Story until October 2016

I grew up in a family of six. I have three siblings and I’m the third one in line. Both my elder siblings are married. Which makes me the center of all the concerns right now at home. Being 33 and single is not the best position to be in in India.

My father served in the Indian Navy which should explain why packing and unpacking never bothers me too much.

This has been my journey to where I’m today:


Engineering (Computer Science)

Software Engineer (With Infosys)

MBA- Human Resources (From XIMB)

Placed in one of the Big 4 consulting firms (Mumbai)


That’s a moderately career oriented Me on the convocation day

Life After Oct 2016

In Oct 2016, very dramatically, I quit my corporate job in Mumbai and left for an adventure to fill my soul with joy again.

I backpacked around Latin America from Nov 2016 to Nov 2017 and it was the year that was life-changing in every sense of the word. I highly doubt I would be able to top that gift I gave to myself.

Also Read: Why I quit my job to Travel

Since my return to India in 2017, I continued traveling for months on end in India and occasionally to other Asian countries. But, now I travel while also taking up freelancing work which ranges in commitment time from a few hours to a few months.

Some of the projects I have taken up in the last few years –

  • Leading diversity and inclusion initiatives at an Indian conglomerate
  • Project managing a backpackers hostel set-up in Kodaikanal
  • Painting a cafe in Mcleodganj
  • To my heart’s joy, I got back to freelance writing


    A very happy me somewhere in Ecuador

My Travel Style:

When I started traveling, I had the urgency of a wild animal let loose for the first time. But full-time travel changed that, now I prefer traveling slow, a month is what I have found to be my ideal duration at a place. I enjoy meeting locals, eating local food, and public transport is my preferred way of commuting.

I like quieter places where I can walk around to my heart’s content. I enjoy hiking but I stay away from popular treks in busy seasons.

The Blog’s focus:

I primarily write about:

  • Budget travel
  • Traveling as a woman
  • Traveling with an Indian passport
  • Minimalist’s way of travel

Most commonly asked question- What is the most important thing I learned from my travels?

Imagine taking a year to just focus on yourself, spending every penny you’ve ever earned on yourself, not to become a travel influencer or to write a book, or to add a CV point, just for the joy of it. It is unfathomable what that can do to your personality. Of everything I learned, the one thing that stuck around is I found my voice. 


Avinash Chavan · July 4, 2020 at 21:59

One of the best travel blog I have seen so far. Your blogs shows enthusiasm for travel.
All the best!
Keep travelling.

    Manisha Singh · July 5, 2020 at 01:27

    Thank you so much for the encouraging words. Really means a lot.

Prashant Chamarty · January 16, 2020 at 18:00

Pretty gutsy to have done what you have done so congratulations and all the best. The site itself seems like a great resource in terms of planning and reflections so congratulations on that as well.

Sunita Devrani · January 2, 2020 at 12:01

All the best manish for your amazing journey.

Anonymous · April 18, 2019 at 15:55

Amazing website all the best to you for your endeavour

    Manisha Singh · April 18, 2019 at 15:56

    Thank you so much. I guess I need the best wishes now more than ever!

Spartcus21 · February 13, 2019 at 13:18

nice blog…my brother( your college senior introduce to it)….kudos to you for following your path and not someone else.

like the honesty in the blog, many of them r just too embellish…

Keep traveling and living

    Manisha Singh · February 14, 2019 at 14:50

    Thank you so much for the encouraging words. I’m still trying to find a path.

    Thank you for appreciating the writing style.

    Best wishes to you too in life 🙂

explorethelifeblog · December 24, 2018 at 23:07

a honest life story…thanks for sharing And ya .. motivating me too..he he!!!


Annapurna Vadlamani · December 18, 2018 at 10:50

Hey Manisha,

Got to know about you from your school mate Vikas. I’m so glad he told me about you. I’m completely mesmerized and spell bound as I read about you and your travelogs . I’ve just started and will continue to read your blog. Thank you so much for taking the giant leap of faith. You inspire me. Loads of love and best wishes to you.


    Manisha Singh · December 18, 2018 at 11:09


    That’s very generous of you to say. Thank you so much!
    I hope you find value in my writings.

D · December 15, 2018 at 21:02

Hi Manisha! Love your blog.

May I ask you a bit of a personal question? Please do ignore if it’s too nosy in any way.

I’m also thinking of quitting and taking a year off to travel. South America is definitely on my list! Like you, I’m also an MBA. However, I do enjoy my job a fair amount and would like to return to the corporate world.

How was your professional experience on your return? Did you actively look to rejoin the typical corporate job? If yes, was it hard to get interviews? What kind of questions were you asked by HR, what was the kind of reaction to your gap year, etc.

Thanks again for your blog,

    Manisha Singh · December 15, 2018 at 22:14


    Thank you so much!
    It’s not nosy at all, it’s important that I share this information. I completely get what you’re going through right now, I never hated my job either in fact some projects I returned to my room, only to sleep and still loved it.
    Upon my return, I got multiple offers but none came close to paying what I used to earn. I would say, I didn’t give it enough time either. I looked for jobs for 1.5 months before picking up my first freelancing project. Interviews weren’t hard to get, getting right openings seemed difficult. Gap year didn’t seem to bother anyone but it was not treated with like a big learning either which is how I see it.
    Very soon I’m going to try to go back to corporate and can only hope it goes well 🙂

    Good luck for your planning. Personally, taking that gap year is the best decision I have ever taken.

      D · December 15, 2018 at 22:58

      Thank you so much for your reply. Your comments do reduce my stress quite a bit. I’m planning to take a break in April 2020 (I get my bonus if I stay till March 31) and am having fun planning till then.

      Cheers, and wish you good luck too, both for your job and for future travels!

        Manisha Singh · December 16, 2018 at 22:36

        Oh, you’ve time. Things would change by then for good.
        Thank you so much for the best wishes 🙂

Priyanka Gupta · November 30, 2018 at 13:41

Hey, how do I send you an email?

Let me know. Thanks. Or just message me on

Thank you.

Surbhi · November 17, 2018 at 15:28

Hey also btw could you please enlighten about your columbia experience….visa,stay,travel etc please if possible. Thanks a ton.

    Manisha Singh · November 23, 2018 at 13:20

    I’ll do that soon. My laptop has crashed that’s why haven’t been able to write in like 3 months 🙁

Surbhi · November 17, 2018 at 15:27

Hey Manisha,
Lovely inspiring blog 🙂 . Thanks for sharing your experiences. God bless you ( with more lovely experiences ;p )

Bharath Chandra · November 13, 2018 at 20:23

A few days back I met a beautiful wonderful loving soul at Kodai. It was my first time there and it happened to be the best trip of my life to date. I met this girl at 12 am in midnight who was waiting for her late night guests me and my friend. Within in 2 mins, she made me felt like being at home.

The more I came to know about you the more I felt like knowing about you. I got astonished when I accidentally stumbled upon your Travelogue folder. An hour went by in amazement.

I have never met a soul who is young intelligent, talented and most importantly down to earth person like you ever. Thank you for being so nice and sharing a pic with me and my friend. I will be patiently waiting for your new updates.

Thank You, Manisha. Thank You, you wonderful soul.

    Manisha Singh · November 15, 2018 at 09:57

    This is so sweet of you Bharath 🙂 Thank you for being such good guests 🙂 Pictures are pending though!

Giri Baba · July 17, 2018 at 09:31

Hello Manisha , Missed you ! Got an update from you in my inbox after a long time . I like to read your Blogs since it has lot of Factual Information .There are too many travel bloggers around and most are just too melodramatic .
Cheers ! Keep Going ! Hope our paths cross some day !

    Manisha Singh · July 17, 2018 at 10:50

    Thank you so much for the kind words. Such clear feedback helps me improve the quality of my writing.

Aditi · April 28, 2018 at 00:06

Awesome yaar Mani…
You are definitely an inspiration for many..
And for me, your blogs are like windows through which I’m seeing the world
So thank you so much and keep up the spirit girl.
I’m with You, always 😀

    Manisha Singh · April 28, 2018 at 10:26

    Thank you so much Aditi 🙂 I know you have always been supportive of my journey. I’m waiting for Angel to grow up so we can go on a ‘ladies only’ trip 😀

Preet@thevelvetlife · March 26, 2018 at 02:28

I am glad you have found happiness and motivation in traveling. Great to have found your blog and then you, Way to go Girl!

    Manisha Singh · March 26, 2018 at 05:53

    Thank you so much. Yes, I’m almost always happy while traveling but more importantly I have found peace.

arv! · December 10, 2017 at 06:19

It is good to hear that you are on path to happiness! More and more people are realizing the dark side of corporate jobs and monotony of life. But only a few can move ahead. I’m glad that you are much more happier now!

    Manisha Singh · December 10, 2017 at 16:16

    Honestly, my job was only a tiny contributor to my degrading quality of life.

      arv! · December 10, 2017 at 16:38

      Manisha, I think in the end it is all about our overall life. Ultimately, we have to strike a balance in our life

VGNP · December 6, 2017 at 03:39

Hi heroine ! You remember I said – “you are living the life I dream for” but after reading your blogs and stories it encourages me that you are doing it so right 😁 really proud of you ,lucky to know you , interact with you and wish you very many happiness for future events 🤘🏻Cheers 🍺🍻🍾

    Manisha Singh · December 6, 2017 at 04:58

    Is this coming from last night’s discussion where I mentioned how I love seeing such messages?

sweetushruti · December 5, 2017 at 11:53

You are an inspiration lady.Keep writing..Some day I will also go for adventure

Shruti · December 5, 2017 at 11:52

Girl you are an inspiration 🙂 I would definitely go for Adventure some day :)Keep up the Awesomeness !!Cheers

    Manisha Singh · December 5, 2017 at 16:36

    Thank you so much Shruti 🙂 That’s very sweet of you to say. Good luck for your adventures. I’m sure you’ll make it happen as well.

sivahere · November 9, 2017 at 17:37

Go to know of this page from links in your lonely planet post. Gone through most of your blogs, it was very helpful especially the “visa for Indians” section. Thanks much.

    Manisha Singh · November 10, 2017 at 12:49

    Hey, Thank you so much for the encouraging words.
    I’m still traveling so not very active but there’s much to write and would continue to update my blog with helpful information 🙂

Giri Baba · August 18, 2017 at 08:16

Loved this Bit .

“””I’m starting this blog to document my journey which is intended to also help anyone looking for tips to Budget travel, Solo travel, or travel on Indian passport.””””
Keep Going

Adriano Ferreira · August 8, 2017 at 01:33

Good Luck!! Manisha 🙂

Diya @ Pen2Needle · April 4, 2016 at 09:17

Hopping over here from Minaxi’s place. And boy am I glad I did! It is so refreshing to see you Indian women pursuing the dream of solo travel 😀 Kudos to you girl. Can’t wait to read more about your adventures! 🙂

Gameplan Happily Ever After · February 13, 2016 at 06:59

Heyloow. We meet again and this time in blogosphere 😀 Loved your adventures in SriLanka and looking forward to further blogs 🙂 And welcoming you cordially to visit my little corner in the blogosphere as well 🙂

    Manisha Singh · February 15, 2016 at 08:12

    Hey, thanks a bunch! I need to read more from your blog. Have enjoyed whatever I read till now 🙂

Shivani Rana · December 14, 2015 at 06:27

i love you Mani.. This is just …just… cant express..tu smjh ja baby..proud 🙂

    Manisha Singh · December 14, 2015 at 06:54

    😀 Thank you Shivani Rana! I’ve to admit I love you too :p

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