Female Adventurers and Going Neon

Every day is Women’s Day at Travel Purist, given that we’re a women-led platform, but celebrating Women’s Month this March was an important act of gratitude towards our many female contributors and well-wishers. This month, our Instagram feed has been a montage of portraits of these wonderful women of travel who come from diverse backgrounds, countries and cultures. 

In the past, on Travel Purist, you may have tangoed with brand strategist Mathilde Yvert-Rankin in Buenos Aires, barbecued with Zimbabwean writer Blessing Musariri in Harare, chased dancing camels in Rajasthan with Nat Geo photographer Ashima Narain, followed the Convict Trail in Wollombi with Australian writer and academic Sharon Rundle, found salvation in the Beatles Ashram in Rishikesh with documentary photographer Siddhi Chandra, met the Korku tribe in Madhya Pradesh through non-profit founder Nitisha Agrawal, been on the road in Portugal with ad woman Nicole Ferraz, rediscovered a New York neighbourhood with cultural strategist Shivani Gorle, met interesting people with Oxford University student Amrita Shenoy and navigated various places (including our social media!) with our very own storyteller, Rhea Bhambhani. 

Our Women in Travel series on Instagram hosts our female contributors who've brought their keen sense of the world to Travel Purist. This newsletter, too, is a shoutout to these fantastic women.
Follow us on Instagram to meet them or find all the stories here.

Meanwhile, keep those pandemic diaries coming! This month, we feature Amandeep Singh’s pandemic visits to The Neon Museum while in lockdown in Poland. Read on...

From The Archives: Nom Nom and Noir

Our founder and travel writer, Janhavi Acharekar writes about the Phnom Penh Paradox, how food and death coexist amid the bustling lanes of Cambodia's capital. 

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The Pandemic Travel Diaries: Going Neon in Poland

Before COVID-19 restrictions tightened in Poland, Amandeep Singh decided to move from India to Poland to live with his wife and her family who are Polish. In this pandemic diary, Aman writes about the time he and his wife spent museum-hopping in Poland. The experience was one of empty museums, neon signs, and childhood nostalgia. 

He writes:

"I have been fascinated by neon signs since early childhood. While other kids dreamed of hanging posters of their favourite singers, actors, or superheroes in their room, my only dream was to get a custom-made neon sign for my room. Come to think of it, I’m sure that my fascination with neon played a part in my decision to choose advertising as a career."
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Purist Picks

What we've been reading, watching, and listening:
The Life of Meghalaya’s Garo Women
A photographer travels through the Garo Hills of Meghalaya and photographs the matrilineal society of the A’chiks, one of the three major tribes in the state.

Find the Photo Story Here
A Search Engine for Finding Free, Public Domain Images from World-Class Museums
The pandemic has accelerated access to art with museums around the world taking their collections online. Find collections from the Rijksmuseum, Art Institute of Chicago, on this free-to-use search engine for art.
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9 Travelers on the Trips That Shaped Their Lives
The personal essay meets travel writing in this collection of stories. Nine travelers write about the trips they took to either trace their genealogical history or seek a meaningful connection with their family.

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Image credit for Purist Picks in the order that they appear: Along Sangma for National Geographic Traveller India, a painting via Museo for Open Culture, and a hawker cart in Jakarta by Marianna Jamadi for Condé Nast Traveller
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