Nisha is definitely an inspiration not only to Indian women but to other women travellers as well who wants to backpack solo around the world (or at least to a few countries). Nisha is also a writer that has made contributions to a variety of local and international publications.
Her blog is full of helpful (and entertaining) articles that you will definitely find very useful. Check out her blog and get to know her more. But before you click away, check out my short interview with Nisha.
How did you discover your passion for travelling?
“My father had a transferable job, so as a kid I was used to the idea of relocating and reinventing a new place every two years. It was fun to see & learn about new places and people and I was always looking forward to it. I can say the travel bug had bitten me in my childhood itself. Solo travel came late but much before I started college.”
What’s the most horrible experience that you’ve had on the road?
“I am yet to experience the sharks eating me or engine of my plane catching fire if that’s what you want to know. Corruption, losing some of my luggage, paying bribes, missing train can not be considered ‘most horrible’ experiences either. Jokes apart, the most horrible experience as a solo traveller I had was in a small town abroad, not in India which is considered unsafe by few people. Till now I am able to return home safely in one piece. ”
What’s the best travel experience that you’ve ever had?
“There are so many! It’s really hard to select just one as ‘the best’. I feel gratified if as a traveller I am able to help the society in any manner. If I take examples from last one year, then there was an old woman in Thailand whom I helped to set up her food cart. I have written about it here. Another example is of a young boy in Cambodia who became my hero.”
What’s the biggest realization that you’ve got out of travelling?
“Travel is one realization after another. Some experiences are good, some are bad but travel always adds a new chapter to our character. The most important thing is to be out of our comfort zones and take the things as they are, respecting other cultures and people. The point is without trying to change others, you change yourself.”
What keeps you going? What keeps you motivated?
“If it was a one word answer, I would have said “Passion”. What keeps me going is not some life changing perspective, but it does change life in a way.
Travel evolves a person’s perception about the world. I am much more knowledgeable, wise and tolerant than what I was 20 years back.
It is actually very basic. It’s the taste of foreign food, feel of exploring a faraway land, experience with strangers, knowledge of a different culture and language. There is so much learn and love. It starts with take off.”
This is a silly and hypothetical one. If you would be given a chance to travel with a popular person or a celebrity, who would it be and why?
“I will take not one but two. Tom & Jerry, my favorites.”
Where’s your favourite place in this planet and why?
“I am yet to find my favorite so I am still wandering in search of one. But I quite liked Murano, Italy and Batad, Philippines where I would like to go over again & again.”
What’s your best tip for newbie traveller?
“Don’t be afraid and come out of your comfort zone. Respect other people and their culture.”
What’s the funniest and silliest thing you’ve ever done while travelling?
“On one of my backpacking trips, I had to buy some utensils. Went to a shop in local market where everything was for $2. Silly me! Wanted to have most value for money. Besides buying some useful vessels, I bought a large bowl sized ladle, the ones which are used in mass cooking.”
What do you think about yourself?
“I would guide the readers to this page. http://www.lemonicks.com/Travel/about/me/”
“My blog is about inspiring people to travel more, to get them out of their comfort zones and have amazing experiences through my thoughts, anecdotes, tips, guides and personal experiences and is accompanied with abundant of photographs that get captured during my sweet & sour experiences across this globe.” – Nisha
Editor’s Note: All pics are provided by Nisha.