I keep coming across this poster on the internet, ‘If traveling were free, you’d never see me again.’ Truth be told, it’s a big fat lie – a lot of people out there are telling themselves every time they ditch their dreams for over time at office.
This is how I used to be through the three years at college, and for the two years after…until, it finally dawned upon me, what it really takes to get out there and travel – WILL – Rock strong will. That’s all you need.
And then, there were two other issues, I had to deal with. Emotions and Finances.
As an aspiring traveler, my emotional concerns were mostly related to meeting my parent’s ‘expectations’. Eventually I realised that, people who really love you, will understand and respect your decisions. So, after a mild opposition my parents understood and accepted that travelling is what I really NEED to do.
My bed in Darjeeling. Believe it or not, its a counter in a bar that serves Chang (rice beer)
Next in line, were the finances. I had less than $80 cash in hand or bank, cumulatively, as I embarked on my first trip solo. And, believe me you – I made through 6 Indian states in over 20 days, with that sum of money. The point I am making here is, prioritise right and budget accordingly. For myself, travel and climbing are the top most priorities, then comes food and, lodging is last. I spread my expenses in order. Living within means is imperative.
Not every traveler makes a living out of travel writing.
I decided to do anything that lets me travel, is legal and, is within my personal ethical boundaries. I started as a freelancer, writing academic content (sustaining on less than $200 a month, most of the time). The plan was, to eventually build a marketable skill that requires less man hours and pays more. Almost 24 months into the exercise, I now manage operations for a Singaporean setup from a laptop – sitting on the porch of my home, nestled in the Himalayas.
It all boils down to being passionate about your dreams, consistent efforts, keeping no regrets, taking risks and living in the moment. Everything does work out.
Get on that plane, bus, boat, road, whatever, already!
P.S. There’s a common misconception, that travel isn’t ‘safe’, ‘impossible’ or ‘isn’t meant for’ females. Check out these girls, who are living life queen size.
Toolika Rani (www.tulich83.blogspot.in)