I have loved travel for as long as I can remember. My parents and grandparents taught that in me at a very young age. Our summers, and a lot of our weekends, were spent travelling in and around my hometown. We did a lot of local trips here in Ambasamudram like train journeys to Kollam but also went on some long haul journeys like Kanyakumari and Thirupati. I loved seeing new places and learning about the People and stories behind the cities.
A travel bug bit me hard recently, when I took my first lone trip to Delhi. It was a Business trip and the first time I had ever been on a plane all on your own. (I was so nervous!). And to top that I took a weekend trip to Rishikesh, getaway from New Delhi.
Was I in love with Rishikesh? Oh yes! But more so, I was in love with the entire experience of travelling. I could not get enough. I wanted to see as much as I could, learn as much as I could, make the most of every minute. Travelling by bus, even enjoyed simple landscapes as they were fleeting past my window.
I consider traveling as a good learning experience and an introspective journey. There are no competing desires that have to be taken into account in order to have a “good” traveling experience.
I normally don’t have time for myself and I tend to get lost performing the daily routine – work, study, commute, errands, etc. I tend to ignore those little details of me that really defines what am. So, when can I have time for myself? Well… Traveling is a good option. The more I travel–the perfect time for deep introspection. Traveling can give some of the answers I’ve been seeking and help me discover the meaning of all the un-clarified thoughts. Look at it this way: This is the time to be ME –It’s my world, my time, my adventure. Be Selfish.
While seeing through the travel Glasses, the world changed a lot of my opinions and perspectives on life; almost complete U-turns in some cases, but in reality it wasn’t so much the travel that did it.
Going out on the road forces me to examine all aspects of the life’s, be it the good, the bad, and even the ugly. Life on the road can give so many challenges that test the instinctive patterns and reactions, emotions, the likes and dislikes, and what not.
And I no longer need an alarm clock to get myself out of bed. I don’t need any more inspirational quotes on Facebook. I’ve finally realized that if I just take the tiny step outside the lines, it’s possible to spend my life just doing what I love and life is suddenly exciting again.
I haven’t been Everywhere. But it’s on my List…..