Story until March 2015

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 and each one has a kid. Which makes me the center of all the concerns right now at home. Being 31 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 has never been a concern for me.

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

School

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Engineering (Computer Science)

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Software Engineer (With Infosys)

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MBA- Human Resources (From XIMB)

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Placed in one of the Big 4 consulting firms

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

2015 – 2016

With a small job in a big firm, I moved to one of the biggest and busiest cities in the world – Mumbai.

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That’s me wading through the waterlogged streets to reach the office

A lot of people tend to assume that it was my job that led me to quit my life in Mumbai and begin this journey but that’s not true. There were a lot of things in my life that was not going right and by right I mean they weren’t making me a happier person. Life in Mumbai sure is difficult (from house hunting to traveling by local trains), but if the other aspects of your life are also not going right then it gets worse.

I could see myself falling in a dark pitch of monotony and sadness. I reached a point where I found no motivation to wake up in the morning. From being a morning person who loved running I turned into a person who struggled to wake up at any hour. I wasn’t even sleeping well, it was just difficult to get up and do anything. I often found myself imagining the end of my life.

Somewhere in this conundrum, on a breakdown call with my mom, I found the motivation to change things for better.

Life After Oct 2016

In Oct 2016, very dramatically, I quit my corporate job 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 one memorable journey.

Since my return to India, I have been traveling around India, trying to take up freelancing assignments like I set up a hostel for some people from scratch in Kodaikanal, Painted a cafe in Mcleodganj, took up writing work online etc. Anything that would help the boat stay afloat.

Hitchhiking, staying with farmers, dancing with strangers, Hostels, mixed dorms, learning Spanish, drunk night, volunteering, painting the walls, Basically everything that I thought was reserved for a best selling novel.

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A very happy me somewhere in Ecuador

I maintain this blog to document my journey which is intended to also help anyone looking for tips on Budget travel, Solo travel, or traveling on an Indian passport.

There hasn’t been an epiphany of sorts during my travels but it has changed me in ways that I could never imagine. Some changes were temporary and some changed me permanently.

49 Comments

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 πŸ™‚

explorethelifeblog · December 24, 2018 at 23:07

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

Gunasindhu
https://explorethelifeblog.wordpress.com/
https://www.instagram.com/pump_the_adrenaline/

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.

-Annapurna

    Manisha Singh · December 18, 2018 at 11:09

    Hey,

    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,
D

    Manisha Singh · December 15, 2018 at 22:14

    Hey,

    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 πŸ™‚

    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 πŸ™‚

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 guptapranky06@gmail.com.

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 πŸ™

Surbhi · November 17, 2018 at 15:27

Hey Manisha,
Lovely inspiring blog πŸ™‚ . 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 πŸ™‚ Thank you for being such good guests πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜€

    Manisha Singh · April 28, 2018 at 10:26

    Thank you so much Aditi πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ˜€

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 – β€œyou 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚ 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 πŸ™‚

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
Cheers!

    Manisha Singh · August 20, 2017 at 20:39

    Thank you so much for the encouraging words πŸ™‚

Adriano Ferreira · August 8, 2017 at 01:33

Good Luck!! Manisha πŸ™‚

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 πŸ˜€ Kudos to you girl. Can’t wait to read more about your adventures! πŸ™‚

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

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

    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 πŸ™‚

Shivani Rana · December 14, 2015 at 06:27

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

    Manisha Singh · December 14, 2015 at 06:54

    πŸ˜€ Thank you Shivani Rana! I’ve to admit I love you too :p

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