“…because life is too exciting to not share.”
Hullo! I’m Shikha, the founder of Nomad Scribblings, a travel blog about India. I’m a solo traveller in search of surprises in India. Here, on my blog, you will find my travel stories from across India, photo essays that capture my trips – right from the cold, high altitude deserts of Spiti to the solitary beaches of Diu to the surprisingly beautiful backwaters of Kerala. Plus, the very enchanting north-eastern India. More often than note, you’ll find anecdotes from my solo trips here.
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Summers are here and so is the time to hit the road to Ladakh, Spiti, Kinnaur & Lahaul and a lot of places in the Indian trans-Himalayan region. I’ve been getting a lot of e-mails and messages about to-dos, precautions and tips for Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul...read more
There are places that I write about. And then, there are places that I am in love with and wish to keep close to myself; as secrets that I do not wish to let anybody in on. A friend asked me to write about things to do in Landour, which, for sure, is one of the latter...read more
I perched myself on a rock at one of the Goa beaches, looking at the Sun going down the sea. A couple passed me, walking hand in hand into a beach shack. A woman sat flopped in the sand with a dog by her side. A couple of kids sped by on bikes, yelling in glee. Bob Marley’s ‘Don’t worry, be happy…’ started streaming from one of the beach cafes as the Sun dipped.read more
Photo taken during a trek in Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India. Flower offerings in the Vashisht Temple complex. Marigold flowers can be seen strewn around altars at many temples, a sign of respect and faith.read more
You do not need to be a professional photographer to capture Kerala photos. That’s the magic of this state in the south of India. A place that has beauty in such abundance that it looks like a canvas that is still wet, painted by somebody who was almost a poet. No wonder Kerala is known as God’s own country, it can besot any Gods.read more
There is hardly any difference between solo travelling and otherwise. Or, well, there actually is. While I am quite good at travelling with people, also goats and sheep (true story), there is nothing as calming as a solo trip. Calming even if you take away the cool quotient that people usually associate it with.
Lately, no it’s been quite long, I’ve been getting messages, e-mails and more from people keen to take up travel blogging. To frame it right, a majority wants to know how to be a travel blogger (which hints at the mystery of how to get paid to travel). While this may sound brutal, no such concept exists. People, specifically bloggers, who get paid to travel are doing more than just embarking on fancy trips. These are the people using their skills and travelling from the money they make of it. So, you see, they are getting paid for certain work and not travelling exclusively.
There is a lot that you can do to get here, right from photography to writing to social media marketing. Some of the best travel bloggers with seemingly cool jobs are working even while travelling to keep, well, the trips going. Consider Derek F’real, one of the best travel bloggers out there. This amazing guy seems to have more than 24 hours for a day in hand for his work shuffles between writing for his own blog, guest posts, social media promotions, video editing, photography and what not.
Again, if you do not have any of those skills, check out websites such as Jobbatical that will lead you to a more secure, conservative approach of working as well as travelling. This site has jobs for everyone from IT and Education to Social Work and more. So, even if you have a run-of-the-mill engineering degree in your kitty and have the spark of wanderlust going strong, there is no need to let go of that comfortable pay cheque.
As for travel blogging, the queries that get pouring in my inbox are majorly from people, who still haven’t set up a blog! So, you see, you cannot get to the top of the ladder by skipping the very first steps. If you like blogging, go ahead, start a blog. If you like travelling, start travelling to places that meet your budget. Stop waiting for publications and corporate houses to pay you for your trips. It’s as simple as the times when you go shopping; you buy what you like and can afford with no expectations of somebody else paying for you.
The point is, it’s your dream, only you can/should build it.
PS – For the ones curious about my trips, I’ve a regular job for more than a year now and I’m not hating it. And yes, I’ve not stopped travelling. If anything, I’m adding more pages to my travel blog here.
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