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 – Mark Twain
Growing up, travel meant visiting our grandparents or relatives and spending time with them. Sight-seeing was only an afterthought and was always done in a by-the-way manner in the cities they were based in.
By the time I started working, both sets of grandparents had passed away, relatives had been scattered all over the globe, and my older brothers were married with families of their own. My parents didn’t travel as much as they used to and were quite content visiting my brothers or relatives living close by.
As for me, I was ready to begin a new phase of life. One that involved travel. One where experiencing, exploring and enjoying new places took precedence over visiting relatives. Travel began taking an entirely new meaning.
The first non-family trip I went on was to Vellore, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry and Chennai in May 1996 with a friend and a Kodak point-and-click film camera.
The next trip was travelling down India’s West Coast from Honnavar (Karnataka) to Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala) in 1998. It was a trip that was partly solo, and partly done with a friend. It was a trip that saw the itinerary evolving as I / we travelled.
This was followed by a trip to Santiniketan and Kolkata in 1999.
I haven’t stopped travelling since then. Over the years, travel has become a fun break from routine, a stress-buster, a history lesson, an opportunity to meet new people, a way of learning, a spiritual experience, and much more than can be put in simple words. Travel has been a re-affirmation of life itself as each trip and travel experience have revealed. Travel has also made me think about the whole concept of travel itself as in the case of my post on “Travel, travellers and travel blogging… Some thoughts“.
This blog is part recording of memories and part sharing my experiences with a larger audience like you. For your convenience, I have grouped and created sub-categories of my all travel posts, which you can find in any one or more of these pages: India, International, Museum Treasure, Travel Shot, and UNESCO World Heritage Sites (both inscribed & tentative) that I have visited. You can access these pages by clicking on them here or from the tab given just above the header image.
PS: I write because I travel. I do not travel to write. Just saying. 🙂