How I Fell in Love with Travelling
Once the travel bug bites you, you’re in for a lifelong journey of exploring the world, and along with it, yourself. The everyday routine life becomes sort of a transitory period between one trip and another, days that you have to live through until you save enough money for your next adventure.
Travelling for me is something I’ve always been passionate about since I was a child. The earliest memories I have of my road trips are of the ones I took with my parents. I remember looking out of the bus, feeling exhilarated as the cold wind hit my face and the world glided past me. Our visits were mostly to the religious places, because my parents, like most Indian parents, fell into the spectrum of people deeply fascinated with religion and spirituality. But I didn’t mind because I was not concerned with the destination or the purpose of the trip, the scenic beauty and the characteristic charm of each place held me in absolute awe. These early experiences instilled in me a longing to explore the unknown and I began to realise that the world was far bigger and mysterious than I had imagined.
My affair with solo travelling started when I shifted to Bangalore. Until then, I was a person who had always been afraid of a solo trip, as it meant taking complete responsibility of oneself, with no one to fall back on for comfort or security. It therefore took a lot of effort to gather enough courage to take the first step, to go on my first lone expedition. I chose Mumbai as the starting point, and since then I haven’t looked back. My fears transformed into confidence, the chaos in my mind gave way to tranquilising peace. There was no pressure of pleasing anybody or negotiating between my wishes and those of somebody else. Solo travel liberates you in that way; it’s just you, your desires, your decisions, and your way of doing things. Since then, I’ve seen it as a stress buster, an escape, a process to declutter my mind and give it a fresh new start.
My objective now is to travel to the untouched parts of India, the parts that are not in the mainstream travel bucket list of most people, but are extremely stunning nonetheless. I want to explore such places and present to you the challenges I encountered on the way and the solutions I found to them, so that when you decide to visit those places, you can have a smoother ride.