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Shivya Nath
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Solo travel tips: Research is terribly important before the first time you travel alone:

The better you know your destination, the more confident you'll feel.

Plan ahead so that you arrive at your destination well before sundown, and book a place to stay at least for the first night, so you’re not left wandering around unfamiliar streets with your luggage.

Based on your budget, browse through Booking.com and the B&B and Specialty Lodging tabs on TripAdvisor for your destination, and only consider reviews written by regular contributors.

Sacrifice a few extra pennies for transport and accommodation that clearly sound more comfortable and safe.

More tips to plan your first trip here:

#Solotravel #womentravel #femaletravel #travel #world #traveller #traveltips #travelphotography #photography 
Planning your first solo trip can be a daunting task, exciting as it is. From the best places to travel solo, to where to stay when you are travelling alone, what to pack, and how to prepare, here …
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Solo travel: Ethiopia (East Africa)

If I’m completely honest, I was pretty darn scared the night I landed in Addis. In the course of my journey from the airport to my friend’s place, I heard atleast five different stories of how people (or their friends) had their iPhones flicked while walking or taking a cab at night in the city. Possessive of my own iPhone, I didn’t take it with me the first few times I ventured out!

Read about my latest solo travel adventure in Ethiopia on The Shooting Star!

#solotravel #ethiopia #eastafrica #travelblogger #traveltips #travelguide #traveling #world #photography #mountains 
A local shared with me the irony of Ethiopia being the place where the world began, and yet somehow, fell off the world map into obscurity.
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Perfect hideouts in India:

Staying at the French Haveli, a restored 150-year-old Jain haveli with a central courtyard, ancient rainwater harvesting system and charming corners to sit and write, I felt a little like India’s erstwhile royalty

#Gujarat #ahmedabad #india #indiatravel #incredibleindia #luxury #travel #traveltips #travelphotography #photography +Gujarat Tourism
On a chilly December night, I lay on the roof of a watch tower in the darkness of India’s stark salt desert – the Little Rann of Kutch.
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Solo travel: If you never step out that door, you’ll never know how far you can walk.

#Solotravel #travel #traveltips #womenstraveltips #slowtravel #traveling #indiatravel #incredibleindia #india #uttarakhand 

Come with me, for if you never step out that door, you’ll never know how far you can walk.
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Live like a Local: Learning Spanish in Guatemala:

What it was like to live with a Mayan family in a little lakeside village in Guatemala, and learn Spanish - as the only English speaker in the entire village!

#guatemala #centralamerica #travel #seetheworld #worldtravel #ecotravel #traveldeeper #slowtravel #responsibletravel #travellikealocal #sustainabletravel #solotravel #traveltips #travelblog 
It was almost midnight when I knocked on the door of a humble yellow house, hours after the tiny village of San Jose had tucked in. Below, lake Peten Itza glowed softly in the moonlight.
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A warm welcome to everyone who joined my Solo Travel collection recently!

I often look back upon my life, wondering at what point I went from being a regular, 20-something Indian girl trying to figure life out, to someone who (sometimes) gets paid to travel the world!

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India travel tips from a local:

In all my travels, I went hiking with a female guide only the second time in Sarmoli village. The women’s self-help group encouraged her to undergo professional guide training in Mussoorie, and even though she manages her household like every woman in the village, she said she loves hiking more!

We hitched a ride with some army guys, walked through old forests, made tea on a quiet hill, talked like long lost friends. It made me wonder, why haven’t I hiked with female guides more?

#india #indiatravel #travel #visitindia #incredibleindia #traveltips #travelphotography #travelblogging #traveling #world #responsibletravel #ecotravel #traveldeeper #sustainabletravel 
Over the course of my travels in India, I’ve found myself in some strange predicaments. Once, I was in the home of a middle class family in the mountains, ready to pounce on delicious local f…
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Meet the locals: Ethiopia:

A local shared with me the irony of Ethiopia being the place where the world began, and yet somehow, fell off the world map into obscurity. I’m glad it found its way onto my map.

Read my latest blog post on The Shooting Star!

#ethiopia #africa #eastafrica #africatravel #travel #traveltheworld #traveltips #travelguide #photography #mountains #solotravel #traveller

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Vegan food: Sri Lanka:

People in Sri Lanka were the most shocked when I said I didn’t eat animal products, yet ironically, Sri Lankan food is super easy and super delicious as a vegan; the only thing to look out for is dried Maldivian fish that some locals like to add to their vegetable curries and sambhol.

#srilanka #food #vegantravel #vegan #photography #traveltips #travelguide #travellikealocal #asia 
I had no idea that an ordinary ‘chicken bus’ ride in Nicaragua was (sort of) going to transform my life. But that’s how it is with the road; it changes you when you least expect i…
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For a long time, I travelled solo for myself – to understand the ways of the world and my own limitations.

I started blogging to share my (mis)adventures with others who longed for solitude and depth in their travels, but weren’t sure if traveling alone was worth experimenting with.

Then while traveling solo in Uttarakhand last month, I had an epiphany...

#Solotravel #travel #traveltips #womenstraveltips #womenempowerment #genderinequality #slowtravel #traveling #indiatravel #incredibleindia #india #uttarakhand 
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Stories from the wild:

I woke up to a distant roar, and felt a chill run down my spine. Sitting up, I slowly moved the curtain behind me, half expecting two fierce eyes staring back. Much to my relief, the only glow in the pitch black night was from the million stars twinkling above.

Pench National Park, Madhya Pradesh

#India #incredibleIndia #madhyapradesh #travel #traveltips #Indiatravel #travelguide #indiaguide #wildlife #travelphotography #offbeattravel #travelling #photography 
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Madulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge, Sri Lanka:

A gentle tap on the tent startles me. I reluctantly get up from my cosy bed and lift the flap, to be greeted by a mesmerizing sight. Dark, ominous clouds swiftly cross the sky and settle upon the Knuckles mountain range in the distance. The moon becomes visible every now and then, painting haunting patterns in the sky. A handful of lights glow in the valley below. Fireflies shimmer above the tea plantations. The tap on the tent was just the wind, inviting me for a glimpse of this magical night.

#Srilanka #kandy #travel #seetheworld #worldtravel #amazingplacestosee #ecotravel #traveldeeper #slowtravel #responsibletravel #travellikealocal #sustainabletravel #solotravel #traveltips #travelphotography #travelblog #ecolodge 
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a scenic view. there are similar tea plantations in cameron islands in malaysia and bandung in indonesia. they are green and beautiful places. thanks
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Quit my job, sold my stuff, traveling the world. Travel Blogger at The Shooting Star. Indian. Nomadic. Vegan. Featured: BBC Travel, NDTV.
Introduction
In 2011, at age 23, I quit my corporate job to travel the world. I've hitch-hiked along Romania's northern countryside, lived with the chocolate farmers of Costa Rica, journeyed along Canada's great wilderness by train and swum with black tip sharks on Malaysia's east coast.


My travel blog - The Shooting Star - was awarded India's best travel blog at The Indian Blogger Awards 2013 held by Indiblogger. I've been featured on BBC Travel and interviewed on NDTV as an intrepid traveller.
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Solo female traveller. Featured on BBC Travel. Interviewed on NDTV. Awarded India's best travel blogger at the Indian Blogger Awards 2013. Named among 50 Indian Women to Follow on Twitter. 9th Indian to visit the remote Rodrigues Island in 2012..
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Quit my corporate job at age 23 to travel. Travel blogger at The Shooting Star. Forbes Travel Correspondent. Freelance Travel Writer.
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Singapore