When I Started to travel by myself 4 years ago, I never in my wildest thought imagined that I would be able to travel fairly extensively through 18 countries in this short time. All these trips have been hardcore backpacking trips which I would say are unconventional in approach as compared to how most of us in India travel. And now when I share my experiences and travel stories with people, I see a will to travel in most of them and probably at least experience once, the way I Travel.
Ironically there is some reason or the other which stops them from doing so, and this is why the Idea of taking people out on backpacking trips came up and I have been thinking about starting this for a while now. So if any one or more from the following triggers your imagination or is a limitation, I guess you might just want to join along.
Travel With Me if –
- You wish to Explore rather than Stereotype –
Exploring is the focal point of my travels and everything revolves around the ways to explore, whether it be places, people, culture, food, nature or anything else. I tend to skip or at least spend less time at the famous landmarks, monuments, restaurants, cities etc. Not only are these similar around the world, very commercialised, overcrowded and heavy on the pocket but are also very mediocre on the overall experience. Mostly while travelling abroad with a tour agency as well, all we do is check into a decent hotel, eat the same food all the time, ride the sightseeing tour bus, click pictures on a few overrated places, visit a few shopping malls and get back to the hotel. We absolutely waste our chance to explore while killing the excitement and energy because of the same routine.
I instead choose smaller towns, lesser known trails, free walking or bicycle tours, eating and drinking at the local favourites, hiking in nature, taking road trips, chasing sunsets etc. TRAVEL WITH ME for a very authentic, relaxed yet refreshing, energising & enriching way to explore the world’s original culture, its inhabitants, nature and landmarks and have fun all along the way.
- You wish to Travel Cheaper, Longer and Often rather than Splurging –
Most of the people think of travelling as a costly affair, which is a myth because most of our spending is on luxuries and not on travelling experience. I travel with a minimalist approach addressing the basic necessities. To quote an example a 15 day trip across Europe, if planned properly, should not cost more than Rs 95,000/- including everything. This is even less than the half of what travel agencies would offer you. Surprisingly I’ve seen people spending Rs 40,000/- on a 7 day trip to Goa. TRAVEL WITH ME to save loads of money which might help you travel cheaper, longer and often.
- You like to Socialize, Open Up and Meet New People –
Meeting people whether they are the locals or travellers is an important part of my travels. TRAVEL WITH ME to get to know some very like-minded people who would be a part of the group but also for an opportunity to meet a lot of other travellers and locals during the trip to socialize, know different cultures, make new friends, share a few drinks and have fun with people from all over the world. A few trips and we have a home in a lot of places around the world; strangers are the friends you just haven’t met yet.
- Safety is your concern as a Female Traveller –
You are a female traveller and safety is your biggest concern, whether it be travelling within India or abroad. Add to that a few other social restrictions to travel alone which makes executing travelling plans way too dependent on family and friends, thus making it very difficult to travel. I’ve been travelling for quite a while now and hardly met any Indian female traveller on the road. TRAVEL WITH ME and the group, if you’re a female and have the desire to see the world and don’t wish to depend on others for that.
- You have a fetish for Secret Destinations –
This is the best and the most rewarding approach to not planning the trip extensively. When we go out and meet a few locals or attend any local community meetup, we mostly get to know a few places or hiking trails or day trips which can hardly be found in any travel guide. Try and read a few guides to Madrid for example, seldom any of them mention the gorgeous old town of Caceres just 2 ½ Hour drive from Madrid. “La Garganta De Los Infiernos” near Caceres is an impossible find. Have a look at these naturally occurring swimming ponds on the river Jerte by clicking the link above.
TRAVEL WITH ME if even you have this fetish for Secret and Hidden Destinations. They are way more fun than clicking selfies in front of crowded monuments.
- Eat – Explore – Party –Repeat is the only thing you wish to do –
TRAVEL WITH ME if you wish to have a no brainer approach to a good time while travelling. The idea is simple – wander during the day and prepare to party as soon as the sun sets. The only compulsory condition to be a part of the group is to have the intent to have fun. Exploring the Nightlife is the sophisticated term for describing the same and it is an integral part of any of my trip.
- You are fond of Clicking Pictures –
The trip becomes more interesting with partners in crime. I absolutely love taking my camera out and if photography is your hobby too, we can’t ask for more.
- You want to Explore but find it difficult to Travel Solo –
There are a lot of individuals who have this desire to backpack, explore and have fun. They don’t wish to do that alone and the existing circle of friends and family are not an option. For all those who are SOLO by circumstances, TRAVELLING WITH ME comes as a fantastic opportunity to come together and embark on a voyage. We all might just start as solo travellers but will definitely return as a group of travel-loving like-minded friends.
- You have a Will to Backpack but need Experience to Start on Your Own – A couple of trips with the group and you might never need me again. You’ll probably be acquainted with most of the things you need to know to travel abroad on your own. From visas to booking cheap flights and accommodation, from designing the itinerary to executing it, from the ways to find travel buddies to the ways to meet locals, from packing the optimal luggage to remaining safe during your travels. TRAVEL WITH ME for a trip or two and that can just be the start you need to start travelling on your own.
- You have Lack of Time or Resources to manage on Your Own – Life is busy and while we all are capable of doing things, sometimes we just might not have the time to invest in gathering resources and making plans. TRAVEL WITH ME and let me put in all the effort to make things smooth for you. All you have to do is pack your bag and board the flight.
“If you like the idea and think that you might want to be a part of this sometime, then signup for an email feed or follow my Facebook page TravellingAgain. All the details of upcoming tours and plans would be posted on the blog and FB page.
Last but not the least, this can only and only be possible with your help. Share this idea and the post on your social networking accounts, within your friend circle or any other platform you find appropriate. Help me make an awesome community of travel-loving young individuals. This would be just a small start, but the start is overwhelming enough. If this page gets going, there is a lot for all of us in store already. I shall really be grateful from the deepest of my heart for any support that you extend in spreading this.”