Why do you travel?
To get a break from the monotony of your job? To explore virgin territories? Well, some do just to prove a point they shouldn’t have had to prove.
In a country like India, where safety for women has always been a big issue, some women are travelling alone to break the stereotype that women can’t take solo journeys and are out to prove that becoming a fulltime traveller can actually be sustainable.
Here are 5 Indian women bloggers who quit their high-paying jobs to explore the world:
1. Ankita Sinha
Ankita Sinha decided to quit her IT job to travel and then started her own blog in November 2011. She has travelled across India as well as 18 countries, documenting her journey all the while. Her blog features her experiences, such as skydiving, zip lining and skiing, from all the countries she has visited so far which has led her to win the Indian Blogger Award in 2013.
2. Shivya Nath
Hailing from Dehradun, Shivya Nath quit her corporate job to travel the world at the age of 23. In 2011, she took a 2-month sabbatical and went flashpacking across Western Europe. This trip inspired her to quit her job and begin travelling all over the world. Then, in 2013, she gave up her apartment, sold most of her stuff (storing the rest in the boot of a friend’s car) and adopted a nomadic life, documenting her experiences.
Her travel has led to her speaking in TEDx and she also featured in shows for BBC Travel, NDTV, National Geographic Traveller India etc.
3. Amrita Das
Amrita Das, who spent her childhood in Shillong, quit her corporate job in 2014 to become a full-time traveller. She has a knack for documenting lesser-known places throughout India and elsewhere as well as document her travel stories in her blog. She has been contributing to some of the top publications in India.
4. Mridula Dwivedi
Mridula Dwivedi, a PhD from IIT Kanpur, quit her teaching job in 2015 to become a fulltime traveller. She started her travel blog way back in 2005 where she writes hotel reviews and writes about her adventures. She started a project on her blog called ‘The Metro Project’ through which she explores public transport in cities all over the world.
She also got featured on BBC, The Guardian, and National Geographic/Skoda Yeti Video and has visited 27 countries till now.
5. Swati Jain
Calling herself a ‘yogic nomad’, Swati Jain travels solo with a mission to prove that women in India can travel solo and should be able to as well without fear. She quit her corporate of 8 years in 2013 to become a fulltime traveller and documents the not-so-known stories of little towns all across the Indian sub-continent in her blog.
(Written by Lianzampuii Laura)