This blog is for those who want to make the most out of a vacation, sharing travel stories and highlights, adventures and misadventures, lesser-known locations, life-enriching travel experiences, budget travel, responsible travel, road trips and much more.
I am Raksha Rao. I am a passionate traveler, photographer, and a lifelong learner. I have always loved new travel experiences. However, it reached a whole new level when I took off for a Himalayan trek in May 2015 – it made me realize how totally gratifying and life-changing travel can be. Since then, I have traveled near and far, as much as I can, always looking for new and immersive adventures.
Be it snow trekking in the mighty Himalayan range, bungee jumping with a river view in Rishikesh, scuba diving in the clear turquoise blue waters of Maldives, ziplining amidst the abundant forests of Thailand, high-altitude river rafting in the freezing cold rivers of Zanskar in Leh – my propensity for new experiences is ever growing and as is my wishlist.
After coming back from my first Himalayan trek, I was itching to document my travel stories. I have always had this vision of traveling the world and writing about it. However, at that point in time, I neither had any experience with writing(I used to write only when I was depressed) or photography. I bought a new DSLR to start taking pictures and the more I learned about photography, the more intriguing I found it to be. (After traveling, it is the best investment I have made till date!) Also, around that time, I started writing on a popular travel community site as a prelude to check if I had what it takes to be a blogger. I had a great time documenting travel stories in Tripoto. And, when I won a social media contest organized by Tourism Authority of Thailand for an epic trip to Thailand, I knew it was about time for a transition which led to the creation of The Roving Heart.
It has been a year since I started this blog and it has been a very rewarding learning experience for me. I have taken my time fidgeting around until I finally thought of diving into it. Looking back, I wish I had started the blog sooner.
Till now, my corporate job has funded my travels and I have squeezed as many trips as possible out of a full-time job. My trips have always been busy and sleep deprived to an extent that I once felt that I might have to take a vacation from my vacation(!!). Although, I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m always passionate about learning new things. I have learned hip-hop, salsa and contemporary dance styles, swimming, trading, photography, marketing, writing and now blogging and SEO. Out of all the things I have tried over the years, travel and photography have stuck with me the longest. So, guess it’s here to stay. Well, let’s wait and watch 🙂