In 2008, long-time lovers Savi Munjal and Vidit Taneja, exchanged wedding rings in a humble courtroom. They decided to spend the rest of their earnings on monthly vacations around the globe.
Though their trips began with booking the least-expensive seats on foreign flights, the couple managed in the span of the next eight years, to make a living out of travelling the world together and sharing their incredible experiences.
“We’ve driven with zebras in South Africa, been caving in Austria, cavorted with bedouins in the Sahara, befriended soldiers in Israel and partied in a nuclear bunker in the Europe – needless to say, we’re constantly adding to that list,” their website reads.
“Once we go married, we continued to travel extensively in Europe and Africa. But as we took vacations upon vacations, we fell more and more in love with the idea of exploring the world,” the couple wrote in an email.
Savi, a photographer extraordinaire, and Vid, a skilled and soulful writer, are the ideal duo to take on such a venture. Now, happily married and in their early thirties, the couple has stamped off more than 65 countries on their passports and amassed more than 100,000 followers on Instagram.
Their decision to leave the prospect of full-time careers was fueled by their love of travel.
“There was a constant nagging feeling that those four days in Paris weren’t enough – we needed four weeks,” said Vid.
“So we saved money for travelling long term and worked towards a location-dependent model of work.” When asked about the effects that full-time travel blogging has had on their marriage, the couple admits it has heightened their intimacy.
“Today’s busy lifestyles barely allow for any quality time to be spent with one’s spouse, except on the occasional vacation. Travelling together has endowed us the the greatest luxury of them all – the ability to enjoy every single day with each other,” said Vid.
The favorite part of their decision to travel full-time has been the amount of time they get to spend together.
“It is the independence to follow the rhythm of our bodies instead of alarm clocks or office schedules… whether that is a home-cooked meal, a starry night, or the season’s first snowfall,” she said.
The couple’s ultimate goal in sharing both their travel expertise and fashion sense, is to inspire others to embrace their individuality and question convention.
“We feel that in today’s day and age, it is easy to get bogged down by a generic course of life that seems to be charted for every individual – study, get a job, get married, buy a house, buy a car, have babies, buy a bigger house, and so on,” the blogger said.
“Through Bruised Passports, we want to encourage readers to take a long hard look at themselves and live their lives in a way that makes them happy and content every day,” said Vid.
“For us, this unusual lifestyle, of travelling full time, and juggling location independent jobs, is a just one manifestation of this.”