Lately, I’ve been surprised with an inflow of emails & tweets applauding my love for travel. (Thank you for that.) These notes almost always end with a ‘someday,’ in that, someday, you too want to see the world. To everyone with this ‘someday’ in their dictionary, I say, all you need to travel is a backpack & a heart for adventure.
Growing up in India, many of us have associated traveling with luxury, shopping (for the mothers), and religious getaways. We’ve always been taught to look at travel as a holiday from life, not as life itself. In fact, we haven’t learnt to be travelers, just tourists at best. I remember thinking as a kid that the only time one can travel for an extended period of time is right after marriage, on a honeymoon! And unfortunately, for many people I know, that is true.
Luckily, times are a-changing.
Call it the influence of the west or the restlessness of our generation. I for one, have bombarded myself with blogs & tweets of people who are out to discover the world; Suzy Guese, Nellie Huang, Keith Jenkins, Lakshmi Sharath, Claire Gibson & Angela Corrias for starters. They make me feel like no feat is too big, and no place too far.
Money & company to travel are perhaps the two biggest deterrents to all kinds of travel.
Admittedly, I’m not a long-term traveler. The longest I’ve been on the road at a stretch, is two months. But Benny of Fluent in 3 months, will tell you after 8 continuous years of backpacking, that it’s not about money or the lack of it. Many people diss travel as an indulgence, but it neither has to be luxurious nor extravagant. In fact, some of my favorite travel memories are from remote regions of India, Indonesia & Vietnam, that are as cheap to stay in as they are to get to.
Solo travel, again a relatively new concept in the Indian society, especially for women, can be an exciting and empowering proposition. Think about the last time adventure found you all by yourself. Adam Seper of Bootsnall explores the pros & cons of setting out alone, in a world that can never cease to intrigue you.
I could rant a lot longer on why now is the time to travel. But I’d rather you get off this blog, get yourself a backpack and set out on that ‘someday’ adventure.
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