Dreaming About The Romance of Solo Travel

Solo Traveler

Well, on a sleepy Sunday listening to EDM, I was reading about a solo travel post by Shivya Nath, an Indian Traveler and there is a very well written quote:

The thing about solo travel is, whether it’s your first trip or tenth, you might never feel 100% ready.  There will always be a little voice at the back of your head asking, are you crazy?

 

Yeah, absolutely! And maybe that’s a voice of fear. I sometimes feel the same when I travel with friends. But I never travel alone for the purpose of the expedition. I’ve visited the weekend gateways around Pune like Lonavala, Lavasa, Mahabaleshwar, Mumbai, and Konkan area because a good weekend clears away the rust of the whole week. I also went on a family trip to Tirupati, South India by train when I was in 5th standard and then to Mangalore when I was in 10th.

 

Since then traveling excites me to think about the solo trip, but I started dreaming seriously about it when I switched my job and started working for travel e-commerce startup – TripHobo! There I met people who are bound by the unique force, that is the love of traveling.

 

Okay… back to my dream! When I hear, read or even think about solo-trip, 3 cities come to my mind without any doubt and those are Hampi, Manali, and Varanasi.

 

“Some journeys in life can only be traveled alone.”

 

You may ask why only these 3 cities?  The main reason behind choosing these cities is, I like to dream about the things which I can achieve in future. Yes, I’m a more practical guy and living in the reality. So there is no point in choosing cities abroad.

Why Did I Choose These 3 Specific Cities?

There is a story behind selecting every city I mentioned. Hampi for the exploring Indian history. Manali to overcome my fear. Varanasi to find real me.

 

What’s about Hampi?

 Hampi Sunset

Actually, I never knew about Hampi village 2 years before. Once my Facebook friend posted his photo in Hampi and then I googled it. It nearly blew my mind. Architectural History was my favorite subject during school. From Harappa civilization to Rome culture, I love reading about it. So how I can miss Hampi, which still has footprints of Vijayanagara Empire.

What’s about Manali?

Manali

Honestly, I choose this to kill the fear inside me. Fear of taking a risk and hard decisions, fear of future and fear of death!

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.

 

So, to challenge my existence, to explore the beautiful nature and to experience an adventure, Manali will be perfect.

 

What’s about Varanasi?

 

Banaras(Kashi): A city which holds the secret of LIFE. A city which is older that history and tradition.

 

Varanasi Ghat

As I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads, and to know the destiny, I’ve to visit this holy place. To get an inspiration, to understand the true meaning life and to discover the real Me, Varanasi is the one.

Hopefully, I’ll visit at least one place from the list this year. I’m eager to read your comments on this post. Do suggest and share your thoughts.

Hello World: My First-ever Blog Post

Life: First Blog Post

“Hello, World!” was the first program we used to write and compile during our engineering. So I’m following the same rule here for my first post.

Well, technically it isn’t the first-ever post that I’m writing! I published many before for others. But yeah, for this domain it is the first one.

Hello World

Life is somewhat similar to compiling the code, fixing the errors, ignoring the warnings and finally getting the expected output! We also do the same to reach where we want to be. We gain knowledge, overcome the trouble, reach the destiny and as usual, we ignore the warnings.

You might be thinking that it’s just another blog post from a programmer who is giving some lecture on life and existence. No! I’m not a programmer, neither I want to advise anyone. I work as a Web Search Analyst in e-commerce startup and I love my work. It doesn’t require a high dose of coffee or cigar.

Then, why am I writing this?

To get an attention over the warnings which we’re ignoring! Life warns us every moment we go through, but because of our old mindsets and pre-defined priorities, we choose to ignore them intentionally.

We opt for engineering over our own passion, marks over knowledge, western lifestyle over traditional one. By ignoring health, we just run towards alcohol and nicotine. And we proudly call ourselves modern and well educated! Are we really?

How many of us are really following their own path and passion? Very few at least in India. We blindly follow the crowd without even knowing that where it leads to.

Steve Jobs Follow Your Heart

This is what made me write my first post! Until now, I didn’t know what I’m actually searching for. The true meaning of life is to find what you like doing and to do it. It may be chasing your dreams, taking big risks or jumping to next level. And all you need is the first step towards it…