Updated on April 2020

Baegundae Peak, Bukhansan National Park, South Korea

Basil and I met as physics undergrad students. We started off as best friends, dated each other for 7 odd years, and eventually tied the ‘knot’ after settling in our jobs. Basil was a scientific editor before transitioning to marketing. I quit physics and briefly worked as a copywriter/conceptualiser and dabbled in freelance writing.

Khiva, Uzbekistan

What’s our travel story? As kids, we didn’t travel much and our summer holidays were spent in our hometowns — in southern India. I guess: that’s what made us want to travel. We’ve been travelling for over a decade and haven’t explored as much as we’d hope to.

Yongmeori Geo Trail, Jeju Island, South Korea

On our trips, Basil is the photographer, travel partner/hubby and sounding board. He dreams of far-flung places (could have something to do with his avid interest in stamps & notes) to explore.

I (Cheryl) think being different from each other is what makes us click. While he takes hours to photograph people or places; I choose to get lost in my thoughts or talk to local people. In a way, our blog represents the best of both of us.

Why ‘two brown feet’?

Mangseongri Beach, Yeosu, South Korea

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” 

― Lao Tzu

Pyeongchang, Gangwon-do, South Korea

We took a really long time to think this one out. Anyone who follows our trips, will realise: ‘walking’ is one of our top choices. Basil avoids the straight route and we often get lost, going off the marked tourist trail. The name is our interpretation of what a good trip must result in: a pair of tired & muddy feet. Read more here.

“Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.” 
― Anita Desai

In 2016, we relocated to Seoul, South Korea. It’s not the mountain town or quiet life we were hoping for. Fortunately, Seoul does have its fair share of rocky peaks, green spots, and towering mountains. We’re hoping this stint of S(e)oul searching will add to our travel journey and incredible life experiences. 

“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.” 

― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

We’re not nomadic travellers. When we’re not travelling, we lead a pretty normal/ boring life. Someday, we’d like to settle in a secluded Himalayan mountain town. That’s when, we’d like to look back at our blog as a collection of incredible travel experiences.

125 replies on “Our Story

  1. Thanks Janaline! Loved your blog and travel journey. Russia is on our bucket list along with many other counties you’ve visited. Look forward to reading your posts and hopefully, someday, we can make that trip! 🙂

  2. Hey there Newbie Spikey!
    (for your info, a Spikey is the term for folk who are part of the clan known to be followers of Uncle Spike 🙂

    I wanted to catch up and say “thank you… I really appreciate your ‘follow’ as I for one, know how many interesting and entertaining blogs are out there.”

    Blogging since June 2013, my aim is to deliver an eclectic offering of posts, from my ‘point n shoot’ attempts at basic photography, to the sharing of my travel adventures over the decades, as well as day to day happenings here on the farm. Oh, plus a few observations, opinions and lighter-hearted stuff thrown in for good measure.

    I normally keep to a couple of posts a day, maybe 3-4 at weekends if I have something special to share. But if you are at a loose end one day, maybe you’ll enjoy trawling through some of my older stuff too. I have added plenty of categories to help in said digging process.

    Thanks again and hope you have a great day…


  3. I appreciate your likes and follow, thank you! Love the name of your blog, and I couldn’t agree more with the reason behind it. 🙂 Happy travelling, clicking and writing!

  4. Hi Anita! You’ve got three pretty cool blogs/sites. And you’re hobbies are equally diverse. We felt the name was an extension of who we are or maybe I was looking (clicking) too many snaps of my feet! 🙂

  5. Hi Basil and Cheryl, nice to meet you! Thanks for following our blog. I hope you enjoy the stories of our journey.
    Cheers, and happy travels. May your feet always be brown 🙂

    1. Hi Alison! Thank you for visiting our blog. Your blog has many wonderful places chronicled. It’s going to take some time to read them. 🙂 Especially, loved your journey to Belize and Cuenca. And I just spotted Galapegos! Wonderful!
      Happy discovering, exploring, and celebrating the joys of wonderland!

    1. Thanks Allane! We’re equally happy to meet ‘like’ minded travellers. And although, I’ve mentioned it before, it won’t hurt to say it again, you’ve got a wonderful site! 🙂
      – Cheryl

      1. You’re welcome Cheryl, my pleasure!! Im happy to have found you, Im sure we will have lots to learn from each other and many stories to share! And thank you so much, it makes me really happy to know that you like my blog 😀

  6. I really enjoy reading your blog, it’s very well written! Japan is next up on my Bucket List, so I will be using your posts as inspiration. 🙂

    1. Hi Lauren! We’re super happy you enjoyed our blog posts. Japan is truly wonderful. And the people – all the more lovely. Do plan your trip somewhere between autumn or during cherry blossoms. It’s a magical place to be. 🙂

  7. Hi Mani! I truly enjoyed reading your blog. Your perspective is unique and so are your experiences. Look forward to reading more posts! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂
    – cheers

  8. HI Cheryl and Basil

    Thanks a lot for finding my blog as it led me to your beautiful world of travelling. I can totally related with you two as in our case too my hubby is photographer/companion and I am the planner. We both make a perfect travel buddy 🙂
    I am gladly joining you on on your journey.

    Happy Travels

    1. Hey Aanchal! We’re always happy to come across similar ‘couples’ on the blogosphere! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. Loved your account on the northern foothills of India as well as ‘Europe’. 🙂

  9. I would say that you guys are extremely lucky to be able to travel through all these places & experience the journey!!
    I’m sure someday recollection of your travel will put smile on your face….only regret ? places that you couldn’t make it!!!
    Bon Voyage!

    1. Thank you Arv! However, luck is not what makes our trips happen. 🙂 Making a trip a reality involves a lot of planning, saving, and effort. And yeah the worry of whether it will truly work out. But, yes, you could say we are fortunate to have ‘luck’ smiling on us when we did need it! 🙂 You could never say what can go wrong on a trip.
      I hope our experiences brought a smile on your face as well!

  10. for anyone who’s bitten by “travel bug” its equally exhilarating to read other person’s escapades! And when the travelogue is written beautifully, it only adds on…..

  11. Thanks so much for following Oh, the Places We See. Love this About page and the explanation for twobrownfeet. We don’t walk as much as we used to, so I’m thinking we could have named our blog SideRoadsTravel. We love the little places — small towns, back roads, Mom-and-Pop restaurants, etc. Safe travels . . . always.

    1. Haha! I’m wondering if we can continue walking – the way we used to. Basil says, “It’s all in the mind”. 🙂 I truly admire the relationship you share with your friend/spouse/travel partner. Reminded us of how we met (in college) and have stuck together since. Hope you discover many more small towns and back alleys! Will stay tuned to your posts. 🙂

  12. It seems quite an epic journey the two of you have carried out throughout the world, moreover with your thoughts and photographs its like a beautiful story which I hope continues to grow in extraordinary ways.. Oh! And the name of your blog Twobrownfeet really clicks! Loads of likes and best wishes. 🙂

    1. And you made our day, Pedro! Thanks for stopping by! The idea of our blog was to share our adventures – the way we lived them. Often, I find it hard to keep a check on the words when the emotion is flowing. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed our posts.

  13. I am so glad you stopped by and visited my blog because now I have discovered yours! What an interesting life you lead! I love your story and am looking forward to following your posts. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Grace! While we travel, our lives are like a roller coaster ride. We never know what will we find at the next bend of time. I am so happy to have re-discovered your blog. Truly loved the words of inspiration in your blog – and stunning visuals that accompany them. 🙂

  14. Great to see a pair taking up on blogging so lovingly and with so much care… your photographs are amazing and i loved each picture, specially the Korean Han river one. I wish you two travel lot more and have more adventures to talk about with us here.
    have fun 🙂 see you

    1. Thanks Hemangini! It’s not always easy updating the blog. I have to prod myself continuously or I’ll procrastinate. 🙂 Basil’s photography has grown over the years. It’s what brings our blog alive. The Han was a nice place to chill in the evening. Thanks a bunch for your ‘travel’ wishes! I do too wish we get to travel as much as we hope too. Have a good week! 🙂

      1. true about procrastination… In fact that was my very first topic.. lol Its easy to slow down and get comfy but it’s better to keep doing something that interests us, it makes us alive. 🙂 Don’t you think?

  15. Hi Cheryl and Basil, Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. Your blog is terrific and it sounds like you two are a perfect complement. Looking forward to reading more.

    1. Hi Jane! Loved your blog and your photography, especially your interpretation of ‘Time’. We’re really glad to have found your blog. Look forward to many more interesting posts from you. Appreciate your words of praise and the follow back! 🙂

    1. Thanks a bunch! I guess, that’s because we live in India; it’s easier to move around. 🙂 There are many trips (in India) that I haven’t written about. I need to stop being lazy! Look forward to reading your travel journey.

  16. hi basil & cheryl,
    greetings from kuala lumpur.
    thank you for visiting and following my blog.
    much appreciated.
    me and agnes love to ‘twobrownfeet’ too when we travel, on the ground and feeling the ground, best way to see a place :).
    regards, ken

    1. Hi Ken (& Agnes)! That’s good to hear. The feeling of touching the ground with your bare feet is fantastic! I do it often. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! Loved your blog!
      cheers, Cheryl

  17. Hello Cheryl! I just want you to know that I’m very glad you belong in my circle.I really appreciate interacting with you through your posts..your world is beautiful and I admire your deep love for exploring & travelling the world with passion.
    I hope you appreciate that I nominate you for the challenge of 7-days nature photo challenge. I could see that you love nature & its beauty so I though why not pass on to you this beautiful way of appreciating it more through your writings.
    Here’s the link:

    I hope you have a wonderful time & enjoy this..Safe travels !

    1. Thank you Christina for nominating us! I hope I have some time on this one. I’m trying to wrap a really old trip (2010) before we travel in a week’s time. Will definitely work on it post that. 🙂

      1. Hello Cheryl! No worries, I knew exactly how you feel. Thank you for having an open mind & taking the time to respond. I appreciate you and your kindness all the way.
        I wish you all the best & more beautiful posts!

  18. I love you guys. Its great to find kindred spirits behind a blog. While your words are a pure joy to read, the photographs are exquisite too! Are you self taught in photography? Please say yes, as that will give me some hope for myself!

    1. Shikha, you’ve been truly generous with your praise! Truly appreciate it! It’s wonderful to meet travelers with similar interests. 🙂 Basil clicks all photographs. And yes, you’d be happy to know, he’s never been formally trained. He has a flair for it! Oops! Shouldn’t praised the hubby too much on a social networking site. Hehe! Have a good week! And thanks a bunch for stopping by.

  19. i love your blog and your sense of adventure. thank you for reading and following mine, and i look forward to doing the same with yours. best, beth

    1. Thank you, Beth! It means a lot! I truly enjoyed reading your blog and found your posts to be very entertaining and insightful. 🙂 Its hard to find bloggers with a sense of humour. Glad to have found yours. Now, I have something to look forward to on a gloomy day.:)
      Thanks for stopping by! Appreciate the follow.

  20. You two seem the perfect travel couple – what a wonderful, travelling life! And, about settling down – I have the same dream.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by, Leya. I can’t wait for our dream to turn true. But, I also know, it will take long time for that to happen. 🙂 Until then, it’s exploring new worlds and cultures – one trip at a time.

  21. I just saw a link to your blog on Travel-Stained and knew I had to check you out since we both have the foot theme going in our blog names – haha! My dream is not to settle in a small Himalayan mountain town but to visit as many of them as possible! I love that part of the world. I am also an avid hiker/walker/trekker, so I’m sure we have destinations and activities in common. Nice to meet you!

    1. Haha! I agree, we have three feet in common! 🙂 I’d love to explore as many Himalayan towns as well. I’m not sure how will that plan work out. We love walking. I’m warming up to hiking and trekking, very slowly. Got a bad fear of heights. 😦 I’m so happy you found us. In this way, we get to explore your blog. Happy travels!

  22. Lovely to bump into you guys in this vast blogosphere. Always a pleasure to find yet another couple with a similar travel philosophy. I have a feeling I will discover we have a lot more in common if I keep reading. Looks like my weekend TBR is all set 😉

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