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In case you were beginning to wonder if I’ve dropped off the face of the Earth- tough luck, here I am again!

Instagram followers who happened to be scrolling through Instagram at the opportune moment of 11:00 pm last month when I held the live chat are probably better informed about the reason behind my absence from social media and the world of blogging for the past month.

In my bare-all post about the wonders and ills of travel blogging, I mentioned that maintaining a social media presence all the time is a little exhausting and also heavily frustrating. Living life online and offline at the same time can be a bit of a drag, because every moment and every day has two parts to it, with the same moment is lived twice- once for ourselves and once for the camera. That’s like saying if it wasn’t on Snapchat, Instagram stories, Instagram live, Twitter and Facebook, it didn’t happen at all. But the other end of the spectrum has been somewhat equally confusing to get my head around. What happens when I’m not traveling, not eating at fancy places, not having a baller weekend? There’s always something to blog about but social media is a like a nagging voice at the back of my head, always putting immense pressure, like “You ought to Instagram your meal man” or “Driving home? Snapchat a video of the empty road and the music you’re listening to.” In my case that’s supremely self-destructive, because putting up my music for the world to see is the equivalent of social media suicide. #StillListeningToTheKetchupSong

Add to that, Facebook now sends notifications that go “5100 followers haven’t heard from you in a while.” Not helping, Facebook.  As 13 Reasons Why puts it- “Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.. They’ve made us a society of stalkers. And we love it.” 

So when I decided to take a break from Stumbling for a bit, it was actually a relief. I’m between two phases in my life at the moment, and this transition is one I need to make without the added pressure of having to update various social channels every day. I’m studying for an exam that I will be sitting for in June, which has been taking up a massive portion of my time as well as my mental space. With Stumbling being a full-time job (make no mistake, it really does take ALL day) there just wasn’t any way to balance the two effectively. After trying for a few months, I decided that it was time Stumbling took a back seat. That doesn’t mean Stumbling is on a break- far from it, in fact. I’m working on two major collaborations that are in their planning stages, making travel plans ahead of June, freelancing for a few magazines, blogs and websites, and also working on enhancing some digital marketing and editing skills. The first chapter of a book I’m writing is also nearing completion, and the ground work for post-exam hustle has been laid.

Meanwhile I’m drowning under heaps of study material, being a recluse, playing with my three adorable guinea pigs, trying to fit in a little exercise (most reluctantly) and actually enjoying that Nutella Waffle- even if you didn’t see it all over social media.


Nikita Butalia is a solo 20-something traveler who documents her experiences around India and the rest of the world in witty narratives and travel tales that are best read curling up on the couch with a cup of hot chocolate on a winter evening.

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