“ME: Mom, I have decided I want to explore this part of the world while I have the chance to do so. Don’t know if I would EVER get an opportunity like this again. And so, I have decided to go backpacking. To rough it up a bit and to see the world from a completely different angle.
MOM: Whattt….But beta(means ‘my child’ in Hindi), how will you ever survive staying in the REFUGEE CAMPS….”
Huh!!!!! lol 😉
THIS was exactly the conversation I had with my mother and I was so amused with her adorable reaction, that I had decided then and there to write a blog dedicated to her innocence and naivety(Mom if you are reading this, please don’t kill me).
But let’s be honest. While backpacking is rapidly becoming a popular way to travel around the world,there are still a lot of inhibitions, insecurities and doubts prevalent in the minds of those who have never attempted to do one themselves.
As it is rightly said: It always seems IMPOSSIBLE, till it is actually DONE.
While I have traveled quite a bit, and that includes to both the majorly developed countries as well as to the ‘not so developed’ ones, but the experience of being a ‘Solo backpacker’ still remains at the top of my bucket list. Until NOW….
The idea actually was given to me by my husband on one of those days, when I was as usual getting restless on where to travel next. He looked up from the screen of his precious laptop and said- “Honey, you always wanted to do a back packing trip to some exotic place, right? Earlier when you were in India, you had the biggest worry of not getting enough leaves from your job to manage a decently long trip. But, what stops you know?”
That got me thinking. He was right. I always used to tell myself that I will travel like crazy when I don’t have a job to bog me down. I would do this, and do that, and go here and see the wonders of the world.
And now, when I was here in one of the most beautiful parts of the world without a job to worry about; what was I doing?? Absolutely NOTHING. I mean sure, I travel all weekends to a new city and try exploring it to the fullest. But I ask myself- Is it enough? 2 years down the line, if and when I am back in the corporate world, sitting on my desk and staring at my computer, am I going to be happy with how I made use of all the ‘free time‘ I had???
That self talk was all that I needed to get the action started. After that all I can remember doing is- research, research and more research. I felt the happiest I had been and knew that I was spending hours doing something I loved. I was using my energies to get a final plan ready, which if all went well could end up being the HIGHLIGHT of my whole life.
The spark had been lit, and now it was spreading wild like a forest fire.
While I will cover the steps, kind of research, type of planning etc involved in a backpack trip in another blog; in this blog I would like to cover the feelings and the sentiments that one can expect when the date for the trip is coming close. What reactions can one expect from the near and the dear ones and finally how to manage all the butterflies fluttering around in your stomach.