#1 Survival of the Fittest
If you’re not fit then surviving a particular situation will become hard or even impossible. After my All India Solo Bike Tour, I understood this concept, mainstreamed by Charles Darwin.
Even if you’re sticking to just touristic things (which are comparatively, safe), you still might have a taste of this theory. In case, when you travel like a nomad, the survival skills play a vital role!
#2 Depression, what’s that?
Believe me, travel can not only forget you about the medicines but even the term itself.
Forget about the numbers, it’s the best treatment for depression. Period!
#3 Ground Reality is Different than Social Media Reality
Usually, on the social platforms, a lot of hatred have been spread and it is believed to exist in real life too. Believe me, the ground reality in India is different than what’s portrayed on Social Media.
India is not just safe, but an incredible country to travel!
#4 Marketing made us Stupid
Marketing influences us to buy the things we require in our day-to-day life. In past decade, the food niche had a lot of marketing campaigns too. What it did is that it moved our focus from natural food recipes to the processed ones.
India has hundreds of traditional food recipes which are not only tasty but also hygienic. Of course, you need to find a better restaurant to find the hygiene factor, but don’t we love street foods too?
#5 India has 20+ Different Countries within!
With 29 States and 7 Union Territories, India features 20+ (at least) different countries within.
Each State and Union Territories in India are different from each other. They not only differ in culture but at various levels. Including my favourite, Food!
#6 You stop feeling “Lost”
While staying in our own city, we sometimes feel lost. In the case of travelling to the another city, sometimes, getting lost helps us find new roads, meet new people, and have new experiences.
So, travelling can easily help you stop feeling Lost. In the modern world, with modern hectic life schedule, feeling purposeless and lost is common. You can feel lost on purpose while travelling.
How cool is that?
#7 Everyone is a Master or Guru
Everyone you meet while exploring new streets is a Master or a Guru. He/She is going to teach you new lessons. You just have to be patient and ready to learn.
Yes, stick to the listening mode and let people teach you new things about the cities or culture you were never exposed earlier.
#8 What the Heck is a “Plan”?
My day starts with this term, “let’s see what day brings out.” This isn’t just a sentence but holds an unplanned plan.
You need to stop planning, stop controlling and let your mind does the path selection while on the streets. Believe me, it will take you to a lot of new and unexplored places!
#9 Importance of People in Life
As we grow up, we meet another side of people and starts hating them. When you travel, you start meeting new people again and respect their importance in life.
As the number of people, you meet increases, their importance in life increases too. And, maybe, you start respecting the ones you started hating for some reasons.
#10 Not just yours Religion or Belief is Better
Religions and Beliefs vary with places and with every new road you take, you’re exposed to new religions and beliefs.
This exposure helps you understand the good part of every new religion or belief. It makes you a global citizen, a better person, and a better Indian!
#11 You start appreciating Yourself
Unless you’re travelling in a group, you’re going to fall in love with yourself.
“Beauty is when you can appreciate yourself. When you love yourself, that’s when you’re most beautiful.” – Zoe Kravitz
#12 You become Talkative
I used to call myself an Introvert, but after travelling India for 50 days, all by myself, I am no longer in that exact category.
This is because I talk a lot now. Yes, even to strangers!
#13 You become a “Mad Person”
Travelling can help you learn new things, which can alter the character. You’re no longer the same person.
Instead, you start behaving differently than you’re expected to and then, people start calling you a “Mad Person.”
#14 Society feels Jealous
The society we live in is full of materialistic pleasure. The moment you start travelling (especially solo), you start learning and understanding that real life is not around those “materials” or “things”.
“Society, you’re a crazy breed I hope you’re not lonely without me” – Eddie Vedder
Society is going to feel Jealous, and even going to tell that “you’re living life, man!”
#15 Become better at Improvisation
When we’re not at home, things don’t work out exactly as planned. At these moments, we’ve to improvise with the existing options and elements and that’s how you become better at it.
Improvisation can help you stay alive, comfortable, and happy, even if a plan fails and you’re in a bad situation!
#16 You Become “Foodie”
Now that I’ve tasted different cuisines of India, I’ve joined this special breed of human beings (at least, on Social Media).
The food taste changes with the spices, recipes, and the water. You’ll get it soon!
#17 Getting close to History
Every city in India has some historical points and as you explore them one by one, you’re getting close to the history.
You’ll be knowing certain facts that will make you feel even more proud for being an Indian!
#18 Facing New Sun
In India, you can face different versions of Sun. The Sun of South is different than West, and the Sun of East is different than North.
Don’t believe me? Fine, start travelling to all four directions of India and then expose yourself to the new Sun. I’m confident that you’ll feel the difference!
#19 Meeting New Moon
Why everyone only talks about Sun? Me, I love Moon more than anything else!
I’ve met Moon in different cities and places and with every new face, it gains beauty points.
#20 You become a better Navigator
You barely need GPS in our country which still has autowalas, paanwalas, truckwalas (and so on) who can guide you well.
The best part of using these local instead of GPS is that you become a better navigator. I am!
#21 Start accepting what’s Real
The things we find on the Internet is not usually found in real! This is where you start accepting what’s real and improvise or adjust accordingly.
You’ll find both good and bad things about our country which are usually ignored on social platforms or the internet.
#22 Experiencing the Freedom
I don’t think I have to explain this!
#23 Experiencing Importance of a Normal Life
Everything you learn while walking outside your comfortable home or zone teaches you new things.
Later, it all adds up to a new experience which makes you understand the importance of a Normal life.
#24 Do you really need Bigger Place?
When you want more than you have, you think you need
And when you think more than you want, your thoughts begin to bleed
I think I need to find a bigger place
Cause when you have more than you think, you need more space
~ Eddie Vedder, Society (Into The Wild)
#25 TV is not an “Entertainer”
We grow up believing TV is our one-stop solution for entertainment.
In reality, you first end up paying electricity, and then hospital bills!
#26 Ignoring English won’t help
I come from a Hindi-speaking state, but it doesn’t mean I have to ignore the importance of English.
You should learn both languages, just for the sake of communication. About, half of Indian States, don’t speak Hindi, but people over there understand English.
#27 I can Dance too!
I’ve unlocked a new thing inside and now I wait for my chances to dance!
I can sing too!
When you starting travelling, you’ll dance and sing too!
#28 Internet is a Tool, not a Hangout Place
I stopped treating the internet as a playground or a Hangout place, or even a spying tool, long time ago.
Now, it’s just a tool for me, to stay updated, get help from Google, and stay connected with people in my network.
#29 There is no such thing as “Mistake”
We read similar lines in textbooks but find them hard to believe in real life.
I’m not going to force it here, rather, going to recommend you to go out and travel once. You’ll do mistakes and then, you’ll start appreciating them!
#30 Greater Truth will always be beyond your Reach
If you’re travelling in the search of “Greater Truth” which is not yet found, then this is what I’ve understood so far.
I’ve stopped running after this truth or lies. And, it has made my life more peaceful than it ever was!
#31 Controlling the Thoughts
I still don’t know how to put this trick in words, but when I travel, when I’m out with myself, with new people, I don’t have to control my thoughts.
Usually, I’m filled up with evil thoughts about stealing food and how to sneak into the home in late hours.
#32 Ghost Stories
Ohh, India is full of haunted places and with every new place, there are new ghost stories.
It isn’t the question of believing them or not, but those stories are spellbinding!
#33 Finding New Mysteries
Just like ghost stories, you’re going to find new mysteries. India is full of unique places, historical structures and they all have some unique elements inside.
All these mysteries can be read over the internet, but I’d always love seeing them in real!
#34 Very few are Sorted
People around us are not at all sorted! They are always after something and usually not happy.
I can tell that you’re not alone. A very few people are sorted! I love that my life is filled with problems and issues.
Because of them, I have tonnes of workload to finish!
#35 Definition of Happiness, varies
Everyone has their own definition of happiness. It varies from person to person.
Confused? You can read all about it over here.
#36 Everyone wants to Travel
I’m yet to meet a person who hates the idea of travelling!
Everyone’s dream job is to travel and earn money out of it. What about you?
#37 Falling in Love is Mandatory
No, I’m not talking about girls or boys here! You’re going to fall in love with this incredible country, Mother Earth, people, culture, and how vast it is!
Or maybe, you’ll find the love of your life too!
#38 You’re a Beautiful Beast
Travel has made me more confident and better at things I do.
Am I beautiful? I think so! 😛
#39 You become a Batman
You don’t always need a Bat-Mobile to be a Batman. The moment you start sensing trouble from a distance, you can go out and call yourself a Batman!
The more you travel, you see new places, new culture, meet new people, learn new languages, and all this data makes you wise.
#40 You get better at Managing Finances
In past, I’ve been all about earning and expending. Now after travelling with a fixed budget in past months, I’ve actually become better at saving money.
But, only for my future travels! 😀
Bonus – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara!
Need I say more?