The Many Shades of Travel

This hasn't been such a good year for us humans, has it?


But more than nine months into the pandemic, if there’s one thing we’ve learnt, it’s that 2020 brought our environment some respite.

At Travel Purist, we support sustainable, immersive travel and we try (not always successfully, but we try) to be mindful of our carbon footprint. The positive effects of the lockdown on the natural world have only strengthened our resolve and commitment to responsible travel. 

Like this calm chameleon photographed at Pench National Park, India, if there’s another learning, then it’s the importance of adaptability. Changing your colours is not necessarily a bad thing if interpreted as adapting to your situation and living in harmony with your surroundings.   

During this seemingly neverending lockdown of a year, we sought travel virtually, through art, books, music, food and culture; we rediscovered our neighbourhoods and rekindled our social connections.

And that’s why, we’re changing our colours ever so slightly, perhaps for the better. We’re revisiting our definition of travel. And deepening the many shades of culture that we continue to embrace at Travel Purist. 

Now, you can expect even more stories at the intersection of travel and design, food, art, literature, music, history and social responsibility. We’ve also revamped our newsletter to bring you a round-up on all things interesting in travel and culture, plus you can expect new stories and features.

If social isolation has taught us one thing, it’s that we are not in this alone. And so we would love to hear from you! If you have a travel story to share, write to us. If you’ve found a way to bring travel to you through culture, also write to us.  It doesn’t matter if you’re not a professional writer, we’ll find ways to engage with you and share your experiences on Travel Purist. 

Travel and Art

Wandering with Van Gogh
Step into Van Gogh’s world. Contributor Chandan Mahimkar visits Arles, Paris, and Amsterdam to take a deep dive into the artist’s life and his work | Continue Reading >>

Lockdown Stories

Pandemic Diaries
As four International Language Assistants self-isolate together, friends become family | Continue Reading >>

Purist Picks

How we've been travelling virtually — a list of what we've been reading, watching, listening
  • We love this fun, illustrated guide to discovering the history of your own neighborhood. We can't travel far, but that doesn't mean the exploration needs to stop | Start Discovering >>
  • From the sound of fireworks in the Bronx to a Baobab tree in the grasslands of Senegal, Field Recordings is a podcast where audio producers from around the world record the sounds and atmosphere of a place — give it a listen and travel through sound :) | Start Listening >>
  • Headspace App’s Andy Puddicombe and BBC’s Natural History Unit come together for a video series, Mindful Escapes, where sometimes joyful, sometimes mesmerizing nature videos help us “breathe, release, and restore” in these stressful times. It really is meditation through nature | Start Watching >>
Have a travel story in you that you'd like to share? Have you been exploring your local ennvirons during the pandemic and made discoveries close to home? We want to hear from you! Write to us at

From the Archive

The San Francisco Beat 
If you followed the US elections as keenly as we did, here’s a throwback from our travels in San Francisco in 2016, when we attended a Bernie Sanders rally, visited The Beat Museum, discovered speakeasies, followed the hippie trail, and more | Continue Reading >>

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