Hi Renuka, thank you for agreeing to this interview. We’re so excited to know about you and to tell all our readers about the amazing you.
So, do you stay with your family or keep traveling? Basically, what does your daily schedule look like?
I stay with my family. I travel as often as possible. My usual working day, when I’m not traveling, looks like emails, social media, blog work, freelance writing work and lots of other little things.
What were you doing before getting into Voyager For Life?
I have been a full-time writer for over 8 years. I have worked with media and publishing companies. I switched to full-time travel blogging and writing in late 2013.
Voyager For Life is a great place to go to for reading travel stories, experiences caught in words and photographs, and hacks. How did it all start in the first place?
It just started on the spur of the moment. Initially, I had thought of posting only my travel photos with a few stories here and there…, but then I turned it into a travel blog and started penning my travel experiences. Voyager For Life came into being with my consistent passion for travel blogging.
How challenging do you think this business is when there are so many big players in the market already in India?
IT IS definitely challenging, but I guess you can do your own thing and just be content and happy. There’s no need to compete with anyone. The ideal thing to do is to learn from those big players and also from your peers. The easiest way to succeed is to be unique.
What are some of your greatest achievements that your friends love to tell others about?
I think my biggest achievement is that I have traveled so much in India, and have done it independently.
What drives you to keep going in this direction? Is there anything you do in particular when you are low in confidence if it happens?
My passion for travel keeps me going. I think if you have the curiosity and passion for traveling, courage catches up eventually.
Do you think traveling is for everyone? Why do you think so?
Yes, traveling is for everyone. I agree that money is important. You can’t travel without it. But, as long as travel is your priority, you can travel. It’s not important to travel a lot or to travel to far-flung places. You can travel in your own backyard and still have remarkable experiences to share.
How does your family support you in your work?
They support me by letting me be myself. Thankfully, they never told me to walk the conventional path.
Being a woman in this space of work i.e being a traveler, did you ever find it impossible when you were alone? What challenges did you face?
I did not really face any challenges as such. Being a woman is not an issue. In fact, people are more respectful of women these days. I receive so much of love and admiration wherever I go. I think we should come out of this ‘women’ thing now. It’s all about being an individual.
What should the Indian women and girls know if they want to go for solo trips within India and abroad?
You should know what you are doing. Be confident, well-researched about your destination, and don’t do anything reckless or stupid. ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCT.
What’s the most positive thing you’ve heard about your blog from anyone?
The most positive thing I have heard about my blog is that it is honest.
Please share some interesting incidents from your travel journeys around the world? We’d love to listen!
There are so many incidents! I think you should read my blog for that 🙂
What is that one thing you’d like to say to the girls and women who are getting to know you through this interview? Any advice or suggestion or words of motivation?
Just be yourself. Travel and discover the world. Grow in wisdom. Enjoy life. Have few regrets.
Do add something for the men who have their wives and daughters wanting to do something out of the box on their own, just like you.
Men, you are real men if you allow your women to do what they want to do.
What is that one question nobody has ever asked you—that you wish they asked you?
I’d love to answer if people would ask me, “From whom did you inherit the courage to travel alone?”
Okay, so what would be your reply to that?
My grandmother (my mom’s mom) and my mom – being independent was my granny’s basic trait, which was passed on to me via my mom.
Blog Link: Voyager For Life
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