In my travel journey I have across many people keeping their travelling plans on hold; and when asked for a reason they say
I want to travel but...
I want to travel but... I don’t have time ?
I want to travel but... I am not settled yet ?
I want to travel but... I don’t have money ?
I want to travel but... who will take care of my family ?
I want to travel but... Will I be Safe ?
I want to travel but...
I want to travel but...
The thought of
but is contagious and even though we know where our heart lies we are scared of following it. May it be travel or any other hidden aspirations, they leave the world with us. I thought of penning down my thoughts about these hidden aspirations and share with you all the need to fulfill them.
I once heard a song; its lines go by
One day you'll leave this world behind, so live a life you will remember. And yes that the reality, don’t let life just happen to you while you get old and when you get older you will look towards your younger days and say
I should have done it.
So, all you young and energetic people, it’s the right time to invest in your life and mold it the way you want to live it. While you are young your opinions are not formed and your mind is like wet concrete so it is the best time to develop your own views, express your feelings, and explore things. And the best way to do all this is to travel.
So, travel as far as you can, explore whatever that comes in your way, experience different cultures, meet new people, get lost somewhere and I promise you this whole journey will not be boring and you will gain more than what you had expected. So JUST TRAVEL...
Travel is a teacher
Going out and seeing the world will teach you what is not taught in any school or college. Travel teaches you economy, politics, history, geography, and language in an intense, hands-on way no class will. And this school of travel is always open to anyone who is willing to take the leap. Travelling is like a book, as you go on reading you get addicted and the time you finish it, you want it even more.
Travelling gives you Perspective:
Meeting people from other cultures will teach you that the way you’ve been looking at the world isn’t the way everybody else does. In fact, your point-of-view might have some major deficiencies. You will find that the basic things like food, electricity, roads, etc that we take for granted are so precious for people in remote places like Spiti, Ladakh, Kutch. You will find yourself in places, circumstances; situations that will force to you think and stand for matters beyond you. Travel will make you modest, making you realize what tiny place you occupy in the world. Seeing the world for yourself will improve your vision and you will come out as a stronger and more meaningful human.
Travelling will Challenge you:
While travelling you will come across various tough challenges where you have to think out of ordinary and finding solutions to these challenges. Challenges may be like stuck on road due to landslide in Himalayas, not able to move further due to political tension in Kashmir, not able to find food in some remote corner of Ladakh etc. These challenges will teach you how to think about safety of yourself and others, how to manage time, how to keep stock of inventory. Overcoming all these challenges will give you joy and will make you ready for challenges in real life.
Travelling brings with it experiences:
When you travel you experience great wonders and marvels of nature and manmade. Reading and watching on TV or internet is one thing but experiencing the Great Rann of Kutch, Sand dunes of Jaisalmer, Pangong Lake in Ladakh, Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, Tajmahal in Agra will be an experience life remembering. So, go out and experience these magnificent marvels of world.
Travel gives you adventure and stories of lifetime:
Years from now and when you look back at your life you will have moments and stories which you will be proud of if you had travelled and done some crazy stuff while you were younger. Visualize yourself while sharing some interesting stories to your younger generations:
- I rode a Royal Enfield to Highest motor able pass in the world, Khardung La.
- I got lost in salt desert of Great Rann of Kutch and found my way back home.
- I survived only on biscuits for five days while I got stuck in a hail storm in one of my trek to Roopkund.
- How my jeep safari was surrounded by Great Asiatic Lions in Gir National park and how we came back unhurt.
- How I travelled length and breadth of this country without a valid train ticket.
These are the kind of stories you will have if you travel and experience the true sense of travel and get out of your comfort zones.
It’s still early, and it’s the time to get out, to be impatient. Life is not a highway it’s a road made of intersections, twists, turns created by nobody else but you. Don’t settle, go, travel, and find your own path. Embrace headwind feel how it can change direction just like you can. And here is a promise where ever you are going it won’t be boring.