Welcome to The Shooting Star!
My name is Shivya Nath. I’ve been called a storyteller, writer, 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 belonging and began living nomadically.
In 2015, I turned vegan and decided to cut out all animal products from my diet and lifestyle.
In 2018, I published a book – also 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!
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 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 hiring. I landed a job with the Singapore Tourism Board, where my experiments with social media began, and I first got interested in 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 the 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!
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 (think 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, say no to unethical animal attractions, consume no animal products, prefer to eat what grows in the region, seek out eco-friendly markets and try to form my own opinions of the places I visit and the people I meet.
What I’m up to now
At the beginning of 2019, I took a pledge to cut down flying as much as possible – and now I’m hooked to slow land journeys! In January this year, I embarked on an epic solo land journey from Thailand to India via Myanmar, and through February and March, my partner and I are travelling overland from the Persian Gulf to Armenia via Iran.
Do you dream of travelling the world too? Read these posts:
- How I’m Financially Sustaining My Digital Nomad Lifestyle
- Four Years of Travelling Without a Home
- How I Fit All My Possessions in Two Bags As I Travel The World
- What’s it Like to Travel Solo When You’re in a Relationship
- How I Conquer My Solo Travel Fears
- Practical Tips to Save Money for Travel
- How to Deal With Travel-wary Parents
- Solo travel: To Go or Not to Go?
- How to Start a Travel Blog
- How to Earn Money While Travelling
- More questions answered here: FAQs
Connect with me
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com; I respond faster to tweets and comments on Facebook and Instagram though.
Thanks for reading! I’m glad we’re connected.