How did you come up with the this “Blog name”?

When I was living in Navi Mumbai and was not even a blogger, I used to spend a lot of time on the large Mumbai style windows of my apartment. I used that space to talk to myself, brood and spend some ‘Me Time’. And the same was repeated when I used to travel to some destination. As the train/bus/taxi whizzed by on a long journey, I used to stare out of window and think about things that bothered me, even as the frames changed rapidally.

Abhinav dressed as a Bhutanese in Thimphu

What are your tips to save money?

I take a lot of liberties when I am traveling solo on a tight budget. I spend a minimum on accommodation because I am spending the least time in hotels. Also, I take public transport and eat in roadside dhabas (when traveling in India) with good hygiene standards, of course.

Chanthaburi Koh Mak Island Trat Offbeat Thailand

Have you been anywhere which turned out to be totally different to how you imagined? If so, how?

Australia. I had huge expectations from Australia. But somehow, I was not excited when I was finally in Australia. I went to Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra. I found all these places very boring and ordinary. Even Opera House did nothing to me. It is just overhyped and well marketed.

Abhinav at 12 apostles, Great Ocean Road, Australia

For you, what are the most and least liveable cities you’ve visited?

I have lived in 7 cities so far. I have mostly enjoyed each and every place I have been to. At the risk of starting a controversy, I have never been able to enjoy living in Delhi NCR, even though I am North India.

On the contrary, I have a strong emotional connect with Mumbai where I lived for seven years. The food, people, city attractions, cultural events, creative avenues, etc available in Mumbai, I feel are tailor-made for me. I enjoyed my 2 months-long stay in Bengaluru as well. The food there is just so good and cheap even in the poshest of localities. Both Mumbai and Bengaluru also have a plethora of amazing weekend destinations you can go to on a whim.

Abhinav heading towards Namche Bazaar on Everest base camp trail

A piece of advice for all the wanderlusters out there?

Travel for yourself. Do not travel to outsmart anyone or to show off. Travel for your soul. That is where the true contentment is. That is where you can learn something from travel.

Abhinav on completion of Everest Base camp Trek

Quick fire Question

  • Favourite airline: Air India – Great Food, brilliant hospitality and a comfortable environment. It feels like home.
  • Favourite country: India followed by Bhutan
  • Favourite city: Mumbai. There is just no parallel to this lovely city.
  • Favourite beach: Palolem Beach, Goa
  • Favourite food: Maharashtrian and South Indian food

ABOUT A Soul Window Travel Blog By Abhinav Singh | Delhi

Abhinav Singh is a Travel Blogger From India. He Blogs at A Soul Window. He has travelled to 300 destinations in India and 11 other nations of the world. He has been writing for top leading publications since 20 years. His blog A Soul Window has been listed as Top Travel Blog from India 30 times. He has worked with Tourism Boards of many Indian states and countries such as Uganda, Australia, Jordan, U.A.E., Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan etc.

Apart from his blog, his articles are also published in Lonely Planet, National Geographic, Mint, Railbandhu etc. He has also served as judge for many photography competitions. He has also worked with brands like Air Arabia, Singapore airlines, Sri Lanka airlines, Columbia Sportswear, Wildcraft and many more. Many of his posts have also gone viral on Facebook and Twitter.