Hi, I am Nazneen!


Broadwithoutborders.com is my blog. My favorite topic to write about is travel. But I like to write about career, education, cooking, dancing, coding, money, fashion what have you. My publications on this and other websites are on my Publications page. I’d specially like to thank my friend Rekha Arikere for offering me the opportunity to write for her website that got me thinking in this direction. I’d like to thank my family whose pictures I blatantly plagiarize, friends and just so many lovely people who have eagerly helped me through the way.

I work a full-time programming job in the United States. My job does not need me to travel at all. Vacation times vary in the US. I previously worked a job that gave me 3 weeks paid vacation and now one that gives me 2. Some companies do let you take unlimited paid vacation but in general, it is limited here. Also, I am an Indian national and have been the whole time I have been in the US since 2008. My passport makes it tricky to travel to some countries and not as much to some others as I will mention in my blogs and publications. I am on my way to getting a permanent residence in the US. Till that happens, I cannot end up unemployed and live legally in the US for over 2 months. I travel to places I want to go when I want to go. So I need to be very comfortable with solo travel. I spend frugally irrespective of how much I make. I like to do a lot of things so I am always short of time. Plus I want to watch my money as I have other priorities too. To sustain this lifestyle, I need a lot of research, sometimes over months where, when and how to travel, as an Indian national, solo woman, see the things I want to see in the time I have, be safe and have fun.

My goal is to share information I have worked hard to gather and apply so you don’t have to. Blogging is my hobby. You may not hear from me every week; only when I have something to say. I am hoping my articles will be fun to read, informative and save you some time.

A bit about me:

Places I have lived in:

  • Lived in Saudi Arabia as a toddler
  • I grew up in Mumbai, India
  • Went to grad school in Logan, Utah
  • I lived in the Greater Seattle Area for 10 years
  • I live in Raleigh, North Carolina

Places I have traveled to:

  • 24 States of the US
  • Canada
  • Various States of India
  • UK
  • Ireland
  • Brazil
  • Japan
  • Indonesia
  • Luxembourg

And miles to go before I sleep… I’d love a comment on my blogs, a like or a suggestion about anything you’d like me to write about. Feel free to leave me a message

6 thoughts on “About

  1. Hey Nazneen!

    Just came across your blog describing your trip to Kolkata, not sure about the time of the year you visitied though, the post seems to be wriiten around Jan 18, anyways a friend of mine is planning a solo trip to the city, as she would be there with her family (but she wants to travel solo during odd days) for a couple of weddings on 19th and 21st of April, 2018. She is coming from Gandhinagar, Gujarat – so practically unaware about the safety prospects of the place.

    Would you please guide her for her brief visit to the city – I adore your travel experience, and watching you leading your father during your trip is something I value a lot!

    She is leaving tommorow (April 18th, 2018).


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    1. Thanks a lot! Yes I traveled Jan 3rd through 13th. I would recommend staying at a hotel in park street, dressing modestly and not going out after dark. It’s great to know someone in Kolkata. I have an fb group ‘Indian female solo travelers and bloggers’. If she joins, may be she can connect with a local. I would keep my phone charged at all times, download offline maps and keep track of my location at all times. I’d keep emergency numbers to call in case I feel I am being taken off. There is also a group called ‘Indian woman travel group’ on fb. I recommend finding company essentially:) Wish her a safe and memorable trip!

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      1. Thanks for a promt responsive turnover from your end, its really well appreciated, Sorry for the trouble as she would be traveling with her BF now, and I guess there isn’t much to worry about 😉

        Anyways my GF is planning to travel to Rishikesh from Dehradun (she is not a local from North – lives in Gujarat) these weekends (21-22 April, 2018), she would be alone too, I guess your page suggestion will certainly assist her 🙂

        Thanks again !

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