Part 1 – The Beginning
My story begins (like all nice stories begin) when as a young girl I would pour over travel magazines and day-dream about traveling the world!
As I grew taller, so did my aspirations, and I dreamt of working my way around the world! Living in different places – experiencing life – experiencing the day-to-day grind of each different country, culture and cuisine.
This was a time I believed anything was possible! I thought my whole life was ahead of me!
Part 2 – Growing Up!
Then, well, real life happened, and I grew up! I jumped head-first into adulting, and put my dreams of Travels & etc into cold storage – for a more opportune time, or when, well, all my dreams WOULD come true because they COULD come true.
Part 3 – Life!!!
So many years have passed since, and it was over a cup of coffee in a heart-to-heart conversation with Shalini of Shalzmojo.in, that I aired out my dream of traveling (for leisure, pleasure and adventure) and my fears!
My fears of traveling alone, of being lonely, of getting lost, of not being able to even figure out the how to travel and the where to stay! The un-ending what-ifs!
And the scariest of them all … What if I hated solo travel! What if this dream had expired?!
Now, if any of you have ever had a real conversation with Shalini – you know she will tell you WHAT you need to hear, and not necessarily what you want to hear!
This conversation with Shalz was the tipping point in my taking the decision to take the plunge and travel solo! Organise everything myself from my hotel and train bookings to choosing my itinerary & clothes.
Now, if you know me, then you know I can be a bit of an enthu-cutlet at times!
So, I decided to kick off my Solo Travels with TWO travels this November – A combination of a bit of work, a bit of traveling and lots of unknown!
I travelled to Banaras (Kashi) on the auspicious occasion of Dev Diwali this year, followed by a trip for a Indiblogger Blogger event & Valley of Works Literature Festival in Dehradun.
So, what happened during these trips?
- I did my own bookings – didn’t get lost or get my date or time or platform of travel mixed up!
- I purposely meandered 😊
- Met strangers – who are such incredible people, that I am quite giddy (with joy) to call them my friends now!
- People are good, helpful and friendly & willing to teach you! (even when your questions are long enough to be a blog post in themselves!)
- Same safety precautions apply as do when traveling in any city in any country.
- Indulged myself by trying out different types of tea and coffee in various places in cups, mugs and kulhads.
- Learnt a bit about the places I visited, the people I met, and a bit about myself too.
And finally, What happened to me?
- I learnt to trust myself
- My own company is A-OK
- I can have my own itinerary, and it needn’t be the ‘popular’ choices or stuffed with things to do.
- I can pause – at any point in my journey! For absolutely no reason, but just that I want to.
- I truly do have a true love for masala chai /tea
- My perspective, knowledge and understanding in some things expanded
- My understanding that there are many things I don’t understand also expanded
Frankly, at the end of this adventurous November, I feel that traveling is fun and liberating whether Solo or in a group, and so is being Home!
In the end, it is the Joy I feel in each moment and the Happiness I can experience and share which makes my Life an adventure, and me, I hope, a worthy storyteller!
Howdy folks! This december starts with a bang on my blog as I run a unique bloghop with 28 bloggers to write guestposts for me and each other all this month. I hope my readers will catch all the action and support this drive with their comments and feedback to encourage the writing. To know more about this blog hop in detail, you could catch this post here.
Linking up for #wordsante with Namysaysso for every post deserves some love