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2011 in Travel: The Year That Was.

Flipping through my travel archives of 2011, I am overcome with a strange sense of nostalgia. The world suddenly feels as small as that plastic globe you can buy off a children’s store.

I’m strolling on the beaches of Southeast Asia one day, and hiking on the countryside of Europe the next. One minute, I’m warming myself with a gelato in Italy, the next I’m sampling momos in the Himalayan desert of India. I’m going solo, over land and on water, unearthing travel secrets that conceal themselves from a large part of the world.

Between travelling halfway across the globe and moving life back home to India, 2011 has been a fantastic year in travel, one that inspired me to transition into travel blogging and take my penchant for offbeat travel experiences to another level.

Here is a visual recap, of the journey that was 2011:

Ushering in the New Year in a quite corner of Indonesia.

Tempat Senang, Indonesia

Chancing upon the most magical island in Southeast Asia.

Nikoi Island, Indonesia

Starting a love-affair with Europe in small-town France.

Chamonix, France

Finding a second home on the Italian countryside.

Gargnano, Italy

Stumbling upon Germany’s best-kept secret.

Saxony, Germany, Bastei bridge

Going solo into the Himalayas.

Spiti, Himalayas, India

Bidding adieu to sunny Singapore.


Interacting with the Silk men & women of India.

Pranpur, Madhya Pradesh

Setting foot in an almost forbidden land.

Mcleodganj, dharamsala

Joining Club Mahindra in the wilderness of Corbett.


Finding my roots on the countryside of Punjab.

Punjab countryside

Here’s to a 2012 filled with more travels, adventures, and lots of fond memories for everyone!


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Hello! I'm Shivya. 7+ years ago, I quit my full-time corporate job and started travelling the world. I gave up my home, sold most of my possessions and embraced the life of a digital nomad. I'm passionate about sustainable tourism, offbeat destinations, solo travel and veganism. If you enjoyed reading this blog post, leave me a comment and let me know. You can also buy a copy of my bestselling book, The Shooting Star. Thanks for joining my adventures virtually! Connect with me on Instagram/Twitter @shivya.


    • I know, in retrospect, 2011 has been such a beautiful year. Lots of plans for 2012, let’s see how many materialize!

  1. Khushbu Desai says

    That’s a lot of places covered in a year’s time! Hats off to your zeal and courage to encounter unfamiliar experiences in lands unknown, untraveled and unheard of.

    I’ve been blessed this year, for I’ve met so many passionate people through twitter, you being one of them. I feel lucky to have interacted with you- a travel enthusiast. It just gives me so much more courage to do things on my own, for my own self.

    It would be a blessing and one of the most awaited experiences to travel with you. 🙂

    • Thanks Khushbu, I’m honored to hear all that 🙂 I’d love to meet you sometime too and travel the India Untravelled!

    • I know Debra 🙂 Inspired by blogs like yours. Lots planned for 2012, will be putting up a bucket list soon!

  2. manchitra says

    Good work Shivya, Wish you more and more travel in the coming years. I shall wait to read your adventures.
    All the v. best

    • Thanks Chitra for being my most loyal virtual travel companion in 2011. Look forward to your virtual company in 2012 too!

  3. Nice post and the photos are just awesome. I came across your comment where yous said “India untravelled”… I would say visit India…it’s incredible.

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