Welcome to The Shooting Star!
In the summer of 2011, I took a 2 month sabbatical from my corporate life in Southeast Asia, to backpack around the Alpine countryside of Europe and take my first solo trip in the high Himalayas of India. In those two months, I saw, experienced and lived more than I ever had before, and decided to quit my first & only corporate job to be able to travel as and when I pleased.
I moved back to India to discover shores closer to home and focus on travel writing, and soon discovered that everything I had learnt while working with the Singapore Tourism Board could be put to good use. I started India Untravelled in mid-January 2012, with an aim to use my experience in digital marketing to help connect responsible travel offerings run by local communities & families, with urban travel enthusiasts. In the meantime, my travel stories appeared in The Times of India, The Hindu, CNNGo & The Huffington Post, among others, and I was featured as an intrepid woman traveller in the New Woman India Magazine and interviewed on All India Radio.
I turned 24 this February, and for once in my life, I felt I’d rather not be doing anything else but this or be anywhere else but here, although travelling to Norway or Iceland or Italy or New Zealand would be pretty awesome.
Hailing from a small town at the base of the Himalayas and having grown up in a protective Indian family, I am glad to have found the courage to fight my battles and the independence to do what I love. I continue to seek untouched, undiscovered places that few have been to and fewer have written about. I usually carry a backpack, but I don’t quite see myself fit the bill of a regular backpacker; I like to stay in nice places, prefer apartments & home-stays over hotels, and need Wifi on the go. I’m experimental with food, and haven’t yet starved as a travelling vegetarian. I love rooftop bars and think a place can be experienced so much more through its cafes than all its ‘tourist attractions’ put together. I hope you’ll join me on my journeys around India and across the globe.
Please comment on my travelogues if you’ve enjoyed reading them or been inspired by them; it makes me deliriously happy to know you’re virtually with me during my travels!
Here’s a short presentation on my life so far, why I travel, how I can afford it, and what I do besides travelling:
~ Shivya Nath
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