Shivya Nath

I’m is a 20-something Indian girl, seeking roads less travelled around the globe, that few have traversed before and fewer have written about.

I quit my corporate job in the summer of 2011 and decided to travel for a living. My wanderlust has taken me to 16 countries across 3 continents. My travel stories have appeared in The Times of India, The Hindu & The Huffington Post, among others. I was recently featured as an intrepid woman traveller in the New Woman Magazine and interviewed on All India Radio.

In January 2012, I co-founded India Untravelled, with an aim to introduce travel enthusiasts to responsible travel experiences in rural India. I’m currently discovering the shores of my own country, India, with occasional trips to other parts of the world.

You can work pretty much where you want to – on the road, do you find it hard to work or do you just have fun and work when you come back home?

I love working both on the road & back home. Back home, because the internet's almost always faster (yeah, little joys) and on the road, because working out of a cosy cafe in a different country or town where no one knows me has become an essential part and memory of my travel experiences.

Do you feel many people are envious of your lifestyle?

They say so, and I guess I believe them. I'd be envious of my lifestyle if I was doing almost anything else ;)

In which countries have people recognised you, even when you thought nobody would?

Phew, it's happened in my own country, India, and to be honest, it was more embarrassing than exciting. I disguise myself better now!

Which three items would you never travel without?

My MacBook - addiction to blogging, my iPhone - addiction to Twitter, my pepper spray - got to stay in control.

Are there any specific souvenirs or other things you collect from the places you go to?

I'm not a shopper at all, so just memories & photographs. :)

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