“Do not start your worldly life too late; Do not start your spiritual life too early” is an old adage.But travel is the one thing that fits very well into both lives. Travel in the journey of human life played an indispensable role especially in evolution and history. It helped men to find new water resources, thus led to rise of civilisation; changed the course of wars, overthrown and restored regimes, inspired men to explore the unseen lands, waters and horizons, initiated and increased trades, boosted economies and what not. One way or the other, Travelling has always enticed men with its marvels.
This jogs my memory about childhood vacation days. Those were my salad days, the fun-filled gathering awaited by all my friends and cousins. It is funny to remember the times elders used to comment that it was difficult to travel to places with kids. I never gave an ounce of thought to the fact that I was one of those kids when I was young 🙂 🙂 .
It took many years later to realise and pursue my passion to travel.
I did not consider myself as a traveller then. When I grew older, I began to travel more and found the tourer inside me. While the travelling with friends is fun , having a trip with family gives you quality time and memories you can relish for a long time. Travelling alone gives you a brand new experience, confidence and a new perspective of the world without influences.
Travelling unleashes your potential, opens the inner eye, reveals your strength, makes you realise the privileges you have, reminds the importance of near and dear ones; where you stand in the world, what you want in the life; provides a perfect opportunity to unwind and have fun. I defy anyone not to find their interest satiated by travelling.
The soothing vista of tall and dense trees while crossing Sathyamangalam forest on a bus; the undulating countryside view during the train journey en route Bangalore; the fresh smell of mud on Tanjore paddy fields amidst the disinterested chattering in a crowded bus; Refreshing sight of vibrant flowers adorned avenues on a bicycle ride; the majestic South Indian temples, forts and their intricate sculptures, the reminiscent evidence of cross-cultural architecture; squalor of abandoned old buildings; naturally beautiful Kerala that defies description; the ragged coastline of Chennai; grandeur of Kallanai as a testimony to the ancient engineering; breathtaking U-bends of Yelagiri; beautiful scenic landscape of Yercaud with undefined slippery trekking paths and inaccessible places; the arid Sonoran deserts; dynamic sand dunes of Port Stephens; boulders of Sedona; its adventurous off-road jeep tour and beautiful San Diego; Nature smitten, abundantly blessed and pristine New Zealand, Its turquoise hue shorelines and lush green countryside like an artistic painting, the diverse and unique flora & fauna and landscapes of Oceania inspired me to explore more and provided opportunities to be myself; what I am right there and then.
All these trips and travel have been fun, adventurous, worth try expeditions, exotic and few offbeat experiences.
While the snow-capped mountain stood out in the sharp relief against the blue sky gave me the hope, Cactus flower in the rugged and arid deserts asserted the meaning of thriving, While the sapling in the rock crack instilled the meaning of determination, the reeds in the riverside enacted the story of humble politeness, while the vastness of blue sky reminded me that I am just a dot and insignificance in the façade of universe, the polluted seashore reminded me the importance and role of individual in the nature, Horizons, the strenuous climb on Mountain trails and valleys inculcated the urge to connect with nature now and then..
Above all these it made me broad-minded and to accept people and places as they are and explore the nations and cultures without influences. As the maxim goes, “The further one goes, the less (one realizes he/she) one knows.” – Couldn’t have said it better. So Let’s cogitate on backpacking and be enthralled by its marvels !!
A general question to you : How is your travel so far? shush..Not to tell me. Answer yourself . The answer would reveal your inner self truly and deeply to you !!