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In the two months of flash-packing across Western Europe and volunteer-travelled by myself in the high Himalayas of India, I saw, experienced and lived more than I ever had before.

Shivya Nath, The Shooting Star

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Editor Review of The Shooting Star

Shivya Nath left her corporate business in 2011 to explore the world. What she thought would lead her to a one time experience, turned to be a new way of life. The Shooting Star is a famous Indian blog in travel niche, where this beautiful girl shares her experiences traveling around the world.

This blog has a strong social power and a wide fan base, with average 40,000 visitors a month.

We are examining and grading her site in our 4 categories today.

Visual Appeal – 84%

The webpage is minimal in style and provides classic areas we expect to see on a modern travel blog: About me, My Travels, Media & Awards, Work With Me, Contact. By the first look, the page looks kind of basic and title font size is really huge. Some may appeal to this style, some may not. We set to be neutral on it and score it average. Photography based , we do like big photos on a site from the first glance, without a need to click to enlarge the pictures. Pictures are natural, and without enhancements.

Originality – 88%

Shivya demonstrates her style online as an offbeat individual who shares unique moment in interesting ways. No backpacking, or staying on the fancy hotels is her motto. She intends to inspire people to be spontaneous, and live life the offbeat way, and go off the beaten path.

Shivya’s articles was published on various authority sites online. Being an Indian Blogger of the Year 2015, that is a proof of her quality and uniqueness.

Practical Tips – 91%

In terms of practical tips, The Shooting star offers useful info about many travel related topics:

  • Getting a visa for specific countries
  • Preparing for a trip
  • Starting a Travel Writing business
  • Creating itineraries
  • Saving money while traveling and while preparing for the trip

By following Shivya’s blog, you’ll get plenty of insights and information that can help you on your travels a lot. In fine writing style, Shivya inspires people to start a travel blog, visit places they’ve dreamed about, learn new skills, and improve every day. Like a guru, she points out the boredom and disadvantages of a simple and “average” life.

Web Usability – 87%

White background with larger letters definitely score well on the readability aspect. Shivya’s writing is clear, interesting and inspiring.

The site is equipped with sidebar plugins for subscribing, social following, and her current travel destination.

Navigation of the site is easy and you can find the right category fast. Mobile version of the site is fine and responsive, without showing much difference from the desktop version.

Summary

The Shooting Star is an interesting blog. Some will be attracted with the design on the first look, some won’t. Writing style is the thing that sticks readers to the site, and that’s demonstrated with the big numbers of comments beneath every post.

Strong social following and fine fan base supports Shivya to continue traveling and writing by ways of sponsorship and donation. This blog is a good example of a well-maintained quality blog. Visit The Shooting Star and see for yourself, we recommend you to.

  • Winner of Best Indian Travel Blogger 2013 by Indian Blogger
  • Winner of India’s Best Young Social Media Professional 2014 by CMO Asia
  • Finalist of Best Indian Travel Blogger 2015 by Vogue
  • Blog of the Week by Wanderlust Magazine UK
  • Media Feature on

  • The Times of India
  • BBC Travel
  • Interviewed on NDTV, India’s leading news channel
  • Femina
  • The Hindu
  • Hindustan Times
  • New Woman India
  • Business Standard

Average Score of The Shooting Star – 87.5%

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Visual Appeal

  • Photography 83%
  • Website Design 85%

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Originality

  • Uniqueness 87%
  • Creativeness 89%

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Practical Tips

  • Usefulness 90%
  • Inspiration 92%

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Ease of Navigation

  • Readability 88%
  • Ease of Navigation 86%