Beautiful travel stories are not found in the destination but in the journey. These women bloggers look at the challenge in the eye and give it a wink. They simply do things that they really want. Approval, Neah! They need none. Here’s to these strong women making more women strong not only in India but worldwide. Adotrip brings you the travel stories of these influential women who defied societal norms and made strong impressions in our minds. To experience the Best Travel Stories, don't just listen to what they say, go see!
Some women fear the fire, some women simply become it, Shivya Nath is this fierce girl who is bigger and brighter than just a girl who travels. She is a writer, photographer, storyteller, digital nomad, social entrepreneur, solo traveler, environmentalist; a shooting star- the one if we spot can make our wish come true. The girl, so young is an inspiration -a rage already for the women who have dreams but are restricted to a confined world because they dread to step out. Unrestricted to women, she also has garnered a huge number of male fan followers on her social media handles.
At the age of 23, she gave up on her corporate job in Singapore to chase her passion for travelling around the globe. She never looked back, thereafter gathering experiences by living a nomadic life. In 2013, she sold all her possessions including her home to embrace unpredictable life on the road. Very few have the courage to take a hefty risk. The boss woman didn’t stop here, she turned vegan in 2015 and had set another milestone to overhaul her complete lifestyle. You can find her odyssey in a book written by her- The Shooting Star which was published in 2015 and became the best seller in a month’s time. It’s still in the fourth print as it’s amongst the most sought after books for people who are embarking on the travel journey. In 2019 she launched The Shooting Star Collection -a sustainable travel clothing line that helps her in raising funds to grow forests in Uttarakhand.
She has done a solo land journey from Thailand to India via Myanmar and then again from the Persian Gulf via Iran to Armenia. She is a rolling stone who has endured the extremes, from dwelling with the community in Guatemala to making her way in a nunnery in Ladakh, she has experienced it all. She has volunteered at a coral reef restoration project in Cuba and is now raising funds to grow forests in India. All this action, she has packed in her backpack is enough a proof that this girl is extra and then a little more extraordinary. She has been featured by the Washington Post, awarded silver at TBC Asia Awards, quoted on Times of India, featured on the cover of National Geographic Traveller Magazine and BBC Travel, voted as the Best Travel Blogger by Vogue and the list is endless. I really cannot imagine someone being so flawless, the girl with conviction is a pride of our country. Salute to her!
In her book she has written, “I rummaged desperately but I couldn’t find her. And what did it matter? I might be the same flesh, but I wasn’t her.” Such a profound thought that touched to the core. She definitely knows, we all get one chance to live and we must make it worthwhile. Kudos to you!
Some girls need wings to fly and here is this one girl who only needs her Motorbike to reach the seventh heaven. Roshini Sharma, an Engineer by profession and a Biker by passion, she is the First Indian Woman Biker who had the nerve to ride solo from Kanyakumari to Leh, covering 11 states in just about 14 days. We are proud of having such women in India who have the mettle to break the stereotypes by re-establishing individuality over gender. Salute to her dauntless courage!
She is a small-town girl who grew up in Narora, Uttar Pradesh. It was from her father, she learned to ride a motorbike when she was merely 16. However, it was difficult to convince her parents for this trip, they were quite apprehensive. It was a task to convince them but like it is said: “where there is a will, there is a way.” With her persistence and allegiance with her dream, she managed to pave her way. 5000 km on a bike all by herself sounds utopic, however, this enduring journey required 8 months of brain train, besides practicing for fitness and discipline in food. Roshini knew it very clearly in her head that she has to be physically hard as nails.
On 28th June’14 riding pillion with her dream and determination, she embarked on an audacious sojourn. She started from Kanyakumari and reached Bangalore then to Hyderabad to Adilabad to Jhansi-Agra-Delhi-Manali-Sarchu to Leh. Then back from Srinagar to Jammu to Panipat-Delhi, finally driving down to her hometown in Narora by 7th July’14. She rode almost 1000 km in a day and relaxed only during the nights. Easy said than done, the tenacious UP girl faced some perilous terrains and formidable passes which were covered with thick snow in the Himalayas. The serpentine mountain tracks, vulnerable glaciers, bumpy roads that she covered were never easy and there was a time when she knew there was no way backward. It was only with her strong will power that she could trample the fears under her feet.
She feels India is absolutely safe and people are helpful. In fact, when she fell off some 6 to 7 times on the entire trip, people helped her all through. She felt overwhelmed with the positive response they gave her and were intimidated to know that she was doing this solo. She added, finding accommodation for the night was all swift and she didn’t face much trouble. She not only gathered courage but also accumulated these priceless moments of pride which she cannot barter with anything in life.
She says “riding is a craft and no amount of explanation can take the place of experience.” The thrill of speed is better known when you are a motorcyclist. So if girls want to have all the fun then they must ride on their motorbike to a distant land and discover not just the beauty in nature but the beauty within. She has a new dream now, to measure the length and breadth of the United States on her motorbike. Sparkplug, isn’t she?
Be a fearless woman. Don’t hesitate to chase after the things that set your soul on fire. That is what Archana Singh had in mind when she chose a digital nomadic life over her high-flying corporate life. She has worked with Starcom MediaVest Group as Connections Director on the entire Coca Cola portfolio in the Philippines. She comes from an Army background and has been a rolling stone all through her life. Traveling is something that didn't strike her in one moment, she being a hostel kid was always the one who used to plan trips for her friends back then. However, giving up on her job and getting full time into it was something she was oblivious about. Does this seem a complete paradox of how someone can swap a stable life with life on thin ice? There is so much to learn from this creative mind who has established a bandwagon for folks to follow.
It was in August 2014 during her trip to Ladakh when a story was waiting for her. It started with ticking Ladakh from her long time bucket list. With all her friends backing off she couldn’t resist her desire and made arrangements with some travel planner. Completely relying on him, she packed her bags and was off for her trip. She landed in Manali and there the trip organizer made impromptu changes. He shifted the landing from Ladakh to Chandratal. She was asked to join the group or to be on her own and in both the cases her fully paid trip stood jeopardized. It was pouring cats and dogs and she was in this mad rush because it was difficult spacing 15 days from work. Standing in a fix, wondering if she was lucky to get 15 days off or was it her hard luck for not making it to Ladakh? Stiff-necked, she decided to head towards Ladakh, having known nothing of the place. This being her life-defining moment, she not only discovered pristine landscapes but also souls who touched her profoundly. Locals were warm and humble and she had these splendid days to herself. After she came back her friend suggested documenting the whole incident with a concern to spread awareness. Pouring all her heart and soul in the blog, she published it. In no time it reached the masses, she reaped a positive response. From this point, the journey of documenting her solo travel stories began and her fan numbers kept soaring.
The turning point for full-time Travel Blogging was when she was posted to the Philippines. She was enjoying the perks of expat life with enough money in hand and long weekends to explore Asia. She was publishing and flourishing with every post. She started getting recognition for her travel blogs and this slowly became an addiction. In a week-long Travel Bloggers Conference in the Philippines, she picked a few professional travel blogging traits. Her leisure trips shaped into profound stories and after a few months, she resigned to redesign her life of dreams. With massive response and splurging numbers, she knew she was heading to where her heart lies.
There was no looking back for a brand strategist tuned travel journalist. She left her corporate life to nurture her dream venture Travel See Write. It’s her sapience that helps her in delving deep to bring out the untold human stories from the places that are less traveled. This also being her USP, she only takes less than 5% of the projects that come her way because the perfectionist doesn’t like budging on the quality of content she creates. Garnering accolades for her blogs, she works laboriously to help the underprivileged, spreading women empowerment and promoting sustainable tourism. Besides publishing her travel experiences on Travel See Write she is also an orator. She collaborates with International publications and online journals. She is an extrusive Travel Blogger in India and her travel journey is no less than a power-packed series on Netflix, who knows if it’s already in the making? :D
Parnashree Devi: My Travel Diary
A multi-faceted and proficient Parnashree is a writer, photographer, and passionate filmmaker. Her conviction is stronger than a rock and her outlandish passion to share travel stories lifted her to the position she holds today in Travel Blogging. Like it's said, “if we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet,” globe trotted to more than 22 states in India and 300 destinations all over the world, the vagabond truly is amongst the handful of lucky folks who have discovered so much already. Destiny gave her avenues and she chose to buy experiences over stockpiling material stuff. The visual content and picture stories that she creates has an imposing impact on all of us, fetching her overwhelming numbers.
She started her professional career as a Photo Editor worked as a boon. She got a lot of exposure to explore the places virtually. This, however, wasn't enough to feed her gills. The yearning in the quest, a thought kept insinuating her to rediscover life. Slowly and steadily her life started revolving around her dream. It started in 2009, with a trip to Mukteshwar where the realization happened. Her manifestations turned into reality in 2013 when she worked as an AD for a Travel show for Arunachal Pradesh Tourism. By then she became fully aware of her passion for making travel videos. In that period of life, her focus was on the object and rest everything was in aperture, she finally found wings to fly.
Today she is successfully running her own blog My Travel Diary to share her experiences. She is one of the Top Travel Bloggers in India bracketing various Press trips organized by the prestigious Indian Tourism Boards and also exquisite properties. She has also been endorsing leading Brands for Social Media Campaigns and collaborations. She has been awarded the “Best Blogger” by SATTE this year(2020). In the past few years, her work has been acknowledged with numerous awards and recognitions. She is a winner of Social Media #Superwomen2018. She has been awarded by The Culture Trip as Local Favorites 2015. Her interview has been featured in Femina India Magazine, Times of India, Social Samosa, Tour radar and many more.
Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow and the beauty of travelling lies in fathomless roads. Many Happy Journeys to you! Thanks for making us believe that we can sustain a decent lifestyle by following your foot-steps. She had her highs and lows but she has evolved in leaving her footprints not only at the places she travelled but also in the hearts of her fans.
We are lucky to live in a progressive country like India where women have attained the same position as men. They decide to live the way they want to by defying societal norms. Adotrip gives a big shout out to these strong women for making us believe that nothing is far. Thank you for inspiring us to be rebellious and liberated. Here’s raising a toast to all these women, Cheers!