This was long coming. I’ve been planning and un-planning, thinking and re-thinking, and I’m finally going to do it. I’ve given up my apartment in Delhi, I’ve sold / given away most of my possessions, I’m leaving some clothes at an aunt’s place and some in the boot of a friend’s car, and I’m hitting the road. Indefinitely.
The concept of “location independence”, ie travelling without a fixed based, is hardly unheard of in the west, and at first, I deemed it impractical as an Indian because I have no social security. But that’s exactly the excuse many of us use to not travel much. Having travelled constantly for two years, I’ve realized that I don’t need a fortune to travel. It all boils down to priorities. I know very well that I neither I want to buy a house, nor get married or have kids. In all probability, I don’t want to study further. Shopping or social events (offline) are not really my thing. So really, there is no financial goal stopping me from a nomadic life!
The only reason I kept coming back to Delhi was the need to have a base to recharge my batteries. But I’m letting go of that need. All my work is online, and I’m far more creative when I’m working in a pretty little corner of someplace remote, than in my characterless apartment.
The plan is simple – I’m going to continue working hard on the go (Read: How I Afford My Travels and How You Can Too) and live a perpetually nomadic life. I’ll move from place to place, and sometimes I’ll slow down and stay longer in a place I really like. Although I’ve travelled halfway across the world, there’s so much more I still want to experience and discover within India itself. And though the falling rupee might not take me much further (unless I score another sponsored trip), I certainly want to revisit Southeast Asia. Here’s my plan so far:
September: Karnataka / Bombay / Goa
October: Chhattisgarh / Madhya Pradesh
November: Southeast Asia?
Over the last few months, I’ve started to feel weary of solo travel. Not because of the recent news stories (my conviction that it is possible to travel safely as a woman in India still stands strong), but because I’ve started to feel just a little unfulfilled with my fleeting interactions on the road. Luckily for me, I’m going to have a partner-in-crime for most of my upcoming adventures. There will be solo trips every now and then, but for the most part, I will revel in the company of a close friend.
A majority of our explorations will focus on socially responsible experiences in offbeat parts of India. And I’m hoping that our slow travels will give me the space, time and inspiration for the book I’ve been penning in my mind.
So this is it. I’m going to live the next phase of my dream, and invite you to join me virtually! Oh, and I leave tomorrow.