November 12, 2018
South India is spectacularly diverse, presenting the traveller with a smorgasbord of things to see and do. The ‘Trip Jodi’ go every weekend in search of exotic, less-travelled places to keep their passion alive and share their experiences on their blog.
Ebin Ephrem Elavathingal (28) and Johncy John (26) got married in February 2017. The duo started exploring places together during their courtship phase. Ebin, an assistant professor in a Coimbatore-based college, says, “We started travelling not with the intention to start a blog. As a young couple in love we just wanted to explore places. We kept on posting pictures on social media and people kept on asking us a lot of questions about the route, lodging and other general queries related to our travel. Hence, we started our blog ‘Trip Jodi’.”
The couple decides the destination within 200 km mostly on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings. Avid travellers, they like riding their bike, the easiest and convenient form to commute. They are back by Sunday evening so that they can be at work on Monday. Weekdays are reserved for blogging about the previous trip, editing and uploading photos on the blog.
The couple now gets paid to explore places because of their huge fan base. However, they select the sponsors very wisely and are cautious about which place or brand they choose. The couple wants to promote safe travel for couples in South India and feel more couples should explore “because the experience is truly liberating and can strengthen relationships”.
Ebin says,” Difference of opinions and disagreements are bound to happen while travelling with your spouse. But, the more we travel as a couple, our friendship deepens. The level of trust for one another has increased as it is built on a solid foundation of mutual respect. We rely on each other and take decisions collectively, we confide in each other. Every trip brings us closer.”
Two couples are better than one. The couple encourages others who share the same passion for travelling to travel with them. Having another couple is a combination of personalities which pushes one to do more, try more and explore more, the duo feels. ” It’s the experience and moments spent in the place which make the trip memorable and worthwhile,” says Ebin.
The couple proves that one need not bust a fortune to explore places, but just have the mindset to embrace the unknown. The Jodi wishes that every couple takes a leap of faith and surrenders to the unknown as nothing can prepare you for the very essence and experience as the elusive soul lies cradled in the mystery.