Pooja Singh is a traveller, Entrepreneur and an adventure seeker. In Spite of having a busy schedule as a financial analyst by profession, she realised that she can rejuvenate by visiting offbeat locations & indulge myself in adventure experiences, travel being the major source of inspiration. Travelling was integral to her parents, once you begin, you get closer to knowing yourself and when that happens, there’s no coming back – you want to do it more and more.
She was born in Haryana & raised in different parts of India as her father was in Indian Army.
She graduated from Delhi & did MBA in Marketing from Mumbai. After that she worked in L&T for 2 years & in Reliance for 2.5 years in Mumbai as Investor Relations. She quit her job in 2020 and since then she has been exploring places non-stop. You can check her travel updates on Instagram https://instagram.com/iampoojasingh_
She feel it’s never too late to follow your dreams. She followed her passion & She has opened up a hostel chain in the name of All Terrain Stay (ATS). Currently ATS is operational in Manali & Rishikesh. She also run a travel company named “Riding Solo”. She officially joined the company as co-founder in 2020. It is registered with IMF, Uttarakhand Govt And Himachal Govt in Adventure Tourism category.
What is your source of motivation?
My parents and their journey, I see what a rollercoaster it has been for them, yet they have raised us so beautifully. The way my life has turned in these 28 years I am absolutely loving my journey. I started traveling when I was a kid. This travel journey of my life is always giving me lots of surprises to my excitement and teaching me new lessons with all experiences. I travelled to almost 26 states. I worked for 4 years in Mumbai and then also I managed to travel while working full time. There was a point where I even travelled as much as 4 – 5 times a month while working full-time. As we get limited holidays in a year, I used to utilise all my weekends. But after working for 4 years in corporates in Mumbai, I finally decided to follow my dreams of travelling full time.
I have been traveling continuously for the past 8 months. It’s been an adventurous journey which started with Uttarakhand in Jan. I have traveled to Andhra, Telangana & Andaman & Nicobar Island in feb. Himachal & Kashmir in march, Full April in Goa, Kashmir & now based out in Manali.
2. What’s your favourite place so far?
It’s very difficult to choose as each place is unique in its own way. No matter how many times you visit a place, there is always something new to find.
I am currently in manali, running a hostel here, observing village life in this sleepy corner of the hill country. It’s my favourite place right now, but if you ask me tomorrow, I might tell you about some other place.
3) When did you finally realise to go on a forever vacation?
Having considered this question myself several times, I realised last year (in May 2020) during lockdown that I wanted to quit my job and travel the world once travelling starts again after lockdown. I believe in the ‘You only live once’ mantra. Even though at this moment it might seem that you have got endless time left, but you don’t. The older we get the faster time will fly until a day will come when you regret everything you did not do.
4. What is that one most beautiful thing about being a full time traveler?
I’ve been travelling myself full-time for the last 7-8 months. When your main occupation is “traveler”, there’s no Wednesday hump, no Monday blues and certainly no lack of motivation to jump out of bed in the morning. Everyday is an adventure. I like to travel slowly, spend at least a month at one place, which gives me enough time to explore it as well as I can easily work. But also, if you are a full time traveler, it’s important to be clear about your priorities and how much time you need to do things.
5. What is your travel style?
Most of the time I prefer traveling solo as I am free to choose a destination, make changes midway, adjust at places or simply loiter around. And I do slow traveling. You’ll learn more, enjoy it more, and have a much more memorable experience. I also interact with locals and try their way of living as much as I can.
6. Retrospectively, what might have been the most courageous thing that you’ve ever done? Share an incident that required you to take a huge leap of faith.
Most of us are scared of diving into the unknown, unfamiliar situations. We are scared that things could go wrong, that things will be uncomfortable, and that things might not go as expected.
I went on my first solo trip to Goa in May 2018. And then I got bitten by the travel bug. I devised a plan to make sure I would travel whenever I could. It was quite scary at first but somehow it got easier and easier as I kept doing it. I discovered who I am. I felt a complete sense of freedomI believe one must have the freedom to experience, to explore, to grow, to dream, to try, and to completely be one’s self. Believe in yourself and you can achieve anything.
To continue pursuing your dreams you need to not stop trusting in you and your dreams. You need to wholly visualize every detail of your dream and wake-sleep to it. You will always have to learn from your failures, learn to overcome challenges with wit. You need to make “the changes” as your friend and embrace it whenever needed. Mentally prepare yourself for every bit of it. When you feel carried away just recall why you decided to start it in the first place.
7. Is there anything that I miss about my old life before travelling?
I think nothing much. I am enjoying this life. However, I miss having steady friends. On the road, I always have to start from scratch when I meet new people and some of these interactions bloom into great friendships. I am enjoying this phase.