Wednesday, 14 January 2015

I’m A Quirky Traveller, And You?

I am quite a quirky traveller. I have my share of eccentricities that amuse a lot of people! Even on a personal level, I am not too conventional. I follow my heart on most occasions. So, when it comes to being on the road, I do the same.

There are certain travel rituals that I follow, which may not sound too sensible. I still do them because that’s what makes me happy. As long as I don’t harm anybody else, I can do what I like, right?

Here’s unveiling the ‘quirks’ of Voyager For Life -    

I like to over-pack!

This should come as a surprise shock to any true-blue traveller, who believes in travelling light. It’s not that I end up over-packing, but I really ‘like’ to over-pack. Yes, I like to keep any and everything that I might possibly need during my trip. It could be something as little as a bottle of nail paint or something as bulky as a tripod.    
  
I like to carry a big suitcase everywhere along with my laptop bag and camera bag.

I keep snapping photos while I should take some time to relax and enjoy.

Someone very beautifully put his thought on not taking too many photos and simply enjoying the scenery – “Sunsets are meant to be enjoyed and not recorded minute by minute.” I think it’s been said for someone like me, who just can’t sit still. Well, photography is my top motive behind visiting any place, but I need to realize that relaxing and soaking in the beauty without taking photos also has its charm.    

I'm never one of those people who sit quietly and watch the sun set.

I like to get tanned.

2014 was a ‘get tanned’ year for me. Although I always carry sunscreen, I don’t use it out of laziness. I had got badly tanned in Sikkim, and then it got even worse in Hampi. Now my feet look almost burnt!   

Getting more tanned in Hampi.

I make a big deal about hygiene.

Yes, I am a highly hygiene-conscious person. I like everything to be clean – bed linen, bathroom, towel, and everything that I am supposed to use. Although it’s NOT really quirky to be hygienic, I end up drawing a lot of attention for my hygiene habits. I make people around me conscious, too. Even my hosts at various home stays made sure that I was happy with the hygiene maintained.

Everything neat and tidy for me please!

I can turn ‘anyone’ into a photographer.

I can do anything for a photograph! I mean I can even teach a stranger the art of photography. I give people directions on how to frame, how to hold the camera and how to get the angle right. I don’t mind posing in front of a stranger. Most people don’t bother much when it comes to asking a stranger to click their photo. But I make sure that my photo is clicked properly – exactly the way I want it.

This photo was taken by my guide and chauffeur in Dandeli.

I rarely make it on time for my trains.

I have missed a couple of trains in my life and caught many just at the eleventh hour. I still shudder at the thought of catching a train! It’s so horrifying when your train is all set to depart from the station in a few minutes and you have to literally run to hop on it.  


Catching a train is always scary!

I still have a window seat fixation.

Yes, even after so many plane journeys, I still chirp for a window seat on a plane. I love looking down while taking off and landing. I guess that’s the only fun part about travelling by a plane. But I am not the only one who is crazy about window seats, there are many like me – there was this old man who refused to give me his window seat and told me sternly that if I wanted a window seat I should have reached the airport early just like him. Well, he was right!

From the plane - Watching the sun rise.

I teach people the art of making perfect tea.

I find something or the other wrong with the way people prepare tea. I have taught many people on my travels the art of making the perfect zaikedaar (delicious) tea. Also, I have made my own tea in a home stay in Darjeeling when I was not happy with the tea that I was served in the morning. Even my hosts enjoyed the tea made by me!   

Yes, she's trained on how to make good tea.

I travel solo even when I am a bundle of nerves.

A solo female traveller is usually perceived as someone who is fearless and too brave. Well, I am brave and confident. But let me admit, I am not fearless. I do get scared and nervous at times. But I don’t let my fear come in the way of my love for travel. I still do what I need to do with wisdom and caution.


Do you think I am not jittery? Yes, I am!

What are your QUIRKS as a traveller?

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30 comments:

  1. You are a free bird at heart, and truly brave
    I loved reading this post, and could relate to some quirks.
    Awesome knowing you better.

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, I am indeed a free bird at heart. ;-)

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  2. With hygiene, we are quite the opposite. It's not that we don't care about cleanliness, but rather that we have done so much camping in our lives that we don't worry about whether a room is clean.

    That said, we are careful about what comes near our faces (pillows, blankets, towels, etc.).

    We are more particular about what we eat. We will not eat anything from the ocean unless it's fish with fins and scales. We will only eat certain meats and pay attention to the additives and ingredients in food. Would you consider that quirky?

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    1. I guess, for a regular traveler, expecting cleanliness of any level is a bit quirky! ;-) We are supposed to adjust to all kinds of situations, and I do adjust. But yes, cleanliness is something very basic that I demand. I don't look for luxury. Yes, I expect hygiene even in food and water.

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  3. Hahaha... I identify with a lit of what you said...

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    1. So, my quirkiness is not so surprising! :-)

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  4. I'm a hygiene-conscious person too, but there is a difference between what I like and what I accept. A great about India is that it teaches tolerance, acceptance and adaptability. If I stick to my habits and likes, I'll miss a lot when traveling. Once I was traveling by an AC bus from Delhi to Agra, and they froze me to death - if you have an experience with a long distance AC bus in India, you know what I mean. Then the driver offered me his blanket. It was completely against my hygiene related principles, but I took it :)

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    1. Yeah, I can understand what you are saying. Perhaps I wouldn't have taken his blanket, even though I can't tolerate the AC cold either! You know what? Once I felt so cold in my hotel room that I curled up but didn't open the blanket lying on the bed - because I thought it's not clean enough!

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  5. Getting scared and nervous at times is good because it puts the brakes on being restless.
    So doing things with wisdom and caution is the right approach.
    I am sure many have got a few tips on photography when you teach a stranger the art of clicking.

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    1. Thank you, Haddock! Yes, being nervous is human and it helps in being cautious. I don't know about photography tips :-) I hope many have improved their skills ;-)

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  6. u have missed a lot of trains is it? then I should ask you to add trans-siberian train ride in your bucket list! managing crazy timings across 8 time zones would be a suitable challenge :)

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    1. Haha! I don't want to take that challenge! In fact, I would like to avoid traveling by trains altogether! (Just kidding) Trans-siberian train ride should be fun I guess.

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  7. I'm also very tidy.. almost on the verge of crazy about it. When ben travels with me, I'm always telling him "don't touch anything!!" until I get photos of the room b/c he is so messy!

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    1. Haha! :-) Then I guess you and I can travel together!

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  8. Fun post! I like to tan too even though I am extremely fair and burn most of the time, I'm lazy when it comes to sunscreen too. On another note, I've taken the trains in India and being late would be very intimidating. We had a hard enough time finding our track and car when traveling let alone having to do it in a rush :)

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    1. Haha! :D I guess, we all are quirky in some way or the other! Trains in India are already chaotic, and having to rush to catch one is even more daunting.

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  9. I can relate to so much of this - I'm obsessed with photos, I am always nervous, I also love getting tanned and I'm obsessed with the aisle seat (something about being able to stretch out!). I usually make it on time for trains though, thankfully ;)

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    1. Haha! :D I guess you can't do without being on time for trains everywhere else in the world except for India!

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  10. Nice blog! I prefer traveling light. During my visit to Nilgiris last year, I jettisoned few items which I carried mid way. But, how do you manage to carry a roll-on suitcase especially in a place like Sikkim.

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    1. In fact, a roll-on suitcase is far easier to take around than a heavy backpack! :-)

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  11. It's nice to know the quirky facts about your traveler self :) Loved the photos! And btw, I like traveling light, avoid tanning and travel in slow pace :)

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    1. Yeah, even I like slow travel and I also want to avoid tanning, but I guess my laziness takes over!

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  12. I am also fond travel but I love to travel in group or with my friends or relatives. I don't like to travel solo.

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    1. :-) To each his or her own! Thanks Shabina for your comment. :-)

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  13. I am quite "shocked" indeed that you LIKE to overpack! I often do it, but I kick myself in the head every time I do! :) I'm also a fan of window seating, for the same reason as you are! AND I would love to learn your tea making art!! :D

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    1. Haha! :-) I would love to teach you my tea-making art! Yes, over-packing may be cumbersome, but there is a sense of comfort that you have what you need and what you might need! ;-)

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  14. Sweetie, I am so like you! I follow my heart on most occasions. So, when it comes to being on the road, I do the same - STORY OF MY LIFE!!

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  15. Haha I'm a professional photographer myself so can relate to the "I can do anything for a photograph" part :-)

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    1. Glad you could relate to one of my quirks! :-)

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