'I quit my job to backpack'!

'I quit my job to backpack'!

'I quit my job to backpack'!

WOW! : Nachiket Joshi (left) backpacked across the country for 14 months straight.

It started off in pursuit of an idea he had nurtured since his college days, and soon developed into a deep love affair with travel and more specifically, the Himalayas.

For Nachiket, it’s budget-style travel, where he shares rooms with strangers he befriends during his trips, that brings rich rewards. He says such travel has given him the vision and ability to face any situation, and thrive in it. He’s learned to respect the value of small things when away from the comforts of a city life.

He says his journeys have helped in his professional life. “In today’s day and age, two important skills a professional needs are cross cultural sensitivity and communication skills, and flexibility and the ability to adapt.” His trips have been great teachers of these skills.

Why does he travel? “To explore the rich diversity that the world offers — its peoples, its myriad colours, its cuisines; its heat, cold, dust, grime, raw beauty. And, above all, its spirit!”

Resources for some amazing trips

While the world is full of opportunity for the traveller who is willing to explore and discover, there are a few ideas that stand out. Here are some resources to help explore those journeys.

Train trips worth doing: http://blog.hotelclub.com/9-best-train-journeys-in-the-world/
A motorbike trip to the top of the world: http://www.getoffurass.co /trip_ladakh_bike.htm

Cycling to rediscover your own backyard: http://tourofnilgiris.com/
Discovering Europe by rail: http://wikitravel.org/en/

Information about the offbeat in India:  http://www.indiamike.com/

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