Welcome to Steps and Streets!
Namastey! You’ve found me, and I’m so glad you’re here.
My name is Tanisha Guin. I am a 19-year-old travel blogger from India. I had started this blog on 19th January 2017. ‘Steps and Streets’ is a one-stop home for all my travel musings, life lessons and all of those memories that I have gathered off the beaten path. I stand as a living inspiration to all of those who believe that traveling needs huge amounts of money and time. Quite tough to be true, but in a real sense, it doesn’t. I can assure you that – all that it asks for is ‘solely’ your passion and you choosing it to be your priority.
My Journey so far
I was born in Mumbai but in the later years, we shifted to a small town in the outskirts of Mumbai called Vasai. I grew up in a family which was/is entirely wanderlust-inspired! So my extreme passion for traveling somewhere comes up to be hereditary. Upon finishing high school, I went to Pune to pursue my further education in Humanities. After two years, I moved back to Vasai and enrolled myself in a humanities degree.
In 2016, I took my first step to pursue my dreams. I was 18 when I had decided to move out of my parent’s home and had started living in a rented apartment. Apart from traveling and blogging, teaching is also something I truly love, therefore, I was working as an English language teacher for a non-profit in the slums of Mumbai, from all that I earnt, I could only save up to 10% of it after outgoing my monthly expenditure. With all that I saved, I could afford 2 to 3 one day trips to the countryside. Currently, I am working as a freelance content writer and also am in the final year; pursuing my Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Mumbai.
When did the travel bug bite me?
After my high school exams got over in 2013, I had gone for a month-long family trip to the East and the North-East India. We had trekked to the Khasi & Jaintia hills, fantasized Indian mythology at The Kamakhya Temple, shopped in the hill towns of Kohima in Nagaland & Shillong in Meghalaya, been to the living root bridges, and the Asia’s cleanest village- Mawlynnong in Meghalaya. We had witnessed slow travel with a hint of an entirely different cultural heterogeneity in North-East India, since then; I have always looked forward to traveling constantly. I was only 14 when I had first realized how much travel meant to me and how much I enjoyed every bit of it.
How I like to travel
Firstly, I am a student and with that comes the time constraint of traveling anywhere and everywhere! However, I never wanted to excuse myself for traveling, so I started traveling within the stretches of my own city – Mumbai and during the weekends I chose to travel to the countryside. For longer trips, I always preferred my summer and winter vacations.
Being a student, I always opt for travel plans which are pocket-friendly, this is what eventually made me a budgeted traveler. With budget travel, I also learned to be more flexible to my travel needs, which further made me adaptable and helped me in learning to live without luxuries while I am traveling.
I always prefer to travel immersively by engaging with the locals, their food, and experience all of those things which make me feel alive! I mostly travel solo or with a friend/family. Whether I’m exploring the cities or the countryside, I always choose to go offbeat.
What made me start a blog
“I want to travel the world and write, I don’t know how I will fund my travels, but I want to ‘only’ travel and I do things I love (Travel, Read, Write & Just be)”. I was 15 when I had told this to my roommate in Pune when she had asked me about my future goal. Little did I know that all of this is possible.
It wasn’t until 2015 when I had actually come to know about a ‘blog’ and about it being able to sustain of what I had only dreamt of before! It was through Instagram that I had randomly stumbled upon a traveler’s account and had started with my own blog within a few weeks. Later on (in 19th January 2017), I decided to get the domain name to take it to a professional level, I haven’t given it a second thought since then!
What I’m looking forward to now
I am always looking for unique and life-fulfilling suggestions on offbeat travel in any part of India.
Neither did I want to wait for life to offer me to escape my corporate cubicle nor did I had the patience to wait for ‘the perfect timing’ and allow life to pass by me.
I had quite indefinitely taken my first ‘step’ to explore the hindered ‘streets’ of the cities and the countryside and that incident has never taken a back seat; since then I have gathered a million life lessons from my days of living alone in a rented apartment and meeting both the ends to sustain a normal life while also upholding to my travel desires in an extremely tiny budget!
Some of my unique travels:
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