Everyone loves to travel – yes or
no? If you say no it’ll be a shocker for me. I simply love to travel – just about
anywhere. I don’t have a preference of beaches or hill stations. I am quite
content even if it’s a long drive to a non descriptive place, uninhabited place
or even a small little village. I believe every place on earth has to offer
something to satiate your travel hunger.
When you are tied up with your
professional career and family that hunger sometimes gets lost under the layers
of stress, tension and other commitments. When I was young my dad made sure we
took at least a single vacation every year if not two.
My mum says she has been
travelling with me when I was just about 4 months old!
Now today I’m not going to talk
about my travel diaries nor is it going to be about any travel destination. I’ll
tell you about few people I know – close friends and relatives who are people
who travel to live!
There’s this uncle who’s crazy
about travelling and travelling to exotic locations. He had retired as the chief
editor of a popular English daily and was obviously very excited to see the
world that he had missed during his youth due to professional commitments.
Whenever I heard about their next
travel destination I used to think – they are either crazy or they want don’t want
to leave any place! And mind you they were quite aged when they visited these
places – around 80 to be precise. When I heard they were travelling to
Antarctica and South Pole I was left like this :O… yes – who on earth visits
South Pole when you are eighty???
Once this couple had visited a
tiny place called Haiti and the uncle had caught malaria, unfortunately. The
local hospitals were not even equipped to deal with it. They were in fact very
surprised to get Indian tourist! Finally he got help from The Red Cross!
Probably the only places left in
their list was North Korea or Afghanistan!! I am not sure. I used to tell my
dad probably they used to spin a globe and stick their finger on one place –
whichever place came they used to visit that! The uncle is no more with us now
but his travel diaries are truly special.
We have another close relative,
my husband’s grandfather – who is equally enthusiastic about traveling and age
is just a number for him. His recent escapades were cruising in Arctic Circle,
Iceland, Alaska, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Antarctica and what not!
I sometimes wonder where do they
get all this energy from? But isn’t the answer quite clear – when you love to travel
you seek to go to places which pulls you. You don’t think about too many things
– whether the facilities will be good, whether the food will be fine – you know
you need to see, absorb and learn.
Seriously if travelling was free
and I had a lot of time on hand I would pack my bags and leave – go to just
about anywhere and try and learn a new culture, try new cuisines, meet new
people make many friends.
Someone has truly said – The world
is a book and those who do not travel read only one page!
What do you think? Do you feel
like going backpacking around the world, even if it’s a tiny non descriptive
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