Everyone in this world wishes to travel, to see something new, to explore new ways and traditions, to taste and smell something delicious, to get that eternal feel and to do this throughout the life.
Motivation is the first essential thing that you need to have in loads, before thinking to plan a trip. In this post, I give a detailed outline of how I got myself motivated for #50DaysofLife backpacking trip and what I did to get an in-depth feel of the place, even before visiting it personally.
Read Clever things to do before going on Backpacking trip for getting more insights before going on the Journey.
Well, there is a good news. I am going on a backpacking trip that is supposed to last around 50 days, and I will be exploring India to the extreme level. I am fortunate enough that I got this opportunity to travel across India and being constantly supported by my college and colleagues. Get to know more about Explorer’s Fellowship here. Listed below are some ways to get motivated for planning out an awesome backpacking trip.
1. Watch Travel Series
There are a hell lot of video travel series on the internet, some of them being NatGeo, BBC Traveler etc. Just giving a search on Google or YouTube will suffice your way to reaching these travel videos that give an insight of where you will be heading to, in next few days. Giving a personal matter of account, I used to watch a show called “Way Back Home” in which the host covers the Himalayan region in winter. Other good sources for people travelling to India are videos on Positive Travel World and you may start with watching these videos on YouTube:
2. Read Travel Blogs
The reason why I put travel blogs on the second number in the list is because of the gaining popularity of Vblogs these days. But still, travel blogs outnumber the vblogs at the current scenario. There are many famous travelogues like the ones on Lonely Planet, Huffington post, NatGeo and Nomadicatt etc. Then there are other Indian Travel blogs that I admire the most. Some of them being Solo Backpacker, India Travelogue, the-shooting-star, and The Land out There.
Personally, I loved the blog Solo Backpacker by Avanish Maurya. He writes in such a way as if he would narrate to a friend, and the best part is that he is always ready to help fellow backpackers.
3. Read books
They say, “Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.” Reading book is a habit for some, and the rest try to find reasons to avoid them. Most of the backpackers and travellers read books while travelling. Here are some good books that I would recommend reading before starting a journey, and you can finish it before you return back home.These books are the outcome of the traveling done by the people.
1. No full stops in India by Mark Tully
No Full Stops in India presents essays written by Mark Tully about beautiful places, human realities and issues that are a looming threat to the idea of India, based on the wisdom of an ancient civilization.
2. India Rising: Tales from A Changing Nation by Oliver Balch
India’s economy is booming. Tens of millions of people have been pulled out of poverty. Software and service companies abound. Millionaire entrepreneurs are springing up at every turn. Bollywood is going global and Indian expats are flooding back home. But who and what lies behind India’s apparent ascendancy? Using the voices and stories of everyday Indians, Oliver Balch travels the length and breadth of the country to present a captivating portrait of a country at a crossroads. With more than half of its billion-plus population under the age of 25, India’s future will be written by its youth. In describing their hopes and exploring their fears, India Rising unpicks what makes this vast nation tick and asks where it’s heading.
3. India: Essential Encounters by Lonely Planet
In India: essential encounters, internationally renowned photographer Richard I’Anson presents more than 650 colour photographs, featuring 44 of India’s most captivating destinations, in a stunning photographic essay that encompasses the entire country and took over 23 years to complete. Each ‘encounter’ is concisely introduced with evocative and informative text by acclaimed travel writer Sarina Singh.
3. A search in secret India by Paul Brunton
A Search in Secret India is the story of Paul Brunton’s journey around India, living among yogis, mystics and gurus, some of whom he found convincing, others not. He finally finds the peace and tranquility which come with self-knowledge when he meets and studies with the great sage Sri Ramana Maharishi.
5. Natural Born Heroes by Chris McDougall
Just as Born to Run inspired readers to get off the treadmill, out of their shoes, and into the natural world, Natural Born Heroes will inspire them to leave the gym and take their fitness routine to nature—to climb, swim, skip, throw, and jump their way to their own heroic feats.
4. Bonus Video: TEDx Talk
“How to travel the world with almost no money”
Yes, and this was a must-sharer. In this TEDxTUHH video, Tomislav Perko, after traveling the world for years with almost no money, shows how it is possible for everyone to do the same, if they really want to.
Tomislav Perko, 29, is a travel writer from Croatia. He uses alternative ways of traveling – hitchhiking, CouchSurfing, working/volunteering, and manages to wander around the world with just a little bit of money in his pocket, meeting the most amazing people on the way.
Let’s end this article with a quote. “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” –Martin Buber
Have suggestions or just wanna get some more details? Drop in your comments below and I would love to reply them. All the best for your journey. 😀