The year has taken me places all over the country. It was only by the beginning of the year that I realised; I had the chance to stay at various places various times, but I wasn’t experiencing them like a traveler. By that I mean learning about its history and going around and doing stuff that locals would do. I knew that I loved to travel, but I never understood how to go about it.
We live in a country full of so many different traditions and cultures. I decided to explore and experience them as much as I could. So I started planning and took every chance I could to cover as much of the country as possible. Every plan any of my friends made I was in, and if that wasn’t the case, I would make one on my own.
It all started when I was deputed for work at Mumbai and I started traveling frequently to and from home at Bangalore and Pune. I then made a list of places I wanted to visit and struck them off. I toured around few of the beautiful cities across the country like Amritsar, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad. Every place I went, I only made more friends who loved traveling.
Each place had its own unique significance in my life. Shopping at Amritsar gave a color splash to my ethnic wardrobe. Food at Mumbai kept my cravings satisfied. Delhi has become my frequent stop for any Himalayan trek. After hanging out at cafes and lounges in Pune and Bangalore, I know they’re the best places to sit, chat and share stories with friends. Hyderabad will probably be my next frequent stop if I visit my parents.
Traveling frequently requires commitment and the willingness to take risks. On my way to Amritsar, my solo and unplanned experience, although I had to change four buses, out of which two broke down, it was worth the effort. Similarly, given the careless person I am, I forgot my wallet when I started for Hyderabad, thanks to my two friends who helped me and the ability to go cashless these days, I was back in one piece. Likewise, I dropped my phone in water while I was Bangalore (my bad), and I lived like the early men for about a month.
I also took every opportunity to explore hill stations wherever I got a chance, including Kullu, Manali, Wayanad, Lavasa, Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar, Majshej and hoping many more…
While writing this post, I’m on my way to the second highest plunge waterfall in the country, enjoying all the twists and turns. So all I can say is if you want to do something don’t wait for opportunities to come your way, just go for them whenever you can. The travel bug has bitten me, and I plan to keep going. Hope to share more stories in my future posts.