Travelling to a lot of places is fun, thrilling and exciting, but we may also face difficulties at a number of points. For example, how do I find the hidden gem of this place? I am a traveler who likes to completely understand the destination, not just visit it as a tourist. To do that, the best way is to explore the city with the help of locals. They are the best tour guide that you can have. But it is not always fun.
Four days of captivity and how I escaped
I was majorly let down once when I trusted a bunch of locals (even when my instinct had warned me against it) and somehow escaped, from the remote mountains of Garhwal. The most frightening memory I have is when I went on a trip to Uttarakhand. It was near a place called Mori, which is close to the Rupin pass.
Only after four days did I manage to escape. It started when I accepted the worst that could happen to me and gathered the courage to stand up against them. The wind rushing through my hair after the escape was the best experience ever. The feeling of being free. I was so scared that I couldn’t muster the courage to travel for a month after that. Then, I wrote about this experience to get it out of my system.
Just as there are two sides of a coin, with a bundle of every new experience, there comes one bad experience. Moving on, and learning from them is the reason that they happen. This incident never stopped me from traveling and exploring more places. Instead, this inspired me to find more, know more and hence, travel more.
But sometimes they are the ones to make a memorable journey…
In July 2016, I went to Kashmir and wasn’t aware that everything was to a halt, and there was a curfew. After changing 7-8 transport vehicles (or maybe even more), I somehow reached Sonamarg. Locals there said that I was very courageous to have dared to visit Kashmir in such turbulent times. But, as usual, the experience was an unforgettable one. Kashmir, indeed, is a paradise on our Earth! The locals are the ones who helped me everywhere, and I had one of the most memorable trips of my life.
Adventurer, Wanderer, and Backpacker
These are the words that describe me the best. I am a solo traveler and professional travel blogger with an avid interest in photography, culture, trekking, and food. I also work as a freelance travel and lifestyle writer and as a travel consultant for companies. Basically, I travel both for my passion and my profession!
All I need to stay at a place is…
Freshly grown food, lots of natural light surrounded by greenery and a wooden home! I guess that’s all I need to live. (Oh and WiFi- we all need to make a living!)
One place that I absolutely loved
While I can’t really pinpoint one particular place that I have loved the most, there have been many varied places that I would love to go back to. The remote Miyar Valley is one such place and I really liked spending time in Auroville as well.
How do I earn money?
As I mentioned earlier, I work as a freelance travel and lifestyle writer and as a travel consultant for companies. Apart from the same, I have also written travel guides for various publications and as a travel writer keep regularly getting published in magazines. I also take photography assignments and work with experiential travel companies and boutique properties as well, among other things.
Money Saving Tip for travel lovers
Keep an eye for random airfare sales and be prepared to book months in advance. Always saves money. I like to travel during off season and always reach a place and then figure out my stays, that saves money too.
Keep this in mind if you want to be a travel blogger
A travel blogger’s lifestyle might appear to be a lot of fun, but beneath the surface is hours of hard work, even more so than a regular job. A relevant advice I would like to share with all is – Make sure you have a fallback option in terms of finances. Remember the fact that ‘there are no shortcuts to success.’ If you try for long enough, you will eventually find a way to make things work.
Travel blogging looks like a very glamorous field. But, most people don’t know that it requires a lot of work and dedication. Day in and day out, I work on my blog, social media, and other assignments for over 12 hours a day which is more than the time invested in a corporate job. Potential Bloggers must understand that there goes a lot of effort behind those beautiful pictures and stories they see.