Hey! It's me, Riyanka.

I’m so flattered that you showed interest in knowing who I am, and clicked on this self-absorbed page! I hope to not let you down. Although I’m still on a quest to know myself deeply, here’s a li’l bit that can help you know who I am 🌻
 

I had read an article where Simone de Beauvoir said, “I’m just one among you, I’m one with a different view… I am awfully greedy; I want everything in life. I want to have many friends and to have loneliness, to work much and write, to travel and enjoy myself, to be selfish and to be unselfish… You see, it is difficult to get all that I want. And then when I do not succeed I get mad with anger… I suffer from a lack of patience, but at times, I feel there can be no one more calm than me.”

I’m an ordinary urban-middle-class Bong, living my extraordinary dreams of exploring the world and narrating the stories from my journeys! I believe in the miracles of destiny and want to travel to places, near & far, spend time with the natives, binge on local food, learn about their history, absorb their culture, and soak in the beauty of their lives!

Over the last 9 years, I’ve had the opportunity to explore a fairly large part of India, from Ladakh & Kashmir in the North to Kerala in the South, and from Udaipur in the West to Dzukou Valley in the East.

I’ve spent a month in Bhutan where I hitchhiked from Thimphu to Paro, Punakha, and Haa Valley, as well as attended the Tsechu festival. I soaked in the beauty of ‘The Happiest Country in the World’ and experienced the goodness that prevails in the air! I’ve extensively traveled & explored Southeast Asia, covering Bangladesh, Singapore, Langkawi (Malaysia), Bali (Indonesia), Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Far to the east, I’ve spent a few days on the East Coast of Oz, hopping along the beaches!

One of the most extraordinary experiences of my life was spending a month volunteering in Kenya. It was truly one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done! Later, I traveled across the Danakil Depression in Ethiopia, known as one of the ‘hottest places on Earth’.

To celebrate my 30th birthday, I went on a solo backpacking adventure in Sri Lanka for about two weeks. It was a remarkable journey where I delved into the country’s cultural treasures, discovering its richness beyond the stunning beaches.

In 2022, I traveled to Turkey and South Africa with my 70-year-old aunt, and together, we explored some offbeat places in these countries. And in 2023, I had the chance to visit Oman, and was left in awe of the rugged beauty of this Middle Eastern gem. 

Truth be told, I’m not an early planner! Most of my trips are finalized at the last minute, and I kinda’ hustle while packing my bags, book the tickets, and get going! Most of the time, I book my stay once I reach the destination – thanks to AirBnbMake My Trip & Booking.com – life gets easy! While I enjoy traveling solo, I’ve been extremely lucky to have friends who agreed to join me for adventures (some of which even stretched for months!). And of course, I feel super happy to say that I’ve found some incredible friends in places where I traveled to, and I look forward to meeting them again – someday, somewhere.

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Off late, I’m learning to embrace a slow-travel style with my 10 – 6 job, indulging more in month-long trips, where I can work and travel simultaneously (basically what we call a ‘workation’). This also gives me a chance to sink into the local life and do the not-so-touristy things, exploring the hidden gems of the place. Usually hopping from one place to another, seeking new adventures, meeting new people, scribbling on postcards, and fueling my ‘wanderlust’, you’ll mostly find me sitting at mountainside cafes with a book, binging on momos and Maggi but occasionally, I love to get drunk on beaches as well!

So here I am, not just to share my experiences on the roads but also to encourage people like me, who are keen to pack their stuff and break free from the chaos & cacophony of urban life, to embrace the world out there & experience the goodness of traveling.

You can read more about my adventures and experiences, thoughts, and monologues here:

Life GramLife HackElephant JournalThrive GlobalThe Better IndiaThought CatalogHuffington PostThe Travel ManualTravel Dudes, etc.

Currently working as a Content & Community Manager with Tripoto, I’ve previously worked with Volunteering Solutions as a Content Creator as well as an AirBlack Influencer, curating amazing travel itineraries & collections for mindful travelers, who are keen to experience something unique!