Imagine your office space to be on a beach, watching the azure blue waves lap up to the shore. The breeze carries a hint of salt in it and water sprays on to your face.
It could also be on top of a hill with rolling greens for miles around, birds providing the live music for your entertainment. This isn’t heaven but it surely comes close to the person who has a wanderer’s spirit.
In this age of awakening, people are ditching the idea of a 9 to 5 (or 9 to 12) job imprisoned in a cubicle, staring at a screen and doing something that does nothing for the soul. They’re embracing their calling and they’re doing it smart.
We’ve been raised up to the ‘work hard and get rewards’ ideology which is not relevant in contemporary times which calls for ‘work smart’. In a transitioning culture where you’re expected to earn good salaries but also be true to yourself, balance is hard to find.
Yet, travel blogging is one of the fields where such a utopia is possible. So let’s have a look at the people who have managed to achieve this. What’s their secret? Read on to know.
Be warned though, it is not all fun and games. Blogging requires a lot of hard work too. Among a plethora of wandering souls stricken with wanderlust, there were a few that stood out for their uniqueness and ability to transport readers to the places they visit. Here they are:
Shivya Nath’s blog is a double helix of poignant discernments about life and her travails, two interconnected and parallel ribbons that give the reader a unique experience. Within these, you’ll find a world of information, history, answers and questions.
The Shooting Star is as much about people as it is about places. The posts are full of anecdotes, stories and observations that set this blog apart from the others. With a different perspective, your own experience takes on so many hues and tints.
It is said that no two people watch the same sunrise or sunset. Our perspectives are unique, subject to our own interpretations and I look forward to others taking inspiration and painting their own lovely pictures for us like Shivya does.
From the IT industry to become a travel blogger who is one of India’s best, Anuradha Goyal’s journey has been an exciting one.
Inditales is a colourful blog with the variety of experiences that have been beautifully presented. It’s a virtual bazaar of sorts where all kinds of experiences in different shapes and sizes clamour for your attention.
You get a unique glimpse into the numerous possibilities available to a traveller whether its international destinations, attractions closer to home, walking trails, stories, inspirations and much more. Immerse yourself in the colourful experience.
Many of us have the yearning to travel but the first step of the journey can be daunting. All sorts of thoughts plague your mind especially the expenses. Arnab Maity’s blog, The Wireless Wanderer, lets you know that the finances may not be as impossible as you might imagine.
There are many ways to travel on a budget if only you knew how! And while it may be scary, you need to let go of your inhibitions. He started the blog to keep his mother, a wanderer herself, updated on his whereabouts and his experiences (awwww). The posts are short and sweet, and well peppered with pictures. Always an enjoyable read.
Mithila Mehta is a Formula One enthusiast and a wizard with words. Her blog reflects her travel experiences with hints of her own personality and thoughts shining through, making it such a compelling read.
She has so much to express in terms of the people she meets, lifestyles she experiences etc. Tons of stories are tucked into the different sections of the blog just waiting to enrich the reader.
It’s definitely a blog you’ll want to follow if you’re looking for unique insights into different places.
Want to know how to be an Instagram travel star? Follow Siddhartha Joshi’s story to find out how he gained a massive amount of followers organically.
Also get tips on taking good pictures and presentations that will help you in this quest as evident by Joshi’s own blog with its well-shot photos and crisp writing style.
What I love about this blog is that it gives you hidden insights about lesser known places. You get to see the bigger picture and enjoy a place in its entirety. This is another blog that you don’t want to miss if you love secrets!
It is easy to see why Lakshmi Sharath’s blog has won so much appreciation and many accolades. Her blog has been declared the best travel blog of the year by the Indibloggies.
Her writing style is what makes her blog such an engaging read. Rather than being just a collection of pretty words, her writing reaches out to you and indulges your senses, making you feel like you’re actually there.
It gives you a pretty good idea of what you can explore in any place. The blog includes handy tips for bloggers and travellers alike. Plenty of beautiful pictures accompany her pieces, making it a pleasant experience.
Like many others, Venkat Ganesh too left a comfortable job behind to realize his dream. His posts answer many questions that you may have and are especially helpful to those just beginning what could be a life-changing journey.
He gives you a good idea of what you can expect when you travel. An enthusiastic motorbike traveller, he offers backpacking advice and firmly advocates responsible travel.
The first thing that struck me when I came across this blog was the blue! So many different hues of blue! Adventurer Neelima’s talent in photography is evident in the gorgeous pictures. Since the topmost post was on a Monday, my immediate thought was that this gives a whole new meaning to Monday blues!
Imagine a world where Mondays were not the dreaded monster they are. Neelima is one of the lucky few who can wake up on a Monday morning and smile. Her writing is enchanting and a joy to read. Whether you’re a seasoned traveller, a beginner or you just enjoy experiencing travel online, this is not a blog you should miss!
The thing I love about Supriya’s blog is that each post had something unique to offer. You could say, each post is like meeting a different person, full of quirks and idiosyncrasies that make a place more lively and interesting.
A guide to the lesser known places or quotes from the people she meets, every article employs a unique way to attract your attention.
Clearly, Supriya is a person with a good eye for detail which is reflected in her writing. The passion and determination are in plain evidence and inspires you to follow your own dreams.
A soul window is Abhinav Singh’s peek into the treasures the world has to offer. His story is similar to many of ours. A job that was unsatisfactory, suffocating and did the soul no favours.
It took a while for him to admit the truth to himself that he wasn’t like his peers at all. Abhinav’s posts are candid, holding nothing back as he lets us experience his adventures with simple words and pictures.
Since 2008 he has been listed several times as a top travel blogger. His passion and joy is infectious and soon you’ll wish you could have a travel blogging job too. But he cautions you, what worked for him might not work for everyone.
Author, blogger and photographer extraordinaire, Ajay Jain’s life revolves around the intricacies of travel. A travel junkie, he constantly seeks out new routes to explore.
This Delhiite has been hopping all over the world in search of unique experiences and meeting new people. Ever since his first journey to the Kunzum La pass in the Himalayas, there’s been no looking back.
Through his portraits of the people he meets, he aims to show oneness across people of all cultures, colours and religion. This maverick also aims to bring forward #100greatjourneys on this planet by 2020.
Inspired yet? Leave your doubts behind and your travelling will be much lighter!
P.S. The blogs were not chosen in any order of preference because all of them are amazing in their own right. Each has been picked for something unique or creative that it offers or that quality that sticks with you and makes it memorable. Remember, if you plan to have your own blog, you must make it outstanding. It should possess a definable characteristic that keeps people coming back for more.