There is a traveller in all of us; I firmly believe so. No matter how little a percentage there but he does exist. He likes the idea of smelling the fresh mountain air, the feeling of being free with nothing to bring him down. He loves the idea of hanging out at the airports as the airplanes wave hellos and goodbyes. All he has to do is enjoy the promise that the journey that lies ahead presents.
Now, that traveller needs some inspiration from time to time. We get so busy trying to survive the mundane routines that we never realize when that traveller in us gets ignored somewhere.
I must confess that I haven’t travelled much myself. In fact, my major expeditions have been in the last 5-7 years. Let’s just say life got the better of me and there was always something far more important that managed to impend my travel plans. Now all I can do is make up for lost time. And while I’m at it, I’ll also advocate in favour of travelling.
When was the last time you took a break? And I don’t mean a vacation where you kept on accessing and responding to your emails on your mobile. I mean a break where you just lost yourself and found some solace. A break where you didn’t need a lot of booze to get over your stress. Where you could finally begin the healing process.
If you cannot recall then my suggestion to you is this: go now. I saw this line in a movie; the most important day in your life is today. Yesterday and tomorrow aren’t ours. They’re just a phenomenon created by, well whatever created us, and marketed by people who want to sell us anything. A car with a 5 year payment plan, a policy with a 20 year lock in period, a movie running for 3 hours. How would I know if I have that kind of time? Maybe we live a hundred, maybe we don’t, who knows! All I know for sure is that I have this moment. And this moment is all mine. I can use this moment to live and enjoy or I can use this moment to plan and procrastinate. But what I decide to do with this moment is in my hands.
Remember, we all have this moment. It’s nice to plan. I’m not saying that I’m a hippie who doesn’t believe in saving for a rainy day. But do not let life simply pass you by. It’s incredible to see people around taking every opportunity to step out and expand their horizons. We have featured several of those to inspire you. For instance, we had Chandni Mahajan and Maan share insightful tips on planning a trip to Leh and Kashmir. Parinita and Aakash recently talked about their trip to Australia from India. We found Sakshi and Varun’s tips for a honeymoon in Bali quite helpful. Urvashi and Jiten Bhatia’s tips for travelling with a kid will inspire you to take a holiday right away! Be it budget travel or a luxurious getaway, we have travel lovers inspiring you about them all.
And all these travel lovers will tell you one this: Love your life and live it. Don’t let work get in the way of life. Plan a trip somewhere and just go. There is nothing more pious that the love for life. It can be for us, it can be for our children, but it has to exist. The absence of this love is as good as missing a soul.
I feel we all do enough to pamper ourselves every now and then. I hope at least someone will read this, be inspired and actually go on a vacation. I hope at least somebody will begin their healing process. Here’s a warm wish for all of us need some hope.
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