Welcome & thanks for stopping by, fellow wanderer!

i’m Kaushal Karkhanis (aka Exotic Gringo) – a designer & travel blogger from Mumbai, India.


First steps

Like many Indians in their 20s, my love for travel began with a solo trip to Goa in 2007.

Since then, i’ve been to exotic locations like Jordan, Finnish Lapland, Svalbard, Bhutan and …

One EPIC trip that changed everything!

Today, South America feels like my second home, after spending 9 months across Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia and falling in love with it!

In February of 2014, that love was reciprocated by Brand Colombia which invited me to visit the gorgeous country once again, on a fully paid trip!

As I travel and unravel the world, I hope to inspire, educate and entertain you with my stories and experiences.

Choosing to travel exotic and live simple, i love meeting people with stars in their eyes.

To me, travel is about people first – places later!

To that effect, i enjoy blending in and living like a local, meeting fun people along my journey and soaking in cultures.

I picked up Brazilian Portuguese and Latin American Spanish on my travels and also get around with French and German – although i’d love to practice and improve.

Check out my LinkedIn / Twitter / Facebook / Tumblr for a peek into my life.

Exotic whaaat?

Gringo’ is the local term for ‘foreigner’ in South America.

While I was backpacking across the continent, being a tan skinned person who actually ‘fit in’ with the locals, someone came up with this unique name to describe me – just for fun, a traveler from India – Exotic Gringo!