Do any of you ever hop out of your bed and grit your teeth and have a broad smile on your face when you get excited? Well, regardless of whether I’m the weird one, that’s me whenever I think about travelling.
Most people enjoy travelling, while that’s true, few are passionate about exploring everything in that little town off the coast of nobody cares. The sense of exploring new places, hiking up mountains, swimming in rivers or lakes or seas or oceans, jumping off cliffs, eating new food, checking out the city skylines, looking at the ceilings and analyzing the beautiful architecture in this wide massive world attracts me and this is my butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling.
To me, travelling is not only about visiting a place I’ve never been to before, it’s everything about that place – the food, the stories, the people, and all those off beat things not listed in the itineraries. Whenever I decide to travel, it’s always spending some quality time to span out how I need to do the trip, how many days I’ll need, etc., but I always add an extra day or two to every place I visit so that I can do the things I can learn only from people there and no amount of research online about that place is going to let me do that. As a kid, I watched a lot of Discovery, Animal Planet, and other such cables and I used to tell my parents I want to go there and do these kind of things too. Travelling has been something I’ve been fond of ever since I was a child who couldn’t even read beyond the ABCs. Not just this, I used to get super annoyed when I went for trips with my family via some touring agency because I didn’t like that someone else was deciding how I do my trip, where I am and for how much time, what I eat, and everything else. I hated it. If I am to travel to a new place, I want to decide where I go and how much time I spend there and I want to eat the local food, not just the kind of food I can get back at home.
You’re not always going to find people who are willing to do such kind of travelling with you, just be brave and do a solo trip. Eventually, if you’re passionate about something, you always find your kind of people. It’s going to be way out of everyone’s comfort zones, even the extroverts out there, but it’s just one of those things you have to do to experience that well, it’s not that tough. It will build you up as a person and change your outlook. I’ve always wanted to travel the whole world, and as I’ve grown older, I’ve realized it’s not super realistic to travel everywhere. Nonetheless, I’m going to try my very best to travel as much as I can and conquer as many stretches of lands and seas as I can. This has been my dream for as long as I can remember, and I’m going to hold on to it, boldly.
– Parth Thakkar