OK! Here’s a shocker for all of you!
We are not going to work from tomorrow! We do not know where our next meal is going to come from for the next few months! 🙂
Yeah! We have now taken sabbatical from our respective jobs for a good six months! We are about to leave our home to embark upon a backpacking trip across the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South East Asia.
Want to know how we came up with this crazy and awesome idea?? Read on.
In the summer of 2013, to make our first anniversary more memorable, we embarked upon a road trip to the magical land of Ladakh. Little did we know that it would change our lives forever!
Me and VJ were having breakfast at this place called ‘Wonderland Restaurant and Coffee House’ on Changspa road in Leh. We had just bid adieu to one of our new-found friends from Switzerland whom we had met during our journey from Manali to Leh. That was one amazing journey which we can never forget. We met so many travellers from far and wide who had left the comfort of their homes to travel the world!
Being passionate about travel, we had this thought lingering in our minds, which finally came out while we were chilling at the coffee-house. I voiced my thoughts out to him asking if we can take a break from our routine lives and go travelling for few months. My happiness knew no bounds when he said that he too feels like doing something similar!
There! That was when the seed of long-term travel was sown in our minds! After all, magic had to happen in Wonderland Restaurant 🙂
We pursued this thought consistently for almost nine months. Saving up all the money we could, fulfilling our family commitments, deciding on the places that we could travel to, planning the exit from our respective jobs and motivating each other through out!
So, finally, we have now taken sabbatical from our respective jobs for a good six months! We are about to leave our home to embark upon a backpacking trip across the Middle East, Eastern Europe and South East Asia.
- We want to experience long-term travel as a way of life for at least a few months.
- We value experiences over sights—participating in ordinary daily activities and connecting with a place through its people, food and culture, delving deeper into one destination rather than rushing through many.
- We want to learn to live with less and out of a backpack.
- We want to come out of our comfort zone and enjoy the moment.
- We believe that travel is something that makes one not only a better human being, but a way cooler one too 🙂
We know for many this post may come as a shocker! You are friends with two crazy people you see 😉
So, friends, wish us good luck with our voyage as we go away from shor!
Any motivation, tips and feedback are most welcome! We are waiting to hear from you!
Gayathri and Vijay.