Age no bar to travel and to live life to the fullest! 70 days on the road and still not missing home !!
We are on a road trip from 1st September this year and while on this expedition, my husband Ashok & I have recently turned 63 & 57 respectively. We are a couple from Bangalore, an ex-telecom honcho husband, and an Interior designer wife. Both happy and proud, we have hiked, trekked, swam, stopped at less explored places like Roghi, Lohardi, Rumsu, Naggar, Naddi, Ghushaini to name a few in Himachal. Enjoyed the large-hearted Punjabis and the superb world-class delicacies during the festivities in Jalandhar, Kapurthala, Amritsar, Chandigarh.
The decision to travel for an indefinite period slowly seeped into us over the period, though we have been avid travelers forever. We traveled for leisure but mostly traveled for work, as we were corporate slaves back then until travel became a habit. Every now and then we used to take a break for 15 days – 2 months. Today, when our grown-up children live abroad, settled in their lives, and there are no other pressing responsibilities on us, we decided to get out and see India first ( as we already have visited 52 countries). As soon as the COVID scare lessened a bit, we took off, to travel at a pace suited to us, by road, using homestays.
Without planning much, we started to travel, most importantly, giving up our permanent address. We gave out our house on lease, left our household goods at storage, and started on a road trip. Many of our friends and family raised eyebrows and then there were some friends who not only encouraged but also gave some superb ideas.
Who says one should continue working till you die to be mentally agile or who says you should retire and rest for the rest of your life.
All these years we worked and took care of all our loved ones. We made our careers, business, etc., and were always bound by duties and responsibilities. Now was the time to take care of ourselves, to take a step and plunge into what we want to do and start living for ourselves. Traveling, not ‘holidaying’ was on our mind always. After many deliberations, we broke free from a very comfortable 5-star bubble. Yes, we lived in a beautiful community, a well done up, comfortable house with the latest gadgets to make our life more and more comfortable, so we gave it all up. We truly feel free and happy. We were initially a little nervous but once we started, there was no looking back. We are now happier than ever !!
Before we started on this expedition, we trained to become fitter. Yoga, pranayama, running/ walking became our daily routine. even though we have been fitness enthusiasts always. We exchanged our car for a sturdy rugged SUV that was more suitable for long drives. It was Euphoria at 8500 ft when we paraglided from Bir Billing, the world’s second-highest spot. We were mesmerized by the beauty of the Himalayas when we zip-lined at Asia’s highest 170 Mtrs and longest 1 km (500 meters one way) line at Naggar, in Himachal Pradesh. We hiked to Raghupur fort from Jalori pass and had a 360 degrees view of the complete Dhauladhar ranges. We played around and swam in the ice-cold Beas and Thirthan river and Uulag waterfall. Honestly, have never felt so overjoyed! Very thankful to God for this life and this beautiful opportunity.