A look back at the year that was -2019
2018 was the year of relax travel, lodging at the comfort of hotels, dining at famous restaurants, moving around at on pace, commuting by taxi moving around at our own pace, commuting by taxi, numerous flights and only travelling to well-known tourist attractions while 2019 was the year of change. This time around we decided to let go of our comfort bit by bit and explore every part of the city we travel in true backpacker style. We started with Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi in July and ended the year with a backpacking tour through four countries across South east Asia.
The year has been phenomenal in terms of having crazy adventures. From losing mobile phone in the aircraft and getting it back after 4 days, getting lost in a remote village in Vietnam, being chased away by crocodiles in Laos, spending sleepless nights fighting bedbugs, roaming the ghostly streets at nights, besides wonderful experiences like getting to speak to locals, staying at their home, trying out local delicacies, exploring off beat places, walking miles together, watching sunsets, these experiences have made our travel truly extraordinary.
This year also taught us about responsible travel and sustainability. Inspired by a lot of travellers, we wanted to do our bit for the world we live in and hence we brought in a change in the way we traveled. We explored a lot by foot, local buses, metro, trains, journeyed from one country to another by bus instead of flight, avoided using plastic as much as possible and zero wastage of food and water.
We do have quite a few plans for this year and yet another change in our lives. We can’t wait to begin our journey and share our travel stories in the hope of inspiring more people to travel, and mainly TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY
A monstrous snow-clad mountain stood ahead of us. The only thing that laid between us and the mountain was the highway and a small flowing stream across the road which we could only hear. A frisson ran through my spine as if we were the only two souls in the entire world. The area appeared to be a land of humans only when the speeding cars crossed the highway at intervals. Half an hour didn’t seem to pass, time stood still. I became anxious thinking of different situations, like what if the bus never stops or takes a different route.
One early morning, lifting the dark misty blanket of night as the Sun peeked through; uncovering the silhouette of a sandstone temple structure with lotus-bud shaped towers, creating a surreal reflection in the moat nearby; it gave the impression of divinity. The hues of the sky at the crack of the dawn, the greenery of the surrounding forests, the darker shades of the monumental structures only added to the uniqueness of the place.
The previous day’s disappointment turned to our favor because when we finally stepped into the capsule and the glass door closed behind our back, we realized it was only two of us in the entire capsule. This was a fortuitous moment and we were on cloud nine. As the capsule started rotating we watched intently, feasting our eyes with the 360˚scenic cityscape, iconic and historical structures, ships sailing in the ocean to some far away islands.