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    1. An interview of you guys at nomadiacmatt which i chanced upon while “working”, at my boring desk, redirected me to your Blog . Totally Bored by the chugging machine like symphony of my life, i had been reading about travelers over the internet for long, but your story is what rekindled my faith in life. :D My profession allows me the luxury of a little travel, but again only when work calls and for the work, which by now would have been totally clear is not at all interesting, Audits can be really boring you know. All that said, you guys are an inspiration for the lot of us wanderlust Indian kids. I have wanted to travel the world since i was a kid, but i never took to saving enough, always thinking however much i save would not be enough,but this blog, combined with the Bruisedpassports, has given wings to my dream again. So till i save and get on the road. Thanks for sharing your stories with us, and thanks for the inspiration.

      • Hey Akshay,

        Thank yo so much for the wonderful comment. It means a lot to us.
        don’t underestimate the power of a profession, our profession was the fuel which kept us going for two years, just make sure you don’t get consumed by it, use it till it helps you fulfill your dreams.
        Audits are fun things, one of us used to do them very frequently, I.T. Audits though.

    2. hi i read your interview on normadic matt.firstly congrats on travelling so much. i saw movie called a map for saturday ..something by that name where one guy travels the world and documents it..you two are doing the same ..good..i have planned for travel from june to december covering turkey western europe uk and usa. my purpose is purely art and architecture.the thing is i plan to quit my job and then apply for visas..or apply for visas in my last month of job.. i am sure my employer will not give me any kind of letter..but i have saved up around 120$ a day for my entire travel in my bank account.i am 27 yrs old single.could you please let me know how to go abt the visas.because it has taken me abt 3 yrs of planning and research to study places their history and things relavant to art.by the way i work in singapore and wil apply in singapore..pls suggest me on the visa..
      yours truly
      mani

      • Hi Manu,

        Thanks for writing to us and also for the kind words.
        what I would suggest is this.
        Embassies deal with people on a case to case basis.
        for Europe, if you would try the french or italian embassy and tell them what your plan, they wouldn’t mind the fact that you are not employed.

        a few things to be answered first.
        1. which part of europe are you going to stay for the most amount of time?
        2. turkey visa is on arrival if you have a UK or US visa on your passport.
        3. UK visa will be fine, if you explain that you will be visiting as a tourist and its best if you can tell exact dates and show hotel bookings. You can book on booking.com and cancel them later. They just need that for paperwork.
        4. US visa will be trickiest one.

        since you are not in India, they embassies will prefer to see your employment and leave details before hand, but since you are taking a gap year and have bank statements to show funds, it won’t be that much of a hassle.

        Do write back if you have more queries.

        -Empty Rucksack

    3. Hi
      Can you tell me about visa hacks. Mostly for Europe , Canada and Oceanea? What countries are lenient? Also which have cheaper visas?

      What countries’ residencies are advatageous for getting more visa on arrivals or bypass the visas?

      Whenever I see cheap tickets to these places, it’s so disheartening when I check their visa costs.

      PS – Sorry to bug you with so many questions. Please do answer them. Take any amount of time you need.

      • Deepanshu,

        I must first congratulate on being able to ask so many different set of questions in such few sentences :P

        Let me counter them with some questions and then I will be able to answer.

        What is your age?
        Are you working or studying?
        How are you planning to fund your travels?

        The secret to getting the visas is in answer to the above questions.

        I wouldn’t advise going to countries just because their visas are cheaper, think a little bit more about what you would like to see and how many days you have at hand, and the money you can spend.

        A UK, European (Schengen), USA , Australian and Canadian residencies are most advantageous in getting visas pretty much anywhere in the world.

        -Empty rucksack

        • I don’t just wanna visit countries that have cheap visas. I’m usually aiming to travel to places that have a really good city feel and also is a socially progressive and friendly country. I prioritize the city feel only because I have never been to a nice big city (except Delhi although I would hardly call it nice).
          And I am only 18. I am a student. And I would really like to visit a nice foreign city (preferably european).
          Also I’ve also wanted to study abroad hence the question about what residencies are really advantageous but that’s just really too much into the future.

          Btw have you guys been to istanbul? I’ve really admired it.

    4. Hi, I feel so lucky to find your website!! And first of all thanking you for building a website like this which helps Indians who have desire to travel around the world. Im 19 and Im planning for a 2 week trip to Europe in which I want to visit at least 3 schengen countries, so as you had been to alot of countries and have experience in visa stuffs could you please suggest me a schengen country’s consulate or embassy through which I can get a schengen visa easier?? And I will make my travel plans only after your suggesion of the schengen country….

    5. Hi, I feel so lucky to find your website!! And
      first of all thanking you for building a website
      like this which helps Indians who have desire to
      travel around the world. Im 19 and Im
      planning for a 2 week trip to Europe in which I
      want to visit at least 3 schengen countries, so
      as you had been to alot of countries and have
      experience in visa stuffs could you please
      suggest me a schengen country’s consulate or
      embassy through which I can get a schengen
      visa easier?? And I will make my travel plans
      only after your suggesion of the schengen
      country….

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