About me

Hello! I am Shubham (Shoebum) Mansingka. I’ve been a full time traveller for 5+ years now and work professionally as a travel writer and consultant. I hope my offbeat stories from lesser known places excite you to experience travel differently. I want to inspire you to make a difference through sustainable and responsible tourism. No hindrance should be too big when you think about travel.


My Journey

I was born in Rajasthan and topped my way across schools to study Commerce & Economics in Symbiosis, Pune. After that I lived in Bombay for three years while completing a MBA from Welingkar in Finance. My parents were avid travellers (considering a traditional marwari household) and nothing made my mom happier than being on a carefree road-trip in the Himalayas. My friends had already started telling me on various weekend trips that I was meant to be a wanderer.

After my education, I went back home to the family business. In seven years that I worked there, our factories in a small village did fabulously well and the turnover quadrupled. The industries were awash with dust and I began having allergic troubles within a year of starting work. The doctors duly announced I had chronic asthma and that it wasn’t going away. Experiential and luxurious family vacations happened during this period, but I kept yearning for more.

In the meanwhile, I had my first solo trip to Ladakh within a year of joining the family business. It made me realise that I didn’t care for worldly materialistic possessions and had a natural flair for travel. I was enamoured by the simplicity and kindness of the mountain people. Next year, on a random trip I made my way around Kinnaur and Spiti for a month, happy to fill my lungs with clean mountain air. It was in Spiti that I realised that I am wired to life a life of a full time traveller.

On these trips, I noticed that people’s stories and experiences fascinated me. I was hooked to the myriad cultural and historical pleasures travel had to offer. Heritage walks, food explorations and local festivals held a special interest for me. A Nikon DSLR was bought on a whim in Singapore and I started experimenting with photography.

Back in the factories powerful chronic medication was prescribed and I had two brain scans due to asthma attacks in that torrid period. My asthma got unbearable by the seventh year. One fine day, I was shocked to google and find out that ‘medicines meant for fatal patients’ were the latest in my list of prescriptions.

I had never felt weaker in my entire life. I was 28 and was a slave to medicines every day, the side effects of which had caused havoc. My days passed in a trance due to the headlessness and breathlessness caused by asthma. I told myself, there are better ways of dying and took a decision that changed my life.

On 8th January, 2014 in a conservative Indian household, without telling anyone and armed with some sixteen thousand rupees I boarded a train to Delhi. I managed to travel for almost two months in that meagre amount recuperating in Rishikesh and then backpacking across the snowy Himalayas. I knew I would survive. I called my parents and told them I wasn’t coming home. 

I have been on the road ever since. I have slow travelled my way across 24+ states in India and 4+ countries and endeavour to keep exploring this wonderful world in the years to come.

My Travel Style

I travel solo on a strict budget and prefer keeping my carbon footprint low by walking/using local transport/hitchhiking, to the extent possible. I prefer staying in homestays located in the midst of nature that enable me to live as a local. I try to use as much local help as possible, ‘the goodness of strangers’ as I like to call it. Fixed itineraries don’t appeal to me and I normally keep travel plans flexible. I travel responsibly; avoid drinking bottled water and carry all the disposable waste with me on my travels.

Among my memorable experiences (good & bad) are : Two grand winter trips to Ladakh; Slow travelling in Garhwal when I had a morbid experience and barely escaped alive (go ahead and read the blog entry if you want to know more). I have traipsed around Kumaon for over two months. It was a joy to experience the bountiful monsoons of Goa and parts of KarnatakaHimachal Pradesh (my favourite state!) has been my temporary residence numerous times while I have explored and worked from various places. A highlight of my travel life is the solo trek from Lahaul to Zanskar.

 I am currently based in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

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113 Comments Add yours

  1. Good luck with your wish 🙂 We hope you travel all over India and the world! Happy travels and happy blogging! PS – we too love seeing the goodness in people because it is out there!

    1. Hey! Thanks so much. Happy travels to you too. 🙂

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  5. hackernewbie says:

    Slow travel is the best thing I hear, have been ‘seeing’ the same and dream to embark on a similar journey someday, soon.

    Thumbs up to you!


    1. Thanks Rajiv. Hope you embark on that journey soon!

      1. hackernewbie says:

        Thanks a lot man! 🙂

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  7. ravi says:

    Just met subham and hats Off to share his experience! enjoyed the travel with chit chat! I am lucky to read your blogs! Keep it up amd be in touch

    1. Hi Ravi! Good to meet you too. Thanks for the encouragement.

  8. Eishaan says:

    Totally loved your blog! Some of the photographs are almost as breathtaking as the stories behind them!

    I’m running this blog/site called http://www.lifebehindthescenes.com that features photo stories. Our endeavour is to tell the story behind every photograph, straight from the photographers themselves.
    I randomly came across your blog on Twitter and wondered if you would like to contribute a photo story.
    Like I said, this message is a truly random spur of the moment msg.. This is not a sales pitch, and there’s no strings attached to any of it. The rights to your photo are always yours; we just want to tell the story.
    If you can spare a minute some time, please do go through the site (and our Twitter profile @lifeBTscenes and my own Twitter feed @ekbdangel just so you know that I’m not a bot!) and have a look: we have a few stories published from people ranging from professional photographers to absolutely amateur phoneographers.. The only thing in common is that they all had a story to tell.

  9. Being a COPD patient myself for last 42 years of my life,i can easily empathize with you and feel the frustration and pain caused by choked lungs.Great courage you have.Best of luck.

    1. I owe my recovery to the Himalayas! Best of luck to you too. Thanks for the good wishes.

  10. More power to you buddy. May you have many more wonderful, magical and moving experiences on the open road. Cheers – Prathap

    1. Thanks for the good wishes! Same to you.

  11. hi Shubham,
    i read this, i also love to travel solo, i did j&k, ladakh, spiti, in himalaya.
    i m also living in Jaipur,
    let’s have a cup of tea,
    call me any time i m always free to meet u.


  12. ullash gutgutia says:

    awesome man….very inspiring…

    1. 🙂 Ullash. I hope it inspires you to travel more.

  13. joyclubsunil says:

    Your story is very touching and inspiring…..keep traveling and spreading smiles.

    1. Thanks Sunil. Amen.

  14. fokarkargil says:

    You have an inspiring tale to tell. I had started this blog on wordpress which is the free one. I want to have a website or a blog which have some good features like yours one. How to get the domain, and how much I have to pay for getting that? I shall be thankful to you.

    1. Thanks 🙂 The options for buying a website are all listed on wordpress. Happy writing and travels 🙂

      1. fokarkargil says:

        thanks bro..

  15. Rashminotes says:

    Very inspiring! Great blog and look forward to reading many of your posts:) Thanks for stopping by mine:)

    1. Thank you Rashmi 🙂

  16. Maybe some day, I’d be proud enough to say I’ve traveled around the country…so far, just a handful of places 🙂 Traveling is in my blood 🙂

    1. Yes, best of luck with that. If its in the heart, you shall definitely do it someday.

  17. Pushpendra Singh Jhala says:

    Started Twitter few days ago. After retirement from Tea gardens(35)yrs started Homestay in Jaipur Civil Lines at my home. Following you. Happy to see you are travelling with lot of guts and determination. You write well and your photos are nice too. Drop by if in jaipur. My plan is also to see my country as much as I can. I enjoy travelling abroad every year. This is a Bug. I already hv a golf Bug !! Ha ha !! All the best. Do take care of your Asthama. Nature cures but there is a threshold. God Bless !!

    1. Thank you. Wow, you ‘ve sure lived a good life. Shall sure drop by sometime when I’m in Jaipur.

  18. Ankit Sharma says:

    What an inspirational touch. May you explore lot of places. Keep spreading smiles 🙂 Happy travel

    1. Thank you Ankit for the good wishes 🙂

  19. I’m sitting in Bombay, sweat trembling down my face and just reading about your journey through the Himalayas makes me feel so refreshed!
    You’ve inspired me (a mountain virgin) to take on a solo backpacking trip through the Himalayas and I’m leaving tomorrow. Thanks a lot! And may you achieve a lot more success.
    P.S. Any ideas as to where I should go for a week or so?

    1. That is such a powerful compliment! Thank you. Hope you are having a great time on the road.

  20. vicki says:

    god bless you . am sure we can learn alot through your experiences and blogs .

  21. Vicki p says:

    Hi shubham , khamma khanni , firstly i lovd readi ng all ur blogs n cant describe how beautiful most pictures and clicks are . Well i too share the same ho by like urs but i prefer n travel more of uttarakhand and do it on my bull ..(bullet machismo) . Im based in mumbai but ensure i visit dev bhoomi every alternate month as its somewhat my second home n so relaxing enchanting n intoxicating for me . Im just too much in love with it . Well i have my experiences but am not so good in publishing it like you do but yes i also have some good clicks …id love to meet you sometime n we can may b hitch hike or backpack sometime somewhere and ahare our experiences n joys … all the best n god bless you .

    1. Hey Vicki! Thank you for this wonderful message. Happy travels to you too 🙂

  22. vikenblog says:

    Hi Shubham! People like you terribly inspire me. I have always had one question to which I’m still seeking an answer. How does one manage his finances to survive fulfilling such aspirations? How did you do that?

    1. Hey Viken. Thanks for the kind words. Life always finds a way to fulfil your dreams – you have to start walking on that difficult path first.

    2. Hi Viken! Thank you 🙂 Well, I do freelance work with travel companies and have lots of ways by way of photography and writing.

  23. Wow. You are like my travel twin! So glad to have found you on Twitter.

    1. Thanks 🙂 Look forward to sharing experiences someday.

  24. Jen says:

    Wonderful story! I love mountains and hiking, too. Just recently moved to the Austrian Alps. I experienced the Himalayas while I was in Rishikesh. It was a stunning experience. I am looking forward to your next posts.

    1. Thank you Jennifer for the kind words. So glad you liked that part of our country 🙂 Cheers and happy to keep in touch.

  25. Love you photographs. But what camera are you using? I feel like it might be a time for you to upgrade. 🙂 just my 2 cents

    1. Thanks! I currently use an iPhone and D7000 for my photographs. Thanks for your insight, lets see how it goes. I’ve been thinking of buying a new lens for some experiments. 🙂

  26. travelerinme says:

    Shubham need some help w.r.t. Landour. Have sent you a note on FB messenger.

  27. zubair sarin laskar says:

    Being an asthma patient myself I can feel the pain and hardship you went through during those days and nights. A breath of fresh air in the mountains free from all those noise and pollution makes you feel like this is it.
    carry on with your wonderful journey and do share the experiences. #Keep well #Breath well #stay happy.

    1. Hey! I hope you are out of the asthma troubles too. Wish you all the very best man.

  28. Arjun Ray says:

    Just bumped into your Twitter handle and your blog, I loved your introduction and your story telling method on how you got hooked on to travelling. Lot like how I would, rather did in my early 20s. Now at 40, I’m going back to Himachal on a solo trip. I have a one way ticket for October. Though I have a wife and kid in Kolkata, I simply enjoy my solo travels (hope this one after 20 yrs is not doom’s day!!📿), which I’m gonna embark upon soon. Keep travelling and inspiring!!

    1. Wow! Reading that made me so happy. Thanks for getting in touch Arjun. Good luck.

  29. What an inspiring story, Shubham! I am very curious to know about that “morbid experience” you mentioned. Some of the best travel tales are about things that went wrong during our journeys. Keep blogging. You have a great blog and some very interesting experiences.

    1. Thanks Priya for checking and the kind words. Totally agree with you on the wrong experiences becoming great travel tales and have therefore penned down a separate series ‘Failures on the road’ … The morbid experience that you are looking for is : https://travelshoebum.com/2015/04/19/my-own-episode-of-jailed-abroad-in-garhwal-himalaya/

      1. Thanks, Shubham. I am going to read it now, with great interest 🙂

  30. stuthi says:

    What an amazing blog, filled with unexpected discoveries at every turn… Almost makes me wish i was on social media to follow you :). Would love to get some ideas on a place to spend a month or two in the mountains this july. Is this something I can bother you about?

  31. kitchenmummy says:

    Your blog is engaging 🙂

    1. 🙂 Welcome.

  32. Roshni says:

    Thats an amazing inspirational story! All the best to you!
    I also wish to travel extensively!

    1. Thanks Roshni 🙂 And best of luck.

  33. Anuj Agarwal says:

    Hi Shubham,

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    I would like to personally congratulate you as your blog A boy who travels has been selected by our panelist as one of the Top 20 Solo Male Travel blogs on the web.


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    Please let me know.



    1. Hi Anuj. Thanks for getting in touch 🙂

  34. Akshat says:

    Amazing story man! That was wonderful.
    I too have just started extensively. Working in the south however I have limited access to Himalayas , but to make up for it i have started exploring the western and the eastern ghats here haha.
    it was an inspirational story and i wish all thevery best 🙂

    1. Akshat says:

      i am planning Chopta-tungnath-chandrashila trek this may end and your entry on that is a big help in reasearching and knowing things. thanks again for the detailed entry. God bless you 🙂

      1. Thanks Akshat. Glad to know this helped. Happy travels.

    2. Best wishes, Akshat and thanks.

  35. Kaushik suthar says:

    Hey man you doing the great adventure keep it up… It’s not only that you travel.!!By means of The travel you are reaching higher and higher of your spiritual level.I believe at last you will be the person you can never imagined… Best of Luck…!!!
    I hope that I can also travel like you for at least few times…

    1. Thanks Kaushik for the wonderful comment. Best wishes to you too.

  36. Amazing story man! That was wonderful.
    I have started new blog on blogger which is the free one.
    I want to have a website or a blog which have some good features like yours one. where to buy the domain and webhosting, and how much I have to pay for getting that?. Could you please explain in details.
    mail iD: ajeeshchandran@gmail.com

    1. Thanks Ajeesh and good luck to you. You can check the same on wordpress. I had to remove the link in your comment because it wasn’t relevant.

  37. Vimal Katiyar says:

    Recently started reading your experiences. Loving them.

    1. Thanks Vimal! Look forward to seeing your comments on the posts.

  38. Sanjay Desai says:

    Not all who travel are lost. And you, Shubham, make us proud. I too am rehabbing from a knee operation -result of many treks- that threatens to cut my trekking sojourns short. I needed info (names & numbers) on the home stay possibilities in Grahan village (your Kasol trek). We – me & my wife – plan to go there around Diwali. As she is with me – I have to be cautious. Do oblige.

    1. Thanks Sanjay for the kind words… Best wishes to you too. If you are looking for professional help in planning your trip, I also work as a travel consultant.

    2. Thanks and best wishes, Sanjay 🙂 Happy travels.

  39. Hi Subham, I am also a travelaholic as well have asthma. So I limit my travels to places where a vehicle can go.Though I have completed Vaishno Devi ascent without any trouble.Any tips how I can complete mild hikes ?

    1. Hello Amitava ji … I think you can try and take it slow and hike in the medium altitude forests and see how it goes.. and then scale it up from there… Would love to know how it went !! Best wishes.

  40. Christine Witton says:

    Happy to have come across your blog and learn about you and your life. We have travelled a few times to Jaipur.

    1. Thanks! Hope you have a good time checking my stories. 🙂

  41. How dreamy and inspiring 🙂

    1. Sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

  42. This is so beautiful. I’m coming to meet you in Jaipur tomorrow

    1. shubhammansingka says:

      Oh, I just checked this comment. Hope you had a good trip.

  43. Gagan says:

    you are an inspiring figure!

    1. shubhammansingka says:

      Thanks Gagan!

  44. nice to see you. love to read your travels

    1. shubhammansingka says:

      Thanks sir !! Great honour to hear from you 🙂

  45. Chitra says:

    Amidst the planning and jotting down the itinerary for my Ladakh trip, I came across your blog. Quite beguiled by it. Hopefully, my this very first trip to the mountain ends up turning me into a gallivanter as it did in your case 🙂

  46. arun says:

    Your blogs are full of information. Thanks for sharing..

    1. shubhammansingka says:

      Thanks Arun

  47. Yuvraj says:

    Hi Shubham,
    We are a group of 4 travelling after Holi to Kheerganga for the first time. What can we expect in terms of climate and the difficulty of the trek.
    We have a 8 day trip (including 2 days of travel), so can you please suggest how can we plan out our itinerary and what all places can we visit.

    1. shubhammansingka says:

      Hey Yuvraj, hopefully you can travel after the country reopens 🙂 Best wishes.

  48. It was an accidental entry to you blog. A compendium of personal experiences and well narrated exchange of knowledge. Sequential order of the pictures displays common mans life on every page. Keep it up. Prayers for your prosperity.

    1. shubhammansingka says:

      Thanks so much Kaushik for the kind words 🙂 Prayers well received.

  49. Virender says:

    I am from Himachal and currently staying in Noida. The line touched me alot “Himachal Pradesh (my favourite state!) has been my temporary residence” Thanks for sharing your experience. Keep Exploring!!!

    1. shubhammansingka says:

      Thanks Virender! Hope you are well.

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