About the grounded hippie

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Until September 2013, I used to hold a regular 9 to 5 job, sit behind a computer screen for endless hours, ride the same route 5-6 days a week, and spend weekends fantasizing about traveling the world. And, in November 2013, at age 27, I quit my regular job and told my family I was going to travel – SOLO.

Hello! My name is Aditi Roy. Most people who know me define me as a rule breaker, a dreamer, a writer, a digital nomad, a solo traveler, an English Teacher, and a thrill-seeker. But, I like to believe that I am just a simple girl in search of the most beautiful sunset in the world. And, until I find that, I will continue to travel. 

“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.”

– Sir Richard Burton

Varanasi, India

I was raised in a very typical Indian family in the capital city of India, New Delhi. I grew up with a usual perception of my life – education, career, marriage, retirement. Though there was nothing special about my early years, I remember always longing for the half-yearly family vacations that my mother always took us for.

And, I suppose that is how I was first introduced to the travel bug. 

But, as luck would have it, I neither had the financial support nor the savings to pursue my dream of traveling at the time. So, I joined the hoard of corporate slaves and started working for BPOs – it was a huge thing back then. At the time, I was also working as a freelance writer for a few small projects. 

Gradually, however, I wanted to move from BPOs to something that made more sense. And, hence, I switched to being a full-time writer. 

In April 2013, my family decided to move to Kolkata to be closer to my uncle and his family – the Bong connection!

And, by October, I had psychotically read The Shooting Star (by Shivya Nath), Nomadic Matt (by Matthew Kepnes), and Matador Network, set up my first ever WordPress Blog – My Dream Travels (lol!), and watched and rewatched Into The Wild, Motorcycle Diaries, Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani (every day for three months!), Mama Mia, and Eat, Pray, Love.

“For the born traveller, travelling is a besetting vice. Like other vices, it is imperious, demanding it’s victim time, money, energy and the sacrifice of comfort.”

– Aldous Huxley

Chiang mai, Thailand

It took a bit of convincing to be honest, but telling my mother that I wanted to travel the world on my own wasn’t as challenging as I thought it would be. 

I finally set off for my first-ever solo trip to Goa in November and volunteered at a Bed and Breakfast. 

In May 2015, at age 29, I went on my first international trip. This was also the same time that I learnt about volunteering as an English Language Teacher and volunteered as an English Language Teacher.

Since then, I have been to four Asian countries as well as worked as an Assistant Manager – Marketing & PR at a prestigious hotel in the Solomon Islands in Oceania. 

I am not a backpacker. I am not even a luxury traveler. I travel solo and slow, and I like to volunteer during my travels. I volunteer because it gives me a chance to live with the locals and stay at a place for a longer duration, but it’s also because this method helps me give back to the community and the world in terms of education. 

I have recently completed an Advanced 150-hour TEFL certificate from TEFL UK. This enables me to teach English as a Foreign language in countries all around the world. 

I have been featured by Drifter Planet as one of the ‘top 11 Indian Girls that are totally rocking solo travel‘.

I was recently interviewed (telephonically) by BBC Minute and featured on their Instagram about being a solo female traveler from India

My reason behind traveling the way I do is not only to explore the world at my own pace but to show you that it can be done, irrespective of our weak passports and societal (read: misogynist) prejudices.  

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