When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into a physical or mental state- Swami Vivekananda.
We are about to celebrate new year’s eve in a few days from now. Many of you are listing down your new year resolutions. How to make these resolutions effective? Where to get inspiration to stick to your resolutions? We take a look at four achievers who have withstood extreme demands of physical stretch to become ultimate winners.
These real life winners have conquered odds thrown at them by either the circumstances or sheer challenges thrown while achieving their passion and goal. Many with lesser willpower, would have given up to bounce back, had they faced the challenges faced by each of them.
Their stories totally prove that mind is much stronger than your body.
There are many close cousins of the word adventure- risk, quest, danger, and hazard. Passion, appetite and hunger are some other close brethren of adventure family. The world is full of tales of adventurous travelers who have travelled uncharted territories.
Meet husband and wife team of Sandeepa and Chetan from Mumbai who have embarked on a world travel expedition. They have left their well-paying jobs and have been exploring the world on full time basis as a passion. Their specialty? They travel to less travelled places in the world. They also take simply awesome photographs of the places they visit. Their photography is sheer poetry in pictures.
GEM For Home (GFH) team talked to Sandeepa and Chetan to understand their tale of a truly adventurous life journey they have taken up.
Photo credit :sandeepachetan.com
When, how and where did you begin your "roamantic" journey?
We quit our job in 2013 with an intention to plan round the world trip. We started research on the internet. Read many travel blogs. Created itineraries for few countries. We were simultaneously working to generate funds. This exercise took more time than we had expected. That’s when we thought of travelling within India as a practice for round the world trip. What best place to explore first than your own magnificent country?
Beautiful India: Next three months we did “unplanned travel”. We had just train tickets to Delhi. And then travelled to Nainital, Jammu, Srinagar, Kokernag, Sinthan top, Achbal, Verinag, Aharbal, Chatpal, Nagdandi, Yusmarg, Pahelgam, Amarnath, Sonmarg, Gulmarg, Drass, Kargil, Suru Valley, Zanskar, Leh, Manali, Chandigarh, Amritsar and Agra.
Photo credit : sandeepachetan.com
Photo credit : sandeepachetan.com
Grande South America: We explored four "grande" (grand in Portuguese) countries in South America -Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia and Peru. We continued the same method of travel even on our round the world trip with little planning but more unplanned.
We started in Brazil from Sao Paulo (the cultural capital of Brazil) , Rio (the city of sea and sand) , Ilha Grande( or grand island - a scenic island), Curitiba ( the capital of Parana state in Brazil), Iguacu ( the famous waterfalls), Tabatinga, Manaus.
In Argentina we explored Puerto Iguazu (the famous waterfalls from Aregntinian side) , Buenos Aires (the nation's capital, a friendly and football crazy city) , Rosario ( a beautiful and vibrant city) , Puerto Madryn, Puerto Piramides, El Calafate, Bariloche, Mendoza, Cachi, Salta, Tilcara.
In Bolivia Tupiza, Salar de Uyuni, Sucre, Santa Cruz, La Paz, Copacabana, Isla del Sol.
In Peru Cusco(another beautiful city), Machu Picchu (the historic city belonging to Inca civilization and now world heritage site)), Ica, Lima (Peru's national capital), Tarapoto, Yurimaguas, Iquitos.
Photo Credit: sandeepachetan.com
Tell us about the adventures of your "planned" unplanned travel
Travel itself is an adventure. We travel with an intention of exploration. When you travel for exploring the world, be ready to expect "unexpected" while traveling.
We go through many uncertainties during the travel- hitch hiking with strangers, travelling at odd hours, travelling in extreme climate, taking some dangerous roads, travelling in high altitude, travelling without knowing local languages. You need to enjoy tasting local food.
Recently we’ve been to Amazon which is one of the exciting things we did. It was more thrilling than adventurous because being in Amazon itself is an unique experience.
Any tips to fellow travelers wanting to visit South America?
You are going to explore less travelled continent by Indian citizens. We were pleasantly surprised to learn the reach of Bollywood in South America. Most South Americans form their perspective about India based on Bollywood films they watch. They will bombard you with lots of questions based on films.
Travelling in South America is safe. Avoid doing things like you will not do even in your hometown. For example, carrying expensive things in crowded places, avoid sharing personal information with strangers.
Many prestigious global publications have taken a note of your adventure travel and marvelous photography
We have been featured by Yahoo, USA on their travel portal as a nomadic couple from India. We think that’s awesome because it came to us as a surprise. That is what we would like to be known as. Somehow we successfully built that reputation at very early stage of our travel.
The photographs on your website are simply awesome. What is the secret?
We have not learnt photography in schools but prime interest in photography is travel adrenaline for us. We regularly visit photography specific websites, social networking sites like Flickr, Instagram to see best and latest work. Learning from other photographers is most important.
What will you advice someone who wants to take up traveling as passion like you?
Start early. Don’t delay your travel dreams. Plan expenses and save more for travel.
What's next on your "roaming plan" after South America?
We are exploring many options. As of now we have not decided on our next destination.
We want to travel more than 100 countries- that’s our mission.
Wish Sandeepa and Chetan that they visit many more than 100 countries and inspire us to travel through their beautiful blogs and awesome photographs.