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Welcome to Disha Discovers!

A woman standing in front of the Twelve Apostles in Australia, which are towering rocks emerging from the ocean.
The Twelve Apostles in Australia

Disha Discovers is a blog for adventurers who yearn for off-the-beaten-path adventures, cherish weekend getaways and fast-paced travel, and seek to discover a piece of themselves in every new place they explore.

From general travel tips to cultural insights and recommendations for lesser-known destinations and more, I’ll share practical and informative content that will help you traverse the world with confidence and ease.

I help travelers just like you discover the world in a way that’s authentic, adventurous, and transformative.

A woman wearing a white sunhat standing on the beach in the Bahamas.
The Bahamas

Through my blog, I hope to help you create unforgettable memories, build lasting connections with people from different cultures, and discover your own strength and resilience as you navigate through unfamiliar territories.

If you’ve been bitten by the travel bug or are looking to step out of your comfort zone and embark on new adventures, you’ve come to the right place!

About Me

I’m Disha, your fearless explorer and chief storyteller. Having roamed 95+ countries and counting, I’ve gathered a treasure trove of experiences and insights I can’t wait to share with you.

From the pristine shores of Greece to the vibrant streets of Baghdad, my adventures have shaped how I view the world and how I live my life.

In 2017, I took a leap of faith, bid farewell to the monotonous 9-to-5 grind, and set out to discover the world on my own terms.

A woman in a red jumpsuit attached to another woman in a black jumpsuit while skydiving in New Zealand.
Skydiving around the Bay of Islands in New Zealand

With every step I took, I felt my spirit soar, and my heart fill with indescribable joy, and I’ve never looked back.

Besides my home country of the USA, I’ve lived in South Africa, Thailand, Croatia, Dubai, and Australia and have traveled to countless other countries, so you’re getting advice from someone who’s been there and done that.

Beyond all the stamps on my passport and the stories I’ve collected along the way, what truly drives me is the belief that the world is meant to be explored.

My Take on Travel

A woman standing on a pathway that runs along the ocean with a mountain in the background in Cape Town.
Cape Town: my absolute favorite place in this world!

You’ve probably figured it out by now, but I approach travel differently, and this website is a reflection of that.

1. I firmly believe that traveling is not about ticking off items on a checklist or taking the perfect Instagram photo (although those can be fun too).

It’s about immersing yourself in new cultures, connecting with locals, and discovering something new about yourself in the process.

2. In 99% of my travel photos, I’m not wearing the cutest outfits, nor am I posing in the most elegant way.

I’m usually sweaty and windblown, and I’ve probably drank half of my latte before I remembered to take the perfect photo.

And that’s how my travels are — raw, real, and messy. But that’s what makes them so special to me.

A woman standing in front of a landscaped tree and two prominent skyscrapers in Baku, Azerbaijan.
See what I mean about the windblown hair? (Photo taken in Baku, Azerbaijan).

3. I’ve traveled to luxurious destinations such as the Maldives and stayed in a dreamy overwater villa without spending a fortune (travel hacking for the win! I’m a firm believer in making your dollars stretch on the road so you can travel longer.)

I’ve also traveled to remote villages in India and slept in a hammock without electricity or running water. Both experiences were equally unforgettable, and that’s why I strive to share both sides of travel — the glamorous and the gritty.

4. I love visiting destinations that the media has portrayed as “dangerous” or “off-limits,” and I’ve found that most of the time, these places are far safer than we’re led to believe.

By sharing my experiences in these destinations, I hope to break stereotypes and inspire you to venture beyond your comfort zone.

A woman wearing a black jacket standing in front of hundreds of King Penguins in the Falkland Islands.
Seeing the King Penguins in the Falkland Islands was a dream come true!

5. My favorite form of travel is fast travel (spending one day in a city and then moving on to the next) and taking advantage of the weekends to explore a new city or country.

As someone who once worked full-time while traveling, I know how precious those weekends are and how quickly they can pass by without making the most of them.

That’s why you’ll find plenty of recommendations for quick trips on my blog because sometimes, all it takes is a day or two to discover something truly magical.

Where Am I Now?

Today I split my time at home in beautiful Southwest Florida and traveling around the world.

When I’m not on the road, you can find me exploring my own backyard, planning my next adventure, or drinking an iced latte with a good book in hand at the beach.

A woman standing in the ocean with a fiery sunset consisting of yellow, orange, red, and pink.
I love exploring the small beach towns in Florida when I’m not overseas.

What You Can Expect From Disha Discovers

My goal is to show you that travel doesn’t have to be expensive or intimidating, and it definitely does not require a perfect Instagram feed.

All you need is an open mind, a sense of adventure, and the willingness to step out of your comfort zone.

Life is too short to live within the confines of society’s expectations.

I encourage you to break free from your routine, challenge yourself, and embrace adventure with open arms.

Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a year-long trip around the world, I hope I will inspire you to discover a world full of endless possibilities. 

A woman standing with the ocean and desert behind her in Peru.
Paracas, Peru

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