About me

Hello and welcome to Traveller Stories!

My name is Ruchika Vyas and I began travelling almost six years ago. I didn’t quit my job to travel nor did I take up blogging to enable me to quit my job, simply because I love my job. I have been a writer, editor and a photography hobbyist for nine years, so blogging is merely an extension of my primary job, without changing its essence.

I have written extensively for print and online as part of my portfolio. I worked for The Times of India for four years, and wrote on topics that range from food and travel to fashion and fitness to celebrity interviews and home d├ęcor. I even had the opportunity to attend and cover the Golden Globe Awards in 2012 for MumbaiMirror.com. My work has been published in prominent publications and websites, such as Lonely Planet, Travel+Leisure, Conde Nast Traveller.in, Mumbai Mirror, CNN Travel, Femina, Travel Wire Asia, iDiva and TheLabel.in. I also had the opportunity to be one of the contributing writers of Outlook Traveller Getaways’ book Driving Holidays in India—the recipient of the National Tourism Award 2008-2009 for Best Travel Publication in English. I am currently a travel columnist with iDiva.com.

I used to run a tiny chocolate shop from home called The Chocklit Shoppe, so when I’m not travelling, I’m making chocolates and baked goods, dancing or watching TV shows.

I have also been featured among top travel bloggers in India:

Top 31 Professional Indian Travel Bloggers

Top 51 Travel Blogs of India

Top India Travel Bloggers

Top Travel Bloggers of India

10 Indian female travel bloggers who will inspire you to hit the road

I started this blog simply to share my travel experiences on one platform with the hope to inspire people to start travelling too. I write about solo travelling, destinations, hotels/hostels/homestays I stayed in, restaurants or cafes I like, local food that I recommend trying, photographs that captured a memorable moment worth sharing, new places I found out about, places that I wish to visit…anything and everything that I know and love about travel.

How did my travel journey begin? Read my story here.

If you would like to hire me for any freelance work or to share guest posts or sponsored posts for my blog, please write to me with the details. Please note that I charge a fee for freelance work and would be glad to share the rates with you as required.
I am open to freelance work that entails the following:
  • Content writing and copy editing
  • Editing/Managing blogs
  • As a blogger for social media campaigns
  • Editing/Writing guidebooks
  • Reviews of destinations, accommodation options, restaurants/cafes, travel experiences, travel gear/gadgets
I have previously travelled with Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Jungfraubahnen (Jungfrau Railways), Louis Cruises, and collaborated with City Pass, New York and NYCGo offering coverage on my blog, my social media network and publications/websites I contribute to. If you would like to invite me to a travel blogging trip or a press trip, please share the details via email.

To view some of my published work, click here.

For any of the above or to share any feedback or to simply say hello, you can email me on ruchika@travellerstories.com. For quick updates, follow me on Twitter and Instagram.


Anonymous said...

Dear Madam,

I’m glad to introduce myself to you. I'm Sathiskumar Shanmugam from Chennai, A PR Professional. We are planning to organize a travel bloggers meet in Chennai for one of our clients in hospitality sector.
We would like to inform you further on this regard. Kindly send us your contact details for the same.

sathiskumar shanmugam
Mobile: 99403 81092

Ruchika Vyas said...

Dear Sathiskumar,

Thank you so much, but I am now based in Dubai so I won't be able to attend this bloggers meet I'm afraid. You can always email me at ruchika@travellerstories.com in the future.

Shalet Jimmy said...

That's a different introduction. And inspiring too...

Ruchika Vyas said...

Thank you Shalet.