About Trail-stained Fingers

Hello, we’re Ankita and Mohit, couple travellers on a mission to discover the best of Europe! We prefer to do it in style, and discover some great wine and natural havens along the way. We’re based in Bonn, Germany but we can feel at home just about anywhere in the world! To reach us, please email ankita@trailstainedfingers.com.

In December 2013, we found ourselves seated next to each other at a training session at our office in Mumbai (a major newspaper). Our mutual love for travel had us stealing time from work to see as much of India and the world as we could. Together, we’ve been to over 15 countries in the world and 17 states of India.

Honeymooning in Bali
Honeymooning in Bali

For four to five years, we travelled extensively in and around Mumbai and the rest of India. The sum of our experiences can be found in the India Travel Guide that we have for sale (and for free if you subscribe!). In 2018, we moved to Germany, and we are continuously charmed by all that Europe has to offer.

Ankita

I’m an ex-journalist and I’ve loved writing for as long as I can remember. I began blogging the moment we got a computer at home! That was back in 2005, when I was 11 years old. My personal blog is still live, if you’re interested.

But it wasn’t until I finished my studies in journalism and began working full-time that I realized that travelling was what made me happiest, and most importantly, the quest to put it all in words. That’s why we’re Trail-stained Fingers: our fingers are always stained by the impressions of our travels.

Admiring the spring flowers in Bonn

Before I met Mohit, I went on a few solo trips. And while I found them soulful and liberating, I have to say that travelling as a couple is far better! You’re never bored, never alone, and never totally clueless because two minds are always better than one.

When we travel, I do…

  • All the planning
  • Most of the writing
  • All the posing!

Three things I love:

  1. Nature
  2. Poetry
  3. Cake

Three things I hate:

  1. Sexism
  2. Racism
  3. Chaos

Mohit

I’m a software engineer and a passionate cricketer. In fact, I love all kinds of sports and I wish Ankita would let me watch games instead of Netflix all the time! I didn’t travel all that much until we met. But once we started, I couldn’t stop!

My favourite memories are of weekends in Mumbai, when we’d discover secret hideouts together. And of course, breezy evening walks along Marine Drive were always fun after work. Indian food will always be my favourite, wherever we are in the world.

Looking at the Rhine river in Bonn
Looking at the Rhine river in Bonn

I don’t mind being in nature but what really gets my blood rushing is adventure sports! I have everything from skydiving to scuba-diving, parasailing, and skiing on my bucket list. Ankita and I are great travel partners not just because we’re married to each other but also because we both love to walk, and we both hate over-spending!

When we travel, I do…

  • All the navigation
  • Most of the website back-end
  • All the photography!

Three things I love:

  1. Cricket
  2. Pizza
  3. My hair

Three things I hate:

  1. Annoying bosses
  2. India losing matches
  3. Posing for selfies

Our Travel Blog

Trail-stained Fingers

We started Trail-stained Fingers in mid-2015 but we’ve evolved so much since then. We’ve learnt the hard way that blogging is not just about writing well and putting up nice pictures. There’s so much more to it! Honestly, it’s almost like a full-time job.

We’d really love to know what you, our readers, think. And what would you like us to write about? Please leave a comment so we can get to know each other. And let’s be friends on Pinterest, YouTubeFacebook, Twitter and Instagram because that’s where we post most often.

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21 replies to About Trail-stained Fingers
  1. All the best, Ankita! I’m from Pune and the exact opposite – too lazy to travel. However, I’ve traveled (reluctantly) to Myanmar, Taiwan, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Dubai and South Africa, mainly to conduct meditation courses. Your post has inspired me to re-examine my attitude towards travel. Hmm.

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    1. Haha. Saw your website – you’ve done a lot of great work in the field of meditation! You should definitely try and enjoy whatever comes your way – many would kill to have so many opportunities to travel. 🙂

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  2. dear Ankita, I´m glad I found your page 🙂 I believe we have many things in common: we are both journalists and we love to write. wish you all the luck and keep on being creative. regards PedroL

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      1. thank you for your feedback 🙂 part is written in portuguese, part in english 😛 in english you can find many travel chronicles I write in ‘journalism’ area. hope you enjoy it! all the best

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