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YOUNG WOMAN TRAVELER holding an INDIAN PASSPORT exploring the world on HER OWN for more than a YEAR. That’s me!!

World traveler, experience collector, adventure seeker, culture vulture, foodie, budget traveler and believer of serendipity and happy endings. Ah well! that’s me again.

Miss Walking Shoes leena bansal

A big Hello! I am Leena Bansal aka Miss Walking Shoes. I quit my job in April 2014 and since then I am on the journey of my life. I have traveled to 32 countries across three continents in this time. All this while, I have traveled 79,827 kilometers (49604 miles) – this distance is roughly equivalent to circling the Earth twice!

Trekking up the Himalayas, deep sea diving in Atlantic Ocean, climbing Mayan Pyramids to paragliding up in the air, camping on roadside with gypsies, bumping into my look – alike in Berlin (really!!!), losing my camera lens, almost dying of snake bite twice, climbing active volcano in Indonesia, and witnessing two natural disasters – cyclone in Gili Islands and Nepal earthquake were just a few of things that had happened to me in the last twelve months.

All these travels were self-funded and self-organized. I traveled on the budget using overland transportation when traveling within a continent, shared rooms with unknown travelers in the dormitories (YES!! Queen Style), and cooked my meals (wherever possible). You will find it really interesting that I’m a vegetarian and I managed to stay that way all this while.

How it all started?

As far as I remember, I always wanted to travel and see all that is wonderful and not so wonderful in the world. My 9-year-old self, told my teacher that my dream is to go to Antarctica when most of my classmates told about dreams of becoming doctors, engineers, and astronauts. She laughed off by saying that you can’t go there, no human being can go there. To which I said, “that’s why I want to go there and also I want to go to the moon and also travel in space.” After the class, many of my curious classmates asked me about my plans, how I will go there and what will I do there etc etc. Since then most discussions with my friends are about travels and places.

I traveled overseas for the first time when I was nineteen and I found the travel to be too expensive and my dream quite unaffordable. The only way I figured out was to study hard, get high paying job and travel.

I started working as an advertising professional and was quite happy with it until I did my first backpacking trip to Singapore and Malaysia in 2011. There I was introduced to backpacking lifestyle and I met many long-term travelers. I realized that if one can cut on little luxuries, it is not exactly unaffordable to travel around the world. I started saving and finally last year, I quit my job to travel around the world solo.

Where all did I go?

Journey map of my travels around the world, 2014 - 2015 miss walking shoes leena bansal
Journey map of my travels around the world, 2014 – 2015

I started with Europe. I did a round circle starting from Paris covering Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Vatican City (not in the same order).

Then I flew to New York covering USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Post which I came back to India to get a fresh passport booklet (ah! the downside of traveling on Indian passport) and then I started my voyage to Asian countries of Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, and Nepal.

Before this trip, I had traveled to USA, Bhutan, Singapore and Malaysia so as of now I have traveled to 32 countries in total including India.

Read more about my itinerary here.

How I planned the trip?

I planned my RTW trip horribly or to say by not planning much. You may disagree, but I always feel that planning kills the fun. But when I was on the road, I did realize that little planning could have been helpful. To quote an example, it took me four hours to reach my hostel from the train station for a distance that could be covered in 10 minutes. Reason – the hostel name was listed in the English language on the site; well if you know France – you know they don’t speak or write English. And it was this time around, that I realized that most countries I intend to visit do not have English speaking natives.

To tell you about what I exactly planned was –  targeted amount to be saved, how to save or earn more, deciding on the year to quit, drawing a list of countries to visit and getting a couple of visas beforehand.

I left my home with a one-way ticket to Paris, one-day accommodation in the city, 1-way ticket to the USA, 3 visa stamps – Schengen, USA and Canada, a backpack and a camera. And what I came back with – is what Money can’t buy.

How I managed the trip?

By not micro – managing anything. As is life, so is road – unpredictable and uncertain – a mix of both happy and not so happy encounters. The train you are supposed to take doesn’t turn up but the one you are sure to miss arrives 2 hours late. The rule of the road is either to QUIT or to ADAPT.

I was quick to adapt and none of the factors like – traveling solo, being a woman, tight budget and safety bothered me much during travels. In fact, all these contributed to making my journeys even more enriching experience. There are not many solo travelers on the road. And the small fraction that makes this class is usually welcomed by all. Everyone wants to know the plans and stories of solo travelers.

As far as safety issues are concerned, I was born and raised in Delhi – one of the most unsafe places for the woman, so frankly I felt safe everywhere.

Click here to read more.

Is it worth it?

I’ve lived a life that’s full.

I’ve traveled each and every highway;

And more,much more than this,

I did it my way.”

I hope you get from these lines what I feel about my journey of last year.

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I’m home after a year around the world. This was truly EPIC guys!

Not only did I experience different perspectives and lived the joy and nervousness of new latitudes but I rose above dissimilarities to making lifelong friends, and in all this exploring, discovering, challenging, embracing, learning and unlearning; in this last one year of traveling, I have graduated from being ignorant of my ignorance to being aware and truly alive.

I lived more –  much more than all my other years put together. And so it was totally worth it.

So if you are interested in reading about all these stories and want to know the tricks and tips for world travel, this page is for you. Hope to see you here often. :)

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343 thoughts on “Meet your author here!

    1. Your blog encouraged me to pursue my dream of solo travelling,seeing the world.All i ever worried was funding my travel as i move to places.But you gave me the courage to do it.Thanx a ton

  1. Incredible..!!😎You are a motivation to aspire one’s dreams with passion…
    Being a boy or girl doesn’t matter n you proved it…
    Bravo…needs guts to travel alone…👍
    Lots of appreciation…👌
    Keep going gurllll…👢👟👞👠👡

  2. You are an inspiration, not only because you have traveled far and wide but also because of the courage you have shown! You deserve and you surely will go places! All the best….this is the starting of your journey….your life….and much more to come. Hats off to you!! :)

  3. Hey Leena i had that big smile on my face all the way reading about you and your journey…will follow your footsteps 😉

  4. i loved it while reading it thoroughly…

    its really great you lived your dream all throughout the year.. its truely an inspiration..

  5. It was wonderful to see that you have traveled lot of countries. I guess you proved that traveling needs courage and little planning but not lot of money. I wish you travel all the rest of the countries.

  6. Inspiring! only word that comes to my mind when i think what i feel after reading about you. I am a married person with a lil daughter and always feel caught up with responsibilities. But after reading about your thoughts, i feel connected and would want to start living my passion as well! Look forward to meet people like you on my journey’s. And, Good luck to you and hopefully you get to travel in Space soon! Network on LinkedIN to find some jugarh in Nasa 😉

  7. Am an Indian passport holder living in Sharjah and i started my RTW dream with Turkey this month. Your blog is an inspiration!

  8. GreAt to see other woman solo traveller. Would love to swap stories and tips.
    I recently came back from a three week trip in the US. Can’t wait for my next trip. But ned to sAve a lot.

  9. Hi Leena!! You need a lot of courage to do something like this. I am inspired by the simplicity of all this :) hope to have a long chat with you someday over a cup of coffee or anything you like to drink. Keep moving!!

  10. its great to know you!!I have been planning to travel to Antarctica and everyone laughed it off n today I am glad sm1 shares the dream… U just strengthened my resolve n its great to read about lone girls in India who are self-funding trips abroad !!! Salute to u girl! It’s one of the best reads I have had since a long time! Love and Happy travelling <3 😀

    1. Thank you so much. I am glad too – there is someone else who shares the love for Antarctica. Please do tell me whenever you travel there. Would LOVE to know about your adventures. Happy travelling!!! :)

  11. Hi Leena, I am fellow travel enthusiast. I would like to speak to you one-on-one (on chat preferably) about your travel experience and planning. For example, I’d like to ask about the financial aspects. Do let me know if, when and how I can reach you. I promise to not bug you with too many questions.

  12. just amazing, amazing!! How did you cope up with the expenses? This is real adventure. Hats off Leena.

    Start working on adventure tours by encouraging girls for these adventures and empower them with the courage.

  13. Hi Leena,

    Truly amazed by your Solo Travel writeup and no let me clarify at the very outset that it has NOTHING to do with your gender….all that I would love to know is how did you manage to fund it, assuming that you are unattached and with lesser financial liabilities than a family man like me – I would still like to work around it, it is the only thing I wanna do, see places…and experience them, not the touristy kind.

    Do Reply if you can Bye…..Roy

    1. Thanks, Roy for writing to me. I totally understand your point. It does get difficult when one has a family to take care of. Many people have written to me with similar queries and so I am thinking of writing a post on this topic. I am little caught up right now, so just give me a little time and I will get back to you. :)

      And yes, your photography is amazing. Keep it up.

      1. Thanks and it is very well understood that your itinerary is packed juggling the stuff that you are doing and fun it must be, will look forward to your first hand inputs whenever you pen them down.

        Thanks for your kind comments on the photographs, I am flattered

        Take care and rock it as you are doing.

  14. This is awesome! You’ve prove yet again that while people may mock you for having ‘unrealistic’ dreams, it is on your own self to just go do it. I salute your confidence.

    1. Thank you, Shruti. And what you said is so true. There will always be people who will tell you that you would never be able to do this or that. That your dream is too unrealistic or absurd. :)

  15. Hey! You knocked my sleeping mind. Now I woke up along with my buried dream of travelling around the globe. TanQ Misswalkingshoes. Am inspired. Keep going.

  16. hi leena your like my sister really very proud and happy to see you. your really the role model for you,your eyes are fully filled with experiences.i hope i would surely meet you when i come to delhi.

  17. Hello Leena,

    Truly inspiring your story. Good job :)

    I myself like to travel, but as you mentioned, it cannot be a good one till now as it was mostly sightseeing. So I thank you for your advice on taking up volunteership. Most likely I’ll try that next time.

    Keep up your good work!

  18. Hi Leena,

    First of all, a big congratulations for achieving such a marvelous experience…. I really admire your courage to travel the world and that too solo. I wanted to know how much did your expenses come to approximately for the whole trip and which was the place were your expenses went up a bit high?

    Secondly if I were to make trip around the world for 2-3 months, which all places would you suggest?

    Thank you..

  19. Hi Miss ………..

    Miss Walking Shoes
    My Self Amol . i m living In Mumbai, India
    I was Work In Last 5 Years in International Travel Company….
    but truly speaking i m not going any were

    but after reading your blog i m Truly inspiring … n right now i m also try to going some were
    i don’t know were but… i will definitely try..
    and once more your blog awesome, helpful and inspirational for other people

    Best of luck for your next journey…………………

  20. Hearty Congrats!!!! I saw my 13 year old daughter in you as she speaks the same language you did in school. Your success story will be an inspiration for her.

  21. THIS IS THE MOST INSPIRATIONAL POST I HAVE EVER COME ACROSS. YOU ARE A ROCKSTAR IN MY EYES. ALL MY WISHES FOR YOUR SUCCESS, HAPPINESS AND PROSPEROUS LIFE.

    PRASAD

  22. You are best! You have inspired not only travelling lovers but also the people who are trying to achieve there dreams/goals.
    thanks a lot for writing such a wonderful blog(page). And best wishes for future journey ! :-)

  23. In our marathi language there is a aphorism “हे विश्वची माझे घर”
    means “This world is my home”. You prooved it.

    1. Kharcha kitna aaya total ?? And detailed itenary share kar sakte ho kya aap? Inspired and interested people may love to read food experiences and peopleexperiencea managing budget.

      Cheers,

      Anand

  24. Great story! I am curious – how did you travel within a city. I know that USA has bad public transport and expensive cabs. So in this case, how did you travel? And how did you manage to get small jobs on a trip? ANy examples?

  25. Hey Leena !! Congrats for completing your RTW trip !!……I too have similar intentions to travel to all the countries & have similar notions on travel ………just started travelling & blogging…..besides the fact I’m a vegetarian like u……

  26. Hi ! i am 20 year old and I just came back from Barcelona yesterday and i did solo travel there for 9 days . Great memories , tasted some best dishes and local food. its great i came across your blog and now i am more sure about travelling solo and moreover need to plan things ahead and save for it . that is something i need to work on

  27. Hi Leela!!!
    I’m so , so very happy reading your site!
    Don’t know if you know but some marathi channels covered you and that’s how I got to know about you.
    This is just to tell you that I deeply respect and appreciate what you’ve achieved ; and more than that the thinking and determination behind what you’ve done!!
    I too LOVE traveling and being an actor I Get to travel a lot too. ( writing this from Qatar incidentally!!)
    But my travel is of the other end! Full of Luxuries, completely taken care of and planned !
    But I wish to do something like you someday.
    Let’s hope I do……:-)
    Would love to meet you sometime and listen to you.
    In fact we have a ‘monsoon fest’ at my farmhouse and call different people to share there art/experiences….
    Would you be kind enough to give a thought to come there?
    My mail id atul@atulkulkarni.com
    Thanks! And all the BEST for traveling to the rest of the world !!!
    Atul kulkarni

    1. Thank you, Atul for writing to me. I did not know about the coverage so it was a pleasant surprise to know it and more so from you. I really appreciate that you wrote to me. I totally hope that everyone gets to travel like me and discover the goodness in the world.

      Thank you very much for the invitation. I will try to see if I can manage to come for the fest. I will write to you on your personal mail ID to get the details.

      Regards!
      Leena Bansal

  28. hi leena,
    apaki ye experience sunake to mai apaka….sabase…big …fan…ban gaya hu …apake…baki ke bhi sare sapane…bhi pure ho…..best of luck..
    u r best..leena…

  29. Hi Leena,
    It’s really inspiring and awesome!!😊
    I am really curious about how much did you earn and spend in your trip?

  30. Hey Miss Walking Shoes,
    First of all hats off to your courage. I read your blog and liked your thoughts very much.
    I am eager to know that how you managed the flight expenses?
    Because currently I am living in Japan and I also have traveled a lot in japan but flight expenses are major chunk in overall expenses.

    1. Thank you, Gaurav! I totally agree about flight expenses. In fact, I will do a post with details about the expenses because many people have the same question.So just give me a little time and I will get back to you. :)

  31. wohh this is jst awsme….n ispiring story leena….hope you will travel more n more……happy travelling

  32. hi leena, great ! I am from Kolhapur, Maharashtra and love travelling around, but you are great. I love to meet you.

  33. It’s like WHAT I THOUGHT, YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE!!!! hehehehe

    Toooooo inspiring!!!!! Post your more n more stories ASAP.

  34. Hey Leena !!! Thanks for the sharing your lovely experience as traveller
    I too LOVE traveling and anything that is unplanned.

  35. I really like article and the way leena move over the world really appreciable.
    It is Idol case for indian girls who can think out of their limitation…
    hats of to you Leena…..

  36. thank you for following your passion!!! You are showing the world what a person with passion can do!!! Let Life Be Celebrations!!!

  37. Hi…
    I’m also mad about world journey
    I just spend my whole life in world traveling after completions of my responsibilities
    Muze jb bhi koi apne Aim ke bareme pu6 ta hai at that tym I simply said ” journey of the word ”
    I’m so excited to discuss with u about ur experiences during the journey
    I want to ask lot of Q to u
    I don’t know u reply me or not but i got my inspiration thank u…..

  38. Its really inspirational. Congratulations for living your dream. You are a true inspiration to all those who dream. Specially to women. Solo travel without fear, great.hats off to you.

  39. Hi Leena,
    First I want to congratulate you on your achievement. It’s great indeed and not many people can do it. You have really inspired me a lot. I have always wanted to travel and have travelled a few countries but not the way you have done. I now finally plan to do so and would love to get some tips from you on the funding, on getting VISAs, and on backpacking.

    Would really appreciate if you can share some details.

    Again, hats off to you girl!

    Regards,
    Niloy

  40. Hi there,

    Great post. Greater story. I just came back from a solo euro trip of my own. But I felt the major stumbling block was getting visas to these countries. I had a strict deadline on my schengen visa which curtailed my travel flexibility.

    I’m curious on how you managed to go on a one way ticket to Europe. Was there anything special you had to do to get a long time visa? Would you have any tips or suggestions on making the visa process more favorable to a fellow Indian?

  41. Wow… You are an inspiration..
    I am actually planning for a solo trip, and see I landed to your beautiful travelblog.
    Reading your blog has given me more motivation. Will need your guidance though..

    Thanks,
    Sapna

  42. Leena, as an avid alternative traveller in Europe, I was always looking forward to date travellers. These girls are enriched with knowledge where we mutually learn from each other. I am very happy to see you doing what I always wanted my dream girl to do. Love, Avik

  43. By Reading your story i am also inspired to go for solo travell..i love to explore new places but due to many constraints it has not happend yet..U r such an inspiration for solo travelling..thanks :) :)..keep posting ur experiences to inspire others :d:d

    Thanks,
    Falguni.

  44. You are an inspiration to all us Indian girls who have the nerve to think about travelling solo but not enough to actually do it.
    Hope you travel to every corner of the earth as well as space you wish to! :)

  45. You have just been inspiring. I have a exam tomorrow but after reading your blog i am feeling like to run away and visit such lovely places. But for that i need to get a good job! And you are just amazing…keep sharing such beautiful moments and do post how you manage your expenses.

  46. Hey, random news end up at your page. Nice job, you are living your life. I am Indian, but currently staying at Canada. Your page inspired me to make a plan for traveling. Very soon i will plan with my wife. Super. Thanks.

  47. Hi Leena,
    Congrats for the accomplishment! Read your interview with one of the travel websites and I literally had goosebumps while reading reading the same and then read few of your posts, which further added to the feeling!
    Travelling and that too solo is something that has been on my mind since long, but somehow I have not been able to start with the same. Maybe because it will be a big change from a daily job routine!
    There is a whole spectrum of things that I would like to ask you or know from you…ranging from basics like…wasnt it scary to take the leap of leaving your well paying job? or how did you manage budget travelling? and what exactly do you define as budget travelling (budget has different meanings for different people I believe!)? how did you manage to get jobs in different countries?
    To think of it all my questions narrow down to a BIG HOW!!??
    I loved reading your experiences of different countries, but frankly I would love more to read about planning, motivation, ground work behind all these experiences and travel! I dont know how it will sound, but I feel I have been standing on the edge for quite a long time and I am desperately trying to find that push to take this leap!
    I would be really glad if I could get even a few of those answers from you. You insights as a mail to tarangchhabra@gmail.com or or as a blog or in any manner will be awaited! :)

  48. Hey Lee…though I have been following your travels on FB, I happened to visit the blog just today…Amazing man….just follow your heart and you’ll go places (which you already are going :P)!!!!!!

  49. Hi Leena,

    This is one of the best travel blogs I have read in recent times. First of all, congratulations on achieving this dream feat. I still remember you as one of my smartest colleagues from what was our first job (back in 2011, Planman).

    This journey is quite an encouragement to all the enthusiastic young travellers. As an avid traveller myself, the first constraint any traveller faces when going backpacking to other countries is budget. But what you have achieved in terms of self funding and budget travel is commendable. Write something on the managing the budget, as I believe that would be quite handy for everyone.

    Looking forward to more such blogs on your experiences.

    Best Wishes,
    Raj

  50. Many congratulations and a sincere gratitude from my side for sharing your experiences. There is this Kannada saying which says traveling and reading are the best sources to gain knowledge. With all the traveling you could be as wise as an owl :):). I wish all the very best for your future adventures.

  51. Leena!! You are an inspiration and you have lived a dream, ironically a dream to me too!!! I am a traveler myself and have been planning to do this for a long time. So far i have only covered most of India and some parts in the US. Anticipating your next blog with all details wrt your expenses and earnings.

    Way to Go!!!

  52. Bravo and Congratulations Miss Walking Shoes!

    How about a post on visa and paperwork? I find that the biggest hurdle in my travel plans.
    Plus any travel hacks to find cheap air/train tickets

  53. Hey leena, its 3am in the morning when i opened your blog it was around 1pm, n things which you ve wrote places you have travelled, i have no words to say! I m also a travel hippy n i have such dreams to travel across india alone, your writings inspired me more. But do take care when you are travelling and be safe.. kudos

  54. How come you haven’t done south america yet? I have lived and travelled there for 6 months and can tell you as a place it is one of the most. Liveliest, colorful, diverse and interesting places on earth. The energy of the place is very vibrant. You should have south america on your next agenda, its a perfect place for an adventure

  55. Hey read about your journey… Good to see you made the step ahead for your dreams..
    You would be an inspiration to many in coming time..

    Wish you lots of good WIshes and many more trips in your Life..

    Regards,
    Nivedita

  56. Hey, I am Prachi Jain. I was toring with the idea of taking a solo trip to USA next year for about 10 weeks. While i was still toying with that idea, you came by. And you are responsible for making up my mind that i am taking that 10 week trip next year…Thanks for dropping by :-)

    Do chronicle your travels to USA… i could use some help planning it 😉

    Love,
    Fellow Traveller

  57. Hi Leena, You have achieved something many around the world hope for or just think about. All the places visited are great, photos are amazing, but the thought process behind the travel you carry is above all. Kudos to you!!! Wishing you travel around the globe more and more, and wish you all the very best in life. Cheers!!

  58. hi , your story is amazing ,and hats off to your spirit .
    can you please tell me ,how did u manage to get visa ,mainly Schengen and us visa , i myself is planning to travel the world for next 3 years coming November , and i have not planned anything at all ,that’s kind of how i like it .all i know ill start with koh phangan .
    and can you please also tell me how you got the teaching job at laos.
    it will be really helpful ,if u you can answer these ,whenever you have time .
    thanks
    cheers
    you are awesome /

    1. Thanks Shailesh. I applied for these visas beforehand and for SE Asia, I applied through E-visa or on – arrivals. I got job by walking into the tourist information center and they were in need of a teacher so I got the job (minus any pay).

  59. Hey Leena heard you on FM yesterday and visited your blog ….. Felt very nice to see you travel around 32 countries ….. till date i never heard any indian have done this type of journey.
    I will certainly go through all your post and will be visiting frequently…. Very best of luck to your future life…!!!!

  60. Hey Leena, Superb!!!!!!! i have been dreaming a trip like this for the past 5-6 years… saved some money though..but bit confused how to start and where to start.. iam planning to cover Asian countries first and the arabic and the finally eurpoe(if i have some money left behind)..
    So your experiences while travelling ll be very useful for so many people like who have been dreaming about a trip like this…

  61. Hey Leena…i am happy to see your adventurous trip. You know what, i have been planning to
    for a trip like this from past 5- years and saved some also BUT quite confused where to start and how to start. My plan is cover Asian Countries first and then followed by Arabic and then Europe(if any money left). So any suggestions would be very helpful as you might have experienced good and bad in your one long year journey…

    1. Hi Lakshman, your plans sounds really good. All the very best for it! As for suggestions, I would soon put my RTW travel planning and resources post. In the meantime, save as much as you can. :)

  62. Hey Leena! I read about you and your stunts on tripoto and I am already feelin like quittin my job! It’s so inspiring that you are actually doing what everyone simply thinks of doing “one day”. Even if I think of quitting my job at this moment, I am already stuck in a rut and this duniyadari shit that I won’t b able to do it!
    You’re a lucky girl :)
    What would you do if you were in my place and wanted to travel? you have any tips for me?

  63. Hello Leena aka Miss Walking Shoes. This is truly inspiring for a person like me who is been thinking of doing the same since past 5 years. I would really love to connect with you either by chat or phone so I can discuss some topics so I can get started just like you.

  64. Dear Miss Walking Shoes,
    Well done. Your story is inspiring. I havent been to as many places as you have, but I have been to South East Asia and I agree with your point of view. Something which I would like you to do now is take the next step and inspire more women from India to travel solo. You can give detailed accounts of your days and nights in different places and show how easy it is once you actually get to doing it. I hope reading about you and your travels lights up the wanderlust in all of us.

    -Arghya

  65. Hey leena,

    My question is same as how did you manage money,total expense. Write a blog on this as soon as possible. I am so curious about it :)
    I had a dream about worls tour but there were no one to suggest me how to do.
    I just got job in software field. But My dream is world tour.

    Share your experience.We all are waiting :)

  66. OMG…Simply WOW..As I luv to travel..I would also want to emulate U…U r such an inspiration for female travelling freaks.Would luv 2 meet u 2.Any plans of coming 2 d city of joy…Kolkata ?

  67. OMG…Simply WOW..As I luv to travel..I would also want to emulate U…U r such an inspiration for female travelling freaks.Would luv 2 meet u 2.

  68. I wish I could plan out smthn like u did but m nt lucky as u,i stay away from home and cant save much for a RTW. :(
    But u truly inspired me to travel if not RTW then to some countries atleast,n m gonna go for it :)

  69. Hey,
    What you’ve done is truly commendable and inspiring. However, your links to Singapore and Thailand takes you to Luxembourgh. I wanted to read about your experience to Thailand. Can you please fix it? Thanks and all the best :)

  70. Hey, first of all congratulate, now u become superstar. i am also just like you. But have lots of family responsbilities. But i ll do solo travelling in near future bcz i am unmarried :)
    One more thing. U have a very innocent and beautiful smile. Just love it. Its make my day. Please keep it always with you and do keep make my day. :)
    Have bright travelling ahead.

  71. Amazing…your story has inspired me to pursue my love for travel. I might need some help on recommendation and tips from you…But great going girl! Proud of you.

  72. First of all congratulations on following your dream to travel around the globe. Hope this will be a motivation for Indian (both men and women) to start travelling, whether it’s within India or outside. As you said, travelling alone is much challenging but the fruits are very enriching, like riding a bike is meditation for some people, travelling does the same who approach it with same devotion. Definitely some of the best life lessons are learnt while your on road and travelled and interacted with the people from different country, culture and religion. Kudos girl!

  73. Hi Ms. Nomad,
    You are a small fraction of people out of six plus billion population on earth who have understood the value, true meaning, beauty, purpose of life.
    I admire your passion to make your life’s jouney worthwhile and live to the fullest and enrich your life with great experiences.
    I see myself in you.
    If you ever want to further explore the noon and corner of this universe including south America and Africa and Asia with an equally passionate, carefree and adventurous, much older lady friend I would love to hear from you.

    Thanks to my nephew for sending me the link
    SK

  74. Hey Miss Walking Shoes,

    Keep Going. Hope your shoes get the taste of dirt of every country around the world.

  75. Hi leena. .I just came across your blog today . It’s very inspiring. I am a student in russia. And I am 22 years old.I have saved up a little and will be travelling solo on a student budget to Czech Republic, Austria and Hungary in a few days. I would really like to seek some advice from you and get some tips.can I get your email ID please ?
    Thank you .
    Regards, Vedwati .

  76. Hi Leena,
    Am amused by your tales…
    Simple worded and Wonderfully you explained many of your trip and mostly humane aspects…
    Am also a sort of lonely traveller, but never ventured so far alone as you did…
    Am absolutely in sync with your view of Kashmir, its people,(Just now accomplished a bike ride across J&K) and overview of soul of travel i.e. people of different regions.

    Kudos…
    BR
    Manikandan R

  77. I love travelling just like you do. But I dont earn much. :/ . I so wish someones sponsered my a travelling. Anyways , you did a great job. You definitely made me motivated to travel alone and to different continents. :)

  78. Hello Leena,

    Just one word; super!

    Bon voyage to you for your trip to rest of the countries.

    I have traveled a bit; [yet to reach your daring mindset though :-)]

    I have 2 photo-blogs. feel free to have a look and share your opinion.

    Thanks and Regards,

  79. hi Leena,

    Gr8 Job. Keen to connect with you to explore the possibility of making 26 million magzter users consume your blog content.Please share your mail id .

  80. Hey!!
    Thank You, Leena You just opened a pandora`s box of possibles for me.I was one of those who did not have a destination in life, fresh out of college it bothered me.Your blog helped me decide my destination.i LOVE to travel and always wanted to.your blog inspired me to look at travel differently,Keep up the good work and all the best for your future travels!!!

    P.S
    will need your advise,now the saving BEGINS!!!

  81. Hi Leena,
    Congrats for the accomplishment! Read your interview with one of the travel websites and I literally had goosebumps while reading reading the same and then read few of your posts, which further added to the feeling!
    Travelling and that too solo is something that has been on my mind since long, but somehow I have not been able to start with the same. Maybe because it will be a big change from a daily job routine!
    There is a whole spectrum of things that I would like to ask you or know from you…ranging from basics like…wasnt it scary to take the leap of leaving your well paying job? or how did you manage budget travelling? and what exactly do you define as budget travelling (budget has different meanings for different people I believe!)? how did you manage to get jobs in different countries?
    To think of it all my questions narrow down to a BIG HOW!!??
    I loved reading your experiences of different countries, but frankly I would love more to read about planning, motivation, ground work behind all these experiences and travel! I dont know how it will sound, but I feel I have been standing on the edge for quite a long time and I am desperately trying to find that push to take this leap!
    I would be really glad if I could get even a few of those answers from you. You insights as a mail to tarangchhabra@gmail.com or or as a blog or in any manner will be awaited! :)

  82. hi leena
    what u have done is really great and i think u have proved that spirit of vasudhev kutumb ..where world is our home…it shows how strong you are physically as well as mentally to travel the world alone…i also like to travel so pls share ur thoughts on expenses & what to watch out for……hoping for ur reply…all the best for ur future trips…….thanks…

  83. Hiii Leena
    Just went through ur blog n ur life of last year. Its simply amazing…. wish to have a life as urs
    Would love reading about ur future trips… have wonderful trips ahead n keep motivating the rest of us…

  84. Dear Leena

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! on the achievement. I just love the way you have traveled and the way you have penned your descriptions. it is very inspiring and motivating especially for the planners who want to tour the world. i appreciate your enthusiasm and love for travelling. You are full of beans and energetic.
    Thanks to my sister for sharing the link with me.

    Mithili

  85. Dear Leena

    Congratulations!!!!!!!!!! on the achievement. I just love the way you have traveled across being a vegetarian, the way you have penned your descriptions. it is very inspiring and motivating especially for the planners who want to tour the world. i appreciate your enthusiasm and love for travelling. You are full of beans and energetic.
    Thanks to my sister for sharing the link with me.

    regards
    Mithili

  86. Absolutely loved this We are six weeks in to a bit of a trip and have started a blog to record it, but one of the best bits has been to find other people’s stories here in WordPress. Love your blog and some of your photos are awesome! Keep travelling, writing and taking photos,
    Hannah

  87. Hi, Leena Or Miss Walking shoes
    you are a great inspiration for all of us,
    I wish you all the best for the future trips
    and keep posting and inspiring millions.
    I loved your pictures.
    Thank you so much.
    :)

  88. Well Done Leena! I’ve not yet started the RTW trip but hope to be one of your kind someday! I am from Nepal and read your blogs about you trip here..!! Thank you so much. Its always fun to read your posts..!! Cheers!

  89. It confuses me why people follow people like Radhe Maa etc etc. I would rather be your follower and then follow you around the globe. 😀
    Jokes apart, I have been very inspired by Rahul Sankrityayan, a writer who laid so much importance on travelling. You are my new inspiration. Thank you so much for affirming my belief that I can live this dream too.☺

  90. Hi, i am durga singh ,MANAGER in BANK .tell me how to planned you travelling concept leaving your job and also tell me how to plan travel around the world

  91. Leena its truly inspiring & motivating for people who loves to travel with limited budget.
    Hatsoff to you & thanks for sharing with us.

  92. You have inspired me more on two of existing plans that I have on hold.
    One, do the world trip sooner and God damn write that blog soon.
    Hats off to you for doing that on an Indian passport above anything else. I am sure you will go to Antartica too. Its top on my list.
    Hopefully this website inspires people in India.

  93. Hi…
    What an interesting and inspiring travel book! I’m not much farer than your dream but the present social clutches make a person like me bound ….Any tips for me to be free?

    1. hi…even my dream is to travel like u
      have u ever experienced like…ur in some country and ur out of money…n how did/do you mange to survive?…n have u ever experinced survival?

  94. Heyy Miss Walking Shoes.. your journey is awe-inspiring.
    very few people have guts to follow their dreams. Kudos!!
    Wish you all the very best :)

  95. Heyy Miss Walking Shoes.. your journey is awe-inspiring.
    very few people have guts to follow their dreams. Kudos!!
    Wish you all the very best :)

  96. Hi Leena,

    Awesome and inspiring words from your end. However, I have a few queries about how you are managing your travel. And I mean the expenses as there is no dearth of time you have.
    I have traveled a bit both solo and with a partner, so I would like to take some cues from you about how can I make my travel plans efficient and pocket friendly as you have been able to do so far.

    I reckon as you have mentioned around 28 countries that you have traveled within an year. And I assume you might have traveled by air overseas, sparing the road/public transport once landed. How are you managing the air travel expenses as you agree that its a major chunk of expense of your budget. To me one needs around a hard savings of over 5 lkhs (considering 30 k on average spent on air fare travel for 20 countries).

    Also, is it possible to have VISA for Schengen, USA and Canada with just a one way ticket and no accommodation reservations in the same order? Because, it didnt happen for me when I checked in the last time.

    Also, post you land to your destination, do you plan to work art time to keep up with the daily chores? Because that is one way a lot of globe totters have been doing off late. If yes, an someone work while on a tourist visa (that is that I assume you had applied for, right?) in a foreign land.

    It would be much appreciated if I could have these key mantras of wandering around like a free bird sorted. May be you can inspire someone to go around the world in 365 days.

    Much thanks and keep wandering.

    1. Hi Shashvat,

      Wow! That’s too many queries.

      First, I fly only when getting to a new continent rest all travels are overland.
      Second, I already had US tourist visa on me. So the next step I took was writing Cover Letters along with my visa application. For Schengen, I could show my ticket to US and in Canada, I showed a pre-booked bus ticket to USA. Same thing I did in SE Asia, I was showing bus/boat tickets to other countries as EXIT proof. I would cancel/reschedule these tickets later according to my plans.
      Third, I do lot of volunteering but yes, you can’t get work on Tourist Visa but they can pay you in kind. When I was teaching in Laos, the staff arranged for my stay.

      I hope these pointers are helpful. :)

  97. HI Leena, thanks to an email from Charlie (you probably got the same) found your blog, now I have to take some time to read all this….

    Bisous.

  98. Keep updating your journeys. I doubt whether I’ll be able to travel so much given the time I have. Its good to see someone enjoying their dreams so much. Keep writing!

  99. Leena aka Miss Walking Shoes…I really feel proud when I share tales of your adventurous trip with my family and friends…Kudos girl for living your dreams and setting examples for others!!!

  100. Leena, what you have achieved is really inspiring & thanks for showing us the world through your eyes… Keep encouraging us.

  101. :’) OmG ! reading this already gives me a gooseflash. i can feel the excitement just by being here on my bed n reading this ! miss walking shoes you’ve inspired me to follow my Dreams now! Coz there is never tommorrow. Wanna get up n run to it all.
    p.s take me with you pleaseeeee!(Next time!) 😀 -Miss Running shoes (#hopefully ) 😛

  102. Hi Leena, the first thing which came to my mind after reading your blog is….Yes, I can too!. I’ve been planning it for years now but couldn’t move it further. But like you said life is all short, why waste it…You really are an inspiration for people like me who want to explore life. Gud luck for rest of the explorations and will be touch.

  103. You are one of a girl and that too from India going for such a travel and such a budget is unthinkable. More over your experiences are very inspiring also…Kudos to you.
    I always wanted to travel like this but…..will never happen to me

  104. I am a traveller too and no other thing is good as travelling.. meetng new people Accepting new culture is a thing dat drives me too..Neva travel to foreign countries though but the thing is travelling is not about boundaries …its about finding you…have recrntly

    1. I am a traveller too and no other thing is good as travelling.. meetng new people Accepting new culture is a thing dat drives me too..Neva travel to foreign countries though but the thing is travelling is not about boundaries …its about finding you…every single trip helps u discover yourslf…have recrntly started solo trips too..nice to hear up stories frm co traveller it gets urs adrenaline roaring. ..

  105. You are Rock ……. :) . Now i’am inspired to travel around the world like with low cost 😉 …
    If it happens then i will let you know through this blog. :) . Well.. take care Leena Bansal and Enjoy..
    “Make a Symbol to the world (like you :))” , proud to be an Indian.

  106. I just love love love the picture of you outside the airport. I just LOVE IT! It brings a smile on my face everytime I see it. Thank you for inspiring so many people. All the best and keep it up!

  107. Namaste leena…..congratulation for all of this. You traveled very smart and became my inspiration. But one thing i want to ask you…did you traveled India?

  108. Not just live but live LIVE and never stop. We have 6 billion people on this planet and assuming that 50 % have the capability to do something and of those 50 % , only 50 % do something i.e. 1.5 billion ideas, enough to make a sustainable world. So, good to see a person here among the lot of 1.5 billion. The present need is to bring those 1.5 billion together and your work is doing that because who knows which story might inspire to do something big like Apple or Google.

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