Me & My Travel Buddy

“Travelling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.”

Who Are We ?

At my Favourite place in London

I am the Planner & writer

Aanchal Karnwal  an IT professional – Integration Architect, based out of London, UK. Working in the IT industry keeps me happy, but what makes me more happier is the work- personal life balance offerings and a cheque at the end of month that gives me wings to travel around and do something that makes me extremely happy and blissful.

My Story -I am a girl with a dream to travel the world, try extreme sports, try new things, meet new people and enjoy the time & life.

I lived and travelled in India for 25years, and moved to UK at 25. One fine day of year 2010, I decided to bring a change in my life. I was always fascinated with Europe so decided on London as my next home. I quit my job, with my last 5years savings I applied for visa, booked a one way ticket to London and started preparing for a new life ahead. After 2 months of rigorous job search and on a verge of my savings about to get over, I got lucky and secured myself a job in IT company.

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I am the photographer & a great cook

 

Ashwin Shenoy-My partner in crime or you can say my ‘bitter’ half  :)My strength and inspiration of travel. Like me He is also an IT professional, and he is the only one who can pull me out of bed on a Saturday morning to go and visit some place new. Oh Yes, I can be a bummer when it comes to winter mornings.

He is an excellent amateur photographer and most of the photos on this blog came out of his vision or eye for an object. Ashwin captures the beauty of the places we visit and bring those memories back.

After settling in, our love and passion for travelling really started. We started exploring local markets of London, unseen roads, pubs, walks to near by villages that gave us a high and ultimately Travelling became a syndrome for us. A type of Syndrome that we do not want to get rid of.

We have been to 9 countries and like many dream is to visit each continent. We travelled by car, bike, trains,planes and explored on foot, stayed in cottages, b&b, caravans,tents and backpacking, ate in 5 star to cook our own meal on a portable stove. We started to get a flavour of travelling and the challenges that comes along.

Believe me we discovered oursleves while travelling, did things we never knew we would love to do over and over again. We learnt to travel on limited budget. We learnt to enjoy the mystical beauty that prevails in each place on this earth.

I used to maintain a travel journal for all of our journeys, decided why not share it with people out there who loves travelling as much as we do. So here in Corners of the World you will read about our Travel Tales- Places, Fun, Pictures, Food.

If you find our blog worth a read, please leave your comments. Also please feel free to contact us in case you want to know more details on the places we have visited, We will be more than happy to help.

Happy Writing and Reading.

PS: All photographs and other images in this blog are copyright and cannot be reproduced without my written permission and consent.

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137 thoughts on “Me & My Travel Buddy

    • Hi Anne,

      I am sure you must have loved the visit to India. And your husband must be enriching you with lots of beautiful history of the places. I am going to write soon a blog on my visit to Dalhousie, a beautiful hill station in Himachal Pradesh. I will keep you updated.

      Hope you will enjoy reading my blogs. Feel free to sign up as a follower for all future posts. I will look forward to read your new entries.

      Cheers,
      Aanchal

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  1. Hello Aanchal,

    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and following it 🙂

    I really feels great to find your blog here, and enjoyed browsing through your posts.

    Great images and beautiful write up.

    I’ll be following your adventures here 🙂

    Have a great time…

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    • Hi Sreejith,

      Thank you for taking out time to browse through my posts and following them. I am glad my posts proved a good and enjoyable reads.
      And i will be following your wonderful images, all of them are so great 🙂 Nice to be connected to you. Have a good day … Aanchal

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  2. Hi,
    Pleasure to have you a nice follower with IT knowledge..!
    Also enjoying a great adventure life…! 😉
    stay Blessed..!
    Tahir

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  3. You’ve included a wonderful quote! For me, being in an unfamiliar location and being off balance bring vitality right back into focus for me. Nothing makes me feel more alive than being a little bit scared about how my day will turn out, and a little bit thrilled to know I’m on an adventure. At the end of an amazing travel day, it makes the evening in some shade with a cool drink all that more special.

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    • Hi Crystal,

      Thanks for stopping by. I so agree with your lovely lines. It’s same for me, travel is like a passion, getting lost, finding your way out, connecting to nature is a LOVE.
      I am glad we share the feeling.xx

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  4. Travel is a wonderful way to open the mind, take a break in life and learn to love. Happy travelling and many thanks for the follow. MM 🍀

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  5. Hey! so I was thinking it might be cool if we both helped promote each others pages. I added the “text” widget to my site and included your site name and url. Im thinking if we both do this people can be lead to both our sites by simply visiting one. Let me know what you think!

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    • Hey !! Loved the idea.. We should do that. I am on a hiking holiday at the moment and just luckily i got access to internet after 5days. I will be back on sunday and then I will do the same as well. Lets get people reading to our tales ..cheers

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    • Thank you so much Myriam. I am very delighted to accept this award.
      I am on a hiking trip at the moment and will be back to world on sunday. I shall do the needful as soon as I am back.

      xxx

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  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It is refreshing to see the corners of the world from your perspective! I will be following your posts for more adventures.

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    • Thank you Peter. I am glad you liked my blog and following it. I hope to provide some good reads. Keep writing!!!

      Cheers,
      Aanchal

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  7. Thank you so much for supporting my mission of love your comment made a very big difference to me, because you are encouraging me to go ahead and spreading love to others. I will come back to your blog and see what you add.

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  8. Hey! Thanks again for nominating Traveling in your Twenties for the Versatile Blogger award! I was sure to promote your blog if you would like to check it out 🙂

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  9. Hi Aanchal,

    Thank you so much for finding my blog and I look forward to following your journey and your lovely, articulate blog. Your about me section is really inspiring and a great read.

    Happy travels,

    Wendy 🙂 x

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    • Hi Wendy. Thank you so much I am glad you liked reading about me.

      I hope you visit back again 🙂 I am with you on your journey too.

      xx
      Aanchal

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  10. So happy you stumbled upon my blog because it led me to yours! I look forward to following along with your adventures. I have a cousin moving to the UK and I will definitely recommend your blog to her. You have some great posts about the UK!

    Happy Travels 🙂
    Jessica

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    • Hey Jessica. Thank you so much for your kind words. I am looking forward to your travel tales as well.
      Yes please do send your cousin link to my blog, you can ask her to contact me in case she has some queries about the places she wants to visit. May be I can help 🙂

      Keep sharing and travelling 🙂

      xx
      Aanchal

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    • Thank you so much for your kind words. You are right sometimes the luck and determination can take you leaps ahead. Loved your comment.

      xx

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  11. Hi aanchal, thanx for stopping by and following my blog. nice to know about your dream and adventures… ….glad you liked my recipes. .started blogging as an hobby but this is truly fun am meeting wonderful people around……thanx for all encouraging words and it means a lot to me…..look forward to hear from you….have a lovely day….

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    • Hi Chitra, Thank you so much for visiting my blog too. I am sure we have lots to share with each other via future posts ;)al
      Have a lovely day, I am looking forward to some healthy food tips from you too.

      Much Love
      Aanch

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  12. Hey there Newbie Spikey!
    (for your info, a Spikey is the term for folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    Thank you… I really appreciate that as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…

    UNCLE SPIKE

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    • Thank you so much Uncle Spikey 🙂 I am glad to be part of Spikey Clan 🙂
      I am definitely going to dig in your posts to read more and more 🙂 Reading is healing too

      Thank you for stopping by.Have a good day

      Cheers
      Aanchal

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  13. So nice meeting you Aanchal! I admire your pursuit of your dreams and desire to explore the world. Your point-of-view is lovely and I look forward to getting to know you more through your adventures. Thanks for stopping by my blog and introducing yourself – it’s amazing to meet such fascinating souls around the world 🙂

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    • Feeling is like wise. Thank you so much for your kind worlds. Love the way you see world with your lens. Looking forward to read more posts.

      xx
      Aanchal

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  14. Hi Aanchal,

    Thanks for dropping by my blog and leading me back here! Such beautiful places you’ve been and great photos to match them. I loved reading about your story and it is inspiring for me as well. I share the feeling of being bitten by the travel bug and just wanting to explore places.

    Looking forward to reading more of your stories and adventures. Happy travels! 🙂

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  15. Hi Aanchal! Thank you for stopping by and following my blog. I did love your photo of the boy in the swing – so fitting for summer and I love that he had his face painted like a tiger. So happy to have found another kindred cyclist, and I am looking forward to seeing more of your photos and to read of your adventures traveling. I have not traveled outside of the US (yet) so reading about others who do, and finding new places I want to visit is very inspiring.

    Best to you!
    Sue

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    • Thank you so much Sue for your kind words. Reading does make you wander a little bit on virtual travel tour too. I am doing the same by connecting to people.

      I am looking forward to your journeys too.

      Happy Travels.

      xx

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  16. I think I share the same way of travelling as you. I’m not looking for 4 star palace to sleep in or luxury boat trip, I want the seightseeing,,, the discovery. I think I’ll definitively enjoy your blog. i admire people who manage to follow their dream. Leave everything behind, wow, maybe one day I’ll be able to do that as well 🙂

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    • Thank you so much. Yes we do share the same interests, no wonder I just got pulled in by your blog. My idea of travelling is same to explore how much ever you can, when you will spend a day wandering around, a night in a tent will also be fantastic 🙂
      I am sure one day or may be slowly as like me we will be able to see a lot of wonderful places out there.

      Happy Travels!! Keep in touch

      xx
      Aanchal

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    • Feeling is so mutual. Feels so good to read about people experiences and their journey.

      You made my day, I am so glad that you love it.

      xx
      Aanchal

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  17. Thanks so much for visiting my blog. I love your pictures and I’m looking forward to seeing some more of the exciting places you visit! 🙂

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  18. Thank you for following our blog. Through our photography and words we hope to inspire others to get out and see the world. And perhaps through those travels the world will become a smaller and less threatening place as we discover the many kindred spirits who share our own hopes and aspirations. As Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

    It’s never too early or late to follow your heart. Make time for the people, causes or work you truly care about. Cheers, Wooly and Raeski.

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    • I totally agree with you. Travelling evolve us, we learn so many things and discover lot more about us.

      Happy Travels Guys.

      xx
      Aanchal

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  19. Glad you decided to follow my blog. I have actually been to India but it was years ago. I think London is sort of boring but then I seem to like really different places from European culture and like hot food.

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    • Thank you so much for stopping by. It’s a great feeling to know likewise people 🙂 I loved your blog as well, we definitely have many thing in common and have been bitten by the same travel bug. Looking forward to read more of your travel tales.
      Happy Travels Guys.

      xx
      Aanchal

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    • Hi Lisa

      Thank you so much for stopping over, and I am glad you loved my story. Travel makes it even more beautiful. I hope you will visit me back soon 🙂

      Much Love
      Aanchal

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    • Hi Jacob

      Namaste!! Thank you very much for stopping by, really appreciate your gesture to read through and comment. I hope you liked my travel world and would be visiting back to know more about tales 🙂 I am definitely going to check your blog, blogger community is the best place to know more about people and read their stories.

      Much Love
      Aanchal

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  20. You are living the dream! I can definitely related to a lot of what you’ve written here. I love traveling and wish I could do more of it. Thanks for sharing your adventures so that we may all learn from you and also connect. Consider me yet another follower!

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    • Thank you so much for the lovely comments. I also consider myself lucky to have the opportunity to travel so much, lucky to have a husband who loves travelling as much as I do. It becomes even more easy 🙂
      I am looking forward to read more from you as well.

      Happy Travels!!
      Aanchal

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    • HI Karen.. Congratulations for your award and thank you very much for nominating me. I accept this honour and will do the needful soon 🙂 I am glad my blog comes into your favorite list.

      xx
      Aanchal

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    • Thank you so much Bandhna for the lovely comment and your visit to my blog. Feels great to meet like minded people, who loves travelling as much as I do. Isn’t travelling a drug 🙂 A healing drug.
      I see you are based out of London too, glad to meet you. I am definitely going to browse through your website but rushing for a meeting now. At lunch time I will be back on your site 🙂

      Happy Travels and keep in touch.

      Much Love
      Aanchal

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  21. Thanks Aanchal! Yes I’m based in London too. The perfect place for anyone to explore Europe. THE PERFECT LOCATION. Absolutely love it. Hate the weather and stuff like that (can’t even pretend to say I like it) but yeah other than that – happy here! AND travelling is a must in life. Just get a cheap offer ticket and GO basically! I believe in that. Btw there are sales on Eurostar at the moment. Just 59 pounds (return) Paris/Brussels. Thought I’d let you know, you seem as enthusiastic as me about travelling! 🙂 xx

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    • Totally agree with you, London is the perfect location to see world around you. Europe is stones throw away. Weather ha ha ha!! I will not say anything about it, we all know it very well. But long summers just makes up for it. And now we are again on the verge of entering the dark & gloomy weather 🙂
      Wow Eurostar sales, I will definitely try for Paris 🙂 I will have to lure my husband into it, I am sure he will not say no. But getting my manager to approve few more holidays will be a challenging task 🙂 Please keep emailing me such details as & when you get to know, I will do the same,I promise 🙂

      Happy Travels Babes. Really nice to meet you in this wonderful world of blogging.

      xx
      Aanchal

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  22. What a great story! I absolutely love travel too and have discovered a lot about myself through solo travels. Looking forward to exploring more of your blog too!

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    • Hi Bipasha

      Sorry for coming back a bit late on this. Firstly Thank you very much for stopping by and liking my posts. I am glad you liked my story. And oh Yes, these adventures makes life interesting isn’t it. Gives you a wish of to do something more each time.
      Thank you once again, keep visiting and be in touch,

      xx
      Aanchal

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  23. We’re eager to follow your adventures as well! We love camping and hiking any chance we get, so we’re especially eager to see your tips and places you visit 🙂

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    • Thank you so much for the lovely comment. Please feel free to reach out to me in case you have any queries. Always happy to help, this is what my blog is all about- sharing my experiences.

      xx

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  24. Great to find your blog, Aanchal! And glad you switched from keeping a personal journal to sharing your stories for people to read. Will be back here for more reads.

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  25. Hello, Aanchal,
    This blog of yours is such a WOW! for me. I also love to travel but haven’t gone that far yet. I’d sure be reading more of your posts here. Thanks for sharing.

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    • Thank you so much Joane for your follow on my blog. I am glad you loved my blog, please keep visiting and I promise to write more 🙂
      I am sure you will go much farther, 3 years back I was also in same boat but then I pushed myself a bit to do what I love doing the most i.e. travelling 🙂

      Keep in touch. Happy Travels!!

      xx
      Aanchal

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  26. Thank you, Aanchal for your very inspiring message. I do hope so that I could start travelling so soon. (Fingers crossed!) 🙂
    Hope you could also visit my country(Philippines) soon. Keep in touch and have a safe travel.

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