Renuka Walter is a solo traveler, blogger and photographer based in Mumbai, India. A curious person who just can’t stay in one place, she says that she needs to travel and discover places, cultures, peoples and life. So far, she has set foot in 22 states and 2 union territories of India.
“My aim is to set foot in all 29 states of my country before I kick the bucket.“
We caught up with Renuka to find out little bit more about her travel journey.
Can you tell us when and how did the travel bug bite you?
I don’t remember it when… but yes, I have (subconsciously) drawn inspiration from various movies, travel shows and magazines. I have always wanted to travel. It has been my basic desire.
And how do you fund your travel ?
What/who triggered you to start documenting your travel journey & how long have you been doing so?
It just happened on a lark. I started penning a blog on one of my holidays in Shimla and it grew into a passion and now a brand. You can find more travel stories here.
Can you share with us, that one travel memory that you cherish till date ?
Oh, there are lots of them. My first solo trip in Udaipur, my desert safari in Rajasthan, my birthday in Gurez valley of Kashmir, my ramblings in South Mumbai….there are so many!
Have you been to any place, which turned out to be totally different to how you had imagined? If so, how?
Yes, there have been quite a few places like that. That’s the thrill of travel actually… Arunachal Pradesh turned out to be quite different from my imagination. It turned out to be more culturally rich, and geographically diverse.
It’s a tough question, we know, but if you could suggest one place that everyone must visit in India?
Kashmir — it’s so misunderstood.
First – hand advice for someone who is planning to visit India for the first time?
Do a good research and plan ahead. Leave all the pre-conceived notions behind and just enjoy!
Your preferred travel companions?
My mum (for she’s so patient). My husband (again, he’s so patient).
Your views & experiences (if any) on safety while travelling on your own.
There’s one safety rule for all — just be careful. Trust your instincts and be aware of your surroundings.
We all know that travel teaches us a great deal of things about life. Can you share with us what has travel taught you ?
A lot of things…but the best thing that I have learnt through my travels is that ‘life is beautiful in small things‘.
Is there anything you do on your travels or in your every day life to try to minimize your impact on the environment?
Buy less or no water bottles. Try to walk as much as possible.
Please share with us, your message to aspiring women travelers?
Just set out and explore. That’s the best gift you can give yourself.
Renuka answers to some of the more frequently asked travel related questions.
- If some one asked you to give up travel and choose exactly one thing to do in life, what would you choose?
A job on a train/plane/ship.
- A fictional character would you most like to meet or travel with ?
Heidi. Would love to live in the Swiss Alps like her — eat fresh cheese, run bare-feet on the mellow grass and just have no worry on my mind.
- Your most preferred way of travelling (Backpacking/Economy/Luxury)?
- What describes you as a travel style as a woman, the best? Nomad / Diva / Aam Aurat
- Three items your travel bag pack is most likely to have in all your travels.
A tissue roll, towel (since I am a hygiene freak) and lipstick (to satisfy the feminine aspect of my personality).
- Top 3 Destinations that are at the top of your bucket list
England, Slovenia and Morocco. (Switzerland, of course)
- A traveler who inspires you
Nobody in particular really.
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