Have you wondered what life is like for those of us from different countries and cultures around the world that also have a case of wanderlust?
The ‘Travellers From Around The World’ series will shed some light on the triumphs, struggles and circumstances that lead our inquisitive, adventurous selves to leave our homes behind and explore this wonderful world.
This week I am speaking with Sadhvi, a full time doctor, part time traveller from southern India. Sadhvi's love for travel stems from her enthusiasm to always try and learn new things, that enthusiasm bringing about the creation of her blog Beauty Brain Bliss, which she uses as a chronicle for her life and stories about the many places she ventures to.
Tell us a little about yourself
I am a Doctor, at present I am pursuing a degree in psychiatry. I love reading books, trying out new things. I learned classical dance and have some experience with writing also. I started blogging a year back when I thought of using it as a chronicle for all the things I do and the places I visit.
What ignited your love for travel?
The thing which ignited my desire for traveling is the enthusiasm to try and learn new things. I also have the intention to live life to the fullest and never feel bored with life. One of those ways is to travel to all kinds of places and try all kinds of food.
Is travel a common practice in your culture?
I am an Indian and belong to a typical middle class family from southern India. Except for yearly pilgrimages, frequent traveling is very uncommon in my culture. It is soooo unusual that my relatives and friends consider me to be crazy .
When you decided to travel for the first time, were the people in your life supportive of your decision? If not, how did you overcome this?
In our culture people who travel a lot are considered to be odd, eccentric, irresponsible and humans without motivation to do any thing serious in life. I face a lot of questions from my parents about how I would live if I keep spending money on traveling.
What has been one of the highlights of your travels so far?
It is very difficult to talk about the highlights of my travels as I consider every place and every experience to be unique. I can recall a few things though. Once we were driving from a hill station in a no-mans-land and one of the tyres burst. We were helpless, but one person helped us by calling a mechanic. I will never forget that. Another time we were searching for a less known place on bike and after a few hours of exhaustive bike riding we saw this amazing temple, that feeling was just incredible.
What has been one of the struggles in your travels so far?
The struggles are mostly about time and money. As I am still taking on a degree and live only on stipend money, for me it is a big issue. I need to pay for my living, my college fees and my travel, which can get rather difficult at times.
Another struggle is finding time. As I am a Doctor I have too many things to do. I need to study, see patients, participate in research, write my thesis, do seminars. Even after all that I somehow manage to squeeze in my time for traveling though.
What is one lesson you can give to other travellers reading this blog?
My advice is only one thing, add life to years and have the zeal to experience things. In the end have tons of memories not just crores of money.