No one realizes how beautiful it is to travel until he comes home and rests his head on his old, familiar pillow.” – Lin Yutang
DutyFreeList in conversation with fierce and courageous solo traveler, Swathi Hariharan
Your Instagram shows that 2018 was a splendid year for you. How would you describe it?
2018 started off pretty slow with me quitting my corporate legal job and taking up content creation full time. One of the major reasons why I quit that job was so that I could have more time to do the things I truly enjoy, travel being at the top of my list.
In April 2018 I got married to my then long term boyfriend, so you can imagine how the previous months would have been. After our wedding, my husband and I went on a few travels together, then we both got busy with our respective work commitments.
It’s ironic, actually, that I started solo travel after marriage. I have fallen in love with the ‘backpacking’ way of travelling and have been doing so on all my trips.
So yes, 2018 has been remarkable for me in the most positive way.
Do you have a bucket list? If yes, what are the top 3 things on it?
Ahhh!! I have a long list of things to do and places to visit… I wouldn’t call that a bucket list, I just have so many things I want to do.. Some of them are – going on a road trip across Mexico, visiting the Everest base-camp, learning skiing… and the list goes on.
What inspired you to be a travel enthusiast?
I have always loved travelling. Having been brought up across different parts of India, I associate travel more with the culture, people and food than the places itself actually.
What inspires me is curiosity to know more about the differences and similarities across borders.
Which is that one destination that you wish to visit again especially for the food choices?
While I love food everywhere, I would love to visit the northeast of India again. I am not trying to be generic, I actually mean all the 7 states! They all have their own unique characteristics and serene beauty and the food is just another level!
As a female traveler, what challenges do you face?
I have been asked this question multiple times and I understand why, but based on my experiences I would say ‘none’ , infact as a female solo traveler I have only received respect and support from fellow travelers and locals, both in India and outside.