About

383553_522893687727683_601912990_nHi! I am Svetlana, a cloud gypsy, a story teller and a Maverickbird. Thank you for visiting my blog.

A mother, writer, entrepreneur, traveler, foodie and an animal lover, I am a Super girl from India. An ex flight attendant living in Cologne, Germany, I have been born with wings and having explored more than 35 countries as a solo woman traveler, I have morphed into a living, breathing travel expert. Experiencing and exploring are my passion and I love to tell stories. For me vivid story telling makes the mundane come alive and a good travel anecdote puts me in the writer’s shoes.

Thus my travel blog, too is a collection of short stories strung with nearly 15 years of personal travels experiences; the good, bad and difficulties of being a solo woman traveler (and that too from India), my favorite destinations, cultural highs, offbeat adventure, awesome food moments, pocket friendly travel tips in Money Matters and more. In the upcoming Cologne Diaries I share some intimate snippets of my expat life in the lively city of Cologne in Germany along with some cool stuff about the city and Germany.

Photography is my second creative love after writing and I enjoy gardening too. My travels have helped me capture moments so diverse and intense, that today I never go anywhere without my camera. I love looking at photos and to me some shots speak a thousand words. All content used in this blog, including the photography are mine and copyrighted with All Rights Reserved, unless mentioned otherwise and I will appreciate being asked first before republishing or distributing any of my work. Please contact me if you wish to use any content from this blog.  I do not allow my blog content to be used for commercial purposes without my permission and altering, transforming or modifying my work in any form is not permitted.

Recently I have started accepting freelance projects, guest posts etc but I never recommend anything on this blog that I am not convinced about or do not like personally. I only accept travel/culture related posts/work and running some ads now and then on my blog help me cover a few costs that the site generates. In some of my posts, I have started linking to some websites that I am affiliate of and if you follow those links you will be supporting this blog. A tiny percentage of the purchases that you may make on them come my way and I thank you for the support.

Meanwhile, I hope you will enjoy the travel stories and let me take you along as I explore the globe. So if you are ready for some armchair adventures; just sit, back, relax and enjoy your flights with Maverickbird.

RESPONSIBLE TRAVELING-BECAUSE I CARE.

Somewhere in Siberian wilderness
Somewhere in Siberian wilderness
Soul searching at Angkor Wat
Soul searching at Angkor Wat
Spellbound by Persian grandeur in Tehran
Spellbound by Persian grandeur in Tehran
With my Masai friend
With my Masai friend
Back to base
Back to base
Color Burst in Melaka
Color Burst in Melaka
Prison Island admirer near Zanzibar
Prison Island admirer near Zanzibar
Sapa and rice fields..it cannot get more beautiful than this
Sapa and rice fields..it cannot get more beautiful than this
At Sedek sand bar near Gili Nanngu
At Sedek sand bar near Gili Nanngu
Exploring Nile
Exploring Nile
Wishing he was mine at HongKong
Wishing he was mine at HongKong
Sarong Styling
Sarong Styling
A wet nose who waits for me faithfully
A wet nose and faithful eyes waits for me at home
My budding backpacker and a diva Noni..who makes my Home
My budding backpacker and a diva Noni..who makes my Home
Mom,traveler,writer,explorer and a very bad cook..I am a Supergirl
Mom,traveler,writer,explorer and a very bad cook..I am a Super girl