Travel Talk

By Mridula Dwivedi August 7, 2012 11 Comments

It all started with Facebook, when I read Niranjan’s status which said, “Some day I am going to be free and I will travel the world.” To which I replied, “I guess I will never be free but I will still travel!” That is actually how I think about travel.

Gorek Shep to Lobuje, Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal
Gorek Shep to Lobuje, Everest Base Camp Trek, Nepal

Travel for me is something that happens when I just can’t take the big city life anymore. Travel is something that I am always on a lookout for! But I have yet not reached that state where I wish to give up everything and just travel. Many practical things will come in the way but I have not even contemplated it seriously. I have now been working for 10 years and yet I am not tempted to take a break for a year or so and go traveling.

The only time I was seriously forlorn was when I came back after trekking from the Everest Base Camp (there I go again!) and for a month or so I seriously questioned myself but even then full time travel was not something I was contemplating. I just kept thinking again and again, “What am I doing with my life?” I still don’t know but the question doesn’t haunt me anymore.

I guess I am just not meant for it, I like to travel but then I like to get back home too! And if I can get out once every month that keeps me in good humor.

What do you think? Have you thought about traveling at least for an year? Have you actually done it?

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11 thoughts on “Travel Talk”

  1. I think of getting away sometime on a trip with no plans of getting back! of course that isnt really possible as of now, and I wonder if I will actually do that when the opportunity arises, so trips now and then keep me sane and happy… for now…..

  2. Hi!

    I guess there’s such a strong magnetic force in mountains that often I want to leave everything, forget everything and travel for few days , but practicalities and liabilities have prevented me from doing so. But I am sure it is certainly going to happen very soon. It’s like you want to shed everything and just be what you are, escape from being person that you are forced to become – living is stressful modern city life.

  3. You’re so lucky to be able to travel like that. We’re dreaming of being on road for a whole year sometime soon if we save up enough to leave the job… 🙂

  4. “Travel for me is something that happens when I just can’t take the big city life anymore.” That sums it up for me. I enjoy traveling a lot especially with my son who is curious and eager to know about the world but like you have stated, there are too many practical things that will come in the way. So nope, there is no way I can go traveling for a whole year.

  5. I think of travelling all the time and my dream is to hop from World Heritage Site to World Heritage Site and get paid for it. 🙂 But seriously, while I like to travel and the idea of travelling for a yer or more is like a dream come true, I don’t think I can do that—15-20 days is the maximum that I can travel before travel fatigue sets in.

  6. Ho u bet I rue not doing it before these responsibilities in life set in esp with a hubbs who is game for it! Is it too late now??? Guess so :-/

  7. I could travel forever Mridula and yes I like you, would still like to drop home every now and then to enjoy the creature comforts of home.
    As much as I would love to stop working, work allows me to travel. Without work, there would be no travel funds.

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Travel Tales from India & Abroad

I am Mridula Dwivedi and I started blogging on 'Travel Tales from India' in June 2005. I renamed it Travel Tales from India & Abroad in 2016. Within a few months of the launch my travel blog found a mention on both the BBC and The Guardian. I also featured in a National Geographic Skoda Yeti Video. I was recently featured on

I quit my job as a professor in May 2015. I am having a blast ever since. I do not miss my work but sometime I do miss my salary! Somewhere along the journey I ended up acquiring a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur! I now wonder why?

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