Birth of the blog
Hello, we are Yoda & Dalek, two one-backpack (part-time) travelers currently living in the UK. Till date, we’ve visited 17 countries across 3 continents (checkout our travel map & wishlist at the bottom of this page). The blog was born during our year living apart to document our travels & help fellow travelers with details of sights, food & public transport. We named the blog based on the way travelling expands our perspectives (and really makes us want to travel more).
Our initial goal was to help 5 travelers in their journeys. But over the last year, we’ve been fortunate enough to reach to a lot more, both through our blog and social media. We hope our blog is helping you in your adventures, and hope to reach more fellow travelers in the coming years.
Talk to us
The best way is to message us via our Facebook page or an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We are just beginning to dip our toes into Instagram and Twitter as well. We’d love to talk to you. We’re open to doing Europe-based collabs or writeups (we’d love to work with a tourism council), drop us a line.
Hi there Reader, I’m Yoda, co-author of Beyond our Horizons and Dalek’s lovely wife. Well, “co-author” is probably a stretch. My contribution is limited to taking and editing photos, and sometimes penning a story. I’m an introverted, idealistic bookworm who’s occasionally funny, directionally challenged, lazy and devoid of fashion sense (honestly, you should see my purple rain jacket). I love stories in any form, be it music, books or life. I also like food and sleeping.
I grew up in India and had a typical middle class upbringing. Amongst all memories I have of my childhood and youth, the ones that stand out were made while travelling to various parts of India – going to Andaman on a ship, sunset in Thar desert, snowfall in Rohtang pass, my sibling jealously guarding a boiled egg in Kolkata. My parents love travelling, and always made sure my sibling and I were 1) eating enough gluten, dairy, fruits and nuts 2) taking as many vacations as possible 3) not dating. I owe my love of travelling/photography to my father and that of stories/food to my mother.
I fell in love with Dalek while I was still in college, married him just after I graduated and moved to the USA, where he was working at the time. After about 2 years, we moved to Scotland so I could pursue my dream of getting a Masters degree (take that, uncles + ex-bf who laughed at this dream). Shortly after this point of time, Beyond our horizons was born. You see, after my degree I was offered a dream job in England, which meant living apart. Although we visited each other every weekend, we missed all the little things we did together. So we started a blog, together. Dalek is more of a hopeless romantic, so he agreed to do the bulk of the work, and I got away with doing what I love – taking photographs and gathering experiences. We both work full time, so publishing posts on time is always a challenge; but it’s something we both love to do. Hopefully, if we document our travels well enough, we’ll have something to recall when we both are senile.
Thanks for dropping by, dear reader, and I hope you enjoy reading the blog as much as I like taking photos of sunsets, reading old books and eating aloo posto.
Hello reader, my pseudonym is Dalek and my day job is that of a software developer. I am a nerd who also enjoys playing racket sports. I too grew up in a middle class family in India and, unlike Yoda, didn’t really see much of India before getting a chance to study in the US, that too in the paradise of Florida.
My first real travel experience came through an internship in South Korea. The culture was so different from India & the US and I had an absolute blast spending the summer there. Earning in a strong currency too helped in being able to travel but not as much as being married to Yoda. She maybe an introvert but she’s also a free spirit, one to see all the corners of the earth if possible.
Living in Europe has afforded us the opportunity to see so many places I’ve grown up dreaming of seeing but the ultimate experience was camping in Scotland (my adopted home) for 5 weeks. The raw beauty of the country combined with the friendliness of the people make it a country to have on your travel bucketlist.
I enjoy natural beauty and traveling by train. In fact, I’m a bit of a train fanatic, I started another Instagram account today to document my train captures. I hope to be able to drive a car soon and we’ll have far more freedom in our travels. We hope you enjoy reading our blog!!
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