Spirited Navigators encompasses the very essence of who we are, free spirits, constantly in search of new adventures. We believe the biggest education comes from traversing the paths of our world, both the ones previously paved and the ones we pave ourselves. We want to take you, the reader, along on this journey with us and help you discover how to navigate your own spirits.

For years we've been longing to work together, to find that something we are passionate about and can build a future on together. Strangely, it took one conversation on a quiet evening to realize that we were looking too hard and we already knew what we are passionate about, exploring the world! Our love for seeking to understand the world around us is so deeply rooted that from the first conversation we had about traveling together at the age of 18 and 16, respectively, this was the inevitable culmination. It took awhile to get here, but like they say, good things are always worth waiting for. We took our best individual skills, photography and writing, combined it with our biggest love, travel, to create the perfect collaboration, Spirited Navigators.

Come…explore with us!


Kapil Desai


Kapil has a unique perception when it comes to capturing travel moments through photography. Incredibly meticulous about every frame of shot, he will spend however long it takes to ensure that the moment he’s seeing in real life is what you’ll see as a viewer in reel life. It's not about the camera for him, it's about the vision. A wanderlust himself, he is known for spontaneous travel. One minute he’s contemplating on where to go and the next minute (literally) he buys a ticket to a destination and is set to leave the same day! Yea, it doesn't get more spontaneous than that, folks. With his spontaneity comes a lot of last minute everything, which includes boarding the plane as the last passenger, often. Kapil is passionate about airports, airlines and visual concepts. So if you read about these three topics on the blog, chances are, he’s the source. Two of Kapil’s non-travel passions are fitness and latin music. If you ever step into his car and think you hear a distant noise in the background, turn up the volume, it's Latin music playing on his radio! Kapil is serious about leading a healthy life style, which travel does not often inherently lend itself to. So, you can be sure that if Kapil is traveling to a destination, the only research he will have done is whether or not there is access to a fitness center nearby.

Saadia Shamsie


“Hand me a book and put me on a plane to anywhere – I’m the happiest girl in the world! Keep me in one place for too long and I become obnoxiously restless!” This pretty much sums up Saadia. Traveling since the age of 7 months, her father played an instrumental part in her wanderlust. Never outright stating the benefits or importance of travel, he made sure the family traveled a lot. In his eyes, it was the best form of education. These countless road trips and annual international trips would be the catalyst to a lifelong desire to wander the world. Saadia is a planner and has a serious case of FOMO (fear of missing out). She loves researching destinations, creating itineraries, and while not strict about following them, she likes to have background knowledge of everywhere she goes. Ask her what she’s doing in the next five years, she has no clue, ask her what trips she’s got planned, and she’ll spit out her itinerary instantaneously. When she’s not traveling or writing about travel, she’s writing about food and life. She also loves to reads…a lot. In fact, at any given point, you will find her surrounded by five or six unfinished books, predominantly because she inevitably forgets what she read previously and has to start all over again.