Why You’ve Got to See the Badami Cave Temples

There was once an empire called the Chalukya’s. Yes, I also didn’t know that. But I was about to find out a hell of a lot about them! Just a 3 hour drive from Hampi, it’s another awesome spot for temples and hiking, yet none of the tourists come here. Oh wait, I did see

Ask Me Anything: How much of your Indian Experience is just LUCK?

I sometimes share e-mails under the tag "ask me anything". I get a lot of very similar e-mails which means there are a lot of people out there thinking the same questions. Why not address them to everyone? You can search more like these by clicking that link above. I had the most amazing comment pop up

“What do you do all day?” (Expat in Goa)

I get asked from friends back home "so... what do you actually DO all day?" and I can see why since neither Ben or I have a 9-5 job. We have a lot of freedom to work when we want and options to travel or just decide to do nothing for the day (although we shouldn't). There

A Reality Check |I forgot how hard backpacking was

As I mentioned, living in India as an expat is much breezier than backpacking through India for a variety of reasons like budget and familiarity. Before I started my kickass goMowgli tour of Karnataka I had to get myself to Mysore from Goa. I’ve been on a bit of a I-hardly-have-an-income budget, so instead of

Discovering the Soliga Tribe of BR Hills

Interacting with the Soliga Tribals of BR Hills is one of the most interesting things I’ve done since I’ve lived in India. While touring Karnataka with goMowgli, we went up to the famous BR hills to glamp at Gorukana, an NGO which helps the tribals keep a sustainable lifestyle. (I'll tell more about that next week).

Mysore Art & Meeting the local Artisans

I've had a few IG comments asking if traveling with goMowgli was worth it and this is a prime example of why it was. Looking back on my trip, seeing how Mysore art was made and meeting all these artisans was one of my favorite parts. From watching sculptors use their imagination only to break

The Nitty Gritty | A goMowgli Review

UPDATE: GoMowgli are no longer in business. I'll leave my review live as it was, though. By now you must have all noticed that I spend a significant amount of time (26 days) on a tour through Karnataka with goMowgli. So, now for a goMowgli review. They are a hop on hop off bus in

Touring Coorg | Thadiyandamol & Iruppu Falls

You'd think after my last massive post on backpacking Coorg or this post on the top things to do in Coorg, you'd seen it all, but you haven't! As I continued touring Coorg with goMowgli it seemed to just keep getting better and better. Although we were in areas with no cell phone reception or WiFi, I was