|Tigers of Pench National Park, Jan 2012|
|Gwalior Fort at night, March 2012|
There is nothing more fulfilling than following your passions. If you look around, the happiest people are the ones that take the time to do what they love. I agree that we are all busy, we have jobs to do, money to make, family to take care of, chores to run and of course facebook walls to update. What I have observed is that people who are passionate about something will do it in spite of all the above. These are people that have exciting lives and are fun to talk to and in general are always in a happy and positive frame of mind.
|Leopard at Kabini, May 2012|
My best friend dreams of publishing a novel. He has two kids and a job in a start up company which means 12 hour work days. In spite of that, he takes an hour every other day, sits in a coffee shop and writes. He also manages to run a few miles in the middle of his long work day. My other best friend, an amazing mother of 2 kids, an avid reader, she loves to travel and wanted to go to Israel, a very uncommon destination. Earlier this year, she found another friend who was interested, flew half way across the world and spent a week exploring Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and other places in Israel!
Children: A friend of mine says 'It is all in your attitude" when it comes to travelling with kids. Another friend says "It depends on how easy your kid is". I think both of them are true to an extent. But going back to my theory, people who are really interested in travelling have done so with or without kids. A fellow blogger, M and her husband love to hike in the Himalayas. Now that they have a child, they take turns and go on separate hikes. They also take plenty of family vacations with all three of them. My friend J, who is an inspiration is the mother of an amazing teenager. She takes her daughter on most of her trips. The young girl has more stamps on her passport that I do. I recently met an amazing fellow travel blogger writes about their trips with their special needs child. Not travelling with Varsha was never an option for us. Saru and I made a pact that we will never become those parents who give up all their interests for their child, so we have been fiercely trying to maintain the same life that we had before. Yes, it is easier to stay at home and do nothing, but that is not what we want. And luckily for us, Varsha has turned out to be a wonderful traveller.
|Balestrand, Norway, July 2012|
Company: If your spouse is busy and/or not interested, travel with a friend. In today's age of social networking it is not hard to find people with similar interests. Saru has no interest in heritage sites. Instead of bugging him to go, I found friends and went to Khajurajo, Orccha, Mandu and even Italy 2 years back. It is win-win. I go wherever I want and he can work to his heart's content. If not, you can go the way of my cousin S who took 10 weeks off from work and went solo backpacking in Turkey, Greece, Italy and Spain.
P.S Pictures are from the last 6 trips we took this year.