About

Hi everyone, My self Seema Chauhan & I’m from Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh), India………….

I write content for website, blog as a freelancing from India and specialize in stories about travel, adventure, pilgrimages and local culture. My stories have appeared in several publications in India and abroad, including:

I am also the co-author of a blog on freelance journalism, Everything you wanted to know about freelance journalism (but didn’t know whom to ask). I have been blogging here since 2012 and Travelholid is one of India’s oldest and most popular travel blogs, featured in several publications.

Here are many things about me as a traveler you’ve always wanted to know but didn’t know whom to ask.

See, you didn’t want to know. Never mind. Here they are, anyway.

1. To see what I do in my real life, head here.

2. That real life occupation – being a content writer – is a dream come true for me. In fact, for many years, I did not even dare to dream about it. I worked in social marketing for over four years. After year two, I pretty much started hating the work. And it just kept getting worse.

3. The first time I traveled alone was at the ripe old age of 21. That’s right. It was for my vacation trip in Goa, India. Since then, I have been to four countries. I want to have visited at least ten countries. I may as well admit here that doesn’t leave me with much time.

4. Of all the cities I have visited, I love Goa, Kerala and Manali the most. In India, my favourites are Shimla, Darjeeling and Leh.

5. My dream destinations are: the Switzerland, all of Scotland, Australia, South Africa and more.

6. I have never understood this whole business about traveler and tourist. Come on, we are all tourists in one way.

7. Related to that, travel condescension puts me off. It can work both ways – inverse condescension puts me off too – how cheaply one travels, how lightly one packs, how hostels are the only way to stay and so on.

8. That earlier point. It has one of my biggest travel regrets. Packing light. I just cannot get it right. I end up taking much more than I need. Every single time. My perfect trip would be one where I managed to pack all I need in a backpack and find someone else to carry it for me.

9. In my spare time, I browse through the archives of my favourite travel blogs and flickr photo streams. I can never see myself do a round-the-world trip – but I am certain I will see the world, one bit at a time.

10. Being a vegetarian is sometimes the toughest part of my travels. And not just because I think it is difficult to find vegetarian food in some places but also because I believe that food is an integral part of the travel experience.

11. Despite being a vegetarian, I try to sample as much local food as I can – especially street food. I get Indian food cravings once in a while but these are rare and pass quickly.

12. I love people watching, responding, hearing. I want to let more & more info from the people.

13. The most stunning thing I have seen in my travels is the Shirdi temple at sunset in Sirdi.

14. I am not a big fan of adventure deed. The most I have managed is parasailing in Goa when I landed splash into the water. Actually, I have a great fear of water indeed – which I want to overcome but still I’m trying to overcome about this.

15. I don’t always need luxury travel. But I am definitely all for comfort travel. The words budget and travel don’t go together for me.

16. One of the biggest pleasures of travel is meeting fellow travelers – I have met and made some great friends in my travels.

17. I never take notes when I travel. I use my photographs as notes if I ever need to write about the place or experience.

18. I wish I had a better talent for languages. I am hopeless at picking up new ones.

19. I am an internet junkie. I have to, have to, connect with the world out there even when I am traveling. ‘Switch off’ is definitely not my thing.

20. I love heritage and culture travel – following that, mountains. I am not too hot on beaches. As I said, I travel to recharge, not to relax.

21. I am a big fan of short breaks (long breaks too). If I don’t go somewhere new for three months, I get all antsy.

22. My ideal travel world would be free from inequality, including in visas.

23. I hate traveling in big groups. And a big group is anything more than two.

24. I love road trips. While I was on road trip, I listen English & Hindi songs or sometimes I like to watch horror movie.

And to end, I have discovered that I like talking about myself (or in this case, writing) more than I thought.

Contact me at (mca.seemachauhan@gmail.com) for anything else you’d like to know?????

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23 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hi Seema,

    Thank you stopping by at my blog and the follow.
    I loves your blog and for my nest trip to India I am planning to visit Simla and Leh. I should contact you and follow your blog to keep me updated.

    I noticed your dream destinations are in my list too. Have a look on my swiss adventure. And today I am off to Scotland, shall share my tales with you.
    Glad you found me. I will be a fellow follower.

    xxx
    Aanchal

  2. Hi Seema,

    Thanks so much for the blog follow. It has led me to your blog, which I am now following.

    I am looking forward to reading more of your posts.

    Happy blogging! 🙂

    Nancy

  3. Thank you for visiting my blog, Seema. You have the most wonderful posts about interesting places on yours.

  4. Hi Seema,

    Great introduction about you! I found your blog an interesting one! Following you on WP and FB 🙂 TC! Keep smiling 🙂

  5. Hey Seema,
    I think that was a great introduction, i could never write about me with so much clarity! I love to travel as well and have recently started blogging and the plan is to connect with the like minded. Stay in touch… and a great job at the blog!
    You could also find me here:
    https://www.facebook.com/TrystWithMiles

  6. hello Seema,
    Looking forward to your inputs as now you are following my blog.

    Your Well Wisher Program is No NGO setup, No big costs, No team formed, No copyright protected, No solution patented, individual effort in an – Attempt to solve commonly known problems.

  7. Your page is very interesting 🙂 it will be special important for me to prepare a future trip to India 🙂
    wish you all the best and keep your good job
    PedroL

  8. flywithshaunak said:

    Hi Seema, I was overlooking at somebody’s blog, who had liked my blogs and then I got to your website. I have seriously liked your Darjeeling article and found it very useful. I am planning to go there sometime in October this year and it has helped me already. So, thank you. Keep Writing 🙂 Good Luck, Shaunak

  9. Hi there Seema

    Thank you for following my blog.. Nice blog you have got there..Really inspiring. Hope we keep sharing more stories thru our blogs

    Happy journey
    Rajat Chakraborty

  10. Hello Seema
    Your blog is pretty good enough to inspire people like me. I am also working on my food and travel blog and hope to see your advice.

  11. Good to know more about you Seema! Thanks for following Happiness and Food! Hope you like reading what I write 🙂 See you around.

  12. I will bookmark this blog if i happen to travel any place. Easy to find relevant information. Will keep in touch for any freelancing opportunity. Here is my site: https://singaporefreelancewriters.com

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