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Why Solo Travelling Is The Best Self-Development Tool

With the internet and our daily life, being swarmed by material on self-development, teaching us different ways to become a more superior self, one thing is clear — we all want a better version of ourselves and become more efficient than we are today. If we run fast, we want to run faster. If we speak one language, we want to speak many. If we already have an impressive personality, we still want to go one step further, defying all laws of our existence and become undeniably impressive… and the quest never ends. The problem is, however, we just know how, or we don’t have the time to work for it. Our little lives, bounded by schedules and responsibilities offer no scope for creativity, and with that, for any self-development. We are still repeating the same thing that we were, three years ago. One day turns into the next and all those things that we desired to do, combined with all the personality traits we wanted to gain, keep piling up until we eventually lose grip …

Ordeals Of A Solo Female Traveller

Madhurima is a blogger by passion, traveller by choice and business analyst by profession.  Her blog OrangeWayfarer is a wonderful account of her journeys and memories. And speaking about her ordeals as a solo female traveller, this is what she has to say… The ordeal of being a female is never-ending, no matter where you belong to, or what your skin colour is. Misogyny looms large at every corner in the society. This particularly becomes more annoying for women wanting to travel alone. Sylvia Plath had said once said, “I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart. I am. I am. I am”. And I adore her beyond words. I decided to let go the stigma taught to me by elderlies, “Äkeli ladki, khuli tijori” (a lone girl is a treasure trove) and break the norms. Of course, I live in a country and world which at large has accepted women’s lives outside the confinement of kitchen.” In a span of 3 years, I have travelled and lived in different parts of India, Thailand and …

Back To From Where It All Started. Back to Basics

By the time you’ll be reading this, I’ll be flying over the Black sea, inching my way towards Oman, before finally boarding the flight to New Delhi. If you already do not know, I am arriving home after a 2-month backpacking trip across Europe. But all this time, as I backpacked across Europe, a part of which seemed more like a business trip, and less like backpacking, I wondered if this was originally how I planned my travels would end up as I’ll progress as a travel writer. I mean after exploring 8 beautiful countries across the green European continent, why do I still miss a part of what I’d left behind. Why do I still crave to explore some empty rain-forests, or the colossal Himalayas, where I’ve already been a thousand other times before. Why do I find such vast spaces more charming than ever now, despite them being a place where Google hardly works, and cell phones lose their reception too — making the experience a bit too unfavourable for any web-blogger like me? And yet, I …

Why Am I Always On Move

Man is an insatiable being. And I am just one of a kind. Counting on the last few hours of my stay with a beautiful family in Rome (that was my home for almost 2 weeks) as I sat down to ponder upon a question I was asked, at the dinner table half an hour ago, I wonder why I move so frequently. I mean why is it when other people around me are busy sorting their lives and raising families, I act like a clueless nomad. A person who hasn’t experienced the comfort of a permanent dwelling as he grew up to be a man. Why am I so restless, so unsatisfied, and bitten by the idea of ceaseless traveling? The Joy In What’s Fleeting When I ponder upon the reasons of my unquenchable travel thirst, I realize that I am always on the move because I am looking for a world with no flaws, where harmony only reigns, a Shangri-la (if you’d like to put it that way) that perhaps does not exist at …

It’s Never A Perfect Time To Travel

It has been three years now, since I’m living out of my backpack, without a permanent source of income, owning no more than a handful of belongings, yet I am happier more than ever. We’re caught up in the clutter of day-to-day existence, of paying bills, of buying this and selling that, that taking some time out only to realise that there is a wide world outside has become so difficult. And not only are we forgetting about the free world out there, we are moving farther away from it, every day, suffocating our precious lives around the tiny corners of our home, and of our workplace. We’ve all read plenty of books, heard dozens of real-life accounts, about happy travellers and blissful nomads, and they always leave us in a complete awe. And within us all, there is a part that wants us to break free and become that rolling stone again that we once were when we were a kid. The good thing is, it really isn’t a fantasy anymore. People are living that life today more than …

Is Studying Abroad As Good An Experience As Travelling?

“So how many years have you travelled for so far?” “Almost two. I quit my job to travel, in February 2015, and that’s where I’ve been ever since.” “And you said you lived in Scotland for a couple of years while studying, right? That makes it four years man, and not two.” I clearly remember how a small conversation with a fellow traveller made my day, during one of the evenings at Agonda, in South Goa. I suddenly felt proud, and moreover realised that I’d always underrated my travel stint. It really has been 4 years since I’ve been exploring the world. Though of course, I won’t consider myself a traveller for the time I lived in Scotland, but it wouldn’t be wrong, even if I did! When I’d initially moved to Scotland, to complete my master’s degree, there was nobody I knew there. Sure my sister stayed in England, some 700 kilometres in the South. But technically speaking, I was on my own, and in a land that I barely knew. And since it was my first life …

Where To Travel In India: My 9 Personal Faves From 2016

2016 turned out to be a promising year for my travelling stint. If the entire year put together, I think I spent more than 300 days on the road. I covered a part of Southeast Asia, a bit of Nepal and much of India (now only left with 6 Indian states, including Gujarat and Rajasthan, and they are next in the list). Where most of the places I visited were great, some were exceptionally better. Better in a way that they carried the essence of Indian culture, its diverse landscapes, and represented India as a wonderful destination to travel. So if I were to recommend any places from those I visited in India, in 2016, they would be… Alappuzha Backwaters, Kerala Alappuzha, also known as Alleppey, is home to a vast network of waterways and a few thousand houseboats. And the experience of sailing downs its interconnected lagoons and smaller canals while overlooking the paddy fields of succulent green, curvaceous rice barges and village life along the banks, is totally magical. You can also call it …

50 Travel Quotes For Travel Inspiration

GET MOTIVATED WITH THESE TRAVEL QUOTES! I am not a quote collector. But when it comes to travelling, having a few good ones, memorized, always help. They allow us to see the world clearly. Great travel quotes remind us that the emotions we often feel, during our journeys, have been felt by many others, including the great travellers of all times.  1. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin 2. “Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travellers don’t know where they’re going.” – Paul Theroux 3. “If all difficulties were known at the outset of a long journey most of us would never start out at all.” – Dan Rather 4. The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson READ MORE : WHY I TRAVEL SOLO 5. “Adventure is worthwhile.” – Aesop 6. “Don’t tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you traveled.” – Mohammed 7. …

12 Travel Goals To Accomplish Before 30

I hate bucket lists. The entire idea of pinning down the name of places and experiences, and then pursuing them, one by one, never intrigued me. Because for me, the real charm of travelling is only when I set off to a place the minute I find myself intrigued by it, and not two years from now. Because two years from now, that place might still be there, but its originality, its vibe, will be washed away, or at least, be altered. So, I hate bucket lists. I think they’re crap. Also, as a hungry nomad, there’s no place in the world where I don’t want to be. But I think there are some places, some experiences, that I want to see (or try out) sooner or later. They’re more like priorities. And to keep a tab on them, I’m writing my travel priorities (not a bucket list!) for the next 4 years, in order to stay focused (oh come on, don’t guess my age now! Read, read below). 12 travel goals to accomplish before I turn …

Why I Quit My Job To Travel

Last week, I took a wee trip to Rishikesh – the land of sadhus and of many people’s spiritual rebirth. I have a personal affection, some attachment to this place. This is where I once spent two months, practicing meditation and taking spiritual lessons. But this time, my arrival was accompanied by a sense of unexpected realization. I wondered, as I grabbed myself walking along its frenzied, confused walkways, that how lucky I am to experience places like Rishikesh again and again. And yet, it is never the climax of my trip. It is always the beginning. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls” Anais Nin It has been more than two years now, since I quit my job and started travelling, yet I never shared here why and how it all happened. It would be nice to say that I wanted to understand myself, and find my inner consciousness, but frankly speaking, it’s not true. The only part which is true is that I’ve had enough living the same boring 9 …