Traveler Interview: The Talking Trails

Kanik from The Talking Trails

If not traveling, what is your 9-5 life like?

When people ask me what I do for living and I say I’m a Software Professional, they look with awe, seem fairly impressed and think I am some sort of geek. My usual day involves only 3 things: coffee, code and computer.  I live with my husband in beautiful city of Boston. Since the span of Summer is so short in North East, practically all of our weekends are pre-booked with new town excursions, biking or planning hiking in White Mountains.

Who, or what, inspired you to travel the first time?

I grew up in India. My parents were very protective and never let me go anywhere, alone. They used to arrange incredible trips for the whole family during our summer vacation which really got me hooked on to the idea of travel. This is also the reason why I find it impossible to do budget travels. They have truly spoiled me. It wasn’t until l moved to US that I started exploring the world on my own with my limited means. I met my husband while doing masters and we bonded over travel and photography. We fell in love and rest is history. Travelling is my true passion and I am glad to have a life partner who feels the same.

How have you changed your life to travel more?

It does get tricky to juggle between monotonous 9 to 5 job and travelling. With huge student loans, I cannot deny that a job is really important for me even though my true passion lies in travelling. To travel you need money and that makes the day job even more important. I put certain percentage of every paycheck in my travel saving fund. If you ever get to see my browsing history, you will find travel deal websites that I have checked to get a deal on anything or everything. Also, since me and my husband are vegetarians, we carry our food with us wherever we travel to keep the overall cost of the trip low. Lastly, I sometimes work over the weekends and nights to get more time off for vacations.

How has travel changed your life?

For starters, travel is the reason I fell in love with my husband in the first place and my life has been beautiful ever since then. Travel has taught me that not all things are in our control so it is OK to let things go at times. Travel has helped me be tolerant of others, appreciate minimalism and has given me courage to take the risks. I have started appreciating small things in life and feel myself better prepared for life’s complexities. I have become a money saver now, which I never was before. I have gained beautiful memories and experiences. More than anything, travel has helped me to appreciate home.

What is your main purpose/goal of your travel blog?

The Talking Trails was born out of my sheer desire to show world to my parents through my eyes. They took me to so many places when I was young and I missed them while travelling so I wanted to be with them virtually. Also I thought it to be a great way to keep track of my mistakes, my achievements and my learnings.  I hope it keeps evolving and turns into something more broadly encompassing with time. I really want to inspire people to travel and not let 9 to 5 jobs come in their way.

This or That:
Backpack or rolling suitcase? Rolling Suitcase, without a doubt
Cities or Open Spaces? Open Spaces any day
Salty or sweet? Is spicy an option?? But if I have to pick one, I’ll say salty
Sandals or Snow Boots? With over 6 months of snow period in Boston, I love to wear sandals for my vacation time.
Comedy or Drama? Both; you would be amazed to know how much television or movies I can watch in a day. My personal record is 18 hours nonstop.

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