Travel is Possible ProvesMiddle Class Indian Mohit Agarwal
15 March 2017 | Mohit Agarwal
Name: Mohit AgarwalCurrent Age: 23Gender: MaleNationality: Indian
Age When First Traveled: 20Time Spent Traveling: 3 yrsCountries Traveled: 1Class When 1st left: Middle Class
What motivated you to travel on that first trip? Where did you decide to go and why did you choose that place out of all others? My first trip was a sudden plan made just a few hours before departure. The only thought I had in my mind was that I had a five day break in-between two exams and I wanted to go somewhere. NO PLANS ! NO BOOKINGS ! JUST LEAVE…… The process decision of the destination was quite funny. We had a fixed budget and a certain number of days in hand. Now we were at the bus station when a bus for Manali was about to leave, but a thought struck in mind that it’s peak season there and we won’t get enough in our bucket under the budget. So we decided on another spot that was JAIPUR which was close to Delhi (i.e our Departure city). What obstacles and fears did you have to overcome to travel that first time? Whether this was just finding a house sitter, figuring out how to save up enough money, or becoming confident enough to travel on your own. Well finding a house sitter was not a problem because I am a family guy and the trip was sponsored by our family (me and my cousin Rishabh). My excitement was at its peak so I never had any fear before leaving; though there was a point after reaching Jaipur when I felt quite freaked out when the bus dropped us off 2 hours prior to schedule and so we had to roam on the dark streets looking for our hotel. The only obstacle while planning was to get my family to agree upon the fact that we were to leave within an hour and answering all of their questions to which we had no answers. The questions were like- Destination, Date of Returning, Hotel Bookings ……we were totally blank but somehow we managed to console them and all set to leave…….
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Who was the most fascinating person you met on the road? What made him/her fascinating and how did you meet him/her? Not sure about the fascinating but memorable for sure..The old man we met outside the Bus Stop when we got down. He stayed behind us for about half an hour with an urge to get us to the hotels for he would get a commission from the hotel if we booked through him. The way he use to plea us was amazing (Aayiye sir ! apna hi hotel hai. Sahi rate lagwadunga) but quite embarrassing too seeing an old man running behind us. We tried a lot to get rid of him by saying we will bw back after a cup of tea and he was like..come I will get you to a good tea stall (Aaiye aapko bahut badiya chai pilwata hoon). Can never forget this man… What is your most treasured travel experience? Why is this one your favourite? One thing I love the most is to experience as many hotels as possible on my trip without shaking my budget. And, Jaipur made my trip for having such a great time in five amazing hotels, having one for each day coming at very low price. Every day, before checkout or by the evening we use to book our next place to stay depending upon the location we were going to end our day. We had very minimal luggage so exploring the city with it was never an issue. If you could travel anywhere in the world where money wasn’t an issue, where would you be and what would you be doing? In essence, describe your idea of the perfect traveling experience. I would love to visit Antarctica and Iceland…The northern lights of Iceland looks so fascinating to me. For me perfect experience of traveling is to learn more about the places you are visiting. Though one may face some hurdles and incidents but not getting disheartened as it will also teach you something as it leaves…So just take deal with it enthusiastically and have a great trip…After all little bad experience increases the worth of good ones.
About Mohit:A civil engineer by profession, I started travel blogging at Jaunting Journeys to share my experiences. I still travel to new places without any planned itinerary as it adds up to more adventures and exploring more about the city. Also, I love part-time photography to capture natural views with no or minimal filters. My favourite kind of destinations are those which are full of natural beauty and not over crowded just like sitting by the lake at 14000ft or driving past a road canopied by trees.See how traveling is possible for Mohit by following him at:
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