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)
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
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.