About me

Welcome to The Shooting Star!

Hello. My name is Shivya Nath. I’ve been called a storyteller, writer, photographer, digital nomad, instagrammer, social entrepreneur, solo traveller, vegan and environmentalist. But in my heart, I’m just a girl who travels.

In 2011, at age 23, I quit my 9-to-5 corporate job with a dream of travelling the world.

In 2013, I gave up my home, sold most of my belongings and began living nomadically.

In 2015, I turned vegan and decided to cut out all animal products from my diet and lifestyle, realizing that it’s better for the animals, the planet and my own body.

In 2018, I published a book – called The Shooting Star – about my personal journey and how my travels have shaped my life choices. I was overwhelmed when it became a national bestseller in just over a month of release! It’s currently in its fourth reprint.

In 2019, I launched The Shooting Star Collection – sustainable travel-inspired clothing that raises funds to grow forests in Uttarakhand.

I believe in slow and sustainable travel, embracing local ways of life, spending time with indigenous communities, exploring places off the beaten path and minimizing my environmental impact.

Shivya Nath, indian travel bloggers
 By the Mediterranean Sea in Ibiza!

My journey

I grew up in a protective Indian family in Dehradun, a valley at the base of the Himalayas, and spent my childhood wondering what lay beyond the mountains I could see from my rooftop. 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 hiring. I landed a job with the Singapore Tourism Board, where my experiments with social media began, and I first began following the journey of travel bloggers around 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 a dream of travelling the world on my own terms.

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

In 2017, I was featured on the cover of National Geographic Traveller India magazine!

In 2018, I was awarded silver for best writing in a travel blog at TBC Asia Awards.

In 2019, my work was featured on The Washington Post, among travellers changing the way we think of the world.

In 2020, I won gold for best communicator at the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards India.

How I like to travel

I’m not a backpacker. While I carry a convertible backpack for convenience, I like to stay in experiential accommodations (Airbnbs, homestays), seek local experiences and don’t believe in counting every penny I spend. I like to go slow, get under the skin of a place, spend time with locals and experiment with the local cuisine; here’s how I survive and thrive as a vegan traveller. I mostly travel solo or with my partner; 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 try to contribute to the local economy, prefer public transport, avoid plastic bottled water and other single-use plastic, say no to unethical animal attractions, consume no animal products, prefer to eat what grows in the region, ask for permission before photographing people and try to form my own opinions of the places I visit and the people I meet.

Shivya Nath, Shivya Canada
 Sipping glacial water in Canada.

What I’m up to now

The on-going pandemic has brought the global tourism industry to a halt. In 2020, I was to speak at The Economic Times Women’s Forum in India and at an environmental conference in Uzbekistan. I had dreamt of going back to Iran and travelling overland to Azerbaijan. All my travel plans stand cancelled.

In fact, with borders indefinitely closed, I’m compelled to re-evaluate my life as a digital nomad. I’m currently looking for a base within India, my home country, for the foreseeable future.

I’m working towards new passion projects, getting back to freelance writing to reach a wider audience on topics close to my heart like sustainability and vegan travel, and looking to collaborate with local organisations to build environmentally-conscious community tourism initiatives.

At the beginning of 2019, I took a pledge to cut down on flying as much as possible – and now I’m hooked to slow land journeys! In January 2019, I embarked on an epic solo land journey from Thailand to India via Myanmar, and through February and March, my partner and I travelled overland from the Persian Gulf, through southern Iran, to Armenia. In August, I crossed the border from Uzbekistan to Tajikistan, and we ended 2019 overlanding in Southern Africa!

You can join my adventures on InstagramTwitter and Facebook.

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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 Writing by the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Panama.

Connect with me

instagram    facebook     twitter    YT

If you are a tourism board or travel company interested in collaborating with me, please see my Work With Me page or email me at shivyanath@gmail.com.

If you’re a fellow traveller or blogger and have questions that I haven’t yet answered on my blog, you can email me at theshootingstarblog@gmail.com. I respond faster to comments on the blog / Instagram though.

Thanks for reading! I’m glad we’re connected.


  1. Nice blog! The posts here portray you to be an intellegent person. Quite intellegent!
    Keep writing!

  2. cavaliere84 says

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

  3. @ cavallere84 and dinesh1201 – Thanks 🙂

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

  4. undercover says

    Shivya, i am indonesian. ok… never mind & i am glad comes here… 😛

  5. 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!

    team at SMB|SG

  6. @ Frisking Skies : Thanks 🙂

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

    @ harsh : Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  7. Permana Jayanta says

    Hello, can we link exchange ? put my blog link in your blogroll please, i have put your link in my blogroll …

  8. 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.

  9. Salil Dhawan says


    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


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



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

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

    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:

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

  11. shah nawaz says

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

  12. Samagra Rana says

    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

  13. @ sulachanosho: Thanks, I’m trying hard to immerse myself in all the wonders 😀

    @ 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 😀 Miss you!

  14. 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!!!!!

  15. rave says

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

  16. @ Dinesh: Thanks, same to you 🙂

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

    @ Liju Philip: Likewise 😀

    @ Rave: Thanks rave. Welcome to my blog 🙂

    @ Vikas: Thanks and welcome here!

  17. ankita chauhan says

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

  18. @ Ankita: Thanks 😀 And welcome to the shooting star!

    @ Aadil: Thanks Aadil, much appreciated 😀

  19. spotlesssoul says

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

  20. @ spotlesssoul: Welcome to the Shooting Star! Hope you’ll have a good time reading 🙂

  21. @ Ykhan: Thanks & welcome to The Shooting Star. Hope to see you here and on linkedin 🙂

  22. Sidd says

    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 !


  23. 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

  24. my first time here..going through a lovely meaningful poem. I feel this blog deserves a better template for the good content it has 🙂

  25. della says

    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 😛

  26. 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!

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

  28. 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

  29. 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

    • thank you Island Traveler 🙂 Hope you continue to travel with The Shooting Star!

  30. Surfing the waves of the web I am pleasantly stranded in your interesting blog.

    I write under the pseudonym of Josè Pascal (a descendant of the great Colonel Aureliano Buendía).

    I invite you to visit my “italianglish” writing blog http://parolesemplici.wordpress.com/mytinbox/.

    I define this blog “In parole Semplici” as a “virtuacultural tin” box where they are guarded thoughts, memories, images, sounds, and simple stories”.

    I dream an intercultural blog. Already involves more than 100 authors/friends.

    If you want to participate and to have more informations send me a letter to inparolesempli@gmail.com

    Good life and I hope to soon

  31. 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.

  32. 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…

    • 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!

  33. 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 ><

  34. 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 …

  35. 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.

    • 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 🙂

  36. 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

  37. Saurabh says

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

  38. vinoth says

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

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

  39. 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.

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

  40. Murari Agrawal says

    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 …..

    • 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 🙂

      • 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

  41. Deepti Garg says

    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.. 🙂

  42. rohan raj says

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

  43. 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!

    • 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.

  44. 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/

    • 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!

  45. 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

    • Shivya says

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

    • Shivya says

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

  46. Gifton Samuel says

    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.

    • Shivya says

      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.

  47. 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/

    • Thanks Mike for dropping by! I’ll sure have a look at your site and try my luck in the contests 🙂

  48. 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


    • 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!

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  50. ashwin says

    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 says

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

  51. explicitgene says

    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 🙂

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

  52. 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.

    Namrota 🙂

  53. 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!

    • 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.

      • 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 🙂

  54. ankitas01 says

    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

    • 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!

  55. Mindy says

    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!

  56. Greetings! Very helpful advice within this post! It’s the little changes that make the greatest changes. Thanks for sharing!

  57. 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! 🙂

  58. 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!!


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  61. 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!!

  62. Iqbal says

    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.
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  63. 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.. 😀
    And I must say I am inspired going through you about me Page and the Slide.. 😀
    Happy Traveling.. 😀

  64. Meghna says

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

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

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  67. 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 🙂

  68. Kamal says

    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 !!


  69. mndudu says

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

  70. 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!

  71. MaldivesDreamer says

    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

  72. Himali says

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

  73. goanflavour says

    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 :)!!!

  74. 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.


  75. Hey Shivya:
    Just wanted to let you know that your blog is amazing and I have quite enjoy reading it !!
    Take Care

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  79. 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.

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  81. Surbhi Goyal says

    Hi Shivya,

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


  82. You are a true inspiration to all the travel-bug bitten girls out here. I am so glad I stumbled upon your blog. Keep travelling and keep blogging!

  83. Palak Saxena says

    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… 🙂 🙂

  84. 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.

  85. Hi Shivya,
    Its an amazing and inspiring story of yours. I’ll be honest to say that I envy people like you who actually live life on their terms. The rest of the people only wish they could.

    Amazing and all the best to you in your adventures and endeavors. See the world, and let the readers of your blog see it through your writing. Cheers

    Apurva Oka

  86. Hi Shivya Nath,
    None can define The beauty of nature itself a writer,poet,traveler and a child.Famous Poet William Wordsworth has define as small child “Lucy” in his poetry “Lucy Gray” and famous Hindi poet Jayshankar Prashad has define in the character of “Manu” and “Shraddha” in his famous book “Kamayani”.Thank you for sharing such post….You have proved the role of writer to defining the beauty of Nature.

  87. Hi Shivya,

    The pic “In the last village of India before Tibet.” is very beautiful. I cant take my eyes off it. Can you kindly share more pics of that village.


  88. Dude, I just read your blog, and I cannot tell you how much you inspire me!
    I am in school – stuck with a possible college/ career that I do not want to do. Reading about you quiting your corporate job to do what you wanted just might have given me the inspiration to do that myself one day!

  89. Samjoth Sashidharan says

    Wow, beautiful intro..!!! 🙂
    And hats off for the courage to quit your job and pursue your passion..!!!
    Would go through your blog right way..!! Till then, stay in touch ..!!

  90. shiv paswan says

    Hi Shivya,
    I have been to your blog, its really inspiring. I am a corporate guy but i think life is taking me on another track, i wish to travel all the world , discover places and search my soul.
    I am planning my first trekking to Manali in feb. with my friends, Later on i am really planing to travel solo and discover my self.Your blog on traveling will be really helpful to me.

  91. rahul sanghi says

    So inspiring i am gonna read all of your blog now of how to travel. Excited.

  92. shanx says

    That’s interesting and I love how you have plainly written about yourself without any ado or what do they call it “mirchi masala”. There’s a charm in these words, simple, and probably the passion you have for your travelling that’s teeming? I am not sure.. but it’s candid 🙂 Reading your journey on BBC and rest!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing and best Wishes Shivya 🙂

  93. Je découvre votre blog, et j’aime 😀
    Les photos, les mots, réflexions, passion… plein d’harmonie ! Une occasion de voyager et découvrir un peu avec vous. Merci du partage.

  94. Hi Shivya! I have been loving your blog for ages (since before I came to India for the first time) and I love your spirit for life and travel stories. I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award – check it out here to find out more, accept the award and pass it on to other bloggers that you love http://www.global-gallivanting.com/the-liebster-award/

  95. deepak says

    Awesome blog with interesting posts 🙂
    Congratulations on being a accomplished blog….
    keep up with your blog 🙂

  96. You just inspired me to write a blog and travel the world! Wish I was with you travelling! Keep the good work, Lady! 🙂

  97. Lovleen Sharma says

    Wonderful blog 🙂 Its an inspiration for me 🙂

  98. Truly Inspired!!

    really.. wish to take a break from everything and start exploring.. 🙂

  99. Learnt about you and been following you for last three weeks, Shivya. And this happened when I started looking out for people who quit their jobs and traveled. I am planning to do the same and making my plans for it. In the month of June, I started blogging regularly and going to continue doing that now.
    Well, just wanted to thank you for being one of those many who virtually made my belief stronger that “Yes, I can do it”.
    Keep flourishing, exploring, and sharing.
    You are invited to come and have a look at my Blog. (www.thosethreedots.wordpress.com)

  100. aditya says

    hi i wanted to know how you got the visa for all the countries as most of the western countries require people on indian passport to have a job

  101. jemsidodum says


    There is so much gravity in your writing. I loved your blog and your stories made me feel an ache. I wish I was like in 20s, I wish I could quit my job and could travel. #Sigh# Nonetheless, keep writing and happy travelling.


    • It’s never too late Jemsi! Work, earn, travel, repeat – that was my mantra before I took the plunge.

      PS: Welcome to The Shooting Star and so glad to hear you liked my writing.

  102. Great Going Shivya. I am also nurturing a childhood dream of travelling the globe. You are doing a fabulous job and kudos to you for your commitment and courage to leave behind a mundane but secure job and pursue your passion. Your blog inspires me to travel more and make something out of it.

  103. Like many of the people who commented above, I too wish to travel. Having just read a few of your posts, I wish I had the courage to leave my job and pursue that which I love. You are an inspiration and your writing is eye-opening.

  104. Hi, Shivya, I just stumbled on your blog through thrillophilia and I have become quite addicted to it. I was thinking of writing my own blog but procrastination creeps in everyday. Hope I could start one day.

  105. bobitt says

    amazing travel blog, we are expecting more blogs from Kerala,
    try to put a more visible search box in blog

    best wishes

  106. Astha says

    Hi Shivya, I read a lot of your work. Truly inspiring.
    And I can’t resist asking you which Camera do you have, after admiring the beautiful pictures in all your posts.

  107. Hi Shivya!
    I’m very happy that I have found your awesome and inspiring blog.
    It’s great to read travel stories from an Indian woman.
    Good luck with your future plans!

  108. Becky says

    Hello Shivya, I stumbled across your blog. Quite inspiring I would say. Though I haven’t travelled much, but still it is never too late right? 🙂 Hope to continue to hear more about your travels.

  109. Nishant says

    Spent my morning going through your blog. Inspired and jealous in equal measure 🙂

  110. I stumbled upon your blog when I was googling for “Top 10 Travel blogs” and am glad I found you site.I am passionate about travelling and has done quite a bit of travel within India. I have gone through some of your posts and found it interesting and motivating at the same time. So far I have only traveled within India. I have added your site you my favorites and will be coming back again soon but until that time I quickly wanted to thank you for share some useful post.

  111. krishna kiran annamaneni says

    btw, who is your travel photographer?

  112. Hi Shivya, It’s wonderful to meet you here! Love the blog and while I have only managed to read a few posts, I can tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed every word. It’s super amazing that you manage to travel far and wide! And why not! I completely identify with your passion for traveling and it is credible that you have found your funds by freelancing – exactly what I did when I was broke. For the coming 4 years, I will be in Scotland (pursuing my PhD and exploring the Highlands), so if you set foot somewhere there, do get in touch. It will be wonderful to meet you in person.
    Cheers and have a wonderful time. Can’t wait to read the next account.

  113. Wonderful to discover your blog Shivya! I spent the better half of my morning poring over your articles and photographs! Kudos to you for chasing your dream. I look forward to following along on your adventures 🙂

  114. Great aspirations, and wonderful way to lead a life full of travels! My wife and I subscribe to the live-minimal-travel-maximal idea and have travelled around quite a bit. A big hurdle for us (unfortunately) is our Indian Passport. Most countries require Visas for Indian passports, and it is nearly impossible to apply for a Visa in a country you’re not a resident of. So “hopping” from one country to another is always difficult for us, and we’d have to line up Visas for all countries before we even start the trip (which isn’t realistic). How do you manage that? (assuming you hold an Indian Passport too). And if you’re going to say something on the lines of “just plan better”, I’d say kudos to you! 🙂

  115. Gideon says

    I am planing to travel to Germany but I don’t know were to visit first when I reach garmany.secondly I need a guideline on how to spend money and manage cost

  116. Hi Shivya, your story inspires me. I left a career behind to improve on my health, and I chose to travel. My friends commended me on taking a bold move, and I too patted myself on the back for that decision. But my travels are rather “tame” compared to yours, and I am a bit more emboldened to try some “riskiness” in my future travels. I admire your courage and your intelligence, and I would like to wish you continuous great travels and living a life which is admirably off the beaten track.

  117. Good for you for following your dreams and discovering what lay beyond the mountains! I am inspired. What a beautiful blog. Thanks!

  118. Abdul Zunair Muneer says

    I am a person who wish to be a nomad atleast for couple of years like other nomads. While I was going through some of the travel blogs which talks about the funding I stumbled on this Indian girl adventure blog. Hats off to you . I admire you for succeeding your passion for travelling. Keep travelling and posting. Each and every things you put in this blog is really inspiring. I wish I could do it in the future. YOur story really inspired me. I feel like leaving the job right away and get on the road. As I am not into the blogging stuff and wiriting much, I think I need to begin from the scratch by learning some skills like web developing or I will have to improve the writing skills where I can survive financially on the road.

  119. kunal says

    had gone through various blogger pages in last 24 hours but the simplicity in your way of expressing feelings or i can say your presentation forced me to come back to your page in the end again. I found a travel lover in your blogs.

    Best wishes.

  120. Hi Shivya, I appreciate the way you present your travel experiences to the world. I am also a passionate traveller like you. All the best!

  121. Haripriya says

    I would only say that while I am wandering with the same restlessness of a routine job, exploring my writing skills (poems and quotes), evaluating the option to calling the routine job a quit, your blog and journey has been truly an inspirational read! Keep shining!!!

  122. You’re living the life, I’ve always dreamed about.
    Hope! We will meet somewhere throughout our trips. #HumhainRaahi #Phirmilengechaltechalte.

  123. Ancilla says

    Hi, fascinating., I have been following you on twitter as well. If i may ask, which passport do you hold? and how do you make your travel plans, visa etc on the spur. That must take some planning ? For an Indian passport holder what would be your suggestions how to make that process easy and still have spontaneous trips?- Thank you

  124. Thanks for telling us about Yourself. Indeed much to learn from your Blog. I am truly inspired by you and your Travelling adventures.

  125. Arun Chandrasekharan says

    Heartiest greetings to you .. take good care of yourself enjoy your trip and come back safe! 🙂

  126. It need guts to leave your home and dedicate your life to live your dreams. i personally think sometime to leave this all moh maaya and dedicate my one and only life to my dreams and passion. but the next second it reminds me about my responsibility about family and all. it need a level up dedication and motivation to make decision like you’ve made some years ago. Great.. loved it.

  127. sakhi shetty says

    Hi Shivya!! I’m Sakhi. I just finished high school and I’ve, somewhat roughly, been planning a road trip around all the major countries and cities of the world. Although I have a very vague idea of how i should go about it and lack the resources right now, i do make up for all that with a lot of passion and drive to get this accomplished. After looking at your website i see that you have traveled to quite a few places that i am meaning to go to. I would love it if you’d be kind enough to answer a few of my questions about your trips and a few insights into what you learned and what i must keep in mind as i travel overseas. Drop in an email anytime !!

  128. Amrita Ghosh says

    What about your family? were they consciously happy or active with your choices or not?

  129. May 9, 2018
    Hi Shivya!! I’m Sakhi. I just finished high school and I’ve, somewhat roughly, been planning a road trip around all the major countries and cities of the world. Although I have a very vague idea of how i should go about it and lack the resources right now, i do make up for all that with a lot of passion and drive to get this accomplished. After looking at your website i see that you have traveled to quite a few places that i am meaning to go to. I would love it if you’d be kind enough to answer a few of my questions about your trips and a few insights into what you learned and what i must keep in mind as i travel overseas. Drop in an email anytime !!

  130. I also have a dream to travel like you and thats way I am saving money for fulfulling my dream. You inspired me a lot.

  131. Thanks for telling us about Yourself. Indeed much to learn from your Blog. I am truly inspired by you and your Travelling adventures….

  132. Have been reading your posts since quite a while. They have been inspiring and very informative. Kinda gave me a roller coaster ride through your life and travel journeys. I’m hoping to meet you someday! May be in India or in US. Very meaningful posts!

  133. My travel days are long over, at 76yo local walks are as far as incontinence will allow, But Goa beaches in 1977 were interesting. Not a single concrete structure to be found anywhere at all, though a Chai shop was starting off well. Arrived on what we called ‘little’ Vagator, my – built-in-5-minutes – hut was the one of the first on the beach. By the time I moved on a month later, the whole beach seemed to be similarly covered. If I returned now I would not recognise: it assuming it hadn’t been ‘privatised’. But, crude as it may seem, this is the way the world’s wealth is spreading around. If your blogs create jobs that support families, then your vice is in the regret that beautiful places are disappearing for the privileged tourist: though your attention to ecology – plastic waste – is vital to the very survival of the planet. But glad to see living proof of the financing of continuous travel.

  134. I felt the best thing about you is that you are living life according to your heart, not everyone gets such an opportunity.

  135. Hey Shivya, I hope you are enjoying your travel life. Your story is really inspiring for me. Now I am eagerly waiting to jump my travel life but the money and my 10hrs job not giving permission to give full-time effort. Your story is giving me more motivation to fulfill my dream. I hope I will soon step forward to my dream world of traveling. Thanks a lot. I hope to see you someday !!

  136. Navjit Singh Aulakh says

    Hey Shivaya, I came across your blog randomly reading a news on net. Very interesting & admirable story of your life. Would like to follow you from here onwards as I also keeps wandering myself. Best wishes and best of luck.

  137. Hey Shivaya I came across to your blog from a news website. Indeed much to learn from your Blog. Very interesting & admirable story of your life.

  138. Hi Shivya !How are you feeling in your self- quarantine in Dehradun in these Corona times?I have been following right since I started my travelwriting some 4 months ago.I have been pretty influenced with the amount of efforts you have put in to reach the point where you are now today.In contrast to most of the new bloggers, what I believe is that you cant become a blogger just by wanting to be one.It has to come naturally to you and cant be created out as a sheer fashion symbol.You had it in you and you left your comfort zone in its pursuit.Similarly I had a natural desire to explore places for learning their original history, cultural heritage and way of life.And that’s why my blogs are filled with such informations.I have been travelling for around 40 yrs now but alongwith all social bindings in place.I have gone through blog on SPITI and liked it.I also visited Spiti in 2014.If you can find some time,pl visit the same on my site-Travel and Share .Although it may seem to be quite ordinary stuff in contrast to your stature.But pl. do for your invaluable support.Happy reading!

  139. Hey Shivaya, I came across your blog randomly reading a news on net. Very interesting & admirable story of your life. Would like to follow you from here onwards as I also keeps wandering myself. Best wishes and best of luck.

  140. Hey shivya ,Your story is very inspiring Really everyone should listen to their heart

  141. Your story is amazing and very inspiring.
    I am very happy to see the way you have transformed your life.
    Keep writing.Keep inspiring.

  142. Jolly vincent says

    Hi! To me you are a great find. Can’t say i don’t envy the things you do. The glimpses of the world and people your words present are vivid. More than anything I’m impressed by your free will to travel and to write. Little chance that our tracks may cross, still hope to meet you at some juncture.

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