Lifestyle Traveler

Although the desire to create has been present as far back as I can remember, it is travel that has captured my heart and my imagination.  To this day, I remain a lifestyle traveler. I live to travel.  I have visited over 60 countries and circumnavigated the globe numerous times. I’ve lived and sometimes worked in Japan, Australia, Mexico, Guatemala, Switzerland and India, always India.

My travels define who I am and how I see the world. I celebrate the world in all its diversity.This view has enhanced and enriched my life beyond my wildest dreams. I travel without fear and with an open heart. The rewards are limitless. When one travels like this, one is accepted and embraced like a member of the family. Doors open. Mats are placed on floors and meals are set down before me. Smiles abound. These connections are fuel for my hungry soul. They nourish me and stimulate me. I become balanced and whole in a way that my own country doesn’t provide. From this place of love and harmony I become a better, bigger and more compassionate human being. This is what I want my writing and photographs to convey.

23 Responses to Lifestyle Traveler

  1. I love your phrases: ‘I travel without fear and with an open heart. The rewards are limitless. When one travels like this, one is accepted and embraced like a member of the family. Doors open. Mats are placed on floors and meals are set down before me.’
    This is exactly the way to travel… just accept and adapt to everything. People are so warm, and it’s much better to focus on the human similarities between different peoples everywhere rather than the differences highlighted in the media, and seemingly exacerbated by differing religions, cultures etc. I’ve learnt that one can really go anywhere – any continent or country, it doesn’t matter really – just turn up alone and you will find friends and lovers, and enriching experiences.
    I’m impressed by the sheer number of places you’ve visited. I have only lived in a few – UK, Germany, Kenya and India. I agree it is better to live/work/study in a country – you can get under its skin, and it gets under yours – you see the little everyday things you wouldn’t get a chance to notice if you were only passing through. You have the time to make real connections with other people too.
    Keep travelling and writing – it’s inspiring

    • ninagrandiose says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words of endorsement of my traveling lifestyle. It is an addiction and often goes against the way most other people live. I frequently have to defend myself for my unconventional ways but I can tell that you understand. We are the minority. In my own very small way, I know that I make a difference. Thanks for noticing and commenting. As they say in India, ‘Happy Journey.”

      • Yes I completely understand. It does often go against the way other people live, and you have to find yourself explaining… yet ironically people are also jealous. I’ve been told many times I’m so ‘lucky’ to have been to the places I’ve been etc… Yes I am lucky compared to people who genuinely can’t do it and many people in the world don’t have the same opportunities or freedoms – but these critics really could do it just as easily themselves. People seem afraid of letting go of a conventional lifestyle, afraid of what others will think, and they fear the unknown – whereas we embrace it 🙂
        I look forward to reading much more of your blog and finding out about more of your adventures. Keep writing, and Happy Journey 🙂

  2. bhavani says:

    thanks for visiting my blog.. 🙂

    you have not only traveled but lived in a wide range of countries… and living is always so different from traveling. however rooted a traveler you are, you are a visitor, and by definition, in and then in sometime, out… by living you establish roots, open yourself up to so much more about a country… 🙂 so its really great that you manage to do that all the time…

    all the best with all your discoveries..

  3. whereisshyamni says:

    Happy Trails! I look forward to reading all your stories 🙂

  4. Tom says:

    We too are lifestyle travelers. We’ve been using the term “serial expats” – living in one place, then another, but I like your term better. You express the appeal of the nomadic lifestyle eloquently. Thanks for putting words to our feelings.

  5. Hi Nina,
    It is great to see how passionate you are about your travels, especially to India. In India we always hear about how diverse we are and how rich our culture is. Sadly not many Indians appreciate this fact and sometimes even curse the diversity prevalent herein. Its good to see how much you enjoy traveling and how beautifully you have captured your travels through your writing and photography.
    Cheers 🙂

    • ninagrandiose says:

      Coming from NYC, the great melting pot, I have witnessed the marvels of diversity when there is unity. We all need to celebrate our differences and not be critical of them. Let’s try to spread this message. Thanks for commenting and for coming along!

  6. Miia says:

    Great stories and photos!!! I particularly liked the ones about India because it is one of my favorite countries. Some places looked familiar, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Pushkar if I am not mistaken…

    I don’t know Mexico yet (Costa Rica, Panama, Haiti, DR, yes) but looking forward to visiting it!

    Have a lovely day 🙂

    • ninagrandiose says:

      Thanks for stopping by. Miia. You have a good eye. Yes, you are right about most of the places you mentioned except for Goa. Goa is beautiful and sometimes I go there on my tours but all the commercialism these days is very much a deterrent for me

      Mexico is spectacular. Don’t let all the bad press scare you.

      Happy trails!.

      • Miia says:

        Hi Nina, we did Goa from North to South, total of one week in different places. I share your feelings but I am also happy we did the road trip. Would we go back..well.. there are so many other places to see 🙂
        What is your top three in India?

        Happy travels!

  7. Madhu says:

    A beautiful introduction! You seem to know your destinations, India certainly, better than some locals! I am delighted to connect with you here. Good luck with your future journeys.

    • ninagrandiose says:

      Welcome to my little corner of the blog-o-sphere. I’ve been enjoying your posts and hope that mine will stimulate you as well. Thanks for commenting and following!

  8. Claudia says:

    Hi Nina!
    I LOVE receiving your posts; it is almost like being there with you. Wouldn’t that be lovely! This is the first time I have looked at the comments left by other readers of your blog; seems like lots of other people are enjoying your photographs and your words as much as I do. Look forward to talking with you soon!
    Lots of love from your old friend Claudia!

    • ninagrandiose says:

      Dearest Claud,
      Fancy finding you here! Any place is a delight but I can think of far better places than here. Am waiting for your blog? XOX

  9. Hi,
    I simply loved the way you look at different things that we, as Indians, take for granted. Our culture and traditions that have become commonplace for us is brought out and serves as a reminder for us through your travels and photographic journals. Your photographs and their subjects provide a distinct sense of pride for my country and I thank you for this pleasant reminder. Keep travelling and can’t wait for your next adventure!

    • ninagrandiose says:

      A comment like this one is precisely why every blogger bothers: to make a difference, no matter how small and in my case, to share my love for your endlessly fascinating country and show it in a positive light so others may grow to appreciate it too. Thank you so very much for the compliment.

  10. Rashminotes says:

    You have a lovely blog Nina! Look forward to reading many of your posts:)
    Your writings about India are really fabulous!!!

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