We realised way back in life, that the only way to live our dreams is to plan around them.
There was never a doubt that we want to experience the world. That's a dream we have seen individually and it has only grown bigger since the day we have been together. No matter how many travel quotes you may have read like, 'just get started', 'get on a plane', 'get a tan', 'soak in a new culture' 'live every moment', the reality never seemed to leave my mind that one has to buy a ticket to get on that plane, stay at a place to soak in a new culture and practically be able to afford food to live every moment!
So how do we manage funds to sustain our travel? As a wanderlust, I don't dream of roaming around in a Beemer or staying at exotic hotels but what I do seek, is to be able to sit in a dainty cafe and sip my favourite wine. To not think twice before buying a ticket to Disneyland or to not have money as a constraint, if I ever gather the courage to Bungee Jump (hope, some day! God help me with my fear of heights)
With that thought, we got onto some planning. Now there's a thing with planning, it shouldn't be too little that you have not even covered the basic risks at the same it should not be too much that it constrains or scares you off. Imagine, while doing the detailed planning one realises that it's gonna be one hell of an uncomfortable journey and the plan just gets dropped. Every plan has its share of safe bets and risks. Even financial investment plans (the most traditional way to secure future) lays out, that more the risk, the better is the return.
This whole Big Announcement bit, has been both exciting and nerve wrecking. In the past few days, I have received comments, notes and calls from friends saying, "Congratulations, are you having a baby?" to "Travel? Are you sure? You have such a settled life" to "OMG, I want to do this too. I am jealous" to "This will come with washing your clothes yourself!"
We have a basic plan, have enough savings to sustain us for a year of travel. We have unlimited stay and work permit in at least 3 countries- India, Australia and New Zealand. We will work on the go on host of online platforms and location independent projects. Travel frugal to sustain longer. Explore our agility as full time travellers. But beyond that, there is no plan, which is both thrilling and terrifying. Terrifying primarily to Me (the more fattu of the two) and thrilling for Him (the virtual Fear Factor winner)
We don't know, how this journey is going to be and how will we feel after it. But if there any truth in all the god damn "achieve your dreams" quotes then I am sure about one thing, that it will be worth the RISK!!
PS: More coming up soon. Be with us in our journey as we take you through all our encounters and experiences
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Ritesh and Sidhika
8/12/2018 12:23:09 pm
Thank you maa.
8/7/2018 10:46:45 pm
8/8/2018 04:41:49 am
Congrats to you both! We are excited to follow your journey. You are capable of doing whatever you put your mind to. One of the biggest determining factors of whether or not our dreams become a reality is if we take action on them. Cheers to following your passion and taking those first steps to following your dreams!
Ritesh and Sidhika
8/12/2018 12:22:48 pm
You guys are an inspiration. It was after meeting you two that our conviction got stronger.
8/8/2018 03:18:06 pm
This is novel and wonderful. Wish you all the best in all your travels. I am looking forward to your travel diaries which I hope you would be sharing.
8/12/2018 12:21:08 pm
Absolutely Shashi. And thanks for the wishes :)
8/9/2018 04:19:22 pm
Wow! Congratulations to you both. I think taking a step like this requires courage and a lot of conviction. I remember having this conversation with Ritesh quite sometime back and I feel inspired by you. Safe travels and Godspeed. Ban
8/12/2018 12:20:41 pm
Thanks Ban. This means a lot, coming from a veteran :)
8/12/2018 02:41:55 am
Best Wishes to both of you for your journey ahead. I wish I will have similar opportunities in life ahead.To cherish life in this way would be a dream come true.
8/12/2018 12:19:18 pm
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