Saturday, 10 May 2014

Who’s My Favourite Travel Companion

On this Mother’s Day, I’d like to shift the spotlight on my favourite travel companion - who is none other than my Mom. I have written about why I enjoy travelling solo. Today, I’d like to take this opportunity to pay a sweet little tribute to my mother who has supported me tremendously in my journey as a traveller. She is an open-minded, strong-willed and an optimistic woman who loves to travel just like me. In fact, the courage to travel solo is something that I have inherited from her. So, I can’t thank her enough.


I firmly believe that one should choose a travel companion wisely, because if you travel with someone who is unlike you, it may ruin your joy of travelling. For instance, if you like to hike, while your travel companion can’t walk ten steps, it would be a sore experience. What do you say?

I like travelling with my mother because –

She’s enthusiastic and energetic

Although she has aged, she’s full of energy. She’s always open to exploring, hiking and visiting new places. Of course, there are times when she just wants to relax and not walk as much as I do, but she’s mostly active and curious about new things. When we went to Dandeli, she was ready at sharp 6 am for a morning trek.


She’s patient with my photography

Someone like me who loves photography needs a patient travel companion. Fortunately, my mother allows me to do my own thing. She understands that it’s important to me and I should do my best. There have been times when I take so much of time at a particular place and I can clearly see it on her face that she’s exhausted, but she bears with me.

She clicks nice pictures  
                       
On our first trip together, I made her click so many pictures of mine. What I appreciate about her is that she followed my instructions perfectly. She understood exactly what I wanted in the frame and delivered just that. My love for photography can get on people’s nerves, but my mom never whines about it.


She’s a nature lover like me

Both of us love natural beauty. If we had our way, we would never leave natural surroundings. I’m glad that I could take her along to Dandeli, which was completely a nature-driven trip. We explored the forests – its flora and fauna, enjoyed a coracle boat ride, admired the villages, relaxed in the midst of trees and simply embraced the pristine environment.

She’s observant, a good listener and appreciates all the good things

I like the fact that my mother draws my attention to a lot of things while we are travelling. Whenever someone tells her something unique or interesting, she remembers it. I am not really a good listener. I tend to ignore something that doesn’t interest me (even if it’s important in some way). However, my mother keeps track of everything, which helps me later. 

  
She takes care of hygiene

It would be difficult for me to travel with someone who doesn’t take care of hygiene. Whenever I book a hotel, I ensure that I get a clean bathroom and a tidy bed with clean linen. My mother and I maintain cleanliness wherever we go, thus, our travel experience together is even better.

No wonder my mom is my favourite travel companion. I ABSOLUTELY love travelling with her.

Who’s your favourite travel companion? Have you taken your mom along on a trip?

31 comments:

  1. Cool! Nice to know that she is the perfect travel companion for u :)

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    1. Yeah! I am glad to have a mom who loves to travel! :)

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  2. Mom daughter trips are special, I can say this from a mother's point of view too. Traveling with my daughter is so much fun.

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    1. I can understand, Mridula :) I'm sure your daughter is fortunate to have you for a mom!

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  3. I have mostly travelled as a family and i must say travelling with mom has always been the best, be it packing, waking me up early for flights sightseeing or any damn thing during the trip , she will always be in charge of everything....

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    1. Well, of course, mothers are caring by nature. :)

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  4. Lovely post !

    It's always great to accompany Mom to various places we go to. Your post made me realize that it's been a while that I traveled with Mom. So it's right time :) .. I am going to visit my parents in June and will plan something.

    Happy Mother's Day Renuka !

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    1. Thanks VJ :) I'm glad to hear that!

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  5. Really sweet!! How lucky for you and your mom that you can share such experiences.

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    1. Thanks Nyla :) Yeah, that's true. Both my mom and I have a great time when we are traveling together.

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  6. Wow nice! Blog dedicated to mom, on Mother's Day!

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  7. Mom is the best friend we, daughters can ever have. My mom is one person who enriches my travels and experiences like no other, she is a core traveler at heart. A very apt topic for mothers day, Renuka. :)

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  8. Your mum sounds like the perfect travel companion. Can I take her with me on my next trip? ;)

    My mum would be a nightmare to travel with but I think my dad could be pretty cool.

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    1. Sure, please take her along! :) She would love to join you, Monica. :)

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  9. Aw, your mom sounds amazing! Have been on family holiday with mine, but never had a trip just the two of us, would probably be pretty amazing though!

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    1. Yeah! You must go on a holiday with your mom someday. :) It's definitely fun!

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  10. My travels have reduced these days, but I prefer traveling alone. There are so many things I can do if I travel alone.

    Destination Infinity

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    1. True, traveling alone has its own joy, but if you find a great travel companion (like my mother), there's nothing like it!

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  11. Its always nice to travel with your mum and of course dad too.

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    1. True! :) But in my case, it's my mum. :)

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  12. Happy mother day :)
    reminded me of all those trips during school we would take , nowadays I am in uk and she is in India .. but when she comes over we go out on weekends ..


    Bikram

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    1. Happy Mother's Day to you too, Bikram :) Nice that you take your mom out on weekends.

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  13. Family holidays are always the best

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