on a pedestal! Something I’ve been thinking about a lot in recent times is our perceived sense of “perfection” How a place or person has to live up to our ideals of perfection or we resort to judgements. This is maybe why we find less happiness and make fewer true friends. We seldom look inwards at what we can improve yet always have advice for how someone else can be and do better! This is something that travel has opened my eyes to, I want to work on improving myself. Not making judgements and respecting people and places for what they are even if it’s very different from a certain ideal in my head. It’s the seed of positivity that I think will go a long way in improving the quality of my relationships, experiences and life itself! Do you struggle to accept places and people with all their flaws and pain points!? . . . 🧳✈️👣 #ourhappyfootprints Follow @ourhappyfootprints for a little wanderlust and some travel lessons!
I took a week off from IG and it passed me by in the blink of an eye! I love travel and I love spending time with my family. I love doing this without the obligation to do so with the ulterior motive of creating content for IG! Even though every trip these days ends up making an appearance on IG I've realised it's important for me to have journeys where I simply disconnect and just enjoy the sheer thrill that is travel and slowly savour the experience without having to edit, post and engage on social media. It was great to have conversations with those sitting right in front of me and feeling so tired from a good day of walking around that I switch off like a bulb the minute I touch the bed 😅 It felt so freeing 💛 And most importantly it washed away all the negative and I've come back feeling light, happy and eager to create. It also made me realize that travel is our true passion. We do it even though we find it tiring traveling for short holidays, staying in ordinary accommodation, sterilizing milk bottles every day, carrying a kettle and rice cooker to make food for our son and ending up doing more work physically than on a regular day back at home, we feel exhausted but happily so! And we'd do it even if we never got more out of it than just our memories of discovery, wonder and togetherness ❤️ Is travel your true passion!? . . . 🧳✈️👣 #ourhappyfootprints Follow @ourhappyfootprints for a little wanderlust and some travel lessons!
Change is great 💛 Nearly seven months ago I joined my husband in Jakarta. He had already found us an apartment. Usually, I tend to be a control freak! So, it was a big deal that I was about to walk into a house that I was going to see for the first time in person and I was worried about not liking it. I remember opening the front door and gasping at the view I could see straight across from the balcony. I'd never lived in a high rise before and here I was on the 17th floor looking at epic night views of the city. I'll never forget that moment of wonder. The past few months have confirmed once again how great change is in our lives. Even the tough changes eventually result in some wonderful outcomes. And if not big wins, they definitely bring small gasps of wonder and what's life without wonder anyway!? When was the last time you wondered at something!? . . . 🧳✈️👣 #ourhappyfootprints#whpvibes Follow @ourhappyfootprints for a little wanderlust and some travel lessons!
Many people come into our lives. They come in during different phases of our lives. To love, admire and empathize with a certain 'us' An 'us' that is constantly changing But there are only a few of those who stay with us through all these phases, loving our every version, flaws and all! I've never been one of those who felt I had several friends! But I guess I can safely say I have some of the truest friends. Relationships that have lasted real life and I couldn't be more thankful or more lucky! I love you guys, to Swathi, Teje and Kam 💛 When was the last time you appreciated those closest to your heart!? . . . Photo taken at Angkor Wat. . . . 🧳✈️👣 #ourhappyfootprints Follow @ourhappyfootprints for a little wanderlust and some travel lessons!
"Happiness will never come to those who fail to appreciate what they already have" One of the spiritual teachings that most fascinate me are those of Buddhism. I first visited a monastery when I was 21 and I was so deeply moved that I wanted to stay back and learn, stay back and serve, stay back and feel a certain calm that was all around me but not within me! I still have this desire, maybe someday I will. A lot of the teaching goes against everything modern day society teaches you as the path to happiness and opening up to the concept of such flexibility itself can be an amazing experience, don't you think!? Can you leave behind your home, your comforts, internet, entertainment and live a minimum of 30 days of meditation and contemplation? Would you survive it? . . . Photo taken at a Buddhist school in Siem Reap. . . . 🧳✈️👣 #ourhappyfootprints Follow @ourhappyfootprints for a little wanderlust and some travel lessons!
The past cannot be changed The future is yet in your power .... A city that has amazed me with it's incredible transformation over the past couple of decades is Dubai, from having my relatives make a beeline for the city in search of jobs to finding it's hidden charms as a city for tourism, I've rediscovered Dubai in many ways. My new blog on the hidden charms of Dubai is now up! Link in bio. Even the big glitzy cities with nothing but vast areas of sand to speak for their heritage in the past can offer so much to explore and discover. Dubai is all about constant transformation, but I was pleasantly surprised to see how they treasure their ancient Bedouin heritage as well. Definitely wouldn't mind going back here or maybe even working in this city! Have you been to Dubai!? What do you love about this city? . . . 🧳✈️👣 #ourhappyfootprints Follow @ourhappyfootprints for a little wanderlust and some travel lessons!