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I’m Hitting The Road, Indefinitely…

This was long coming. I’ve been planning and un-planning, thinking and re-thinking, and I’m finally going to do it. I’ve given up my apartment in Delhi, I’ve sold / given away most of my possessions, I’m leaving some clothes at an aunt’s place and some in the boot of a friend’s car, and I’m hitting the road. Indefinitely.

The concept of “location independence”, ie travelling without a fixed based, is hardly unheard of in the west, and at first, I deemed it impractical as an Indian because I have no social security. But that’s exactly the excuse many of us use to not travel much. Having travelled constantly for two years, I’ve realized that I don’t need a fortune to travel. It all boils down to priorities. I know very well that I neither I want to buy a house, nor get married or have kids. In all probability, I don’t want to study further. Shopping or social events (offline) are not really my thing. So really, there is no financial goal stopping me from a nomadic life!

The only reason I kept coming back to Delhi was the need to have a base to recharge my batteries. But I’m letting go of that need. All my work is online, and I’m far more creative when I’m working in a pretty little corner of someplace remote, than in my characterless apartment.

Indian travel blogger, Indian traveller, female Indian traveller

Working by the lake, at Lakshman Sagar, Rajasthan.

The plan is simple – I’m going to continue working hard on the go (Read: How I Afford My Travels and How You Can Too) and live a perpetually nomadic life. I’ll move from place to place, and sometimes I’ll slow down and stay longer in a place I really like. Although I’ve travelled halfway across the world, there’s so much more I still want to experience and discover within India itself. And though the falling rupee might not take me much further (unless I score another sponsored trip), I certainly want to revisit Southeast Asia. Here’s my plan so far:

August: Karnataka
September: Karnataka / Bombay / Goa
October: Chhattisgarh / Madhya Pradesh
November: Southeast Asia?

Over the last few months, I’ve started to feel weary of solo travel. Not because of the recent news stories (my conviction that it is possible to travel safely as a woman in India still stands strong), but because I’ve started to feel just a little unfulfilled with my fleeting interactions on the road. Luckily for me, I’m going to have a partner-in-crime for most of my upcoming adventures. There will be solo trips every now and then, but for the most part, I will revel in the company of a close friend.

A majority of our explorations will focus on socially responsible experiences in offbeat parts of India. And I’m hoping that our slow travels will give me the space, time and inspiration for the book I’ve been penning in my mind.

So this is it. I’m going to live the next phase of my dream, and invite you to join me virtually! Oh, and I leave tomorrow.

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Join my adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and of course here, on my blog. See you on the other side.

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  1. Jatin Doshi #

    Wish I can do this someday! All the best! Have a great nomadic life!

    August 24, 2013
  2. You go, girl!!! Will look forward to read your notes from the road. Give me a shout-out when you get to Bombay; would love to meet up :) Cheers!

    August 24, 2013
  3. Awesome. Go for it girl. I know you will be good. Keep sharing all about travels so that i continue with being jealous. Best of luck. :)
    P.S: I wish we could have met once before you left but hopefully, we will meet up someday. :)

    August 24, 2013
  4. Good Luck Shivya!
    We will bump into each other some day :)

    August 24, 2013
  5. Hi Shooting Star…

    It was last week when I was doing some research for my trip to Goa that I came across your blog and I’m following it since then. I must say that you are actually a Shooting Star who is doing everything to live the dream. Good to know you Shivya. And what a news to wake up to!!! Someone somewhere has the courage to go ahead and take the leap for the dream one has been living for. I’m really really happy for you. I also have the dream similar to you and have been trying to work out things for quite a while but as you rightly said “that’s exactly the excuse many of us use to not travel much”.

    Wish you all the very best for your adventures and I’m gonna be part of it!!!!!

    August 24, 2013
  6. vijay Dalakoti #

    Nice thought and definite your cause help social life. Else here everybody just running for money not for life. Which is indeed very short.

    August 24, 2013
  7. Great step ahead! Although I am a travel freak and have not lived in a place more than 3-4 years..but your this choice is making me curious! All ready to read your experiences as a nomad! Waiting for a book from you to come out on your travel experiences..I will gift that to my sister and daughter :)

    August 24, 2013
  8. Absolute ‘livin-out-of-a-suitcase’ for you now!! Jealous of your friend though who gets to accompany you!!

    August 24, 2013
  9. KG #

    You’ve taken bold decision. Wishing you many many many years of Happy Travelling

    August 24, 2013
  10. On your way, can you please ear fold places where we can take our kids and show the colours of India like a village where bandhni is done in every house or a village where many are involved in kantha stich work or a place where stone jalis are made..can you please find those hidden gems of India where we can go and live in small eco friendly places, learn, seek and enjoy.

    August 24, 2013
  11. vijai #

    Here’s wishing u luck in ur endeavor !!

    August 24, 2013
  12. This is great news! Good luck! I always wondered why you had a house when you travel so often. Are you planning to invest in the Indian version of a trailer?

    Where in Karnataka have you planned to go to? Let me know, I’d love to meet you.

    August 24, 2013
  13. WOW! Good luck. I will follow you virtually. Will be waiting for your each post.

    August 24, 2013
  14. Asmi #

    hey sweets!! all the very best…!! and i would like to meet u sometime when u are in kerala…as im too share a bit of your interests but its the unsecure feeling that my parents do have….i wish if i could convince them and start my travel….!! hope to meet you soon.!!!!

    August 24, 2013
  15. All the best for this new journey Shivya !

    August 24, 2013
  16. Wow! I so envy you… :P This is so awesome… Hope you have a fab time!

    August 24, 2013
  17. Be safe Shivya and life is all about adapting. So if you like a spot and feel like being there, for ever, then dont let this post come in the way. :-) Same applies to some of the other things you mentioned like house etc. Wishes.

    August 24, 2013
  18. Enjoy!

    August 24, 2013
  19. Amiya #

    WOW. It couldn’t have been very easy to take this decision, Shivya, and it’s amazing that you’re now convinced enough to go completely nomadic :-) All the best and all power to you, girl! Waiting to read more and more.

    August 24, 2013
  20. All the best for you next travelling experience.. It’s so rare that one gets to do what he loves to do.. I am glad you chose to live like this.. I must say travelling and thanks for sharing your experiences with us.. You rock!

    August 24, 2013
  21. Enjoy – it’s a wonderful world.

    August 24, 2013
  22. Dear Shivya,

    Till about a minute ago, I envied you for all the places that you go to and all the experiences that you design for yourself. Not now. I just changed the lenses I use to look at you. Now, I admire you and your spirit and hope that you soar, float, drift and make everyone wish just like a shooting star.

    Love,
    Payal

    August 24, 2013
  23. When in Madhya Pradesh (I am in Jabalpur) I would love to help you as much as I can, if that helps. :)
    Wish you all the best for the journey & we will be keeping an eye on it through your blog & other social channels. :)

    August 24, 2013
  24. Pratiksha #

    gr8.. its just so wonderful to roam around n see those beautiful, hidden parts of nature :) amazing… looking forward for your new post :) I’m virtually moving along with u ;)

    August 24, 2013
  25. Maninder Kaur #

    Kudos to your spirit. Bon Voyage sister!

    August 24, 2013
  26. Fatima #

    My best wishes Shivya :-)

    August 24, 2013
  27. richa pandey #

    wish u al d best shivya for ur nomadic life !! :) hope u enjoy it to d fullest :)

    August 24, 2013
  28. Mohammed Nasir #

    A nomad never gets happiness in a city. Nomad does not belong to one place. Go reclaim your world.

    August 24, 2013
  29. Debtirtha Das #

    All the best Shivya. One always misses something on there way, when they have to go back, but in a nomadic life you’ll always find people, places more beautiful. Wish all best possible trips for you :)

    August 24, 2013
  30. Enjoy and wish you all the best!!. If you happen to visit Chennai do let me know:)) Most welcome to my abode..

    August 24, 2013
  31. Shivya, all the very very best! :) Where are you likely to be in Karnataka in september second and third week? I would be around too and will be doing a bit of travelling around. Was just curious :)

    August 25, 2013
  32. Great journey ahead Shivya! Good luck

    August 25, 2013
  33. This is something unexpected. All the best the new adventurous nomadic way…Kindly share you itinerary of Karnataka. I shall try to catch you up there.

    August 25, 2013
  34. Harjot #

    You go girl ! Daring to tread what many cant even dream of ! Certainly something any wanderer can understand.

    August 25, 2013
  35. Sujoyta Ghosh #

    Dil khol ke jeena hee jeena hai…you have proved that, Shivya. Looking forward to travelling with you, albeit vicariously!! Stay blessed.

    August 25, 2013
  36. rahul #

    Awesome! You are anyway using crowd funding by asking folks to contribute for travel fund, you can actually look for folks who may be willing to offer u temporary base at their places,, I am sure you will find many..who will not like to host such interesting ppl :)..btw if u planning to come to mysore any time soon you and your friend are welcome :)

    August 25, 2013
  37. Wow Shivya, this is such an inspiring thing to wake up to! All the best for your travels. Looking forward to all the stories you will find there :)

    August 25, 2013
  38. Have a wonderful life! This is brilliant :)

    August 25, 2013
  39. Geetanjali #

    wow, you are a brave girl, Shivya. To take this decision, is no small thing,

    I wish you all the best……….

    August 25, 2013
  40. Here’s to courage, infinity, and beyond.:)

    August 25, 2013
  41. Dharven Tyagi #

    GO GO GO GIRL… BEST OF LUCK FOR YOUR NEW LIFE…!!! *Feeling Jealous*

    August 25, 2013
  42. So brave of you. Wish you safe travels, happy memories and a wealth of stories to share. Keep in touch with all of your friends here.

    August 26, 2013
  43. Awesome :), had heard that this is about to happen, it will be good…Gypsy culture is back :)

    anyway dropping you a mail, have a look, and all the best

    August 26, 2013
  44. Good luck and welcome to the world of nomads :-). Remain strong and flexible. Everything else will fall into place. It is a lot of fun too :-)

    August 26, 2013
  45. Ol the best for your journey…. have a safe journey..

    http://www.tempsens.com/thermowell.html

    August 26, 2013
  46. All the very best Shivya!!!

    Hope you stay inspired and keep inspiring!! =)

    August 26, 2013
  47. Njoi the roadtrip Shivya.

    August 26, 2013
  48. Awesome !! so happy for you- have a kickass time :) Any chance of visiting Bangalore when in Karnataka, give me a shout! ( Hopefully after 17th Sept as I’m not in Bangalore till then- I leave for Ladakh tomorrow- yayyyy!)

    August 26, 2013
  49. Can’t wait to follow you on this new adventure. Best of luck, I’m sure the digital nomad lifestyle will work out well for you!

    August 26, 2013
  50. I am as usual jealous that you’re living the life of a gypsy (I always wanted too) but also know I am probably never going to live it…

    Sigh!

    Good luck on the next phase!!! :)

    August 26, 2013
  51. That’s great news!! Congratulations!!

    August 27, 2013
  52. udayD #

    …like the waters of a river, to whom existence is as long as the journey, taking baby steps in the wild mountains, trotting down verdant valleys, meandering across gorges and small towns, touching the banks of illuminated cities where civilizations had come and gone before reaching the estuary mouth just in time for another perfect sunset where the great ocean has the portal to your next trip ->
    a new river, this time though waking to the music of a rainforest to pack up for a trek along trails to be formed yet, en route to see a new people, listen to new sounds, discover tastes unknown and colours unseen…
    Go on, reveal us the world…
    the world will watch over you on the route..

    wishing u the best of world
    Uday*D
    a nobody with an accidental overdose of inspiration

    August 27, 2013
  53. Good luck Shivya!

    Almost 3 months ago, I quit my job in London, ended my tenancy, shipped back all my stuffs back to Singapore, hit the bag and got travelling in the Balkans, a region in Europe troubled by wars still fresh from memory and still relatively unexplored. It was my shot at living life as a nomad, the difference being I really still have a home and it was for a fixed duration of 3 months.

    Have you heard of Wwoof? I did that in England and Wales, where you basically exchange your labour in a farm for food and lodging. If India has that, and if you are willing to get your hands dirty, it is a fantastic way to travel and meet local people!

    All the best!

    August 27, 2013
  54. What an amazing adventure you’re about to embark on! Looking forward to following your travels:)

    August 27, 2013
  55. Good luck! I am looking forward to reading your adventures. :)

    August 27, 2013
  56. Great list to go for! You are a true nomad. Congratulations for IB Awards! :)

    August 28, 2013
  57. Who needs a house when their are so many friends with homes to share…. good luck miss nomad! have a great time exploring……you’re welcome to Ajmer anytime you want

    August 29, 2013
  58. go to the philippines!!! =D

    August 29, 2013
  59. anusrinath #

    Wow! Congrats girl! You are such an inspiration to many of us out there! I and my husband has been living kinda nomadic life (not completely), moving over tiny places in Europe. Now staying in the same place for 3 years feels like we’ve become stagnant, and we are desperately looking for a change too! I’ll take the little motivation from you, and prepare ourselves for our next move hopefully!!

    September 4, 2013
  60. There are bloggers and there are bloggers….there are travelers and there are travelers… Shivya, you are an inspiration and your wise, balanced perspective is what makes you stand apart from the rest.

    I can understand…this is a big leap for you. So Shivya, wish you good luck, my friend. Do keep enthralling us with your stories.

    On this defining occasion sending your way an ancient Irish blessing:

    May the road rise to meet you
    May the wind be always at your back
    May the sun shine warm upon your face
    The rains fall soft upon your fields….

    September 12, 2013
  61. That is SO exciting! It will be a complete blast I’m sure. I have to say that your posts on Sri Lanka were super helpful to me while planning my trip. Looking forward to many more!

    Goodluck!

    September 18, 2013
  62. Well I was going through your ’24 hours in Bangalore’ and I must say you had me at ABC-Arbor brewing company and toit (my two favorite watering holes). Been here for more than 3 years I absolutely love this place. Having said that, you must be wondering why am I commenting here. Well actually reading your one blog led to another and I’ve read most of them by now.I LOVE TRAVELLING absolutely love it, but then again who doesn’t ? I wanted to be a perpetual nomad and your blog ( http://the-shooting-star.com/2012/07/20/how-i-afford-my-travels/ ) gave me a wonderful insight. I guess I need to set few of my priorities straight save up from my beer fund. I intend to be the black sheep of my family than a corporate blue-collared slave.

    I’m more of a mountain guy, I like the rush of adrenaline, the high, the epiphany and the sense of being oneness with the nature always leaves me speechless. The prospect of meeting new people excites me too. Let me know if you intend to travel in south India or any mountain trips and in need of company cause I would love to have a Traveler’s company rather than a tourist. I usually travel to Delhi once a year in the winters, do suggest some 24/48/72 hour guide.Thanks for being such an inspiration !! And Regards for your journey I hope that ROAD NEVER ENDS !!

    March 8, 2014

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