Saturday, 12 April 2014

Top 10 Things I love About Travel

Of course, I love to travel. If you are wondering why do I need to even mention it, let me tell you that I love to talk about travel as often as possible, because that gives me a chance to inspire people about this fascinating aspect of life. I’d like to admit that I need a bit of inspiration myself at the moment. Thus, I feel like mulling over this very topic. I would like to share with you what I really like about travel and would like to hear from you as well!

    
So, are you ready?

Hiking and wandering

I’d say hiking is my top favourite thing to do on a trip. It’s something that I have been doing since childhood. Since I was born in the mountains (Uttarakhand, North India), I got lots of hiking opportunities quite early in my life. It’s something that I enjoy the most. Whether it’s hiking up the mountains or wandering through the market places and the alleyways, I love the spontaneity of it. You get to observe so much, in the course of which, you learn so much and the best part is that you don’t spend a penny!

      
Photography

I love pictures! If you are not new on my blog, you probably know how often I post photo essays. Photography is the number one priority on my travels. The moment I see something worth capturing, I go berserk. I often refrain from visiting a site if photography is prohibited there. There is an unexplainable joy in seeing something from my own perspective and freezing it for life.


     
Landscapes

Landscapes give me a sense of freedom. I love to be numbed by the far-reaching panoramas. I feel they have a quiet, yet compelling way of enrapturing you. I love it when the sun leaves behind its poignant hues in the sky; I love the imposing mountains and valleys, the serene lakes, the rustic desert, the never-ending sea and anything and everything under the sun.


    
People

I have had some really sweet interactions with all kinds of people on my travels lately. Although I am not exactly an extrovert, I enjoy talking to people that I bump into by chance. I feel it adds more meaning to the overall experience of travelling. I usually like exchanging pleasantries with chauffeurs, hotel staff, shopkeepers and random strangers.


 
Relaxing and savouring

While I enjoy walking endlessly, I also enjoy relaxing and doing nothing. I like to find a spot from where I can catch a good view. I like to savour my surroundings. It could be having lunch alfresco under the balmy sun, sitting quietly by a lake or simply lying on a hammock.

    
Different experiences

Whenever I am able to experience something new or unusual, I feel I have gained something extra on my trip. Like for instance, I never thought I could hitchhike, but I had to do it on one of my trips and it wasn’t bad at all! It saved me money and I could rediscover my own enthusiasm for travel.
     
Culture and atmosphere

I like to appreciate the distinctive character of a place. Every city has a certain culture that makes it unique. I like to admire that uniqueness. For instance, Mumbai has an effervescent soul that reflects in its sights and sounds, while Delhi has an old-world classiness embedded in its heritage buildings and squares. 

     
Unpredictability

The most interesting thing about travel is the unpredictability associated with it. Even though you plan everything, there is something or the other that happens on its own – good or bad. Thus, it’s important to travel with an open mind and an adventurous spirit. There have been many instances on my travels when I have faced unexpected troubles and also times when I enjoyed something more than I imagined.

Fulfilment of curiosity

I basically travel to feed my curiosity. I am a curious person and I want to discover my planet. Although I travel to a certain destination because I am fascinated by it, I am generally curious about the whole world. Thus, each new travel experience unfolds more of my own life story. The world is full of thrill and beauty, and I am keen to witness it.

Endless variety and possibilities

Variety is the spice of life and travel offers lots of it. There is a wide gamut of things to experience – different cuisines, art and culture, historical insights, raw natural beauty, adventure and so much more. Besides, slow travel allows you to experience a city like a local and know it deeply.


I’m so glad travel has become an integral part of my life and it has given me the power to be myself.

Now it’s your turn!

What do you love the most about travel?

41 comments:

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    1. Thanks Mridula :) Yeah, everything about travel is wonderful!

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  2. I can experience happiness through your words.. stating you are living life of your dreams...!!

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    1. Yeah, Pratik! Travel is happiness.

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  3. For me the no 1 reason is photography and second is change form routine.. But, did u mention u need some inspiration yourself ????

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    1. Nice to know that you like photography too. :) Yeah, we all need inspiration once in a while. Isn't it? :)

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  4. Awesome yummy post, Renuka!
    With all relevant pics & links too! All Places & traveller-YOU look great! :)

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    1. Thanks Anita :) I'm glad you enjoyed the post!

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  5. Some of the same reasons as me :) I really want to go to valley of the flowers this year. have you been?

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    1. That's nice to know, Rachel :) Never been to valley of flowers, but would like to! How are you planning to go there?

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  6. Great reasons! Though I think for me, curiosity is number 1. I just want to see everywhere, and discover everything!

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    1. Yeah, curiosity is my basic reason to travel. Everything else follows after that.

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  7. So many reasons to fall in love with travel .... Photography tops my list too ;)

    You have broader outlook towards things the more you travel :)

    http://thetalesofatraveler.com

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    1. Yup, that's true. Travel opens doors to so many different things and an individual is able to view life from a new perspective.

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  8. We have the same mind! Hiking and wandering are at the very top of our list as well - with photography as a very close second!! Great list :)

    Meg @ Mapping Megan

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    1. Glad to know that, Megan. :) Yup, hiking and photography are so cool.

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  9. Some great reasons. It's all about making memories for me - you know you're going to look back on the travels in the future and smile :)

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  10. Renuka, we have so much in common, believe me! I can totally relate to this post and it seems like you can read my mind. I could not say it better. I am a big fan of hiking and I love taking photos. I am always so excited to see new places and capture the moments when travelling. You look like one happy girl when you travel <3!!

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    1. That's great to hear, Agness! Yup, I am happiest when I am traveling and that shows. :)

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  11. Great post! There are so many great things about travel. For us it seems every day is a new adventure :-)

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    1. Thanks Casey :) Yeah, for a traveler, every day is a new adventure.

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  12. I so agree to all those wonderful reasons.

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  13. Those are some great reasons to make travel Your life , WELL penned renuka . Saw most of these places- mysore, ajmer , jaipur though I cudn't identify that chess board pic.
    Great post
    Good luck with ur travel
    Thanks for visiting my blog :)

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    1. Thanks Afshan :) Well, I haven't been to Ajmer and Jaipur yet. :) That chess board pic if of Melbourne.

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  14. Great post, I completely agree! I love seeing all the different landscapes and cityscapes in our world and exploring different cultures and cuisines.

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    1. Thanks Heather :) Yeah, travel has so much to offer! Glad you enjoyed the post.

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  15. Genuine reasons! Mine too. :)

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    1. Thanks Indrani :) Yeah, these are the things that thrill us about travel.

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  16. Renuka...I think your list and my list is very similar...all in all, I just have fun!

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    1. Thanks Corinne :) Nice to hear that! Yeah, travel is so much fun. :)

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  17. Superb I like the title Voyager for Life !!

    I share a similar passion for life I love trekking and mountaineering !!

    Here is my passion in web form http://renokadventures.com/

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    1. Thanks Renok :) Welcome to my blog!

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  18. Awesome list! We're on a smaller travel break at the moment, but this makes us want to leave right now!

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    1. That's nice to know! :) Happy travels!

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  19. Agree with all the reasons. Traveling is all about looking at life from different perspectives. Love all the images!

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    1. Thanks so much! :-) I think the best part of travel is to meet fellow travelers!

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  20. Congrats! It's a superb post Renuka. I love the sudden pleasant and new feeling that my heart feels, the moment i step in to a new place. Every place has a mysterious power of attraction that keeps your exploring, more n more spirit on top of everything. You just need to surrender yourself completely wherever you go. I love to travel. I will always :)

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  21. https://littlestepstonirvana.wordpress.com/2015/03/11/1588/
    Nice post , wrote something on the same lines

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