Meet Me

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.

 

 

Overlooking the marine coast at Diveagar 

 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.

 

Enchanting sunset scenes by the Dudhani lake

 

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. 

 

In the tribal Khasi dress

 

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. 

 

This was my 20th sunset in 2016

 

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:

 

  1. Road trip to a long lost temple of Bengal – First solo trip

  2. Exploring a village uncovered on the Web

  3. Sunset conversations amidst the White Fields of Bassein

  4. Mumbai Under the Covers

  5. Within the Forested Regions, Among the Tribes – A Folk Saga

 

If you are a travel company/tourism board or are looking for a freelancer please see my Contact & Work page

 

If you have any queries and wish to write to me feel free to email me at – stepsandstreets@gmail.com

 

Spending some \'me-time\' in the ruins of Bassein fort

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