The person behind the adventure and the adventures behind the person - Priya Krishnamoorthy

I was told

“Indians don’t travel like that. It’s a western fad” – I showed them someone who did.

Then I was told,

“Girls don’t travel in India like that”…I showed them someone who did. (She happened to be French on a Solo trip to India)

They had to correct themselves and say,

“Indian Girls don’t travel in India like that”… I decided to prove them wrong and be an example.

(I have met totally awesome people including Women, Indian and otherwise who have explored the length and breadth of the country and abroad much better. The above is only a statement of ignorance based on my knowledge at that point in time.)

Travel bug had bit me as early as my pre-school days. Thanks to my dad’s Leave Travel Concessions, we travelled to all places that I read in my Geography books. As I became older, probably wiser and definitely more financially independent, I earned for travel experiences, much beyond the guided tours where the guides ask you to look out of your bus and see some sight and give your half an hour to cover an historic site. In the guided tours, we almost never spoke to any localities and had no understanding of their culture. Everything was clock work and success of the group tour was determined by the quantity of places you can check off from your list, rather than the quality of the experience the travel provided. We still ate the same food we ate at home, since we had cooks travelling with us.

Travel bug had bit me as early as my pre-school days. Thanks to my dad’s Leave Travel Concessions, we travelled to all places that I read in my Geography books. As I became older, probably wiser and definitely more financially independent, I earned for travel experiences, much beyond the guided tours where the guides ask you to look out of your bus and see some sight and give your half an hour to cover an historic site. In the guided tours, we almost never spoke to any localities and had no understanding of their culture. Everything was clock work and success of the group tour was determined by the quantity of places you can check off from your list, rather than the quality of the experience the travel provided. We still ate the same food we ate at home, since we had cooks travelling with us.

Something was missing and it deeply disturbed me. 

So when I was old enough and bold enough to travel on my own, I skipped these touristy rituals. I made my own travel plans, took like-minded company along when available, when not, I travelled solo. I made only broad plans on destinations with open plans on things to do once I get there. I met a lot of interesting people on the way, stayed with localities, ate and travelled with them and in a few short days became family to them.

Travel has not only become an unforgettable experience but also an education of sorts, which taught me both how different and similar people are, how local culture, economy and social practices influence people, how refreshingly uncorrupt people in small towns still are, and how much being open to new experiences can enrich your life.

 I am documenting my experiences here with the hope to inspire you to step out of your comfort zone and travel and discover the world and more importantly discover yourself.

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