Why create ‘That Broke Traveller’ ?

Hi everyone! I know this post starts off with a very weird title, but I am weird, so… *Shrugs*

Anyways, I was actually planning on starting off with a travel related post but decided against it. Now I know you will enjoy it immensely but I decided to hold on to that satisfaction, just for a while.

I felt that it would be better to explain why I made this blog.

*Cue dramatic backstory, tighten your seatbelts*

Since I was a little kid, my family, especially my dad has always been enthusiastic about travelling. He was a photographer, writer, artist, honestly, I don’t have enough fingers or hands to explain what all my old man used to do in his spare time. Plus it is a story for another time.

Anywhos (not a typo), every time my dad did tours, he always took some time off, a day or two after his tour ended to explore wherever he was visiting. He also took us whenever possible to explore places of interest. *Le Thanks old man*

He was always a curious soul and found out places to visit even in the dullest places. Or so I thought when I was younger.

However, his way of travelling usually included a list of things that we had to visit in a day, which involved us rushing around from one place to another. It was an efficient system and I never complained, until the day we went to visit the famed Ajanta – Ellora caves in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Being someone who grew up with art all around her, I was amazed at the work on the caves, the guide telling us interesting facts about how the caves were built. And I found myself standing still admiring the works of someone who had tired themselves out day after day to give us that result.

Anyways I ended up staring at the hand carved pieces of work multiple timings, losing my parents in the crowd, before my dad found me, picked me up and walked around with me in his arms. ( I don’t remember how old I was, no judgement)

I remember asking him why we couldn’t stay there a little longer, and he told me that we had to visit a lot of other places as well. I begged to stay there for a couple more hours, but the entire day was already booked, and we couldn’t cancel it at the last-minute.

*Epiphany strikes*

It was then that I realized that I did not want to travel like my dad. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe that everyone has their own style of travelling and I loved the way my dad travelled. It just wasn’t my style.

I would rather spend an entire day in the caves looking at the hand carved rocks than visit ten other places on that same day.

A proper metaphor for this would be the rollercoaster. Rather than experiencing the sudden highs and lows, I would much rather enjoy go-carting or something. Well, I hope you get the gist.

However before I could travel the way I want to, adulthood hit me like a train. Suddenly I was surrounded by books (the academic kind), completing assignments, joining internships, working till I drop dead and the works.

And travelling which was a hobby turned into a dream. Something that would be the perfect escape out of this busy life of mine.

But one thing that I forgot to take into consideration was the fact that travelling requires money. And that I need a job for travelling around the world.

*Sighs* there goes the dream. Now like most of you guys (not all, most), travelling for me consisted of foreign countries, discovering unknown cultures and cuisines and meeting new people.

So basically the usual things that motivated people to travel, but a more mellowed down version of it… I am the easy kind of traveller with a fear of heights which rules out most of the adventure sports… Seriously the agony…

Watching travel shows in my spare time just ignited that fire of travelling all around the world. However, I suddenly realized that other than the fact that I am broke, I am also an introvert and super lazy. Like, my mom actually wonders how I wish to travel around the world when I can’t even get out of my bed in the morning and go to the nearest grocery store. (She isn’t wrong, I am honestly very lazy.)

So… many if not all of you must be wondering why create a blog at all.

The inspiration struck me when I worked in a travel company recently, where I had to write about places I have never visited and encourage people to visit them… *rolls eyes* oh the irony of it all.

Though, unlike what I thought, I actually learnt a lot about these places. And if anything, it added more places that I would love to visit on my bucket-list.

What I hope to achieve with this blog is to meet a lot of you guys from all around the world, where we can get to know each other, where you can add onto my travel posts something that you learnt from your own experiences and just have fun! Plus it might help fellow travellers who are travelling to these places to find most of the information that they need all in one place.

There ya go!! I am amazing and I hope to make this blog even more amazing! So stay tuned!!!

Ending this post on a very cliché note, let’s hope that we all meet each other someday and fall in love with each other’s culture… (You thought… XD)