Niharika Arora | #BetterThanEqual

1. Tell people about yourself
I love documenting my journeys, people’s livelihood, stories from various regions and thus I chose to be a travel blogger after graduating as an architect. Photography, which I was doing since 5 years, has been an essential tool in my journey. To see, to know and to learn, this is what I seek from my travel and the world.

2. What kind of a traveler are you?
I am a backpacker by heart which gives me an opportunity to see something out of the box on every journey. And when you leave without the load of lots of planning, world surprises you in ways unknown.

3. Looking at your voyage stories people often think it’s quite fancy and easy to pack the bag and start a journey, what are your thoughts on it?
In the world of social media, trust me, every day seems like a glamorized version of imperfections. Journeys involve hectic and tiresome schedules, an effort from one’s side to mingle with the locals, a constant thought to manage finances because you know that the return won’t be in cash but kind, rationalizing thoughts to keep your own safety in mind and a tiresome process of documentation that goes behind the scenes; travel demands your soul and you not to give in order to take back something.

4. “” Being girl, it’s not safe to travel solo””. What are your thoughts on this?
The places that I have travelled to, have been quite safe, especially in India. And elements of concern are anywhere in this world. One needs to be cautious themselves wherever they go and start trusting their sixth sense while travelling. Though every time I leave for somewhere, my parents do have a safety concern and then I make sure to revive their trust in me and the world so that they let me go. And as you travel more, you tend to become even more mentally and consciously strong. Awareness comes hand in hand.

5. How do you fund your travels?
I graduated as an architect which I practice sometimes as a freelancer. Side by aide I am also utilizing my other skill sets like content writing, videography, photography and social media managing. A hectic but fun combination of all of these help me with the funds. Occasionally brand sponsorship in return of content creation proves quite instrumental in this as well.

6. What is your greatest personal achievement?
As a kid, I was introvert, shy, reserved as a result of protective upbringing. Looking back at all those years of just following the worldly rules give me a complete sense of pride because now I am one of those rebels who won’t listen to anyone until justified. Now I am open to try new things, experiment, discover stories via interactions and not afraid of failing.

7. Your message / travel tips to all the women out there on this Women’s’ day?
Ladies, the rule book that you live your life by everyday, is nothing but a piece of trash. The most powerful thoughts can be contributed by you, given the fact that you are ready to dare and step out of your comfort zones which are only made to make you feel inferior. The world is big and beautiful and we need to see all of it.

8. How can people connect with you?
Instagram – @the_iffy_explorer
Team Travel Affairs wishes you a very Happy Women’s Day !

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