Travel is Experiencing Life
When the end of your life approaches, what will you regret? Most of us will not think, “I should have spent more time at work.” However, many people will wish they had experienced more. Do not let yourself be one of them. You only live once, so make it count.
Whether you have a passport filled with stamps, or have never gone for trip, travel is something which has hidden benefits for everyone. Travel changes you physically, emotionally and psychologically. You can travel alone or with your partner and family, and you can still reap the benefits of travelling.
Why do I like to travel?
I too am one of those who love travelling. The things you learn while travelling, I doubt any textbook can teach you in such detail. You will get knowledge about the geographical features, economy, history, sociology, politics and culture of the new place. I make sure that I travel atleast once in three months. Not having enough leaves at workplace or not having enough money are mere reasons. I have managed to travel when I had only 21 days’ leaves in my company in a year and also when I had very little money. How do we do that? You can read in the next blog.
Don’t save money and time to travel after retirement for you may have the time and money at that point of time but may- not have the fitness that you have now.
Afraid of height? Go skydiving. Afraid of water? Go scuba diving. You will be amazed with the courage you possess and will be proud of what you can achieve once you get rid of the idea that you could not do. I too had a phobia of water and height and wild animals. You won’t believe, because nor could I believe that I pet lions, the real and alive lions. Look at it.
The girl was so scared of water was walking on the sea bed. It freaked me out but I found a new self in me.
Travel makes me smarter. Not only I learn about a new culture or a new language, but I have also learnt to get myself out of sticky situations. We have got stuck at around 18,000 feet at Khardungala top for near about 5 hours with very less oxygen. I understood the importance of oxygen which we never think of these things in our daily day to day lives. It made us think quickly and smartly at that point of time. I learnt new skills that did not even know I was capable of learning. I try out new cuisines and expand my palette. It is completely a different experience when you meet different people of different regions, see their lifestyle, understand their culture. If you are a person like my husband who doesn’t like interacting much with different people, NO WORRIES. You can travel to admire the beauty of nature.
You sometimes realize that there is a big wide world outside of your problems.
When we visited Kargil, we really thought that what we get frustrated over such petty things in life like traffic in Mumbai or the maid not being present at our homes on time. I realized the lives of the people fighting for us on border and their families live everyday with the fear of being alive or not the next day. This fresh perspective helped me become more calm, happier and grateful in life. If you don’t have companion, you don’t have to worry. There are so many groups who organize tours. Tag along with them. They will force you to come out of the perfect little shell you have been living in. If you are travelling with your partner of family, this is the perfect occasion to strengthen the bond and learn from and about each other.
I have kept in mind the following travel tips which you also can consider.
- Make photocopies of your passport and ID in case they are lost or stolen.
- Have an open mind and be open to trying out new cuisines, culture and traditions of the place.
- Travel light.
- Enjoy interacting with the locals
- Take many photographs and make notes of interesting facts of the place.
- Interact and be friendly with the locals
- Avoid living online while you are travel. As tempting as it may be to post everything you see or do on vacation online, do not. Keep social media interaction and mail checking to the minimum only if absolutely necessary
- Keep your loved ones informed about your whereabouts.
- Travel insurance is an absolute must.
- Patience is important. There will be a number of freak out situations and you need must keep calm and composed. Always make the best of the present situation.
Trust me, as soon as I am back from a trip, within few days I start planning for another trip. This way, I learn to save money, be a more planned person and also look forward for new experiences in life