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For freelance content creator and influencer Manya Agrawal, travel is about more than discovering beautiful, new places. It’s also about fully immersing yourself in the culture, meeting new people and trying the local cuisine.
“I am from a small town in India. I grew up in a very traditional family, and traveling was not acceptable for me—as a woman. So I started traveling after I graduated from university and until I got my own job,” Manya told me. “Since then, I haven’t stopped searching.”
And she never stopped sharing her love for travel. Mania has nearly 100,000 Instagram followers—and regularly shares her travels, travel tips, and more with the community.
“On Instagram, I share everything from how to plan a trip—flights first; After accommodation and activities – how to travel on a budget,” he said. “I want to help people plan trips they didn’t think they could afford (but they can)! Whether it’s taking advantage of a strong currency or within their own country. Whether visiting an under-the-radar destination, there’s always a solution.”
As for planning her own trips, Mania prefers traveling with friends or family to traveling alone – although she has done all of them.
“I like to travel with a few friends or a group. It’s all about making memories together—and it also helps to share costs with others,” she said. “I also like having someone with me to help me deal with the unexpected.”
How to plan, prepare and find nearby places
Speaking of dealing with the unexpected, Mania shares that she loves the ease of creating itineraries in TripIt—and the myriad of features that help her plan and prepare for trips, as well as when she’s on the go.
“I’m a huge fan of the proximity feature. It saves me so much time when I travel to not have to research, say, a restaurant near the hotel I’m staying, or a cafe for a cup of tea.”
Whether she’s traveling with a group or alone, Mania turns to TripIt’s plan-sharing feature to let everyone know about her upcoming trip. He also relies on TripIt’s COVID-19 travel guide feature to help stay up to date on travel restrictions and requirements. And as someone who always has a bag packed for a quick trip—he’s moved to the picturesque hill towns of Himachal, India next—being prepared for what to expect at his destination plays a key role in keeping his trip plans on track.
In addition to TripIt, Mania uses Instagram (and social media, in general) to plan what to do in her destinations. “Instagram is my plan for things to do, food to try, places to see and more”. “Then I add all my plans to my TripIt app, so everything is organized in one place.”
On his number one bucket-list destination
Although Mania has spent considerable time exploring her own backyard since COVID-19—and sharing her visions of those places on her Instagram—she dreams of returning to explore further afield.
Hoping to see the number one spot in his lifetime? “Antarctica! I’ll have to go halfway around the world – including plane rides and ferry rides – but it will be worth it,” he said. “I’m a nature-lover and an animal-lover, so Antarctica would be a dream trip for me.”
And for someone who loves to plan, prepare and share her adventures like Mania, I have no doubt she will get there.
Curious to see where Manny is going next? Follow her on Instagram and YouTube for her travel tips, best under-the-radar places to visit and more.
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