Welcome to ~ tosomeplacenew!
We are so glad you are here!
ToSomePlaceNew is a travel destination website, encouraging travelers to see more of this world in less time. We share tips on itinerary planning with day trips, practical information, and destinations guide through a cultural and historical lens.
We believe that the world is full of wonderful destinations, and balancing work and travel is not easy. But if you really plan things right, it doesn’t matter if you have one day or ten days in a city, you can make the MOST of your trip.
We are Mayuri & Salil.
We are not a typical travel blogger, as we don’t lead a nomadic life. We live and work full time in Canada. With a ton of traveling experience – domestically and internationally, having moved from India to Canada, we make travel work with planning, researching and splurging on the right things!
We take pride in making the most of our trips. Trust us, we explore a lot in one day, which for most travelers is worth 3 days of the visit.
It’s not that we rush through things – we pick the best spots ahead of time (through research), we book attractions ahead of time (no waiting), and also include our downtime/fun time in between.
We are mid-range budget travelers. We love a combination of high and low price ranges. We never compromise on sightseeing and safety – which means we take travel insurance, book reputed hotels (in safe areas, mostly near transport or attractions/city center), splurge in cultural, food, and historical guided tours (we are both history nerds).
Having said that, we book flights during the off-season (mostly) to beat the crowds or 3 months in advance (to save on airfare). We also work full time, so planning ahead helps.
Plus, we never pay baggage fees, because we travel only with our carry-ons (and I use a lot of packing cubes. Trust me I can fit 7 dresses, 2 pants, 1 faux leather jacket, 5 blouses, 2 sets of nightwear plus 1 extra shoe and cosmetics in one 40 L backpack for a 2-week trip. Oh and don’t forget my beret, hats, and hair ribbons for photos. Yep!)
Traveling with a carry-on is so liberating!
See, as soon as we land in a new city, I am like a kid in a candy store I got no time to sit and chill, we got to explore (thank God for Salil, he shares the same enthusiasm as me).
Creators of tosomeplacenew
Now a little bit about us. If you have not noticed the “author’s box” already, let me introduce myself. I am Mayuri – the primary content creator and writer for ToSomePlaceNew, and I take care of all the pre & post content planning, social media posts, and related resources.
My better half (also the gentler one) is Salil, who lovingly takes all of my pictures, while I adore the Eiffel tower, or stare at the waterfalls in Iceland.
And we are together here at “tosomeplacenew”.
ToSomePlaceNew was born in late 2015, when I decided to document our travel journeys on the blog. That small step led to many more journeys and articles being written and shared as we kept on exploring this wonderful world.
READ: Our Travel Philosophy
Salil and I are originally from India. But we never knew each other back home.
He lived, studied and worked in western part of India. I am from the north eastern state of Assam (in India), and have studied in New Delhi and Chennai.
Both of us like traveling and enjoyed exploring new places, good food, and great company.
Salil and I met in Canada in 2009, when we left our lives in India and moved to pursue higher education.
We got married in 2016, in the midst of the beautiful Canadian Rockies and this was just the beginning of our mega wanderlust adventure. Currently, our travel saga includes Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas.
When we are not traveling, we are working full time and planning for our next trip!
From Our Travels
Why this blog – tosomeplacenew?
I know working full time and maintaining a blog is hard. But I always wanted to be involved with travel, somehow.
As a young kid, I LOVED going on road trips and pretty much fell in love with everything outside the car window. Coupled with that I had this nerdy trait where I could remember each and every historical date and event, which made me a sort of history geek and an encyclopedia.
A bright student, everyone thought I will grow up to be a successful doctor or engineer, and to everybody’s surprise I choose to study Humanities.
History is a fascinating subject, and when I visited Paris, Lisbon, or wandered through the streets of Havana – it just filled my soul with so much happiness.
I mean imagine, these cities have SO much beauty, SO much history…. I know see the world with rose-colored glasses, and I really attribute that to understanding a city’s past, and their resiliency and route to the present!
I hold a University degree in History (well, no surprises there) and love everything from ancient to modern world history. Learning about medieval history and Cold War politics were my prime interests, so much so I took up Russian language and their history for a year.
After completing my degree in History, I switched gears and studied International Business Management and earned an MBA.
My plan was to work and market destinations and showcase my love for cities and their history. But that MBA program brought me from India to Canada (Toronto to be exact) and what was supposed to be a one year gig, ended up being my new home.
I started my professional career in Canada, and worked as an Operations Management and Human Resources Consultant for about 10 years (and opened a Digital Business in 2020-21)
All of these years when I was working a day job, traveling and history didn’t leave me. When I started my professional career, I made a promise (a goal) to myself to visit 2 new destinations a year. I was inspired by Dalai Lama’s quote,
“ Once a year go some place you have never been before”
And that became ToSomePlaceNew.
Salil joined me on this travel journey and he is the best travel partner one can ask for. And I am lucky I have a photographer on the go!
Salil currently works full time in Supply Chain & Operations Management. He holds an Engineering degree and is an MBA.
Traveling is an important part of our lives, and something we are really passionate about. We make time, save, plan and research our destinations and enjoy doing it all the way!
With a hectic work life, I am so glad we are continuously traveling and making memories all over the world.
Using our travel itineraries and tips, you will be on your way too – globetrotting this wonderful world!
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Keep following us on our travels, as we plan and capture the best views and places – so that you can travel smarter!
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