Stuti Shrimali - Me And My Suitcase
Stuti Shrimali is a free spirited girl with rebellious streak, always ready to travel, a foodie and amateur photographer. Her dream is to live among the mountains. We caught up with Stuti to get to know her a little better, about her travel experiences & her choices in traveling responsibly.
Can you tell us when and how did the travel bug bite you?
Although I am a Civil Engineer by profession, travel runs in my DNA! It’s very difficult to say when the travel bug bit me coz I guess travel bug has mutated in my genes when I wasn’t even born.
And how do you fund your travel ?(savings/work whilst traveling/other)
I don’t believe in leave the job to travel mantra. I have a full time job and I travel when I get the chance to. My travels are mostly self funded.
How long have you been documenting your travel stories ?
Had signed up for Blogspot when I was in college but had no idea back then what to do with it! Until a couple of years back when my sister suggested that I start documenting my travels. I write at Me And My Suitcase.
Can you share with us, that one travel memory that you cherish till date ?
There are many of them but it was my college trip in 2006 to North India which not only gave me a chance to explore beautiful places like Shimla, Manali but gave me many new friends and a sense of independent travelling too!
Your preferred travel companions?
Family & Friends.
Do you have a bucket list? If so what is the first item?
The list is too long and I am an impartial person. 😉
So anything on my list anytime, as far as they are happening I am a happy person.
Your views & experiences (if any) on safety while travelling on your own.
I travel on my own very less (I love to have company) but whenever I do, it is for work. Be alert, be aware and keep your people informed about your whereabouts.
We all know that travel teaches us a great deal of things about life. Can you share with us what has travel taught you ?
Travel not only gives you the chance to take chances but also teaches you to be a balanced and happy person.
Is there anything you do on your travels or in your every day life to try to minimize your impact on the environment?
I am strictly against littering and wasting food.
Please share with us, your message to aspiring women travelers?
Read, Research and Be Confident wherever you go!
We asked Stuti to give a one word substitute on few 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 fictional character would you most like to meet or travel with ?
- One Dream Destination?
- 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
- A traveler who inspires you
Photographs and stories of every traveller
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‘F5 Escapes’ is a Bangalore-based, experiential travel company, with a focus on redefining the way women travel in India. The premise of F5 is an ambitious dream – to put India on the global travel map as a preferred destination for women from across the globe.
F5 Escapes offers fixed departure all-women group tours, customized itineraries for families, groups and solo travellers. We also do in-city engagements which include #JustGo travel meetups, workshops to educate women on travel safety, sustainable menstruation, motorbiking etc.