Love in the time of dating apps and situationships is not unattainable. Transcending the 'mistrust taboo' around online courtships, travel couple, a.k.a. The Wanderfully Lost Duo Muskaan Mittal and Aashish Gupta, who met on Bumble, is setting a precedent for fellow couples through their videos where they share travel and relationship tips.
Their foray into content creation began with an Instagram post documenting their international getaway to Vietnam, with their introductory video garnering a substantial 200K views. While their primary focus is travel-related content, they share anecdotes and experiences on love, relationship advice, health, and wellness.
Speaking to Outlook Traveller, the couple takes us through their Vietnam trip and how their well-thought itinerary and visually appealing captures managed to gather +2 lakh views. For them, the Southeast Asian country will always be special as it was their first trip together.
From flights and accommodations to applying for e-visas, the couple ensured everything was in place before they packed their bags and boarded their first international flight. Sharing their itinerary, the couple wrote:
We started from South Vietnam and moved towards the North, with our first stop in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC). Here's what our 11-day-long journey looked like.
HCMC: 1 day
Da Nang: 2 days
Hoi An: 2 days
Phong Nha: 2 days
Hanoi: 4 days (including 2 days in Halong Bay and 1 day in Ninh
Our first day in HCMC was spent exploring the city, experiencing a new culture, and enjoying the unique food, like the delicious Bahn Mi. We even ventured into the spirited Bui Vien Street at night, a new experience.
Next was Da Nang, where a delayed flight caused our first hiccup. Nevertheless, we rented a scooter, relaxed by the beach, and had a romantic dinner. The next day, we visited Bana Hills, like a Disneyland experience, and enjoyed the Dragon show in the evening. We ended the night by the beach with our favourite Vietnamese coconut coffee.
Hoi An, our third stop, became our favourite. We spent two dreamy days exploring the town on bicycles, enjoying cute cafes, and soaking in the romantic atmosphere of the lantern-lit nights.
Phong Nha, our fourth stop, offered a unique experience with a water cave tour. Kayaking inside the dark cave, rock climbing, and swimming were beyond our dreams.
Hanoi, our fifth stop, had us exploring the Old Quarter and enjoying street food. We also took a day tour to Ninh Binh and a 2-night cruise in Halong Bay brought a luxurious end to our trip. Activities like kayaking by the rice fields, exploring caves and pagodas, and swimming in the ocean made it memorable.
Vietnam became dear to us, and we promised to keep going back. The trip taught us that travel can be challenging, with sleepless nights, extreme weather, and health tolls. We also discovered our travel style — exploring local culture, seeking offbeat places, and avoiding crowded spots and parties.
In our next article, we will share the top romantic getaways in Vietnam recommended by the power couple