Traveling for more than 250 days in 2017, this year I vowed to slow down. It is not that I am bored of traveling or that too much of travel is bothering me. I love travelling as much as I love myself, but somewhere I realised that the meaning of traveling has changed for me over a period of time, and to preserve its sanity I need to travel slow.
From what started as an intense desire to witness the exquisiteness of Incredible India has actually become a journey of self-exploration. This is not something I am admitting for the first time. I have become far more tolerant than I was since the time I started traveling. But constant traveling is making me realise few things about life, and I am more than happy to learn from it.
From Destination to a Journey: I don’t simply crave for places anymore. Those never-ending dream lists of travel and crazy adventures I used to write and maintain has taken a backseat, and I decided not to make any new list this year. I have come to believe that instead of running from one place to another, it is better to enjoy where you are right now.
It really amuses me when I see people making random travel plans and crying over places that we want to go here, we want to go there. I am simply amazed at my changed attitude that how content I have become with life that I do not crave to go anywhere. From that desire “to go, run and “see everything” because I might not get a chance to come back again”, my attitude has changed to relax, enjoy and do whatever you want to. If it is going to happen, it will happen, but enjoy the present moment at least.
From Solo to Travel Partners: In an era where going solo has almost become synonymous with celebrity label, I chose to change my preference and rather endure the company of my loved ones.
And I am not afraid to admit it as well. I realised that it is not impacting my image in any way because those who love to read my travel experiences are going to read it anyway. I don’t really need to fake it. Frankly, I shall remain grateful that I chose to travel solo for over 1000 days because this has made me realise that no matter how much we choose to do things ourselves, we all miss those precious moments we build with our family. And believe me, those are the real treasures that you will cherish all your lives.
I am just back from a family trip and what a roller coaster ride it has been! We left home for Uttarakhand but chose to change our plans mid-way for Patnitop in Himachal because they wanted to see the snow. While we were preparing ourselves for that 1000 km ride, one of our car batteries gave up mid-way. And there we were, changing the car batteries to Amaron, which I guess worked for us as our car ran smooth and long after that.
From Patnitop we planned to move to Srinagar, and while we were on our way to Kashmir, we were informed of bad rains and a possible landslide which made us change our plan further. While this was happening, all I and my family were doing was laughing hard at our stupidities and enjoying every moment with each other. I have done all this during my solo travels as well, but somehow traveling with family and friends has another fun altogether.
Of Motivation and Inspiration: You don’t really need to go out to find inspiration to work towards something because it is embedded in every corner is what I have learnt. Even a small kid is an inspiration because he knows how to stay happy always. Not only this, a kid knows how to change your mood instantly.
Or the motivation when we see people living in extreme conditions and still surviving, you tend to stop making excuses for your own life. You stop complaining and start appreciating the things you have. Isn’t it? For me, I have come to realise that when you stop complaining is when things will start happening in your life. There is no way that you can’t build a life of your dreams. You just need to be motivated enough to align yourself with it, and things will start happening without you even realising it.
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