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travel deliberately, mindful of my impact, respectful of my environment. I make curiosity my driving force. I search for kindred spirits in disparate communities. I believe travel begins in the backyard and never ends. Whether at an iconic landmark or remote venue I immerse in the cultural, historical, and philosophical layers of my surroundings as a local. I delve beyond listicle features to seek after the pivotal lessons each journey has to teach. My hybrid stories encourage a purposeful life of adventure.

Travel reveals truths, yet each journey is tailored to our distinct perspectives. Bespoke Traveler is the correlation between those universal touchstones and my select experiences.

Welcome to my corner of the digital world. I hope you enjoy your stay.



To learn more about me check out the interviews below where I reveal:

I have published four books and two journals about my travel experiences. All are available for purchase through Amazon and the Apple iBookstore. For more information about them, you can head to BOOKS + JOURNALS

Several readers and bloggers have written reviews about my latest book, “Cities of Kings.” Find out what they had to say:

Online Book Club calls it, “approachable, understandable, and enjoyable”

Making My Mark says, “I recommend this book to anyone who loves history, architecture and the cities.”

Restless Jo states, “All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable read.”

If you are interested in reviewing any of my books on your website or on Amazon, GoodReads, or other platforms please contact me at aguptaATbespoketravelerDOTcom.



Writing and traveling provide me the privilege of connecting with others in fulfilling ways. The joy of discovering a kindred spirit within a stranger is potent. I value the myths, mishaps, and histories you share with me. Join me on my social media platforms to continue conversations about travel, culture, and food:



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I love what I do at Bespoke Traveler. I invest time, effort, and resources into bringing you insightful travel perspectives. If you value my labor and find inspiration here, please consider supporting me by clicking on the “Donate” button below. It provides a secure PayPal form. Your patronage is always appreciated.

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  1. Thanks for your encouraging support. my travels mostly took place years ago, but I love reading about the adventures of others

  2. What a captivating mission, and your “things to know about us” resonated with me. Can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find you, but now that I have, it’s going to be great to learn from fellow travelers.

    • Thank you so very much for your sweet words. I am always very grateful to learn that I have inspired anyone with my stories and I am touched that my purpose for the website resonated with you.

  3. Hello, thanks to visit and like my blog “Bieke give birth from 4 kittens”. You’ve a great blog! I’ll love to come back again…
    Best regards, Heidi

  4. Inspirational travel diversity and sumptuous photography. Could suffer from serious wanderlust after a browse through your blogposts – armchair travel will have to do in the meanwhile 🙂

  5. Hi! Happy to have found your blog! I love the layout, the style the content…everything! I’ve read some of your posts and I can’t wait to read more! I’m a travel lover too so I’m definitely Looking forward to following you 🙂

    Lisa |

  6. Thank you for the visit to my blog and your appreciation of my post. Your blog is indeed spectacular, the photos seem to carry me right into the frame. jc

  7. hi Atreye and Jesse, Nice to Know Your Blog, and Know both of you. Thank for visiting my blog, and appreciate some posts. I hope you’ll always give your appreciate to my blog.
    Thank you so much !!

    • Hello Pete!

      Thank you so much for the nomination and the kind words. It’s been awhile since we have done the blog award questionnaires, but we will try and answer yours as soon as possible.


  8. Just created my first blog on wordpress,, and so discovered yours. I look forward to using your past, current, and future posts of places to armchair travel now and to imagine real travel down the road. Compelling photos with tempting journey notes.

  9. I made it a goal to travel somewhere new every month of 2015 so I’m excited to find your blog for some last minute adventure on months I don’t have planned 🙂

  10. Have just come across your blog and it is really great!! And love the photos! Would love it if you could check out mine too! Keep going 🙂

  11. What a rich blog. Both escape and resource. Thank you for alerting me to your presence by stopping by my blog and following me. I’ll try to live up to yours. And I will know where to turn when I am planning to travel which will, hopefully, be soon.

  12. Love the idea of this blog, or better yet: mission. I think every travel, every journey is or should be transformational. At least for me it is. And the key to the transformation is the contact with people, not just mere admiring of buildings, sights etc., but engaging with locals as much as possible. Keep up the good work! Hope some day I will do something similar 🙂

  13. Thanks so much for following my blog. I am glad your enjoyed some of my birthday ‘jolly’ blogs (from March). I had such a fab time visiting lots of places in Sussex and seeing lots of history and wonderful places there. I’ve written them all up and if you scroll through you will find other places I have visited as well. Thanks so much, glad you found me and liked them all. 🙂 More to come soon.

  14. Thank you very much for visiting my blog and for the follow, I appreciate it very much and I sincerely hope that you enjoy what you find at my cyber summerhouse! I certainly look forward very much to reading more of your wonderful blog. Great photo btw – I drive past Stonehenge quite often 😉

    • Thanks Sheri, for following our blog and for all your responses! I am looking forward to reading more about your daily adventures. Glad you like the photo, and how cool that you get to see such an ancient site so often!

    • Thanks for the kind words, EDGYMIX. I love discovering great places off the beaten path as well which really add a unique flavor to already awesome destinations. Glad you like the travel photos and I hope I can continue to inspire. Cheers.

  15. Thank you for commenting on my blog, because that’s how I found yours, and it’s great! You’ve captured the complex travels in simple and interesting posts, and that is not easy!
    Have you been out to SE Asia yet? I’m heading that way shortly, and I’d love to read anything you’ve done on that part of the world before I go. Search didn’t turn anything up, but let me know!

    • I’m glad you enjoy my travel posts! I try to share the many interesting curiosities I come across on my travels. Sadly, I haven’t had the opportunity to visit southeast Asia yet. Hope you have a wonderful time there and I’m looking forward to reading about your experiences and seeing your photos!

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