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I am Priyanka Gupta and am from a small town in Uttar Pradesh, North India. I only lived in my hometown until I was fifteen years old. Then I studied in Rajasthan, graduated from the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) with a B.Tech in Computer Science and then lived and worked my way around India in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, and Bangalore.
But throughout my software and banking career, I struggled with the mundane nature of the corporate world. I didn’t like staring at those Dell computers in a small cubicle of a multi-storied glass-faceted building to make the rich richer.
I was sad and disappointed with what I was doing. I wanted to follow my passion and live every day and not just on the weekends.
Soon, I realized that the desk job in a multinational firm wasn’t the best for me.
I had always loved traveling and meeting new people on the road. I wanted to do more of that without having any deadline.
So in 2016, I quit my banking job and booked a one-way ticket to South America. My family was sure that I had gone crazy, and my parents were disappointed in me.
But only I understood my dreams. After a long emotional chapter at home about why I was traveling to another world instead of getting married, I flew.
A four-months-long travel and teach volunteership on a Chilean island soon turned into nine-months-long solo travel throughout the continent.
Those nine months were life-changing. I didn’t find myself in South America, but I sure felt more alive than ever.
My Latin America journey inspired me to travel more, and so I have been traveling the world, solo since 2016. In these three years, I have been on the road, mostly. You could find me sitting with the Andean women in Peruvian islands, cooking Indian food with Chilean families, hiking active volcanoes, wandering in tropical rainforests, venturing down into deep canyons, stalking orangutans, teaching English to Latin-American students, admiring centuries-old temples silhouetted against the evening orange sky, diving at old shipwrecks in the turquoise Indian ocean, and writing.
Life changed, in a way. I was still the same girl who like spending more time on the road than at home. I was the same girl who was scared of what would her parents think of her quitting her job and traveling alone. I was the same girl whose writing mentor had told her that her writing needed a lot of work.
But I was determined this time. I wanted to see the world and do something meaningful for others and myself. I wanted my life and work to be extensions of each other, a joint experience if you would say.
I longed to find something that would suit the wanderer and the thinker roaring inside me.
I always had writing by my side though I never saw it until recently. I was intimidated by the idea of earning butter paneer and roti out of writing.
Then leaving behind all the fears, I launched this blog. I repent not starting a blog years ago, but I think I am better off now, having finally started.
Writing, traveling, and blogging are my new way of life. Finally being able to live the way I wanted to, I got my energy and positivity back.
And because it was all going so great and I wanted to travel without any inhibitions or an apartment expenses to hold me back, I became a nomad, or location-independent, in September 2018. I gave up my apartment, where I stayed now and then, sold most of my stuff and packed the rest in bags, and started working on the go.
Now, I write full-time while traveling the world, alone. I keep coming back to Bangalore to be with my partner who stays and works there.
I focus on offbeat destinations, culture, wildlife and nature, local communities, homestays, and local life, ethnic festivals, old architecture, history, and art, and human relationships. I promote a sustainable, long-term travel lifestyle while traveling responsibly and supporting local endeavors.
Though I wouldn’t say that leaving behind a cushioned-job to starting out on your own is easy, I can say that life has been treating me well. For me, leaving the corporate world behind to travel and write is the best decision I ever took.
What do I write? What is this blog about? On My Canvas is a personal growth and travel blog. It is a potpourri of my passion, travel journeys, life inspiration ideas, stories, and hard work.
I write about my travel experiences. You can read my travel stories, narrative travel guides and travel tips, and inspiration to go around the world on your own over here: Travel
I also pen down my life ideas to live better. You can read my best stories and science-backed ideas on personal growth, self-improvement, psychology and emotional intelligence, philosophy, and more, here: Articles
I also give a lot of tips on writing and blogging and share the struggles I face on my writing journey. Read all my articles on writing here: Writing and Blogging
Thank you for reading so far.
I hope you found what you were looking for. If you want to talk to me or have more questions about my journey, please feel free to drop me a line. Let me know what can I improve and what worked 🙂
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Have a great day.
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