– A media professional, a traveller, travel writer , blogger and photographer.
And I believe that a rolling stone actually gathers moss.
After 15 years of sitting beside a desk in several media organizations, I decided to travel and see the world. I have covered five continents and been to over 25 countries and my passion lies in exploring the nooks of India as well.
I was a columnist with The Metro Plus, The Hindu, one of the widely read national newspaper in India and my photographs and articles have been published in several popular publications and books, websites, newspapers, magazines and blogs such as National Geographic Traveller, India Today Travel Plus, Times Crest, Time Out Explorer, Deccan Herald, Hindustan Times, HT Mint, Sunday Express, DNA, Bangalore Mirror, Mumbai Mirror, Rediff.com, Yahoo.com, Sify, Go Nomad.com, Happy Trips, Jet wings, Platform, Terrascape, Complete Well Being, Windows and Aisles and Simplifly. I also edit travel supplements and blogs and have written for coffee table books as well. I have written and edited guide books as well. My photograph has been featured on the cover of Terrascape, a travel magazine published in India. I have also written and photographed a 16 page pull out on the Coromandel Coast sponsored by Neemrana group of Hotels and Terrascape.
I have been blogging in the travel space since 2005 year and my blog, A Travel Blog of an Indian Backpacker has won several accolades including winning the Indibloggies -India’s best travel blog of the year in 2008. It has been rated on several lists among the Top Travel Bloggers in India and recently I was considered in the top 10 among 31 professional bloggers from India . An international blog from UK featured me as one of the 100 international travelers to be followed in social media in 2014. I am very active on twitter and Facebook with a follower base of over 12,000 in Twitter and over 5000 on FB and am constantly updating my trips on the go and uploading photographs. I have been recently in the list of Top 100 travel tweeters from around the world, the lone Indian in the list.
Recently I was the only Indian blogger to be part of an international contest organised by Citadines Europe, part of the Ascott group. I participated along with bloggers from Europe and UK, touring solo around Europe and blogging on the go while our posts were voted by readers from around the world.
Association with Tourism Boards
I have been invited by several tourism boards like Tourism Ireland, Singapore Tourism, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Jordan, Poland, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Canada, South Australia Tourism Commission to visit their country and state and write and blog about them. I have been invited to Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia on international blogger meets as well along with a group of bloggers from all over Asia. Recently I was one among two travel writers and bloggers invited by Jungfrau Railways in Switzerland along with over 100 media professionals from around the world to cover an exhibition match between Roger Federer and Lindsay Vonn in the snow at the Alps and I got to meet the legend himself.
KOL and Influencer
I have been featured in a video for Sennheiser Headphones and for Marriott Hotels and Resorts and have worked as a key influencer with brands like Thomas Cook, Lufthansa, Lenovo, Nokia Lumia, Revlon India, Airbnb, VIP, Opera Mini, Buyforexonline.com, CEAT Tyres, Mahindra Adventure, Active Holidays, Cuponation, Indigo Airlines, Lenovo among others. I have worked with international clients like Marriott and Citadines Europe, part of the Ascott group. I was recently invited to Dubai and Oman for the launch of Nokia Lumia 1020 along with a group of international bloggers from Middle East and South Africa An avid social media enthusiast, I consult travel companies and resorts like Club Mahindra, Jungle Lodges and Resorts, Orange County Resorts , Hoysala Village Resorts , Nature Zone , Munnar to promote their destinations through blogs and social media. I am the editor of the Club Mahindra Travel Blog – CLAY and I help them build a community of bloggers, manage the content and work on engagement activities like bloggers meet.
Recently Femina profiled me as the travel blogger from India, in their issue – Made by You, a cover feature. Sunday Midday , a prominent newspaper featured me along with international travel writers, where I spoke about my passion in travel. I have also been featured by DNA in their list of travel bloggers who have made a difference . I have also been quoted in various articles in Times of India regarding travel and lifestyle. And The Hindu featured me in their story on travel blogging .I have also been featured in Lonely Planet as well as a contest winner for my stories. Recently I have been featured in an international podcast show, Daily Travel Podcast, my first ever. You can listen to the show here – Understanding India with Lakshmi Sharath
When I am not travelling, I am a content and communications professional, a business head and start up specialist having worked in broadcast media for premier companies like TV 18 CNBC, Radio Mirchi and Big FM . I have launched and set up FM radio stations across India and produced and directed lifestyle, travel and entertainment shows for television.
I am constantly looking for challenges, projects and new initiatives across travel and media. I am open to brand associations and tie ups and content marketing initiatives. You can contact me for any exciting assignment, FAM trips and blogger meets. You can contact me at
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