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Welcome to The Shooting Star!

My name is Shivya Nath, and at age 23, I quit my corporate job to travel the world. I live a nomadic life, seek adventures off the beaten path, and work on the go to fund my travels. The Shooting Star is the home of all my travels, and I hope to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and discover the world. Come with me?

Shivya shooting star, the shooting star blog

In the last village of India before Tibet.

My journey

I grew up in a protective Indian family in Dehradun, a small town at the base of the Himalayas, and spent my childhood wondering what lay beyond the mountains I could see from my roof. Upon finishing high school, I went to Singapore to study, with big dreams and a big student loan. As luck would have it, I graduated in the middle of the financial recession of 2009, when most companies I wanted to work with had ceased their hiring. I landed a job with the Singapore Tourism Board, where I learnt everything I know about social media, and started following the journey of travel bloggers across the world.

It was impossible to tame my restless cubicle-bound soul, so in 2011, I took a 2 month sabbatical from work. I went flash-packing across Western Europe with a friend, and volunteer-travelled by myself 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 and only corporate job with the dream of travelling the world on my own terms.

In July 2014, the story of how I quit my job to travel was featured on BBC Travel. Read it here.

Shivya the shooting star, Shivya Nath

Zip lining over the Indian Ocean on the remote Rodrigues island.

How I like to travel

First things first, I’m not a backpacker. While I carry a backpack for convenience, I like to stay in experiential accommodations (think home-stays), travel impulsively and to places that have seldom been written about, and don’t believe in counting every penny I spend. I like to go slow, get under the skin of a place, talk to locals and experiment with the local cuisine (I’m a vegetarian by choice); I’m happy to skip most tourist attractions in a big city. I mostly travel solo or with a friend; group travel with a fixed itinerary is just not for me.

I believe that our travel choices have an impact on the places we visit. On my part, I prefer public transport, avoid buying mineral water bottles, and try to look for local experiences. I also co-run a responsible travel company called India Untravelled, that helps connect travellers with offbeat travel experiences across India.

Shivya Nath, Shivya Canada

Sipping glacial water in Canada.

What I’m up to now

For 2 years after I quit my job, I used Delhi as a base to find my footing and rekindle my love affair with the mountains. Then in August 2013, I gave up my apartment, sold most of my stuff, stored the rest in the boot of a friend’s car, and went location independent. The road is my home now. I’ve travelled in parts of Africa, Europe, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent since.

I’m currently on a 5-6 month trip through parts of North, Central and South America. Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador and Ecuador are the countries I plan to slow travel in, while also catching up with friends and family in the US.

Indian travel blogger, Shivya Nath

My office on the countryside of northern Thailand!

Do you dream of travelling the world too? Read these posts:

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Introspective in the Himalayas of Kumaon.

Too much reading?

These slides speak a thousand words!

Connect with me

Twitter: @shivya 
Facebook: The Shooting Star 
Google+: Shivya Nath 
Instagram: @shivya

If you’re interested in hiring me as a freelancer, please see my Hire Me page.

If you’d like to invite me on a blogging trip, please see my Contact Me page.

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183 Comments Post a comment
  1. Interesting blog!!

    August 12, 2008
  2. Nice blog! The posts here portray you to be an intellegent person. Quite intellegent!
    Keep writing!

    September 9, 2008
  3. @ loki thanks!

    @ saadil lol, thanks :)

    September 9, 2008
  4. cavaliere84 #

    Nice blog.I hope to return.By the way I’ve added you on my Blog Roll..

    September 9, 2008
  5. Nice blog :)

    http://bigbracket.wordpress.com

    September 10, 2008
  6. hi… blogwalking.
    Nice blog…. :P

    September 11, 2008
  7. @ cavallere84 and dinesh1201 – Thanks :)

    @ undercover – thanks! i can’t figure out what language you blog in!

    September 12, 2008
  8. Shivya, i am indonesian. ok… never mind & i am glad comes here… :P

    September 12, 2008
  9. nice blog :)

    September 14, 2008
  10. brightlightwarriornika #

    nice blog!

    September 15, 2008
  11. smallstar #

    I love ur blog! I’ll add u in my links… Keep writing! *HUGS*

    September 15, 2008
  12. @ pavan, brightlightwarriornika, smallstar : Thanks!

    September 15, 2008
  13. Sathya Narayanan #

    nice blog… i am http://sathyaphoenix.wordpress.com

    September 15, 2008
  14. Put up more pics of you!

    September 16, 2008
  15. @ girishmenon: facebook is a better place to do that, don’t you think? :)

    September 17, 2008
  16. hi shivya,

    saw your comment on daryl’s blog regarding Social Media Breakfast. Do join our FB group at http://tinyurl.com/smbsg to be notified when our next session will be.

    looking forward to meeting you!

    cheers!
    claudia
    team at SMB|SG

    September 19, 2008
  17. Frisking.Skies #

    nice blog!

    September 19, 2008
  18. You’ve a nice blog!
    I also did my primary schooling from SJA!

    September 30, 2008
  19. just passing by….

    keep up with your blog !!! :D

    October 11, 2008
  20. @ Frisking Skies : Thanks :)

    @ Mahak : Thanks! Wow, a fellow Josephite! Which year were you there?

    @ harsh : Thanks for stopping by :)

    October 11, 2008
  21. Hello, can we link exchange ? put my blog link in your blogroll please, i have put your link in my blogroll …

    October 12, 2008
  22. Shivya, all the best. Explore your world and life. that’s unique. Life is full of wonders and splendors – only if we ‘see’ it. Thanks.

    October 13, 2008
  23. Happy Diwali, I’ve changed my blog address to http://shaaaks.wordpress.com/

    October 28, 2008
  24. Hi

    I am working in Pune in MNC and came across your blog.Nice blog with interesting posts and not saying for sake of saying:).
    Do have a look at my blog at

    http://indianpoliticslive.blogspot.com/

    Your comments will be appreciated.Can you link my website to yours and i do the same?

    THanks

    Salil

    November 2, 2008
  25. just stopping by to say hi! you have a nice blog going :)

    November 10, 2008
  26. Hello Shivya,
    I liked your title “shooting star”.

    I think that today the world need resilience.
    My studies and my experience came here:

    http://vittoriobaroni.wordpress.com/cose-la-resilienza

    Sorry but the site is in Italian. But the friend Sturla has done a good job of study on cultural resilience. The file is here, in English:

    http://vittoriobaroni.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/sturle-hauge-simonsen-sulla-resilienza-culturale.pdf

    Call me if one day pass for Venice.
    Hello, Vittorio

    December 7, 2008
  27. shah nawaz #

    came over by saadil’s blog.For ayoung one as you , you have lot of punch in ur words.Keep it up.

    December 10, 2008
  28. Adding you to my blogroll…keep up the great work!

    December 11, 2008
  29. Samagra Rana #

    Hi shiv
    Browsed through your blog. Its a great piece of work put up together. i hope you keep up the gud work and keep sharing your thoughts…

    Loved to find out the things that actually move you and I always knew you were a great mind with a golden heart.
    Keep up the good work.
    Love u

    December 19, 2008
  30. @ sulachanosho: Thanks, I’m trying hard to immerse myself in all the wonders :D

    @ shaakspsyco: Thanks for the update :)

    @ Salil: Thanks :) Sure, I’ll check out yours too.

    @ amreekandesi: Welcome here :)

    @ Vittorio: Thanks for stopping by! It’s a great compilation on resilience. Hope to see you in Venice some day :)

    @ Shah nawaz: Thanks :) Hope you drop by often!

    @ Samagra: Thanks Sam :D Miss you!

    December 20, 2008
  31. Years come n go, but this year I specially wish 4 u a double dose of health n happiness topped with loads of good fortune. Have a gr8 year ahead! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!
    Dinesh

    December 31, 2008
  32. Nice blog :)

    January 14, 2009
  33. Good to see a fellow Indian in Singapore. Happy studying :D

    February 27, 2009
  34. rave #

    wow !!
    nice interests you’ve got !!
    didnt know you were blogging for so long…

    March 21, 2009
  35. Nice Blog! Found you on Lumuhuku! Expect me after November (presently very busy). :)

    March 23, 2009
  36. @ Dinesh: Thanks, same to you :)

    @ Lucky: Thanks, and welcome to the shooting star!

    @ Liju Philip: Likewise :D

    @ Rave: Thanks rave. Welcome to my blog :)

    @ Vikas: Thanks and welcome here!

    March 24, 2009
  37. ankita chauhan #

    good one shiv,thats an amazing work done on your part.keep going friend.

    March 26, 2009
  38. You’ve been given an award here;

    http://saadil.wordpress.com/2009/03/30/the-lemanade-blog-award/

    Hope, you’ll respond to it :)

    March 30, 2009
  39. @ Ankita: Thanks :D And welcome to the shooting star!

    @ Aadil: Thanks Aadil, much appreciated :D

    April 5, 2009
  40. spotlesssoul #

    It seems to be an interesting blog :) Looking forward to learn a lot from you.

    May 16, 2009
  41. @ spotlesssoul: Welcome to the Shooting Star! Hope you’ll have a good time reading :)

    June 22, 2009
  42. ykhan #

    nice blog…..keep it up…

    July 20, 2009
  43. ykhan #

    i would like to connect with you on linkedin…

    July 20, 2009
  44. @ Ykhan: Thanks & welcome to The Shooting Star. Hope to see you here and on linkedin :)

    August 23, 2009
  45. Sidd #

    Hey Shivya,

    What a find ! Congratulations on being a accomplished blogger ! If you’re thinking of freelancing , then I’d suggest get a domain. If you need help setting up that, I’m available :) !
    And hey, I’ve taken up freelance web designing! I am loving it !

    Sidd

    August 24, 2009
  46. @ Sidd: Hey, thanks :) I’ll catch up with you next week!

    September 30, 2009
  47. yours is really a nice blog…..actually i was inspired to write my own by seeing your “the shooting star”…
    i liked the comment you wrote on my post the other day …..sure i needed some break ……i m happy now …taken up photography these days

    October 12, 2009
    • Thanks Yogesh & welcome to the shooting star :) Hope the photography’s going well!

      December 7, 2009
  48. my first time here..going through a lovely meaningful poem. I feel this blog deserves a better template for the good content it has :)

    November 24, 2009
    • Welcome to the shooting star! Took your advice and changed the template :)

      December 7, 2009
  49. della #

    Dropping by to say hello

    nice-and-inspiring blog :)

    hope we can keep in touch via Facebook

    btw, we have the same title of the blog hehehe :P

    December 24, 2009
    • Sure Della, and yes, two shooting stars :)

      May 9, 2012
  50. Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

    January 5, 2010
    • Thanks Reseller, glad you see my writing improving!

      May 9, 2012
  51. renu #

    hi,
    my grandad was nath. where are the naths most commonly from in india.

    January 16, 2010
    • I’m not so sure! Definitely somewhere in the north.

      February 11, 2010
  52. First time here. You write well. Blogrolled you. And, welcome back to blogging! :)

    January 24, 2010
    • Thanks & welcome to the shooting star! Hope to see you here often :)

      February 11, 2010
  53. Hi Shivya.

    I saw that you have included my blog as a link on your travel blog list. I feel very honoured, thank you very much. I think that you have some very nice stories here too. Keep up the good work.

    Cheers, Erin

    December 16, 2010
  54. Hi Shivya.

    I saw that you have included my blog as a link on your travel blog list. I feel very honoured, thank you very much. I think that you have some very nice stories here too. I particularly like your last one about xmas, and couldn’t agree more about donating time and/or finances to those in need. Keep up the good work.

    Cheers, Erin

    December 16, 2010
    • Thanks Erin, hope to see you around at The Shooting Star :)

      February 5, 2011
  55. I admire the travels you made and how you savor the adventures of each trip and sharing it to the world. great blog.

    May 19, 2011
    • thank you Island Traveler :) Hope you continue to travel with The Shooting Star!

      July 4, 2011
  56. Hey – I happen to come across your blog – and I think its brilliant. I have added you to my blog list and will be returning on a regular basis.

    July 7, 2011
  57. hey do i know you? you sound a bit familiar. during my trip to cambodia i met another indian girl from a protective family somewhere in the mountains and she’s been travel writing for 5 years…wait you’re 23. so i guess you’re a different person?! she doesn’t live in singapore though. but her name is also shiva?! i’m confused!!! are you her?

    argh i’m 23 too. and i travel a lot but not certainly not as much as you. so amazing that can travel write so well yet i haven’t started my travel blog yet…

    July 17, 2011
    • Awfully late reply Dew, but I’m pretty sure I’m not her. I was hardly in Cambodia for a day and would’ve remembered if I met someone. Then again, Shivya is such an uncommon name. Parallel universe maybe ;) Welcome to The Shooting Star anyway!

      May 9, 2012
  58. just kidding i checked her name again her name is shikha not shiva and her last name is longer…

    o i admire both of you so much!!!! so what do you do? do you do travel writing as a career?

    i heart traveling and really need to start blogging to on travel..but i’m just afraid that i’m not as talented as people like you ><

    July 17, 2011
  59. Hey Shivya, just came across your blog after traversing the Spiti search list on twitter. Some great travel stories although (I read only few so far, but now I know I will continue :)) and nicely captured too. Glad to know that there are fellow travelers who like to visit the the unexplored places which makes you feel blissful and much closer to god :)… Keep traveling, keep exploring, keep sharing and will try follow your travel stories …

    August 3, 2011
    • Thanks Dheeraj, right back at you :)

      May 9, 2012
  60. Nice blogging… keep the good work gng…
    wish u all the best

    October 16, 2011
  61. Hey I found you on Facebook. I saw some nice pics out there. I have already joined your FB page. Keep the great work. By the way why “The Shooting Star”. What makes you to choose this name.

    October 24, 2011
    • Ah, it’s so hard to come up with a name that makes you want to keep blogging. I experimented with several names before this, but The Shooting Star is the only one that made me want to stick around :)

      May 9, 2012
  62. Thanks for writing such a beautiful blog…keep blogging…

    October 27, 2011
  63. Love the posts and updates ! <3

    Totally recommend your site :)

    http://tiarainwonderland.wordpress.com/pagessites-i-recommend/

    Keep travelling and let the posts flow in !

    October 28, 2011
  64. Dear Shivya
    I am delighted to hear that you liked that few lines on Shera Ghat. You have an amazing blog , just saw the headlines now ..cant wait to read one by one starting with Lake Garda and Dehradun . You will find more travelogue in my cooking blog because I have more followers there ha ha . Read this one http://ushnish.blogspot.com/2011/02/trip-to-sundarban-largest-river-delta.html and there are many on Northern Italy, which you will like.
    Have a nice week ahead …Ghosh from Algeria

    October 31, 2011
    • Thanks Ushnish, I’ll sure look them up. Italy calling!

      May 9, 2012
  65. Saurabh #

    Pretty Fab , its inspiring !
    I love the way its been written and presented , i m smitten :)
    wish u all the best :)

    November 12, 2011
    • Thanks Saurabh, appreciate the being smitten ;)

      May 9, 2012
  66. vinoth #

    the way u presenting is awesome… congrats to ur future discoverys..
    im really enjoying to look ur blog….

    January 4, 2012
  67. Great to find you! I love your country. Hope to meet up one day.

    January 8, 2012
    • Aw thanks Jim, it’s quite an incredibly country to not love :) Let me know when you’re in Delhi next!

      May 9, 2012
  68. Roushan Singh #

    Awestruck!!

    February 3, 2012
  69. Great blog. lucky to have come across. would like to chat with ya. I am in GGN.

    March 12, 2012
    • Thanks Pradeep & welcome to The Shooting Star!

      May 9, 2012
  70. What a pleasure to read your blog. The fact that you are 24 and have juggled all of this, gives me hope. At 22 I haven’t lost my battle yet against corporate life. Thank you. Keep up with the wanderlust.

    May 15, 2012
    • Thanks Shaonli, we have the same last name! I’m glad my wanderlust inspires yours :) Hope to see you at The Shooting Star often.

      May 15, 2012
  71. Murari Agrawal #

    Just Great!!!
    I like to visit different blog as usual… while wondering i just found ur blog…
    its really gud blog… but i hav 1 q 4 u… when u started this blog… u quit ur job at 23… i m little bit confused in that …..

    June 5, 2012
    • Thanks Murari & welcome to The Shooting Star! I started this blog much before I quit this job, more as a place for musings and rants. It gradually took the shape of a travel blog :)

      June 6, 2012
      • ohh really !!! meditation coverts into travel >> haha
        actually same thing happening with me also yaar , sum time i tried to write on technical skills or sumtime stock market or personal….. and last i stopped writing into blog and convert into my dairy!!!!
        about my travel i write it into my dairy only ….i like to travel as alwayz…..lets see

        June 6, 2012
  72. Deepti Garg #

    awesome blogs… really motivated with what you are doing… right now, I am also working in mnc.. and now it has started to irritate me… working everyday, that’s not i want… if i’ll go on a solo trip, then i’ll surely comment again.. thanks.. :)

    July 11, 2012
  73. I am returning here again n again to get inspired for future journeys!

    July 25, 2012
  74. Hi there!

    I bumped into your linkedin page and found we got common friends Amrita, Prajakta (from S’pore).

    Applaud your brave steps and wish you good luck to keep going! I have also travelled quite a bit and love photography (https://www.facebook.com/prasphotography?ref=hl) Hope to crossroads someday!

    Cheers,
    Prasanna

    August 1, 2012
    • Lovely! Hope to see you sometime on the road too :)

      August 1, 2012
  75. rohan raj #

    goodness gracious shivya ur just awesome love ur work….and jealous tooo;)

    August 3, 2012
    • Thanks Rohan, and welcome to The Shooting Star!

      August 3, 2012
  76. Simply loved your site…and the fact that you are living what so many of us (including me) just dream of! I wish I could chuck my corporate job and just travel and write…I do travel whenever possible but it’s just not enough. Good going girl!

    September 22, 2012
    • Thanks Amrita, and welcome to The Shooting Star :) It was a distant dream for me until just a year ago, so don’t give up on it! Off to read your blog now.

      September 22, 2012
  77. I quit my first and only corporate job in december to answer my call for travel and photography :)

    Very inspiring and informative blog. Loved the idea of responsible travel, something that has to be instilled among the increasing number of tourists to preserve many beautiful places.

    And here is my first attempt on untravel experience http://illusive.in/projects/ladakh-dreams/

    September 23, 2012
    • That’s awesome Ashwin, and glad you found my blog :) Your Ladakh features are great, loved the pictures. Seems like comments are disabled there so saying it here!

      September 24, 2012
      • ashwinnag #

        Thank you :)

        September 24, 2012
  78. Conan #

    very nice to know you right there

    September 24, 2012
    • Thanks Conan, and welcome to The Shooting Star!

      September 24, 2012
  79. hey, I am checking your Facebook out now.

    September 24, 2012
  80. well done shivya …your are inspiration for all those who want to leave their corporate jobs and follow their dreams.

    P.S. – Love your site and your writing style

    October 9, 2012
    • Shivya #

      Thank you! And welcome to The Shooting Star! Hope to have you join me virtually on my travels :)

      October 9, 2012
  81. Darshil Mandalia #

    Please reply to my mail. Darshil Mandalia.

    October 12, 2012
    • Shivya #

      Sorry for the delay, haven’t had much time online! Will reply soon :)

      October 14, 2012
  82. Gifton Samuel #

    Planning for 3 days trip(Is it enough) to Jordan from Abu dhabi. Could you pl guide me like the places to visit(Sequence of start and end) and place to stay on a reasonable price.
    Many Thanks.
    Gifton

    October 16, 2012
    • Shivya #

      Gifton, I haven’t been to Jordan yet. (Turkey yes, and that’s fabulous). I guess Jordan tourism’s website will be able to help.

      October 17, 2012
  83. Gifton Samuel #

    Thanks!

    October 17, 2012
  84. Stalin Joseph #

    nice blog Shivya…………

    October 20, 2012
  85. Hi Shivya, I love your blog. It’s great seeing people take the plunge and follow what truly makes them happy. You have some amazing articles and photos.If you are ever interested in submitting any articles or photos to us at BarrelHopping, we have ongoing contests where you can win cash to help fund your continued travels. For every article or photo you do submit we will also provide a link back to your site. Our end goal is to help fellow travelers like yourself do more of what they love. Here are the details http://barrelhopping.com/get-paid-to-travel/

    November 15, 2012
    • Thanks Mike for dropping by! I’ll sure have a look at your site and try my luck in the contests :)

      November 16, 2012
  86. Great blog… i’m gonna peek in from time to time for more of your fascinating travel stories.

    November 30, 2012
    • Thanks! I’ll be glad for the virtual company :)

      November 30, 2012
  87. Hey Shivya, I have a blog too. Like your travel bug, I have the writing bug. For the first time in all my life, I stumbled upon a blogger I could absolutely admire for who she is and what she does. I haven’t written in a long time now (7 months), because as a final year engineering student, I’m figuring out hard how to escape the corporate for doing that which fuels the fire in my belly. I’m sure I’ll find my way out, to that place Rumi talks about–Elsewhere.

    All the very best for your future endeavors! You inspire me so much.. :)

    Lots of love

    Kritika

    December 10, 2012
    • Thanks for dropping by, Kritika; I’m so heartened to hear your comment. I’m sure you’ll find your ‘elsewhere’ soon enough. Off to check out your blog soon; start writing again!

      December 13, 2012
  88. ashwin #

    Hi Shivya, stumbled into your blog while looking for vegetarian food in Turkey. I am really inspired, I see myself doing exactly the things, travelling to the places that you are now. Spain,France,Spiti are high on my list(although there’s no way I’m quitting my job, that’s what funds my travels) And I’ll definitely visit Guzeylurt. I’m glad I’ve kept 4 days for Cappadocia in my trip.
    And I ‘m going to continue visiting this blog frequently, would love to hear more from your travels. And yes,

    All the best!!
    Ashwin.

    February 11, 2013
    • ashwin #

      And I really like to read accounts written by indian vegetarian travellers, its kind of reassuring.

      February 11, 2013
  89. I would love to be in your shoes, and travel ….loved your Blog Shivya…

    February 21, 2013
  90. I’m elated & inspired! So far, I travelled to three countries in the Southeast Asia but still working to be a nomad officially, your blog certainly struck the chords of wanderlust within me :)

    March 26, 2013
    • Thank you! I can sense that there are so many adventures lined up for you too. Southeast Asia is a great place to start.

      March 26, 2013
  91. Still reminisce .. of games that you can play,
    one of the advantages of games is that they are readily
    accessible.

    March 27, 2013
  92. Hi Shivya,

    I am a blogger, penning randomly on anything and everything ..however, I love travelling and photography and I stumbled upon yours at blogadda… and I am so glad I did.
    Your blog is great and you are an inspiration … an inspiration to do what one loves to.

    Cheers,
    Namrota :)

    April 5, 2013
  93. So glad to have stumbled across your blog! I really admire your spirit and welcome any advice you have on travelling in India. It also thrills me that you are from Dehradun as I am about to embark on a one month project there and look forward to reading on your travel advice for in and around that region. Congrats on everything you have achieved. I’ll definitely be following!

    April 21, 2013
    • Thank you! What kind of a project are you doing in Dehradun? I’ll be happy to share what recommendations I have, but to be honest, it’s a region I’ve hardly explored. And that’s because each time I’m home, I have to report on where I’m going, why, when, with who et al. It’s exhausting. So I just stay cooped up at home and rejuvenate ;) It’s a beautiful little town nonetheless.

      April 22, 2013
      • A spot of voluntary work in a school with an NGO called SNEHA. Haha, I feel your pain. This weekend I am chilling in Mussoorie, it’s captured my heart. Keep writing, keep travelling. I look forward to reading more :)

        May 4, 2013
  94. ankitas01 #

    Hi Shivya,

    This is definitely one of the most inspiring travel blogs I have come across by far (Written by an Indian). You are a role model for women who wish to travel solo. I feel proud of you for having the courage to give up a corporate job and follow your heart.
    You are the perfect example of how traveling can become a life transforming experience.
    I’m a psychologist/Life coach and a newbie freelance writer who loves to travel and cook. And I would be glad if our paths cross someday.

    All the best
    Ankita

    May 2, 2013
    • Thanks Ankita,

      Glad you stumbled upon The Shooting Star! Thanks so much for your kind words. Your encouragement means so much :) Sure hope to cross paths someday!

      May 6, 2013
  95. Amazing blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?
    I’m hoping to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything.
    Would you suggest starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option?
    There are so many choices out there that I’m totally confused .. Any recommendations? Cheers!

    May 3, 2013
  96. Greetings! Very helpful advice within this post! It’s the little changes that make the greatest changes. Thanks for sharing!

    May 25, 2013
  97. I’m so happy to have come across your blog.. What you’re doing is precisely my dream for the future. It’s also nice to see other Indians out there following this dream. Ordinarily, I see only Americans, Europeans and Australians doing this. It’s so much harder for us. Great to see! :)

    June 7, 2013
  98. Hiya! I simply wish to give a huge thumbs up for the nice information you may have
    here on this post. I will probably be coming again to your blog
    for more soon.

    June 18, 2013
  99. Hi Shivya,

    Your story is very inspiring. I am very happy to see the way you have transformed your life. Keep up the good work.

    More women power to you!!
    :)

    June 20, 2013
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    June 21, 2013
  101. Again, there is official Disney merchandise that can fulfill this part of the costume.
    Thread it thru this and the holes in the roof material up and over
    and back down to the other side. Oh, and don’t even get me started on the shirts she picks to go along with the skirt.

    July 19, 2013
  102. Great blog ! Good luck. Hope to see you on TLC soon.

    August 24, 2013
  103. Loved it! Living your dream is not something many people have the courage to do! Inspiring…truly you are!! Keep up the great travel escapades!!

    September 24, 2013
  104. Iqbal #

    Hey girl, I envy you.
    You are truly brave and I salute you. I wish I had the guts when I was a lot younger. I hope and pray that your journey of life is just as fabulous as you are and your journeys to exotic places are.
    Will keep following your posts.
    Iqbal, Karachi

    October 3, 2013
  105. HATS OFF TO YOU!
    much love and success for you!

    October 18, 2013
  106. Nice to Meet you Shivay.. Really hats off to you..Leaving a corporate job and chasing your Dream or what you like to do most is not a easy thing.. :D
    And I must say I am inspired going through you about me Page and the Slide.. :D
    Happy Traveling.. :D

    October 21, 2013
  107. Meghna #

    Hi Shivay,
    Am so glad I came across your site. Truly impressed with what you are doing! Good luck to you!
    Cheers,
    Meghna

    October 28, 2013
  108. Neha #

    Hey ncie blog..good to get inspired from you because i am also a treaveller..

    November 7, 2013
  109. Hey inspiring blog! :)

    November 8, 2013
  110. Absolutely love your blog!
    Very inspiring. :)

    November 17, 2013
  111. Hey Kenya is on arrival you get visa for three months USD 50
    Swaziland on arrival USD 60 from South Africa and USD 20 from Mozambique

    November 18, 2013
  112. When I encountered you on Facebook, I thought, you were great. Facebook led me to your Blog. Actually, I am still going through your blog. Got to know more about you. Your style of writing makes me want more of it. Your original ideas, first person views, analytical style, all teamed up with your adventurous mindset makes you undeniably awesome! I love you Shivya :-)

    November 23, 2013
  113. You must be inspiring million others who are fond of travelling but due to their corporate life and work pressure they neglect the thought of travelling to places. Keep writing , Keep inspiring !!

    -Kamal
    http://www.soulsearch.in

    December 1, 2013
  114. mndudu #

    Stumbled across your website while looking for some info around travel writing.
    Truly inspiring, young achiever I must say! Keep at it… :)

    January 11, 2014
  115. When I grow up I want to be like you! Hmm…well, that would have to be in my next reincarnation… till then I will live vicariously through you! Go, girl!

    January 14, 2014
  116. Raju Rathi #

    Really good blog.

    January 19, 2014
  117. I just discovered your blog – and it’s fantastic! So inspiring and I love your photos & adventures :-) I look forward to following your journey. All the best and happy traveling, Irene

    January 20, 2014
  118. This is one awesome blog! loved it.. thanks..

    March 1, 2014
  119. Very interesting blog and life!….all the best with your travels….

    March 4, 2014
  120. Himali #

    very interesting… thanks for sharing your experiences. They are indeed boosting and inspiring and keeping my dreams of travelling alive!!

    March 14, 2014
  121. Great intro! Can’t wait to read where all you’ve been. I was working in Goa as of last year, and love to travel! There’s a couple of interesting places which you have not covered and you may like near Goa, and I’d love to discuss the same with you, given the opportunity.

    I’ll reach out through email.

    All the very best for your travels :)!!!
    Utsav

    April 9, 2014
  122. Why do you travel?

    April 15, 2014
  123. You are indeed a shooting star. I love that Rumi quote very much, too! <3

    April 26, 2014
  124. I’ve found you through Maldives Dreamer! Great Blog!

    May 9, 2014
  125. Hari Om, Shivya,

    I don’t seem to remember how I stumbled onto your blog but I must say it’s extremely refreshing.
    Your travelogues are truly outstanding.

    Regards,
    Krishna

    May 15, 2014
  126. Hey Shivya:
    Just wanted to let you know that your blog is amazing and I have quite enjoy reading it !!
    Take Care
    Sonal

    May 20, 2014
  127. rea #

    wonderful issues altogether, you simply received a logo new reader.
    What would you suggest in regareds to your put up that you simply made a few days in
    the past? Any sure?

    May 26, 2014
  128. Cool blog :D

    May 28, 2014
  129. Loved your spirit and gusto….so definitely following you wherever you go around the world of course through your blog

    June 27, 2014
  130. Aishwarya #

    It was fabulous 2 c this didi . I am also very fond of travelling.

    June 28, 2014
  131. Shivya,

    I enjoyed reading your blog. You have great enthusiasm. I too was like that and did the same thing you did as well as my friends. We quit our lucractive corporate job on 10+ years and traveled the world for the next 8 years. When we decided to go back to the corporate life, we realized why they call it a corporate ladder. When you step off the ladder and decide to travel, the ladder you climbed has fallen and you start over. However, the corporate world doesn’t hire older or experienced people for entry level positions. Entry level positions are reserved for the 20 something year olds. We decided to go back to school for 4 years in hope of increasing our chances. That also didn’t work. So we now our overeducated with technical degrees earning a living in poverty. Lesson learned: Never leave the corporate world. Just be happy with he 2 week annual vacation. It’s better than living in poverty.

    July 5, 2014
  132. Surbhi Goyal #

    Hi Shivya,

    You are an inspiration! Really liked your idea of being location independent. Hope to be that myself some day.

    Surbhi

    August 20, 2014
  133. Wow! So interesting…..

    August 21, 2014
  134. Palak Saxena #

    Amazing blog.
    I find myself in the same shoes as of yours.
    Your work made me say ” Because of you I won’t give up”.
    One day I will be like you… :) :)

    September 11, 2014
  135. RlMMl NANDl #

    What study did you do in singapore (subjects and degree) ?

    September 20, 2014
  136. Shivya, I am just speechless! You are an inspirational travel blogger. I am so happy to have found your blog today. I would love to stay in touch! Keep up the good work. I’ll send you an email.

    October 3, 2014

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