It’s not always that one goes for his inner calling. Lakshmi Sharath is one of those few people who live their life guided by their inner self and not by the rules of the society. An accomplished blogger, writer, media professional and a full time traveler, Lakshmi Sharath has many feathers in her cap.
Lakshmi Sharath was like all of us, going to the office and coming back home was her daily routine. This routine life continued for 15 long years before she finally could not resist her inner calling to break the mold. She left her successful career as a media professional and went on a voyage to travel the world. Her wanderlust took her to various countries across continents of the world and gave her experiences to cherish for a lifetime.
The achievements Lakshmi earned in all the areas of her work is truly magnificent and encouraging. Her achievements clearly show that ‘when passion becomes your goal, the results are exceptional’
As a blogger, Lakshmi has won many accolades for her travel blog ‘A Travel Blog of an Indian Backpacker‘ including the Indibloggies -India’s best travel blog of the year in 2008. She has been continuously featuring in the list of top 10 bloggers of India along with being in the list of 100 recommended travel blogger to be followed. Being an active social media member, Lakshmi has over 15,000 followers on twitter and her helpful tweets have got her the place in the list of top 100 travel tweeters to be followed.
Lakshmi has had a vast experience as a travel writer and her travel diaries have landed her as a columnist role with the Metro Plus, The Hindu and many more reputed media houses. She has numerous articles and photographs published across a wide range of national and international platforms like National Geographic Traveler, India Today Travel Plus, Times Crest, Time Out Explorer, Deccan Herald, Hindustan Times, HT Mint, Sunday Express, DNA, Bangalore Mirror, Mumbai Mirror, Rediff.com, Yahoo.com, Sify, Go Nomad.com, Happy Trips, Jet wings, Platform, Terrascape, Complete Well Being, Windows and Aisles and Simplifly.
Her popularity as an expert traveler has got her respectable invitations from various tourism boards such as Tourism Ireland, Singapore Tourism, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Jordan, Poland, Turkey, Germany, Spain, Canada, and South Australia Tourism Commission. She has been a part of the historical match between Roger Federer and Lindsay Vonn in the snow at the Alps. She was one of the only two travel writers invited by Jungfrau Railways in Switzerland to cover this exhibition match.
For Lakshmi Sharath travelling is a way of life. Soaking in the experiences, meeting new people, getting to know the culture are the basic ingredients to make a successful trip, and this applies to any part of the world. In an exclusive interview on the Daily Travel Podcast with Nathaneil Boyle, Lakshmi said she loves to sit for hours at one place and do nothing but to observe people and happenings around her. For her, travel is not about vacationing and just visiting many places, it’s about spending sometime at a place to fully capture its essence and for that you may become the part of the crowd or just sit at a distance and be an observer.
Lakshmi has been a key influencer with brands like Thomas Cook, Lufthansa, Lenovo, Nokia Lumia, Revlon India, Airbnb, VIP, Opera Mini, Buyforexonline.com, CEAT Tyres, Mahindra Adventure, Active Holidays, Cuponation, Indigo Airlines, and Lenovo among others. She has been featured in various lifestyle magazines including Femina and many others.
A firm believer of ‘one life, one chance’, she wants to make the most of it and suggests everyone to go out of their backyard and explore the world. Her advice to amateurs always has been to simply travel and don-‘t makes too much plans. Not looking back and travelling anywhere and everywhere possible, and soak in to the lives simpler people are her mantra. According to her, planning too much beforehand diminishes the possibility of creativity, but basic intelligent arrangements should be made carefully and keeping in mind the money part.
Lakshmi believes that every journey should be treated as a final destination and that’s what makes her travel experiences so different and worth reading. Her thirst for getting the best out of every moment of life and her multi-tasking trait is infectious. She is not just an inspiration but also a nice human being with simple lifestyle and a deeper understanding for the meaning of life.