India is a conservative country, where women’s safety is often a massive concern. Many women aren’t allowed to or are afraid to leave their own homes, and the very idea of solo women travellers is ludicrous in Indian society.
However, we do have proof that we live in a slowly progressing country. More and more people are choosing to travel full time than rather sit at a desk day in and day out. The best part is, many of these people are strong, independent women who will not let the patriarchy hold them down.
29 Solo Female Travel Bloggers For Instant Inspiration
Right from backpacking across India to hitch-hiking in another country altogether, here are 30 solo women travel bloggers from India who will inspire you to give up your fears and live every day like it were your last.
1. Shivya Nath
Shivya Nath is a small-town girl who always dreamt of travelling. She grew up in a protective family who were hesitant to let her travel. After high school, she studied to Singapore for her graduation and then hit it big by getting a job at the Singapore Tourism Board. The work taught her so much about travel, but she was tired of the corporate environment.
She then quit this job at age 23 and began travelling full-time all over the world two years later. Today, she has lived with a Mayan community in Guatemala, swam with sharks off the East Coast of Malaysia, and has even been featured by travel giants, BBC and National Geographic Traveller India. Follow her stories on her blog, the Shooting Star for a dose of entertainment and inspiration.
2. Lakshmi Sharath
Lakshmi is a notable writer, content specialist, photographer, and media professional, who’s made quite a name for herself in the media circle. She worked hard for over 15 years when she realized she wanted to travel and discover the world. She did just that and has covered over 25 countries and a number of India’s most well-kept secrets in the last few years.
She began her blog “Travel with Lakshmi” in 2005, which has gone on to win many accolades including India’s best travel blog of the year from Indibloggies. You can check out her many travel stories, blogging tips, and photographs right here.
3. Anuradha Goyal
Anuradha is another example of how you can break away from the monotony of a corporate life to live the way you’d like to. She worked in IT for over 12 years but then decided to give it all up and travel the world.
It’s been 10 years since she gave up her job and she’s covered 15 countries all over the globe. Her blog has gotten plenty of attention from media and she doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Follow her wonderful stories on “Inditales”
4. Rutavi Mehta
After 7 long years of working in the hospitality industry, Rutavi Mehta decided to take a break and went backpacking around Europe. That’s when she was bitten by the travel bug and it has changed her life. She started her own travel blog “Photo Katha”, where she puts up her best photographs and stories of her travels.
She loves adventure and recently trekked up to Everest Base Camp and gone on a ‘Rickshaw Run’, where she raced an auto rickshaw from Jaisalmer to Shillong. She also believes in making a change, which is why she volunteers to teach children for about 2 months in a year in Ladakh.
5. Mridula Dwivedi
Mridula is one of the more experienced travellers on this list with over 18 years of travel under her belt. She started her own blog “Travel Tales From India and Abroad” way back in 2005 and never stopped travelling. She did a PhD from IIT, Kanpur and worked as a professor, until May 2016 when she quit to travel full time.
In her many years, she has covered 26 countries and hopes to one day visit them all. Some of her favourite travel memories, photographs and her love for metro travel can be seen on her blog. The website has garnered quite a lot of attention, even being featured by BBC and the Guardian.
6. Parnashree Devi
Parnashree describes herself as a curious girl who first fell in love with travel as a child watching the television. She worked as a photo editor for years with the thirst to travel growing in her every day. It was 2009 when she took her own trip to Mukteshwar in Uttarakhand that everything changed.
Today she’s traveled across 14 states and over 10 countries and has even participated the show “Nano Drive With MTV”, where she covered five states in 21 days across 5000 km in a Tata Nano. You can check out her exciting stories on “My Travel Diary”
7. Arti S
Based out of Mumbai, Arti loves travelling with her role model— her dad. She considers herself to be a spiritual person and believes in inspiring fellow travellers like herself.
Her descriptive stories have won several awards and have been featured in a number of massive publications. This has helped her visit the countries of her dreams, including Japan and Australia. Check out her travel stories on her blog called “My Yatra Diary”.
8. Archana Singh
Archana is as interesting as they come! She was a Brand Strategist, who decided to break away and become a travel journalist. She fell in love with travel in 2014, when she took a trip to Ladakh, where she travelled alone after the trip she signed up for was cancelled.
Today loves travelling to offbeat destinations and become an award-winning public speaker and writer. Check out her wonderful stories and photographs on “Travel See Write”.
9. Deepika Gumaste
Deepika was a communications professional who gave up her job in 2015 to travel full time. Today, she works as a consultant to fund her numerous trips around the country and globe. She has travelled to five countries and numerous destinations in India in the last five years.
She dreams of one day quitting her career full time, so she can become a vagabond. Check out her stories on her website: “Feet on The Map”.
10. Ruby Singh
Ruby Singh is a full-time engineer, based out of Lucknow who’s been sharing her stories with the world from the moment she began travelling. It’s been around 2 years since she began her blog “Life And It’s Experiments”, where she shares all of her favourite stories. Her favourite stories include her trek to the Valley of Flowers and her visit to the Rann of Kutch.
11. Ami Bhat
Ami Bhat prides herself on being a ‘restless ball of energy’ and can never really be in one place for too long. She works in Marketing full time but tries to squeeze in as much travel as she can every year.
She doesn’t believe in counting down places she’s been to because the experience of travelling in itself is empowering. She’s been to over 19 countries and shares her travel stories to the world on her website: Thrilling Travel.
12. Ankita Sinha
Ankita Sinha is easily one of the most vivacious travellers on this list with her love of adventure sports, travel, and fashion. Like many Indians, she started off as an IT engineer, but she decided to break away from the flock and do her own thing.
Today, she has covered over 18 countries and has been awarded the GCC Best Travel Writer Award in 2014. Her fun blog articles and vlogs have been featured in the Hindu, Huffington Post, Canada Tourism, Fox Traveller, Outlook Traveller, Elle, and Hindustan Times, among many more. Check out her stories on Anki On The Move.
13. Renuka Singh
Renuka has always been an avid reader and writer by nature. She was always an aspiring writer and got her big break when an article of hers was featured in Filmfare magazine. Then she looked for a job in a publication house to be a full-time writer. When nothing came through she started her blog, Voyager For Life, where she put down the stories of her travels, inspirations, photography, and much more.
She then decided to solo travel and managed to cover 18 states in India and 4 countries in 5 years all by herself.
14. Ankita Kumar
Ankita Kumar grew up in a small town Rourkela in Odisha and as a teenager was afraid to even leave her house. Everything changed when she moved to Bangalore for her graduation. She got the exposure she wanted and now there’s no turning back.
Ankita broke out of her cocoon and has travelled solo across Europe, South East Asia, and even South America. Her colourful blog and crazy ‘monkey’ personality helped her create her own travel blog, Monkey Inc.
15. Neelima Vallangi
Neelima prefers to take the path less trodden by taking a detour on all the most visited tourist sites in India and choosing treks in some of the country’s most remote parts. Her love affair with travel began in 2008 when she visited Ladakh. Today, she’s quit her job as a Software Engineer to travel full time. She’s cycled in the Western Ghats, hiked in Kashmir and visited a number of beautiful places in the country. She hopes she’ll discover more of our beautiful country before she’s 30. You can follow her incredible stories on her website “The Wandering Soul’s Wander Tales”.
16. Divyakshi Gupta
Divyakshi had a love for nature and travel ever since she was a kid who used to visit her grandparents during her summer holidays. That love grew as she grew up and used to take road trips with her family. In 2006, she began documenting her travels, even though she felt they were quite amateur, her friends supported her. Check out travels to over seven countries and 18 states in India on her blog “the Quirky Wanderer”.
17. Priyanka Dalal
A digital marketer by profession and a traveller by passion, Priyanka Dalal is one of the most popular travel bloggers in India. Her longing for travel began in 2009 when she took a 15-day solo trip to Mumbai, Bangalore, Goa, and Coimbatore. She’s also gone abroad to visit Europe and Australia. Priyanka loves adventure and prefers having to trek and camp wherever she goes. Check out her ‘Map Route Travel Blog’ for her stories.
18. Swati Saxena
Born and brought up in Uttar Pradesh, Swati discovered she has a love for History and Architecture when she started travelling alone. She decided to give travelling a shot when she found that her 12-hour-shift job in Accounting exhausted her. Today, she’s travelling in the rural parts on India, trying to find some India’s unknown treasures. You can check out her love affair with travel on her blog, “Lost in Maps”.
19. Charukesi Ramadurai
Charukesi is a Mumbai-based freelance writer by profession and a brilliant one at that! Her articles have appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, BBC Travel, the Economist, CNN Travel, the Hindu, National Geographic Traveller, Forbes and so many other big names in journalism.
She began travelling when she was 26 years old and has travelled to over 46 countries so far (she aims to make it 50 at age 50). She has also co-authored a book on freelance journalism called “Everything you wanted to know about Freelance Journalism (But didn’t know whom to ask)”. You can check out her blog “Itchy Feet” and watch her Ted Talk for some inspiration.
20. Amrita Das
Based out of Kolkata, Amrita Das is a freelance travel writer who quit her job in 2014 to travel. She worked as a photo editor at Femina and as a property manager in Goa, but nothing seemed to make her happy quite like travelling.
Today she’s travelled across India, a few countries in Europe and Southeast Asia. She loves food, good movies, and humor and her blog the Travelling Ides of March show you just that. Her blog has gained so much attention over the last few years, that almost all of her current trips are sponsored.
21. Ruchika Vyas
Ruchika is one woman who hasn’t quit her job to travel, simply because she loves it so much. She’s been an enthusiastic writer, editor, and photographer for the last 9 years and has been travelling for 6 of them. She absolutely loves solo travel and says its the most liberating experience anyone could have. Follow her interesting blog “Traveller Stories” where she writes about solo travelling, restaurants, cafes, hotels and more.
22. Trishita Bhattacharya
A woman of the modern age, Trisha Bhattacharya has been inspiring people through her colorful Instagram posts. Based out of Mumbai, this 21-year old is doing her post graduation in Media and Advertising, while travelling on the side.
She sometimes travels with her friends and family, but she does plenty of solo trips too. She also happens to be the brand ambassador for GoPro in India. Her Instagram page “Overrated Outcast” has some incredible pictures of her travels in Indonesia, Jaipur, Goa, Mumbai and much more.
23. Parm Johal
Blending her passion for art, culture, and writing with travel, Parm Johal aims to make women from all around world hunger for travel as much as she does. She’s travelled to 24 countries already and fondly remembers backpacking solo across Spain and Portugal, volunteering in Africa, and wine tasting in Europe.
Based out of Vancouver now, Parm is the founder of her very own travel and lifestyle magazine and blog, “Desi Globetrotter”. Parm has also worked aboard the Norwegian Cruise Lines, which let her explore so much more of the world. Today, she travels with husband and baby as well.
24. Swati Jain
Swati’s tryst with travel was quite an unexpected one when she decided to quit her job after working 8 years in PR in 2013. Today, she’s covered over 135 cities in 20 states and 4 countries. She shared her story on her blog “Buoyant Feet” and got plenty of attention from publications like Rediff, Yourstory, Tripoto, Buzzfeed, Better India, and more. She also happens to be an advanced yoga practitioner.
25. Deepti Asthana
Deepti grew up in a small town in Uttar Pradesh and like any other typical Indian student learned Engineering. It’s only when she moved to the city did she get some exposure. The monotony of her corporate life got to her, so she quit her job and went on to travel and photograph the amazing things she saw.
You can follow her incredible stories on her website DA Travelography. Her work is so inspiring it has been published by Al Jazeera, the Hindu, Outlook, BBC News, and Huffington Post.
26. Sharanya Iyer
Sharanaya’s passion for travel began early thanks to her dad who worked as an Airline Marketeer. She used to travel wither family every year, then she moved to Mumbai where she joined the corporate life.
It was in 2015, after a family trip to Iceland that she decided to travel for herself. She’s been travelling since then and has covered quite a few interesting countries including Egypt and Indonesia. Check out her amazing stories on her blog, “Truly Nomadly“.
27. Supriya Sehgal
Supriya began travelling solo about 9 years when she took a trip to Hampi and she hasn’t stopped since then. She enjoys her own company and like that she needn’t have to worry about another person’s plans.
She gave up her job 5 years ago and now freelances in design and developing travel articles, where she writes and edits for many publications. Check out her website, supriyasehgal.com.
28. Anita Bora
Anita is an active and creative soul, who loves writing, photography, good wine and of course, travel. She’s always had a wandering soul and has lived in quite a few places in her lifetime. She also loves scuba diving, cycling, and backpacking and has even taken part in a triathlon. Check out her travel stories on her blog called “Just A Little Something“.
29. Elita Almeida
Elita has always loved writing and she’s been doing ever since she was a child. She did her first solo trip to Trasi in Karnataka and hasn’t looked back since then. She swears that travelling solo has taught her how to adapt and think on her feet.
Elita has been blogging for eight years now and her blog the “Nomadic Thunker” deals with mental health, body image positivity and well being.
So there you go, these wonderful ladies have put everything aside to follow their dreams and so should you. Take that solo trip and share your story with us. Also, if we have forgotten any other incredible ladies, let us know in the comments below. Also, happy Women’s Day!