I keep on getting queries daily about how I afford to travel so much? Or how to make long term travel financially sustainable and breakthrough the 9-5 jobs that we have? To all those who have these questions, I want to tell them there is no shortcut to anything. Everything requires constant efforts, hardwork and consistency. .
But even before all these questions there is more basic one that we need to ask ourselves is 'if this is just a fad or we are really into it'. Because if it is then you might take that plunge of calling it quits later on to end up in even worse situation. Earlier you were unhappy with money, now you are unhappy without money. .
When I quit my job last year I had that much clear in my mind that travelling isn't fad for me. Still I had lot of questions. Three months of solo travelling across Northeast India was like a test I had put up for myself, to make sure this is something my heart desires. There were times when I broke down, when I was too tired to lift that backpack in public transport, when I couldn't find food to my taste, when I had to reach a certain place carrying a 75 ltrs backpack with menstrual cramps. There were moments of nervousness and anxiety when my accommodation wasn't figured out in an unknown place. But at the end of it all of it made me happy because this journey was mine. Doing it all alone brought a sense of accomplishment. .
For these three months I saw something new and beautiful everyday. I learnt something everyday. I had grown so much more in this short span of time than I had in last couple of years. And I could see that in myself clearly. Volunteering in remote tea farm in Arunachal made me realise how little we actually need to live. It was difficult as hell but the thought of living out of a backpack for three months is overwhelming in itself and given a chance I would do all of it again in a heartbeat. So, the point that I am trying to state here is that before taking that plunge make sure this is something that really makes you happy. You don't want to end up in an unknown place with a sore back thinking about the comforts of home. --Rest in comment.