shem - sugar and stamps

Hi, I'm Shem!

I am a travel blogger with a passion for acquiring new experiences around the globe. With my feet on the ground and my head in the clouds, I desperately craved a creative outlet where I could share my love for food, quest for the best coffee in town and other travel-related musings.

I started Sugar & Stamps as a place to share my travel recommendations with friends and family, but it quickly turned into an valuable resource for travelers to plan upcoming trips.

My travel style combines luxury and adventure travel, and this blog includes tips, reviews and inspiration for your upcoming adventures. If you love a daily dose of #wanderlust #foodporn and the occasional #coffeegram then you’ve come to the right place!

Born in India and raised in Texas, I wanted more than anything to experience more of this beautiful world. So? One week post-wedding, I packed a car full of essentials and drove across the country with my husband to the Golden State. I’m so lucky to be living, working and eating in one of the greatest cities in the world. With San Francisco as my backyard, there’s no shortage of tasty pastries and stunning backdrops in sight!

On this site you’ll find a collection of my adventures through travel, food, and photography. So grab a cup of your favorite brew (don't forget to tell me where it's from!) and stay awhile. Stay tuned for more travel guides, foodie reviews, and the scoop on my favorite coffee shops around the world!





  1. Bathe an elephant in Thailand. - DONE

  2. Revel in the beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

  3. Watch the sunset in Santorini, Greece. - DONE

  4. Hike the Inca Trail to Macchu Picchu, Peru.

  5. Visit a coffee plantation in Colombia.

  6. See my reflection in the world’s largest salt flat in Bolivia.

  7. Become a certified scuba diver. - DONE (See what else I did in the Maldives)

  8. Swim with a whale shark.

  9. Eat a creamy egg tart in Lisbon, Portugal. - DONE

  10. Share a crepe under La Tour Eiffel in Paris, France with mon amour. - DONE

  11. Have fresh sushi in Tokyo, Japan. - DONE (Check out my 24 Hour Guide to Tokyo!)

  12. Skydive over the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE.

  13. Mingle with pink flamingos on a beach in Aruba.

  14. Ride in a gondola in Venice, Italy.

  15. Eat fish and chips in London, England. - DONE

  16. Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland.

  17. Visit the Galapagos Islands.

  18. CHASE WORLD-FAMOUS WATERFALLS. - DONe (Niagara falls | Iguazu falls)

  19. Sip mint tea in Morocco. - done

  20. Get up close to a glacier in Alaska. - DONE

  21. Swim with the stingless jellyfish in Pulau Kakaban, Indonesia.

  22. Ride a hot air balloon at sunrise. - Done (read about it here)

  23. Stand over the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. - DONE

  24. Hike the Haiku Stairs in O’ahu, Hawaii.

  25. Go canoeing on Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada.

  26. Go on an African Safari.

  27. Attend La Tomatina Festival in Bunol, Spain.

  28. Walk along The Great Wall of China. - DONE (read about it here, here and here)

  29. Eat a Belgian waffle in Belgium. - DONE (but I liked the lèige waffles way better!)

  30. Meet my aunt’s extended family in the Philippines.

  31. Scuba dive in Bora Bora.

  32. Eat my weight in pasta + gelato through Italy. 

  33. Island hop in Thailand. - DONE

  34. Stay in an Overwater Bungalow in the Maldives. - DONE (CHECK OUT THE POST fROM MY HONEYMOON here)

  35. See the Northern Lights.

  36. Cruise the streets of Havana, Cuba.

  37. Feed stingrays in the Bahamas. - DONE

  38. Ride a vespa around Rome, Italy.

  39. Learn how to paddleboard. - DONE (Check out what else you can't miss in the Maldives!)

  40. Experience Carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. - DONE

  41. Eat Hainanese chicken and rice in Singapore. - DONE (Don't miss The Ultimate Singapore Bucket List)

  42. Eat a box of macarons in Paris, France. - DONE (and I even took a pastry class to learn how to make them!)

  43. Dive in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

  44. Explore Petra, Jordan.

  45. Visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona. - DONE

  46. Throw color during the Festival of Holi in India.

  47. Learn how to ski. - DONE

  48. Ride a camel in THE DESERT.

  49. Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway on a California road trip. - DONE (read about the 3 stops you can't miss here)

  50. Explore the town of Cinque Terre, Italy.