This Solo Traveller Has Given Us Serious #AdventureGoals

by Akriti Seth
This Solo Traveller Has Given Us Serious #AdventureGoals

Meet Preeti Pillai

Based out of New Zealand, Preeti Pillai is a Business Analyst by profession but an adventure junkie at heart. At work, she is supposed to look at businesses, opportunities for improvement, projects and IT products but that doesn’t mean that she has left the mountains, seanature or the adventurer far away.

In short, she is one bad ass traveller with so much on her bucket list cut off already that I envy her.

Preeti - Travel High

Be it diving 16 meters under the sea to meet the sharks or tramping 960 meters above sea level to see the sunrise, Preeti wishes to see everything nature has to offer. We tell you about the things she has already knocked off her bucket list.

1. Diving With Sharks

Her first attempt in of diving with the sharks in the year 2015 at Invercargill (off Stewart island) in New Zealand had failed. She did not have an encounter with a Sea Tiger. Being assured of the 100% safety record, Preeti dived again in 2016 and got lucky.

Also read: Go Scoot With The Sharks Underwater

Doesn't this look crazy?

I saw the Shark coming towards the cage and to my respite, it soon took a U-turn. It was surreal and at the same time a bit intimidating to see the sharks. They are not as scary as they are shown in Jaws or Shark Night. Though I could not stop thinking about it for the next 2 to 3 days.”

Before the Shark DIve at Shark Dive New Zealand.
Before the Shark Dive at Shark Dive New Zealand.
Shark Dive New Zealand
Shark Dive, New Zealand

 2. Scuba Diving At The Great Barrier Reef 

She was 13, when she came to know that the Great Barrier Reef existed and decided that she wanted to see and experience the vastness of the ocean. This dream came true last year in 2016.

Preeti tells us,

In the Inner Reef, the corals were juvenile and young but had a lot of colours. I took 2 dives with a break of 1 hr in between and went as deep as 16 mtrs.

Coral with luminous white stem and violet flowers
Coral with luminous white stem and violet flowers

She was disappointed that she could not go to the main reef, so the next day she booked again. This time, she finally did go to the outer reef and told us,

Corals in the outer reef were hard and less colourful. They were huge, almost 2 storied and it was an incredible sight. Quite abundant to see.

One of the corals in the Outer Reef
One of the corals in the Outer Reef

3. Scaling New Heights

Preeti has also scaled the heights of Mount Ngauruhoe in New Zealand. 960 meters above sea level, the mountain is an active stratovolcano made from layers of lava and tephra. She also finished her tramp on Mount Matthew which is again the highest peak in the Wellington region of New Zealand.

Also read: Meet The Real Life Gandalf Discovering New Zealand One Pic At A Time

From the top of Mount Nguruahoe

Sydney, Australia
Sydney, Australia

4. Flying On A Sea Plane

On the last day in Hamilton Island, Preeti decided to fly on a sea-plane. 

It was an exhilarating experience. Flying over the sea and landing on the water is something everyone must try atleast once.

5. Black Water Rafting

Easter weekend of the year 2015 was certainly one of the most enticing weekends for Preeti as she went Black Water Rafting into the stunning underworld of Ruakuri Cave, New Zealand.

The most thrilling part of the entire experience was that we could not see what was in front of us. It was pitch dark.

Black Water Rafting at Ruakri Cave

Take Aways From Preeti Pillai

Follow instructions and trust the instructors & guides. It just makes any adventure even more safe and fun.

Be organised and save up a lot by booking well in advance.

Traveling changes your perspective and priorities completely.

Little things don’t matter as much and there is so much more to life. Looking at the bigger picture we are just tiny dots.

After the Bungee Jump
After the Bungee Jump


Preeti intends to scale Mount Ruapehu this month. She certainly gives us #AdventureGoals by telling us about her first hand experience of Black Water Rafting, White Water Rafting, Hot Air Ballooning, Canyoning, Hiking the glacier, Climbing a volcano, Para Sailing, Sky diving, Bungee jumping, surfing, whale watching, scuba diving et al.

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