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I’d love to hear about freelance travel writing opportunities, blogging trips, travel recommendations, and any feedback on my blog and writing. Or just a hello! Please note that I have limited connectivity while I travel, so my responses may be delayed.


Most of your questions – how you can fund your travels, how to start a travel blog, how to plan a solo trip and such – have been answered on this blog. You can find easy links on my About Me page. If you don’t find your answers, tweet me @shivya for the fastest reply.


I’m available for freelance work related to travel writing, social media consulting and brand campaigns, details of which you can find on my Hire Me page. Please note that this is what I do for a living. I don’t work for free.


I offer sponsored posts to help promote brands I like, use and believe in. Please email me for my charges and further details.


I’m open to discussing invitations from tourism boards, travel companies and experiential accommodations. I prefer travelling by myself, planning my own itinerary, using public transport, seeking local experiences and really getting under the skin of a place. For typical group FAM trips, I charge a blogging fee, following the international blogging model. Please email me to receive my media kit.


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50 Comments Post a comment
  1. You have really nice pics on flickr…great job girl! I am following you now :)

    September 29, 2011
  2. Thanks Siddharth :)

    October 11, 2011
  3. konika #

    Hey Shivya really proud and happy to see a girl travelling alone. I had planned to go on a world hitch-hiking tour after college but my travel mates all are now married and keep postponing. I am really against it so I decided I would travel alone and frankly when I’m travelling alone the experience is way more fun. I was glad to see there are more such independent thinkers and travelers out there. Keep it up. :) Wish I was a little less lazy sometimes. :)

    December 1, 2011
    • Welcome to The Shooting Star, Konika :) Glad to hear that you went travelling by yourself. I think it’s one of the most liberating experiences. Look forward to connecting more with you!

      December 12, 2011
  4. Shivya, I have linked your wishing on a shooting star blog from mine. Since I’ve been watching the Geminid this evening, I wrote a very short blog on it, and in looking around the web saw your post. Hopefully you will get at least a few more hits. I’ve enjoyed reading your blog tonight.

    December 12, 2011
    • Thanks :) And welcome here, hopefully you’ll find other posts to interest you too.

      February 7, 2012
  5. hey Shivya, very nice blog, I would like to know if you have articles, pictures and books about Todas people. Thanks you

    December 12, 2011
    • Unfortunately not yet. Sometime soon, let’s hope.

      February 7, 2012
  6. suresh #

    hi shivya, i am planing to travel to dharmasala in himachalpradesh in the month of may i need some travel advise . You have really nice pics on flickr…great job girl! I am following you now.

    February 7, 2012
  7. rabi #

    I was really impressed by your work, travelling and entrepreneurial spirit. Not many people impress me by the way :P
    So whenever Im making a plan to rejuvenate myself I’ll “shoot the star” ;)
    Keep up the amazing work!!

    April 12, 2012
  8. Tempted #

    Look really ideal for a wknd getaway.. where can i book the travelling details if interested..

    May 16, 2012
  9. jitendra kumar #

    great work Shivya I come to your blog and website quite often .Glad i found u.I am an old man of 71 and i wish i could do when i was young what you are doing . tremendous courage . bravo

    July 3, 2012
    • Thanks Jitendra for your kind words =) Hope you can see the world through my lens!

      July 3, 2012
  10. As soon as I figure out what else is left to be done in life…I’ll be following you with my backpack and two daughters !! :-)
    Happy Blogging !

    August 25, 2012
  11. Great site!. I just started my travel blog and looking for inspirations and found yours. You can see mine at Happy Travels!

    December 1, 2012
    • Thanks Rakesh, I’ll check it out :)

      December 1, 2012
  12. Vidya #

    Hi Shivya,

    Just wanted to drop a note to say what a wonderful blog you have. Your writing is positive and refreshing to read. I came across your blog accidentally when I “googled” McLeod Ganj. I was just there last week, and as I read your blog, your company name (India Untraveled) rang a bell. I recognized that name from an article on DNA online magazine called “Samaritan with a Suitcase”. I was also interviewed by Joanna for the same article :) As a girl who’s done a bit of travelling alone I completely relate to your articles on solo travelling (esp dealing with Indian parents..hah!)

    We need more women like you in this world. Great work, and keep it up!


    December 2, 2012
    • And like you, Vidya! Are you still volunteering at ROSE Kanda? Read about that in the article too. I’ve been meaning to visit them to explore a partnership with India Untravelled, but it hasn’t happened yet. Hope to catch up with you sometime. Let me know when you’re in Delhi!

      December 3, 2012
      • Vidya #

        Wish I stumbled across your blog when I was still in India – what just there last Friday. It would have been lovely to meet you, no doubt! I’m back in Hong Kong now – where I’ll be living for two years.

        I’m positive Jeevan (founder of ROSE Kanda) would be happy to partner with you. They desperately need more home-stay volunteers. He’s doing such a wonderful job in trying to help his community.

        I’m hoping to make another trip to India next spring. So maybe we can meet then if you’re also in India. In the meantime, if your travels take you further east to Hong Kong you have a friend / host here :)

        Happy travelling!

        December 4, 2012
        • Done! Hope to catch up with you in the spring then. And if I do make it to Kanda before that, I’ll drop you a note :)

          December 4, 2012
  13. your tripadvisor hotel reviews link is broken on this page

    April 9, 2013
  14. Mayur Kale #

    Hii shivya, i am planing to travel to Lahaul & Spiti in the month of Aug (Frm Mumbai). I need some travel advise as per your itinerary. I added u on linkedin. Please Accept. i have gone through ur india untravelled website.
    Mayur Kale

    April 22, 2013
  15. aditya #

    hi shivya,
    read your 10 points guide and i found it very interesting. i am planning a euro trip with my wife for about 15 days and this would be our first foreign trip. our budget is around 2.5 lakhs incl airfare.we both are not really in a mood to book a holiday package from any travel agent but would want to be on our own as we do while on holidays in india.i am really confused about the same. i am having a few queries and i would be grateful to you if you could help me out.
    1. i have heard about renting a car so that one can drive around country. is it a good idea? what about the driving licence thing?
    2. which all places can you suggest to me for visiting?
    3. is jun -july the correct season to be in europe?
    waiting for your support!!

    April 29, 2013
    • Hey Aditya,

      I believe you need an international driving license to rent a car in Europe. I preferred to use public transport – since it’s cheaper, more eco-friendly, really efficient (connects even most of the small towns and villages), and it’s a great way to get to know the locals.

      It really depends on your interests – if you are foodies (even vegetarian), go to Italy without a doubt. If you’re after natural beauty, Spain, France, Netherlands, Austria are great options. If after beer, has to be Germany. I would recommend taking it slow and not trying to squeeze too many countries. Maybe pick 2 – and spend a week in each.

      June-July can get pretty hot in most parts of Europe. When I visited in May, I chose to visit the Alpine countryside of the countries I went to. That way, I ensured I was in cool weather and also got away from the summer crowds. These are some of the places I visited –

      May 1, 2013
  16. Gayathri Dharmavaram #

    Hi Shivya,

    I think it is really wonderful to see fellow women travel, let alone do it alone. I have done a fair bit of travelling by myself and the more I have travelled, the more smitten I have gotten. I am amateur travel photographer and I am that close to leaving everything behind and going pro!

    This may not be the right place, but I was wondering if you would like to partner on a project?

    Thanks for the wonderful blog.


    May 21, 2013
  17. HI Shivya!

    Your work (this blog and various travel publications) is fantastic. And what is more fanstastic is that you could turn your dream into reality.

    I totally agree with your guest post on Blogadd where you write about people asking you to dream and then swallowing them later on.

    I am following you blog now. I blog too at . I would really appreciate if you have a loo

    Lastly, I do not know whether you would remember this but I am Stuti Dhyani (your junior from St. Joseph’s Academy- 2005 bacth, Bergin House). I hope it rings a bell

    Take care and all the best. We are proud of you!



    July 26, 2013
  18. Congratulations Shivya! Your blog won an award at IBAwards 2013

    August 15, 2013
  19. came through to your blog from IB awards, nice to go through a blog of raw and refined ‘passion’. People like you reinforce my belief in such lifestyles…..thanks for the blog and awesome stuff..

    September 5, 2013
  20. Aditya Nair #

    Hi Shivya,
    I work contact IT jobs in America and have to move almost every year to a new place. Which is absolutely awesome as then I get to explore that place in detail. I just started reading your blog and love what you are doing. I myself just finished a 12 hour hike up Half dome at Yosemite National Park and am planning a 5 day Grand Canyon white water rafting trip next year (you need to make reservation a year in advance). If you ever decide to come to America to travel, look me up and maybe I can help you out in some way. Cheers.

    September 19, 2013
  21. Hi Shivya

    I work with Media Relations at Jaico Publishing House, Mumbai.
    Would love to send you our latest release titled Aisle be Damned, a hilarious take on just about everything related to air travel.

    Please drop a mail on my id if you are interested. Looking forward to hearing from you.

    Warm Regards,

    September 20, 2013
  22. Polly D #

    Great ,
    Way to go,
    AM just now leaving my Job in the Indian Army , for one and only reason ,, I want to travel.
    And travel to all corners of the world. Find it very exciting to see that some other Indian shares this kind of passion and is ready to go for it..
    Col Polly D

    September 20, 2013
  23. wow! after 5 years of serving in corporate world, finally decided to pursue what i freak and utmost adventurous wid a keen bent towards sports..looking for good frnds and have fun on the road :D

    October 1, 2013
  24. David Arokiaraj. #

    Dear Ms. Shivya,
    thanks for the reference about my taxi service in your article about your Auroville visit. My services are not confined only around Auroville/Pondy area. I enjoy doing tours all over South India also.Best regards..David.

    November 19, 2013
  25. Good Article. Your writing skill is excellent.

    December 16, 2013
  26. Utpal Kalita #

    great job.

    December 17, 2013
  27. Varun #

    Pretty intriguing !! Your thought process doesn’t resemble your age & perhaps that’s what made you a “shooting Star”. I begin reading your blog at 10:00 PM & you will make me miss my meeting, hell its 5:30 AM and I am not done yet!!! Guess, I need not to bother about my prolonged plans on relinquish corporate slavery anymore, bosses will do the honor by a sling of pink slip at me & it ‘ll be easier that way. Thanks to you (pun intended)!! Hope to cross paths sometime soon and till than keep up the amazing & amusing stuff !!! Cheers!!

    February 18, 2014
  28. Varun #

    Lo ji its 7:30 AM….I am not done yet !!! You will surely get me fired ;-)

    February 18, 2014
  29. Hii…Shivya… happy meet you again…

    March 24, 2014
  30. Hai!!

    Shivya its good to see you and your travel experiences ! By seeing this all even i feel to quit my corporate job which made my life hectic. with busy schedule and work.

    April 8, 2014
  31. Loved reading about you and your experiences. If you ever plan to come to Boston send me a message, will be happy to host you.

    April 10, 2014
  32. Debasree Das #

    Hi Shivya, glad to see a girl travelling all alone by herself and realizing her dream! I too do travel alone but for business and to weird places ofcoz(Like Africa & CIS). ofcoz , one cant deny the fact that the fun of discovering things all the way along.
    Wishing you all the best for your future travels and continue inspiring ppl like us…..travelling the less travelled path….kudos girl!!

    May 16, 2014
  33. dishita Shroff #

    I am so proud of you! Being a girl you have broken the barriers and done what u loved. i had always wanted to do it too but everybody is not as lucky as you are i guess…
    I hope to travel with you someday or catch up with you to hear your travel stories…
    All the best gal! u make us all womens proud..

    May 20, 2014
  34. Outstanding blog.

    May 28, 2014
  35. Ever questioned your own ambition and desire to travel to places? Is the idea sold to you or you bought it by choice. No doubt, its a very challenging and is an exhibition and assertion of many aspects of ones personality. This very process of nature exploration is leading cause of firing similar ambitions in many similar people. Do we all end up spending up a bulk of carbon and warming up the way to our fantasized destination. We spend least time their, contribute almost nothing and corrupt the very existing nature by drawing attention of so many irresponsible people ready to spend to reach there. Sorry for trying to extricate the attention from passion, but whichever way we are heading we may not call for followers but herd members.

    June 23, 2014
  36. trina #

    Hey Shivya
    U really have to help me plan my solo trip, which I really want to do, with convincing itenery for my hubbie, guess what it never gets over with parents, then the “husband” comes into the PIC!! Pretty damb conformist, for use of a better word. Loved ur posts. Let me know how we can connect, bye getting drunk in an empty pub because I guess all else is out for trips in this long weekend. Stay in the city u like BLR!!

    August 15, 2014
  37. Girish #

    Almost, instant follower of yours… “keep moving, dont remain at one place ” is the final message of god to human beings.. and I envy you, that you can follow it and I am still finding it difficult.. Anyways.. keep up your good clicking and keep moving… I will so pray that our roads cross someday !!

    Enjoy !!

    September 6, 2014
  38. Aditi Roy #

    Hey Shivya.. Couldn’t think of any other place on the blog that this may deem.. I have recently included some of your posts on my blog.. Of course i love reading all of them as you are one of the travel bloggers I read and followed before starting on my own. For now, I have included some that really helped me at the early stages. Take a look :

    September 9, 2014
  39. I read you article on top Homestays in India with great interest. Thank you for an extensive coverage and minute detailing. We too run a cottage homestay in Mashobra, Shimla called Pines Fell. We have a website in and a Facebook page.
    We would love to host you if you would be traveling to Shimla in the near future.
    With advance Christmas and New Year greetings.

    November 30, 2014

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