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Hey, I am Β Jithin.

Like many other decisions in my life, one day out of an impulse, I started a blog and named it “Trablogger”. It was on a sunny day of September. The very first day of that month. Yes, on 1st Sep. 2014 Trablogger took the first step.

And it happened to be one of the best decisions so far. It gave me confidence, a direction, a sense of purpose and a lot of good friends.

I started this blog to share some of my travel memories along with a few pictures from my previous trips. Then I got hooked. I started to Travel, Capture and share the stories here. And I have fallen deeply in love with Visual Story Telling.

After a year of blogging, I found myself writing a book based on my travel stories and publishing it.

Journey Is My Path : Book Cover

And now I travel, I capture and now I share it here in this blog.

Sounds clichΓ© right? Because it is! πŸ˜‰

And I want to do this full time. Travel. Photograph. Write. Share the Stories. And Repeat.

Well Canon EOS 1100 is my constant Travel Companion, who helps me to take you for a Photo walk.

Want to go for a photo walk to Ghost town of Dhanushkodi or through the curvalicious roads of Kerala?

Don’t worry, it won’t cost you anything. I do understand the role of the factor called MONEY in our travels. I am more of a economical or rather a “cheap” traveller. I travel on thinner than shoe string budgets. Some of the examples are here.

Are you a hardcore traveller looking for some adventure in a touristy place and want to spend as low as $2 or 100 rupees per day for a stay? Read the Secrets of Murudeshwar.

I Β tried hitch hiking, couch surfing, ate street food, slept in tents, took heavily crowded trains, travelled in general compartment for 24 hours or more. And through these experiences I have learned some ways of having a better travel experience with lesser cost.

So here I will take you for a photo walkΒ through Β some of the cheapest travels with richest memories, some off beat locations, someΒ unique cultures, some random photographs of people, places or anything.

If you are still reading this, I need you here. Follow button is on the top, just saying πŸ˜‰ Leave a hi, I would love to talk to you.

If you are a Facebook fan, I am just a click away.Β  Β My Facebook Page.

Or are you the fan of brevity – the 140 words thing?? Tweet me

Oh, did I Tell you about my BUCKET LIST project?

I am a Bucket list collector!!

I want you to join me to make the biggest bucket list. If you are too busy, you can just visit and get inspired. If you have a few minutes to spare, please list down your bucket list items on this page.Β  I really appreciate your time.

well CONGRATULATIONS!!

You have made it till here. Thank you so very much.

As a token of love I am offering you some Postcards from Kerala, my home state.Β  You can check the link here

POSTCARDS FROM KERALA


For those who are interested in any sort of collaborative work, trip or any sort of association, you can contact me at jithins123@gmail.com

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  1. Hey πŸ™‚ I found you through your Mundane Monday Challenge — cool idea, I might give it a try…I loved looking through your People & Jobs series, it’s super fun and interesting. Also interesting how your journey has evolved.

    Cheers!

    1. Thank you so much for going through my blog. Glad you liked the people and the job series. I hope to see you around when i move to a self hosted blog. Thank you so much for your support.

    1. Hi Lisa, Thank you for going through my blog. Good to meet another travel lover. Let me know once you decide to travel to India. Looking forward to check out your travel stories too. πŸ™‚

  2. Hello Sakhave!!! Right when i was trying to find blogs related to travel and specially solo and reasonable ones i came across yours through another blogger friend Darshith! Gonna stick to reading your posts this long weekend and for sure get that book reading at the earliest!
    Happy Travelling and making memories!!

    1. Hello Sakhi !! (sounds cheesy, but thats the feminine gender to be used πŸ˜‰ )
      Well thank you for going through my blog. Glad you liked it. And good to know that I’m of some use to you during this so called long weekend πŸ˜€
      Happy travels to you too πŸ™‚ Will be travelling to your blog soon πŸ™‚

      1. Hahaha i had no idea the female version of Sakhave was Sakhi πŸ˜› Not the authentic mallu i am i would say hence the lack of knowledge πŸ˜› This weekend is kinda at home doing all the study!! But definitely gonna get benefited from yours for the few i have planned this year..

          1. yeah man its tough!! unless u learn to twist your tongue properly and pronounce words like Alapuzzha Kozhikode Mazha etc you are not eligible to be called a Malayali πŸ™

          2. hahaha!! See you guys have a checklist to acknowledge a person a malayali. πŸ™ that zha never comes out properly from my mouth..eehhhh!!! sahiche pogunne ee malayali aalkarende edekye

  3. Wow !!! This is really wonderful blog i came across today.I am happy to find this blog. I like photography and visiting new places too. I am following your blog now. Hope to see very good clicks from your camera…stay blessed πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  4. I love photographs though I admit I have a bad eye and photographs are one of the many good things of technology I think. And traveling, who doesn’t love to travel. I once thought of packing up a bag and traveling around my island but being a girl sucks. Looking forward to seeing more of your work πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Suganiya for going through my blog. Indeed travelling and photography is nice. But you are travelling to so many wonderful places and creating so much better images through the books you are reading. I think that compensates it to certain extend πŸ™‚

      1. my pleasure πŸ™‚
        hilarious! brilliant πŸ™‚ Mundane Monday, well it kinda rhymes for a start and then there is the possibility that Mondays are actually Mundane πŸ˜‰ and then the idea of actually making something beautiful out of something mundane πŸ™‚ is well, just Great πŸ™‚
        Best,
        Niki.

  5. Another photography site… cooool! I love when i stumble into these., Your photos are beautiful, and so are the stories they tell. Keep moving… πŸ™‚

  6. Hi Jithin,

    Given that you have this knack for travel blogging, I would like to get you in touch with someone who needs good travel bloggers. Notify me here, if you are interested, we can do the rest of the talk through email.

    1. haha. thank you for going through it and of course for answering the question πŸ˜€ Jatin talking to Jithin, Nice πŸ˜€ I have some referral points, so tell me how did you stumble across my blog.
      Thanks again for following. Maybe you can share your blog address here, or update your gravatar with your new blog name. I want to read yours too πŸ™‚

        1. OK. She gets a brownie point πŸ˜‰
          I am going to read more about your odysseys. Hoping that your public profile Is updated with your new blog name πŸ™‚

        1. πŸ™‚ I don’t know if you got to read the two posts I did for Sole Stories, but I’m hoping to finish writing about that trip. My photographer friend has to finish and send me the fotos. I’m trying to be patient lol

    1. That’d be awesome! And do an adventure. Have you seen my Sole Stories? It’s a project of mine. It’d be fun to go somewhere in India and partner with you. As in you photograph and I write the story πŸ™‚

        1. Well yes I made plans to come to India, πŸ™‚ but I have a project I started in 2013. You can find it by clicking on Sole Stories category if you’re in a computer. If you’re on a phone you can search my site for that title πŸ™‚

          1. Do let me know about your plans when you finalise it. Well I did find your Sole stories. You know I have this shoes with me for around 3 years, and it has seen a few countries. At one point I started taking pictures of my shoe from various places I visited. Your idea sound similar to mine too πŸ˜€

  7. Yes, it is through Dewin I came to your page. Sure he is awesome and of course his way with words and thoughts! Kerala and India welcomes you. Do come and visit. Tell me if I am of any help to you πŸ™‚

          1. I think it is still legal, but they use the glitches in the system etc. Yea, they are similar I believe. But I haven’t tried those things yet

  8. Simply love your passion. Not an easy decision (esp for Indians) to quit and travel! We are raised with such stereotypical notions that even today I find it difficult to take the path less travelled.

  9. Amazing blog you have here. Love your stories. I too would love to be a travel photographer but the everyday responsibilities have stopped from taking this leap of faith. If I ever visit kerala and get nearby your place, I sure will give you a holler. We can do the photowalk. Cheers!

  10. Hey Jithin, I really liked your photography and the comments beneath them ;-). Looking forward to see more of your lovely work that’s why following you πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you Nimmi. Oh, comments or the captions?
      Anyway Both can be funny at times πŸ˜‰
      Thank you for following. I guess I forgot to hit that button πŸ˜€

  11. HiHo… I was just at Kerala last year. Beautiful place. BTW Amy, recommended that I come and check out your digs. So here, I is… to learn about photography. Will be back.

      1. Meher ,it is. To be very very honest, I really wanted to remain anonymous but this writing, sharing and communicating with so many lovely people from all around the world is kind of liberating me. Feel good to be a part of WP community.

        1. Hi Meher πŸ˜€ So would you like real name on the award page!? Its good to feel free. Why are you not-liberated anyway?!! You’ll feel better soon πŸ™‚

          1. I know nothing about this award thing. This morning only I found that I’ve been nominated. But I saw that you’ve said ” thanks, but no thanks” to lot of awards. And regarding this liberation stuff, it was more about fear of being judged by the people who know me. Since I m very new to blogging, I wasn’t sure if it will be liked by people or not. But now…I m encouraged to write more.

          2. Awards are fun, but if you are accepting it you need to make a post, answer certain questions and so on. So its better for me to say no thanks.
            I am glad that you are doing good here in this blogging world. People will always encourage you here πŸ™‚ Keep blogging

  12. Hi Jithin, nice to meet you. What a great blog you have! So much passion and joy!
    Thanks for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey, both inner and outer.
    Namaste,
    Alison

    1. Namaste Alison and Don,
      Thank you so much for visiting my blog and leaving a feedback. Yes, I really enjoyed reading your stories and I want to read more of it. So I am following you as well πŸ˜€ Thanks again

  13. I have more…
    2. Drive the Coquihalla Highway in British Colombia
    3. Stay at the Wickinish Inn and watch the storms roll in
    4. Write my Memoir. I promise it won’t be boring
    5. Drive coast to coast on Rt. 30 in America
    6. See a tornado/hurricane chasing storms
    The list is far from complete, I have more πŸ™‚

  14. Thanks Jithin,
    You are wonderful blogger and photographer!!
    It reminded my visits to South India specially Kerala!
    Lucky to follow you. Liked your Bucket List. Request you to review my blog guide me to make it better.
    nanni.

    1. Thank you so much for visiting this space πŸ™‚
      Hope you will travel more and draw more creative ideas from those experiences. Maybe you can add your bucket list too πŸ™‚
      Your blog looks great. It is neat, and easy to read. The designs also looks cool. πŸ™‚

  15. hey! saying your blog is amazing is an understatement. you sir, have truly inspired me. i have loved traveling but lately only the theory of it. i went through all the photos of yours and seriously it has overwhelmed me. congratulations to you on leading life on your own terms. again, you inspire me πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much πŸ™‚ You definitely have a way with words. Thank for your kind and encouraging words. And I am glad that I could inspire you. I came to know from your blog that you are craving to travel more too πŸ˜€ Anyway you can photo walk with me for the time being πŸ˜€ Hoping that soon you will be able to travel and figure out what you want to do in life πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you for your visit πŸ™‚
      But I think I cant sort out your problem. I hope you have set pictures in media as featured image.
      But in some posts that appeared on the ‘related posts’ the featured image was not visible. Maybe you need expert advice πŸ™‚ Happy blogging

          1. Nah, no New Year Celebration. In fact, they have even kept classes! But only 3 or 4 from my class will go. We are all taking leave. But we’re having a party with our cousins tonight!

  16. Hey Jithin,

    Please forgive my late arrival on your excellent Blog…and thank you for having visited my own site. Great to have you on-board πŸ™‚

    I’ve spent a while here on your site travelling the global highways and byways through the lens of your Cannon, and enjoyed the direct and observational comments that support your photography. I admire the way you execute your craft and go about your affairs. You have a very ‘natural approach’ to your subject matter and appear at ease developing an affinity for, and a relationship with the environment within which you become immersed, and also with the people with whom you meet. Walking the many paths with you through the numerous locations you have visited feels very comfortable….I am not rushed or left abandoned and feel like I have time to appreciate the many sights to be seen….the photographs you include are descriptive and impacting, and the humour and wit not lost on me either. I can fully appreciate how and why the travel bug bit you, and why it continues to do so! Thank you for sharing these experiences.

    Planet Earth grows smaller every day as new opportunities for travel emerge and new forms of communications reduce ever further distance between the hearts and minds of the earth’s inhabitants. Within that expansive mix are individuals, like yourself, destined to record and document our contemporary history, and hence our civilizations, who bring the diversity and abundance of life to a wider audience. And in so doing, draw the people of the world ever closer by sharing the experience, sharing the culture, and sharing your personal insights and comments. Long may you continue to pursue such a worthwhile goal πŸ™‚

    Someday I’d very much like to find the opportunity, space, and time to travel, and I think such an adventure is probably long overdue!

    You have a wonderful Blog, Jithin. Thank you for having enticed me here…it’s been most inspiring and very rewarding. I shall look forward in returning to journey further with you as you seek out new paths through this life…take care.

    Happy travelling πŸ™‚

    Namaste

    DN – 28/12/2014

    1. My goodness!! I have never ever received any feedback like this!! Thank you so very much for your amazing words. I wish I could write the way you write to tell you how much it means to me!
      And I am super glad that you enjoyed travelling through my posts and photographs. Being a self taught amateur, your words about my photography makes me immensely happy. Thank you πŸ™‚
      I am sure you will start your travel adventures sooner than you think πŸ™‚ Thanks again for your precious time spent on my travel memories.

      1. Hey Jithin,

        Thank you…but the pleasure is mine, and the least I can do in response to the enjoyment and timely inspiration your Blog has provided.

        Your hard work, dedication and commitment to your passion is wholly admirable. I think self-taught is often the best way to learn and the inspiring sense of personal achievement that comes with success more clearly defined as a result. Photography is mainly a solitary pursuit and a fully immersive interest, and as such requires strength of personal character, determination and resolve, hard work and a cast-iron tenacity to persist and overcome all challenges in the field. It’s evident in your work how much enjoyment you get out of doing what you do…and that in itself is a truly wonderful thing.

        Your comment…’I am sure you will start your travel adventures sooner than you think’…speaks with a quiet whisper of certainty that seems to grow louder each time I hear it echo back at me. So, quite possibly you are right!

        Thank you again for a great Blog and pleasant comment. I’ll be back soon.

        Namaste

        DN – 28/12/2014

          1. Hey Jithin,

            I am most certain those stirring echoes have already packed and will be motivating the heart to catch up and make that journey very soon.

            Thank you very much for being the messenger of inspiration. πŸ™‚

            I’ll look forward to visiting your unfolding Blog shortly.

            Take care Jithin.

            Namaste

            DN – 31/12/2014

  17. Early morning is the best time to read and enjoy the most. I loved reading you experiences ,you truly are a travel fanatic and an inspiration !

    1. And getting an early morning compliment feels the best too πŸ™‚ Thank you very much for going through my blog, leaving comments and likes here and there on the way πŸ˜€ And of course thank you for your kind words πŸ™‚

  18. Hi Jithin

    Loved your blog. Thank you for your visit to mine as it led me to your world. You know the wonderful thing is you realised You love travelling, It’s never too late to know that about yourself, isn’t it. I recognized it too a bit late, but as soon as I did. I am making sure, I utilize each opportunity to see more n more places.

    Travelling grows you, I am glad to meet you.

    Happy Travels

    Aanchal

  19. Hi Jithin

    Absolutely awesome and down to earth story. Very inspiring and I can see why you have no award policy (which is too bad because I found your blog from today’s nomination from Maverickbird who also nominated us.)

    Anyway, I love how you learned to sacrifice in order to achieve your goals; I find a sad lack of that and strange sense of entitlement form today’s internet generation. Speaking as someone who has the same passion but spent 30 years in the cubicle and lived super thrifty in order to retire early without being wealthy, I wish I would have chosen your path at age 20 but we look forward to catching up with everyone that’s already experienced life the way it should be lived

    I will complete your bucket list project since we’ve only been to a few places and look forward to following your stories; I hope you check us out and give us a follow also; http://www.excperimentalexpats.com

    Cheers
    Rob and Diane

    1. Hey Rob and Diane, Thank you so much for going through my blog and leaving a wonderful comment. Like I said, things happen for a reason. So you are meant to travel the world a little bit earlier than you were planning πŸ˜€ So It is a pleasure meeting you both here. I am also looking forward to read your expat adventures. πŸ™‚

      1. Yes! I went to India three years ago and it changed my life! What a beautiful place!!! (my middle name is India so I felt like I had to go there as part of my heritage haha). I also visited Goa, Hampi, Pushkar and a few other places but it wasn’t nearly long enough. I hope to return one day and stay for over a year – there is SO much to see in wonderful India – so much going on! I’m excited to see more of your pics and posts! Good luck with your budgeting! πŸ™‚ ‘see you’ soon πŸ™‚

        1. Awesome. Do come back. Maybe you will find some interesting places in my posts. I am glad to know that India changed your life! And thank you for your wishes, and wishing you the same πŸ™‚

  20. Hi! Thanks for all the likes and for commenting πŸ™‚ Wanted to stop by and say hey and answer your question you left here http://jennifernicholewells.com/home/grass-trees-car-3/. I have comments turned off for my portfolio pages so I am unable to respond on the picture itself. I use miniatures. On this particular picture it’s an n-scale train miniature. I bought and painted the car and surrounded it with green polyfiber, real dirt, a water color painted sky and a train miniature tree. I create most of my set ups in a similar fashion, a little bit of sculpture, painting, playing and camera magic πŸ˜›

    Anyway, thanks so much again and have an awesome day!

    1. Wow!! That sounds incredible! A lot of creativity, skills and dedication! I love all of your works! Thank you for sharing them πŸ™‚ I am instant fan πŸ˜€

  21. Hi, Jithin! May I have your permission to include the following comment in the upcoming “Erotic Passages?”

    ο»Ώ”To me its like β€œNo filters, straight from the camera” Its RAW!!”
    ~Jithin – trablog
    I’d be most honored! πŸ™‚

  22. Hey hi.. Jithin.. πŸ™‚ Fellow Keralite.. !! :p
    I am new to wordpress and was browsing random blogs..
    You have a well maintained blog here πŸ™‚
    Hoping to see more of your wonderfull posts πŸ™‚
    Till then,
    lets stay in touch and keep smiling πŸ™‚ ..
    and yes, when you have your time do pay a visit to my blog πŸ™‚
    Thanks in advance..!!!

    1. Hey Samjoth, I am already checking out the outlines of your blog πŸ˜€ Thank you for your visit πŸ™‚ And yes, I have decided to stay in touch. πŸ™‚ Will explore more of your blog soon πŸ™‚

      1. Oh thank you Jithin πŸ™‚ .. That felt great πŸ™‚
        I was just going through your posts at the moment.. πŸ™‚
        Do check out my posts when time allows πŸ™‚
        Yes..and lets stay in touch πŸ˜€ ..
        Be good πŸ™‚ ..

    1. Its my pleasure πŸ™‚
      Well yes, I am waiting for your bucket list. Do come back and add πŸ™‚
      And thank you for taking time to check out my blog πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you very much for paying a visit to my blog and for adding the bucket list. I did check your blog. The way you write about those places is awesome. Keep up the good work πŸ™‚

  23. Hi! Thanks so much for taking the time out to stop by, it really means a lot. You’ve got an amazing blog, I don’t know where to start! I’ll definitely spend a whole lot of time here πŸ˜€

    1. Hello Happiness girl πŸ˜€
      Thank you for taking you time to visit my blog. I hope to see you spreading some more happiness in here πŸ™‚ I gotta come back and check yours too πŸ™‚

        1. Awesome. Good to hear that you are enjoying your vacations now. Enjoy and have fun.
          I am just glad to know the fact that you are going through my posts πŸ™‚ Thank you

  24. I share your love for adventure, travelling (cheap or not) photography and no blog award policy. I’ve been blogging for just exactly 3 months yesterday. Been nominated 6 times for awards but though I am deeply honored and grateful of the gesture, the policy and the tedious proceedings accepting one don’t resonate with me. I hope they understand.

    1. Haha.. you stalked really well πŸ˜€
      Glad to meet someone who shares many similar interests. I started blogging from Sept 1st 2014. Yes, I do agree with you. I am too lazy to take up the responsibilities that comes with receiving an award. I do acknowledge all the lovely bloggers who have nominated me, and their names will be in my ‘Award’ page as long as the blog’s life. Anyways it is really nice meeting you adventurous gypsy who is marching to the beat of her own drum πŸ™‚ A wild flower for you πŸ˜€

      1. Thank you fellow wanderer πŸ™‚ may you always be safe roaming around this planet and may your days be filled with pleasant surprises all the way through. Keep us in mind as you hop from place to place.

  25. Hey there! πŸ˜€
    Jithin i wanna thank you for helping me improving my blog. And i also congratulate you on our successful completion of the Blogging 101 workshop πŸ™‚ I hope we could help each other more. And also work together someday. You know I was really happy to see a fellow travel blogger from India on here. I thought okay finally i have someone whom i can work with sometime soon. Hope that will happen someday. Stay in touch πŸ˜€
    Warm Regards
    Upasana

  26. Thanks for taking a look at my blog. I am an instant follower as well! I put my heart and soul in my blog and I love when I see other people doing the same! Keep upi the work! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you very much. In fact I was thinking of Thank you, but no thanks. But after seeing your description I changed my mind. If I say No to this now, it would be a big ungrateful thing to do. So I am accepting the award. Thank you very much. But I am doing it in a different way. I ‘ll let you know soon.

  27. hey i hope you can help me with something. I notice you have the same theme as me. The thing is i don’t know how to add extra pages in the top bar like you have, next to About. i tried a lot. but every time no success. I am new at this. it took me a month to figure out how the widgets work haha. Any help is appreciated πŸ™‚

    1. When you are on your blog, On the top bar your can see your name with a globe righ? Just right side of the BIG W of WP
      From there select ‘NEW’>Page and rest you can figure out. Try and let me know

        1. you can maily have two menus. one primary on top, and secondary on the left side bar. You have to add your menu to the primary one. May be you can ask more questions at the commons. So that if anyone else is also having similar doubt will be helped. I will answer anyway

  28. Nice to meet you Jithin, you have got such a great blog here. One of my passions is traveling, Gonna do it one day till then gonna stick around here to be a part of your adventures if you don’t mind. So glad to have found you. πŸ™‚
    With Love,
    Zee <3

    1. Hey Zee, nice to meet you too. Like I already said, no one has ever given so much ‘bloggy love’ (that’s what WP editors call it ) in oneday!! Thank you very much for all your lovely, inspiring, positive comments. Looking forward to have a great friendship πŸ™‚

      1. Oh does that mean I hold an award in you WP diaries for showing that much love in one day?? Yaey !

        If you can’t have Oscar, have the WP award, Eh, works for me πŸ˜›

        I’m glad to have stumbled here, It was my pleasure, Looking forward to joining the WP friendship club with you ! lol

          1. Oh not at all I’m not a big fan of awards, I find them hard to handle and follow through…considering my hectic schedule when new semester starts ! πŸ™‚

            No way??? Just 20? I didn’t expect that. You seem like a pro ! πŸ˜€

          2. Well yeah I had many, but with time you kinda get tired of them to be honest…Also the whole communication with bloggers here is much more intersting.
            I have been blogging for a year now, 12 Sept I think was my my first Blogoversarry ! πŸ˜€

    1. haha.. you are some observer!!
      Glad you like Kerala and India. These Keralites are almost everyehere πŸ˜‰ Ask your friend πŸ˜€
      And Thank you for following πŸ™‚

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