To Voyage: An act of travelling; a long journey or expedition; a course of passage to a distant place; travels as the subject of a written account.
Virgo: The sixth astrological sign in the Zodiac, Virgo is depicted as a woman or goddess. She is strong, capable and determined.
What is the Voyaging Virgo Travel Blog?
I started this blog as a passion project during the pandemic; a creative outlet and space to document my travels and to bring together my love of exploring new places, photography & writing.
Travelling to far, off-the-beaten path places has long been a dream of mine; South America being at the top of my travel ‘bucket list’ for as long as I can remember. However, circumstances, be it finances, education, work commitments, a lack of travel buddies and even cultural restrictions meant I wasn’t able to pursue those dreams.
As a female growing up in a traditional South Asian household, I was conditioned to believe that my aspirations had limitations and there were certain experiences that just weren’t available to girls; travel being one of them.
Whilst watching my brothers enjoy the freedoms bestowed upon them from birth by virtue of their gender, when wanting to do the same, I, like so many South Asian girls and women, was met with the familiar and tiresome response: “you can go/ do [enter any fun activity here] after you’re married” (translation: you can go once you have a male guardian to chaperone you).
Now in my thirties with a demanding career, faced with the constant pressure of getting married and settling down and the odd critique of being too old to travel and have adventures, I’ve taken it upon myself to visit the places and pursue the interests that I have wanted to for so long. It’s taken me thirty years to learn that if you wait for the approval of others, you’ll spend your whole life waiting.
I hope this blog offers anyone reading, the encouragement to go and pursue anything they have ever wanted to see or do regardless of age, background or gender. Whether it’s learning a new skill, attending classes, visiting a new place or like me travelling solo, don’t allow societal/cultural expectations, age or even the fear of trying things alone be a barrier. Just do it!
With this blog, I aim to share details about my travels for anyone looking to do something similar, with tips on suggested itineraries, what to see and do (both locally here in the UK and abroad), travelling on a budget and how to stay safe if you’re going alone.
A Little About Me…
I’m a British-Indian in my mid-thirties with a recently discovered love for solo adventure travel.
I work in a corporate job in the city during the week, but in my spare time I enjoy exploring the beautiful city of London, travel, languages, hiking and photography. I’m also a vegetarian with a very big sweet tooth, so eating out and cooking are also things I enjoy.
Since childhood, I have been fascinated by different cultures and languages (growing up trilingual and with both Eastern and Western values probably had something to do with it). Combine that with a love of wildlife and nature (thanks to years of watching David Attenborough documentaries with my dad), a natural curiosity for what the world had to offer beyond my little town blossomed within me at a pretty young age and I was eager to get out and experience it for myself.
However, there was a minor hitch in my plan to throw on a backpack and start exploring; two pretty conservative Indian parents who taught me that the big wide world was no place for a young girl to be exploring alone.
Determined to prove them wrong, I moved out to university aged 19 and headed off to Berlin, Germany as part of a study aboard programme aged 21. Studying German at degree level and living abroad was my first taste of a new and exciting culture, independent living and solo travel and I haven’t looked back since.
I’ve always been an introvert but living abroad and navigating life in a new country really gave me the much-needed confidence that I had lacked as a result of my insulated upbringing.
I now see travel as an opportunity to experience cultures that are far removed from what know in my day to day and to meet people with a different perspective to my own. I truly believe that getting out of your comfort zone and trying things you wouldn’t ordinarily do is a spectacular way to grow and broaden your horizons.
With this blog, I hope I can encourage more people to try something new, be it travel or anything else. Whether you just can’t find the right people to go with or there are other reasons holding you back, I hope I’m able to offer you the little nudge of encouragement you may need to take the leap.
I hope you enjoy my blogs/photos/ general ramblings. Your comments and suggestions are welcome.
Peace & Happy Travels!
You can also follow me on Instagram @TheVoyagingVirgo
“I travel not to cross countries off a list, but to ignite passionate affairs with destinations”
– Nyassa P Chopra –