travel food culture expat lifestyle bloggerHi! I am Svetlana, a cloud gypsy, a story teller and a Maverickbird. Thank you for visiting my travel food culture expat lifestyle blog. A mother, writer, entrepreneur, traveler, foodie and an animal lover, I am a Supergirl from India. An ex-flight attendant living in Cologne, Germany, I have explored more than 35 countries as a solo woman traveler. Experiencing and exploring are my passion and I love to tell stories.

Thus Maverickbird is a collection of travel, food, culture, tips and expat lifestyle stories. Collected and strung from 15 years of personal travels experiences, these stories also help you with child-friendly travel tips and destination cost planning. In the Expat Diaries, I share some intimate snippets of my expat life in the lively city of Cologne 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.

All content used on this blog, including the photography, are mine and copyrighted with All Rights Reserve unless mentioned otherwise. Prior permission is required 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, sponsored reviews etc related to travel, food, culture, and lifestyle. You can look up the Work with Me page for any kind of collaboration.

Come, join me as I explore the globe for wonderful stories on travel food culture expat lifestyle. Simply sit, back, relax and enjoy your flights with Maverickbird.

DISCLOSURE: Please bear in mind that some posts in this blog contain affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. It won’t cost you a penny, but the commission will help keep this blog running. P.S I only support the companies I have happily used.


Highway in Altai Kari, Siberia

Somewhere in Siberian wilderness

travel food culture expat lifestyle blog from India

Soul searching at Angkor Wat

travel food culture expat lifestyle blog writer in Tehran, Iran

Spellbound by Persian grandeur in Tehran

Tourist sledging in Norway

Back to base

Colourful trishaws in Melaka, Malaysia

Colour Burst in Melaka

Giant tortoises at Prison Island near Zanzibar

Prison Island admirer near Zanzibar

Sara, Vietnam photo from a travel food culture expat lifestyle blog from India

Sapa and rice fields..it cannot get more beautiful than this

travel food culture expat lifestyle blog writer from India

At Sedek sand bar near Gili Nanngu

Egypt tourism photo of travel food culture expat lifestyle blog from India

Exploring Nile