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Mariellen Ward



About Me

Mariellen Ward is a professional travel writer and cultural explorer based in Toronto and sometimes Delhi., her award-winning travel blog about "meaningful adventure travel," is inspired by her extensive travels in India. She writes for many print and online sites, co-founded the Toronto Travel Massive and founded the WeGoSolo online community for female solo travellers.

Mariellen is a Kensington Tours Explorer-in-Residence and the recipient of an Explorer's Grant, which she will use to trace the life of Mirabai in north India. Though Canadian by birth, Mariellen considers India to be her "soul culture" and has spent many years immersing herself in the culture. 

You can also find Mariellen on Facebook​ and Twitter​ and you can join her on a Kensington Tours women-only trip to India called Legends of the Maharajahs and Mirabai​.

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AWhere is the best place in the world to do some soul searching?

There is no question: India​ is the most transformative travel destination in the world. Seekers have been going to India since the dawn of time. "All life is there," as the quote goes. Travel in India personally changed my life, and I now write... See More

AMumbai: I'm going on a Study Abroad to India. What books should I read to prepare myself for the trip?

On my India travel blog, Breathedreamgo, I have several lists of books. Start with this one: 10 books about India that are better than Shantaram ​. See More

ABangalore: What are the best temples in Bangalore?

Don't miss going to The Art of Living​ ashram. The temple there looks like a massive wedding cake, and the grounds are very peaceful. I've written several blog posts about Bangalore on my blog like this one ​. See More

AMumbai: What neighborhoods to avoid

Hi Courtney, I travel extensively alone in India and publish a travel blog called Breathedreamgo full of tips for travel in India, especially for women ​. In Mumbai​, I like to stay in Bandra​ and feel very safe there (though the... See More

AIndia: Need help creating an itinerary/finding hotels for India.

Hello Tara, Well, I see that many people have given you suggestions, so I won't add to your confusion. But I do want to say one thing: I would take a month or even two months to do the itinerary you are suggesting. Travel in India is TIRING and a lot can -- and does... See More

ARajasthan: Tiger Safari?

Hi, I've done a tiger safari at Ranthambore Tiger Reserve​ in Rajasthan, and there are no elephant safaris there. Personally, I did not see a tiger, but some people do. You have to go to​ Jim Corbett National Park​ to... See More

ABangalore: Safe neighbourhoods and hotels?

I travel regularly to Bangalore and love the Casa Cottage​. It's small, has a nice garden, friendly owners and it's in a good location. I can walk from there to the centre of the city. Here's my review of the Casa Cottage Hotel in Bangalore,... See More

AMumbai: Street food in Mumbai?

I would recommend going to a hygienic restaurant that serves authentic street food, like Swati Snacks​ (which has several locations) or Cream Centre​ which also has several locations. I've got several posts about Mumbai on my... See More

ABangalore: Suggestions for sweet and solemn place for a short trip close to Bangalore

I love Mysore​, which is just a train ride away, and the country around it. See More

AIndia: Cheap and good yoga courses in India?

I suggest that you make your way to Rishikesh​ -- often referred to as the world capital of yoga. I am sure you will find what you are looking for there. I have some resources on my India travel blog you might find useful, such as "How to 'do'... See More

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