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We are backpacking! Let us travel together!

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! πŸ™‚

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 β€˜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 πŸ™‚

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 sightsβ€”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 πŸ™‚

We know for many this post may come as a shocker! You are friends with two crazy people you see πŸ˜‰

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.

26 thoughts to “We are backpacking! Let us travel together!”

  1. Hi..All the very best! I’m glad you both took time and the desire to Travel.

    As an inspiration, I would like to share this quote:

    β€œTravel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” ― Mark Twain

    “Travel too far, you meet yourself”

    Good Luck! πŸ™‚


    1. Hi Jeevitha!
      Welcome to our blog. Thanks for the motivating quote πŸ™‚ It’s absolutely true. And we are looking forward to experience just that.
      Keep inspiring us with such wonderful words πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Sukumar!
      Thanks for the good wishes. We need loads of them πŸ™‚
      You and Rupa have been a constant support!
      We’ll keep you posted.

      1. Hey Gowtham!
        Welcome to our blog πŸ™‚ Thanks for finding our idea inspiring. We’ll keep you posted.

  2. Interesting.Why don’t you people share an FB link via which people like us can know your whereabouts and experiences ?

    1. Hi Ramki Ravi,
      Thanks for finding our idea interesting πŸ™‚
      Sure we have a FB page- Away from shor. Please like it to get regular updates.

  3. hi gayathri and vj, i am arun kumar from coimbatore,tamil nad.I am traveller too. i always like the idea of being NOMADS or call it a GYPSY.. try travel without any prescheduled dates of departures and arrivals..i am sure u dont have any… always try to go with the flow and ur instincts…meaning – some places u will dwell longer so it is very remote and some place u move on sooner though it is lot happening there..u donno why….follow ur heart ….LIFE is nothing but experience …it has no meaning i tell u…. just the experience…more versatile and rich ur experience ,richer ur life…bye ,,,u can do it… πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Arun
      Welcome to our blog πŸ™‚
      That was some insightful advice from you. Thanks a lot πŸ™‚ We’ll surely keep it in our minds. Yeah we are 2 weeks into our trip and lot of good things have happened to us as we don’t have prescheduled plans πŸ™‚
      But we have way to go!
      Thanks Arun πŸ™‚

  4. All the best to you both. Read today in The Hindu, Metro Plus, about you’re travels. Take care.

  5. HI Gayathri and vijay, As a Bellarian, I am mighty proud of you. Leh has change us too. More so my daughter who was not much a traveler, but is now bitten by the travel bug, All the best to you both. Will keep looking for stories.

    1. Hi Sudhir!
      Wow! It feels so nice to meet a Bellarian πŸ™‚ I’m glad Leh had the magical effect on you and your daughter too. Good luck to all of us!

  6. Best wishes guys. I really love this idea. For us, The Indians, society
    pressure,family commitments, attachments & inhibitions are the
    factors which resist us from doing such an adventure. Love to read about
    you experience through out trip. God bless you guys.
    Another Passionate Traveler

    1. Hello Sankar!
      I agree with you. We tend to be conservative and conventional most of the times due to the reasons mentioned by you. We tried breaking free from all these and have started on this voyage. Hope we become better individuals at the end of it all πŸ™‚

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