I don’t think I have come across anyone with such an intense love for travel, that they seemed to have dedicated their lifestyle to it. My guest today is Esha Mookerjee Datta who blogs from Bangalore about life and her experiences. A management trainer/consultant by profession, she seems to delve into the depths of life to bring out gems of wisdom – all of which she puts into her writing. A much-loved hobby of hers is to take stunning pics of the rising/setting sun which have me in a mesmeric hold since long.
From a Traveller’s Diary
I think I’ve been bitten by that dreaded bug ages back that have nudged me to pick my bags and set off to new destinations ever so frequently! My better half, J is also like me— forever on the lookout for great deals, every time he checks flight prices. And, of course, all the time, hoping that we might just get lucky, who knows?!
Ever since we met, we’ve both been blaming it on this itch to leave the known and the predictable for something more interesting and exciting. That’ s perhaps why, in our initial years together, we decided to travel, when most of our friends were busy in settling down and starting a family. I quit my job and took a leap of faith to follow him when he took up an exciting assignment to leave the shores of our homeland as the turquoise blue waters of Mauritius beckoned to us 20 years ago.
I mean who can forget the serious withdrawal symptoms I’ve suffered from, a few years back, when I had been holed up at home, house-bound, with no travel, for a few months, Seriously! J, on the other hand, has had occasions when he’s turned up at work, even when sick because the hard-earned leaves were kept aside for travelling, not for being sick! For me, especially, this has also meant constantly keeping a check on our expenses, all the while comparing it on the basis of trips. Oh, the number of times one has had to say—Hang on, your next tickets come handy for that price!
Travel is us
As hardcore travellers, we’ve always been led by the belief that anybody who came into our lives would have to appreciate what travel means to us. Travel has been the ideal litmus test for our relationship to thrive. I mean, we are both very stubborn, obstinate people who’ve stuck to our grounds unwaveringly, but every time an exciting new trip has sprung up before us, we’ve smoothly put aside our differences to make peace and enjoy our trip. And, thus, over the years, we’ve piled up our home with plenty of bric-a-brac from every place we’ve visited – ranging from Tibetan prayer flags to mirror-work goodies, wooden masks to souvenirs of every kind, shape and size—each bearing a story, that we’ve loved to share with our families and friends.
Planning & plotting
On many a rainy evening, when work has been intense, our spare moments have seen us get hooked onto travel blogs, poring into a copy of the Conde Nast and making rough itineraries for our next. And, likewise, every time we’ve met a fellow travel addict, we’ve been glued to them for hours, exchanging notes and of course, sharing our own travel stories, that once, even inspired us to work on writing a book together. That it hasn’t seen the light of the day yet, is another story altogether, best saved for later!
Of all the things that we share in common, travel is undoubtedly that one thing that has always brought us unparalleled happiness. Every couple of months we make travel plans. Even when we know, we won’t be able to make it. Because wanderlust can be very overpowering— the feverishness of planning and exploring known and unknown places, the compulsive need to block dates on the calendar, the desire to start dreaming at the drop of a hat and begin to count down the hours even when weeks away from any signs of travel—it is something that many of us are not conscious about, until we’ve fallen victim to it. Totally and irrevocably.
And now, this mind-altering bug has metamorphosed our heart, mind, and soul into that of wanderers, who are forever on the lookout for travel destinations to set foot into and begin the explorations! Except that now we are dictated by school terms and vacations, nothing much has changed. In our mind, that is. Although reality now dictates most of our choices, really, in our minds, we remain wanderers who long for unknown shores, white sand beaches, towering mountains and a new life! One that we’d love to trade any day for this life of predictability.
If you, like us, are bitten by the travel-bug, let me assure you there is no cure for this and all you got to do is keep travelling, have fun and make the most of it. Once you’ve set your destination, all you got to do is pack your bags and make your path.
It is often said, that after every trip, people seem to come back more confident as individuals, more charismatic as storytellers, and humbled souls that know that the journey toward knowledge is one that never ends. Travel. Discover. Write your own story. No matter which road you take, the journey will definitely be a memorable one!
This guest post has been written for the month-long birthday celebrations on my blog.