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.
Also read - The Funny Indian Train Journeys
|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.
Also read My Solo Desert Safari
|Do you think I am not jittery? Yes, I am!|
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