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?
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?
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.
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.