Thursday, 13 August 2015

How Travel Blogging Saved My Life!


Today, I complete my three years as a travel blogger. What a triumphant feeling it is! Not because I have done something extraordinary or I have tons of following. Nah… It’s an awesome achievement because I am at it vehemently!   

My life has changed drastically in the last couple of years. I had lived many years of ‘I don’t want to be doing what I’m doing’ and ‘I want to do what I want to do’ until I started this blog.


I have already talked a great deal about how this blog started and how I quit my job and all, so I wouldn’t want to get into that again. To commemorate the success of this travel blog, I’d like to talk about how it saved my life. Yes, I believe my blog is a success because it has given me a direction, purpose, power, freedom, and the love of people, which is far greater than the “success” that’s considered success by the world.

In my opinion, you are successful if you are doing what you really like doing and if you are doing it consistently. As long as you are on your way, you will reach where you are set out to reach (sooner or later, that doesn’t really matter). Before this blog started, I had an unknown, but a very potent urge to do something that would make me come alive. I always wanted to make a name for myself. But, I was clueless about how to go about doing that. Even when I started penning this blog, I didn’t know it would give me my much desired ‘dream life’.


My blog is not just my hobby or job, but it’s a reflection of who I am. So, when I say that it saved my life, I mean that it has rescued me from the stifled life that I could have lived had I not chosen this path.    

Everybody has a calling in life – it could be to travel or anything else. You got to find your own path. You got to grab something and be good at it. I believe you are unsuccessful if you spend your life wondering, wishing and sighing. Don’t find yourself saying, “I wish I had done that if only I had enough money… if only my family had supported me… or if only I was a little younger.” Find yourself saying, “I’m going to start small… I’m going to hone my skills… I’m going to learn no matter how old I am.”


The three most important lessons that I have learnt as a travel blogger in the last three years –

One, success is not a fluke or a jackpot that’s achievable by luck. It’s an ongoing process. If you are doing what you are made to do, success comes in proportion of your effort. So, it’s up to you how much effort you are willing to put in at what you are doing.

Two, communicating and learning can take you places (literally). Ask questions, find out what others are doing and be open to proposing ideas to others. I have no qualms about admitting that I have learnt a great deal of blogging from other bloggers. Learning from others doesn’t mean that you have to imitate them and lose your own uniqueness. You can still be your own person and grow into an entity that others would want to emulate.

Three, honesty and originality give you a secure space. I mean I wish I had more readers, more social media followers and high rankings, but I’m happy and content with what I can control, which is being honest with my readers.

Since it’s a celebratory post, let me give you quick glimpses of the 5 most successful posts on Voyager For Life –


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28 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your post , and agreed that "you are successful if you are doing what you really like doing" but how many people can afford to quite job for his/her hobbies. For majority of us our hobbies are not our bread and butter and not able to give time /priority because of other responsibility / commitments.

    Sorry if you mind my words.

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    1. Thanks Mahesh! I didn't mind your words at all. I understand what you are saying. All I'm trying to say here is that instead of living a life of 'I wish I could do that...', one SHOULD do what he/she wishes to do. I'm not saying that everybody should quit their jobs! You can do what you want to do in a small way also and still be happy!

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    2. Agree with you Renuka. You have put it so nicely... "You can do what you want to do in a small way also and still be happy!" and it is true once you start blogging learning from other bloggers is a part of the process of growing as a blogger. Thanks for sharing your valuables thoughts and experiences.

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    3. Appreciate your kind words, Moon! You have been a fabulous support and it's always wonderful to read stuff on your blog, too! :-)

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  2. Very inspiring and thoroughly enjoyed reading it. All the best for your future travels :)

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  3. congratulations, Renuka! thanks for your good work, inspiring stories and beautiful photographs. I'm glad I've discovered your blog.

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    1. Thanks Antonina :-) I'm so glad to hear that!

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  4. Congratulations, Renuka. Way to go!

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  5. Congratulations Renuka!

    It takes quite a bit of guts to give up the desk job and go for travel blogging as a full-time job ... Wish u all the very best for the future and many more years of successful travel and blogging!

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    1. Thanks Sandeep! :-) Yes, travel blogging is challenging, but it's fun and enriching too.

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  6. Thank you for your blog and keep up the good work - it's getting better with each post you write. If we are ever brave enough to visit India, you will be the first person I contact :)

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    1. Thanks Swetzel! :-) I'd be happy to help you. By the way, India is not so scary! ;-)

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  7. Congrats Renuka! I've thoroughly enjoyed following your blog for the past year or so. I find your story to be so inspirational and it's bloggers like you who keep me inspired to keep striving to live a life and do a job that makes me happy. Blogging, traveling and freelancing have become a new way of life for me. It's not always easy but I love it. You are a constant source of inspiration that I can make this lifestyle work. And at times like this the inspiration is much needed!! Congrats and keep at it :)

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    1. Thanks Justine :-) You have been a huge support to me! I'm glad to know that my blog inspired you.

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  8. Best wishes and wishing you many more to come

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  9. keep doing what you're doing Renuka, because you love it, it makes you happy and also, you are inspiring people!

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    1. Thanks Andrew :-) Your support has been commendable!

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  10. Congratulations .

    Waiting for some more inspiring and intresting blogs.

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    1. Thanks Sowmya :-) Yes, you can look forward to lots of inspiration on this blog.

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  11. Congratulations Renuka for completing 3 years of lively & adventurous blogging. You bet, there are many readers like me who really like your travel stories and the way you cover each blog. I wish you all the best in your efforts. You really have proven - if there is will, there is a way.

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    1. Thanks Vishal, for your kind and encouraging words! :-) Means a lot to me. Yes, if there's will, there's certainly a way, too. Well said!

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  12. And good for you!! You deserve (we all deserve) to be happy and to enjoy what we do... and really, without that, there is no life. Sure, we don't all have the luxury to throw it all away and hit the road... but at least we need to know why we do what we do, and find the joy in that.

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    1. Rightly said! We should know why we do what we do and find happiness in that. Thanks so much, Tim, for your constant support! :-)

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