Q&A Part 1: Get to know Kopal and Vikas, people behind Traversed Lands
When we announced the Q&A on Instagram, we were flooded with so many questions about our background and lifestyle. In this article, we tried to address the most popular questions. We will soon publish another article addressing the questions we couldn’t address here. Go on, take a sneak-peek at our lives.
What did we study?
We come from opposite backgrounds. Vikas has a master’s degree in mathematics and computing from IIT-Delhi and I have a degree in design from NIFT-Hyderabad.
Do we have full-time jobs? How do we manage our travel time?
Yes, we have crazy full-time jobs. We sit together to sort out our potential holidays every 6 months. We look for possible long breaks around extended weekends (let’s save us some leaves, yes?). We barely take any casual leaves. If you manage your corporate leaves and include weekends (for quick getaways!), you can easily travel for 60-70 days a year.
Which camera do we use?
We use Nikon D5300 with 18-55mm and 35mm lens. We also use GoPro Hero 5 Sessions, iPhone 6 and iPhone 7.
Do we pay for our trips?
Mostly. There are times when we collaborate with travel or hospitality partners for brand awareness/promotional campaigns, but we do not recommend a place or a product that we don’t use or like. Being frequent travellers ourselves, we understand how important it is to get genuine feedback, recommendations, and suggestions.
How to plan for longer trips?
We try not to plan too much but we do have a basic prep routine. Since we are budget travellers (hello! we pay for our trip), we are always on a lookout for deals. Here are a few tips for you to plan your trip better:
- Transportation: We use our credit card points (or miles) while booking our flights. You can check for the cheapest flight via Sky Scanner app and book the one that’s affordable. Try to look for really early morning flights, those are usually cheap (cheaper on weekdays).
- Stay: We prefer staying at cheaper places when we travel for a longer duration. Hostels are a good option. You can also look at Oyo Rooms and Airbnb for a budget stay.
- Food: No compromise there. We do our research and try to indulge in local delicacies.
How to set aside travel funds?
That’s the trickiest part. It took us a long time to manage our travel funds. Initially, we would just plan a trip and spend whatever we had in our bank accounts. We were running out of money after every trip and would go broke till we received our salaries. It was a vicious circle. Later, we decided to open short-term recurring deposits (6 months) to save money for travel. We would open multiple recurring deposits in a year (you can decide the instalment according to your budget). It helped us plan our finance better.
Fun-facts about Kopal and Vikas?
- Kopal is hydrophobic.
- If you ever bump-into Vikas and need to start a conversation, Archer and Rick and Morty can be your go-to topics.
- Kopal has OCD and she will annoy you until things are done a certain way.
- Vikas can drive a car but can not ride a bike (or any two-wheeler for that matter).
- If you think you have a knack for spicy food, you haven’t met Kopal.
How to grow on Social Media?
Growing on social media can be tough due to an abundance of content and creators. It is important to stand out and do what you believe in rather than doing what everyone else is doing. If luxury travel is not your thing, focus on budget travel. If fashion and aesthetics aren’t your forte, focus more on the story.
- Try to post at least 3-4 pictures/videos a week.
- Identify your niche and then create content that appeals to that niche.
- Interact with your followers.
- Use the right hashtags for relevant visibility.
- Track performance via insights. Experiment with the time of posting to see when your followers react or respond the most.
- Learn basic photography and editing.
- Say ‘’back off’ to negativity. Everyone on social media has an opinion and rightfully so. You may come across bullies, haters, spammers, and shamers. Now, you can either engage in a heated banter or quarrel with them, or you can just ignore and laugh it off. We are not saying that you shouldn’t stand up for what’s right because you should. All we are saying is, don’t let it break your beautiful heart.
- Be patient.