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If money has been holding you back from travelling more, you're sure to find some inspiration in this story.

An Indian couple who are both almost 70 years old have travelled the world by saving only 300 rupees – or $6.20 – a day.

Married for 45 years, Vijayan and Mohana run a small tea shop in Kochi, a port city in south west India, which they opened in 1963.


Their goal was to visit as many countries as possible and they have already managed to tick 23 off their list, including Singapore, Switzerland, the United States, Brazil, Argentina and Peru.

In a short documentary video on Twitter, shared by chairman of the Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra, the couple tells their remarkable story – and it's since been retweeted over 11,000 times.

Their business, Sree Balaji Coffee House attracts around 300 to 350 customers a day and is renowned for producing a great cuppa.

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Vihjan and Mohana save a small amount every day and also apply for bank loans, which they then pay off for three years following a trip – and repeat this cycle constantly.

The shop is decorated with maps showing the places they've visited, along with a collection of bank notes from every country they travel to.

Carefully planning each trip, the couple keep their expenses to a minimum and spend very little along the way.

As they have no employees, they also save money by acting as both workers and management.

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When asked what he has learned from all his travelling, Vihjan says simply: "It will change your mind and your culture."


Their dream for next year is to visit Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Greenland and Norway.

It's not the first time the couple's story has been told – they were also the subject of a documentary called Invisible Wings, which was presented at the Filmfare Awards in 2018, winning an award for Best Film in the non-fiction category.

So if you've yearning to travel, Vihjan and Mohana are proof that anything is possible if you're dedicated enough to follow your dreams.

This story was first published on nzherald.co.nz on Jan 14, 2019.