Varun Vagish’s Incredible Journey From Being a Journalist to a Full-Time Youtuber

How many of us have spent thousands, if not lakhs, on travelling to our dream destinations? Many save for the entire year to take that one trip to their bucket list destination. But, Varun Vagish successfully manages to take around 3 to 4 trips in a year within a budget of just one trip.
Dr.Varun Vagish is an ex-journalist, news reader – (AIR) and Academician and holds a PhD in Mass Communication. He has been exploring the remote parts of India for the last 15 years, now is a full-time traveller, vlogger/blogger and to top it all was also bestowed with the National Award by Ministry of Tourism, India.

How Was The Travel Bug Caught?

Though born in Delhi, Varun moved through many states for his studies. Brought up extensively in Maharashtra, after living in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh and the list can go on forever! During these years, he would bunk his school, and often explore the nearby places and hills. After he went back to Delhi for his higher studies, he was always fascinated by the mountains and travelled to the grand Himalayas whenever possible. Varun chose the most off-beaten places and explored the most distant villages of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand and gained most amazing experiences with locals.
But his outlook towards travelling was completely changed when he took his first international trip. He observed many travellers with just one backpack have been travelling for months, on a dirt-cheap budget! He realised that with a middle-class Indian budget these people could travel around the world for months. Since then, Varun has been travelling in the most inexpensive ways.

The Master Plan of Budget Traveling

Varun shared his master plan for travelling in a tight budget. He divides his expenses into three categories. Accommodation, Food and Transport. Saving hundreds and sometimes thousands daily. Varun prefers hostels and homestays over fancy hotels, buys food from supermarkets while abroad instead of eating at a restaurant and chooses trains overflights and hitchhikes while on road. 

From Starting Mountain Trekker Channel To Hitting 1 Million Subscribers on Youtube


With a mission to discover the unique stories from the most interior parts of our country, he started his Youtube channel in 2017 which became an instant hit. He mainly focuses on budget travelling and shares amazing advice and tips with his viewers, which helps them travel to pristine locations in the most inexpensive ways. Varun's Hindi travel vlogs are published on his channel Mountain Trekker and has reached a mark of 1 million subscribers with over 100 million views till date. He recently even gave a Ted Talk on his journey titled 'The 1000 Mile Journey Doesn't Require a Million Bucks'. 

The Audacious Decision of Choosing Youtube Over Job

With cheap data and smartphones, people are hooked to consume information through videos. This has helped him create his entire Youtube empire very efficiently. His videos are viewed by the common people of India who frame a major chunk of his target audience.  Now, Varun travels full-time and creates amazing travel videos on his channel. 

Varun Vagish has certainly set travel goals for aspiring as well as budding travellers. Click here to view his Youtube Channel titled 'Mountain Trekker'. Leave us your favourite videos of his in the comments below!

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