My travels

I’ve been travelling and collecting stories from around the world for over eight years – as a student, full-time employee, freelancer and nomadic travel blogger. I love the road, the charm of fleeting relationships, the anonymity of being somewhere that no one knows me. Life is short and there’s so much to experience.

You can explore my adventures by clicking on the destination pins on my travel map below. The map is best viewed on full screen.

You can also read about my latest travel experiences in the regions below. Leave me a comment if you want to share your journeys with me, or if you enjoyed mine as much I did.


See more posts from Asia


See more posts from Africa


See more posts from Australia


See more posts from Europe


See more posts from India


See more posts from Latin America


See more posts from North America

To invite me on a travel blogging campaign, please see my work with me page.

To learn more about my life of travel and how I fund it, please have a look at my travel secrets (FAQs).


  1. One word- Well-done! (ok two words!)

    Great blog and great experiences! Keep the good work coming 🙂
    Love your concept on travelling, very similar to mine- travel for the experience of the place not just to see a place!:-) Congrats on a very interesting blog and good luck with the future!

  2. arun gupta says

    Great going Shivya, I saw most of your blogs. Every click looks like saying something to you, perfect timing and view in photos showing real beauty of nature. Just one word to all… awesome!
    Keep going we love your work 🙂

  3. Shivya, What a life to live! New to the blog, apart from the random mentions here and there. Will have to take time and read and add more places to my list of 101 places I have to see before I die, on my blog. Cheers to many more stories and adventures.

    • Welcome to The Shooting Star, Nikhil 🙂 Hope to have you travel with me virtually, and maybe bump into you on the road sometime. Off to check out your blog!

  4. Nikhil Menon says

    I live in Lisbon. Considering that you have travelled into Spain, I expect you to have graced Lisbon as well. Otherwise, you should be visiting, very soon.

  5. That’s wonderful.Something that people never miss in Spain (which also came in a bollywood movie), La Tomatina happens in August every year. Must see!!! You can chalk up next fall for that and also to Lagos (Southern Portugal) which has some of the most amazing beaches I’ve seen in my life.

  6. Georgina says

    Looking at all your pictures, wish i could travel like you ! Europe is extremely beautiful! Please continue your posts on the vegetarian food in all the countries that you visit, so in the future i would know where to look for them.

    Thanks !

  7. tushar says

    Great blog Shivya !! Truly inspiring. Can I suggest that you copyright your images and upload them on Getty Images… I suppose you might be already doing so, but if not… incase your images get picked up you get paid for it … good way to get bucks for your future travel. Bon Voyage !

    • Too much effort for what I might earn in return! Especially now since Getty Images allow anyone to use pictures with credit.

  8. Dear Shivya, you are living the life which I have always dreamt of !! Just loved all your blogs. Cant tell you how much i love to travel new places, meeting local people and having local cuisine!!!! I am happy to see you doing all this….Good Luck for your future travel plans.

  9. Heeral says

    Hey Shivya..
    Couldn’t stop myself from reading your travel journeys..Me and my husband both love exploring new places.Just fell in love with the way u’ve been living your life and travelling places.All the best for all your travel diaries and may u prosper by each passing day…Good Luck ..

  10. chandana says

    I really admire your courage and strength to follow ur dream.I wish I could do that for at least 1 month in year .Carry on with ur gr8 life and travels:)

  11. satnam singh says

    I am indian 25 years old. If i ll get Malayssia tourist visa and thailand, singapore and Philippine tourist visa also. So can i go tthese contries or not pls tell me. Its before i had been travelling Malaysia and Singapore together.

  12. hiimanshud says

    Hello Shivya, lovely content. I’m 15 and I too have a travel blog : heyidotravel. Do check it out.

  13. Revan Puranik says

    Hey, got to know about this blogs today from a friend of mine. You had great experiences and they are really awesome . All the best keeep exploring!

  14. I really love the world map for travelling 🙂
    i’m a traveler as well i will create something different with map and calendar hehe so i will see where i will go every month
    thank you for sharing this is a great tips

  15. Vidya says

    Hello shivya iam new to your blog and read your travel blogs really inspired by your travelling experiences, even I have a passion for travelling , iam single mother and right now iam not working, I need someone to sponsor my travelling can you guide me how to approach sponsors, and I would love to travel with you if I get a chance, please guide me.


  16. Just in my initial 20s, yet to complete my graduation, but having an urge to roam around the world solo. My parents are conservative and being the only child, they fear to let me get away from their sight. The adventures and the roads attracts me like nothing else, dicey about my career and prospects I’m going mad with the burning fire inside to pack my bag and disappear in the roads & your book has worked as oxygen for my fire. Loved every inch of your journey.
    Will wait for a response and your guidance.


  17. Krishnan subramanian says

    Just read that you are in India
    Would it be possible to travel to Navi Mumbai and address a group of student and Rotarians thanks Subramanian

  18. After reading your articles i came to know that you have visited almost every place that anyone wanted too. So can you please suggest me, that which country should i visit for my honeymoon.

  19. Hello, it was amazing to get to know about shooting star. Inspired by your blog and instagram posts, I wanted to start my own blog. Can you suggest me a platform from where I can start a blog by myself?

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