We often get asked some questions repeatedly in every conversation we have with friends, family and fellow travelers. If you have one of your own, write it in the comments and we will answer it. No, you are right. We are not celebrities but this is our space and we take full ownership of it :P.
How do we manage the funds?
We have both been working for five years since we graduated. But we saved most money while we were working in London. 10 months after our marriage and settling into a new life we decided to quit our jobs. It has sustained us for a year now and can do so for another year. No, we were not making millions. We had simply decided to not buy anything on mortgage and chose to spend wisely before and after our quitting jobs.
What does our family think of it?
Our family is biting nails and lips, waiting with bated breath for us to get done and return. “What do you want to do next?” is a question we are perpetually thwarting or answering with the details of weather or pictures of sunset from where we are. Our family is nervous about our decision but loves us enough to support us.
How long do we intend to travel?
No idea! We may end our travel sooner than later, hmmm, maybe never, maybe we will continue travelling like this like gypsies forever. This will be our reply on a good day. But someday when diarrhoea or sore throat or some silly infection somewhere gets us we are ready to go home immediately. On those days, I also hide my face in the pillow crying and missing my mother and home food. When the next morning I feel better, being on the road feels awesome again. The point is whether the going is good or bad, tough or easy, what keeps us going is the realisation that we are living our dream and that we want to keep it going.
Why did we quit our job?
Time was running out. I was 26 and Vikram was 28. Before the expectation to start a family could get us, we decided to flee and do that which is best done now.
What do we love most about traveling?
The thrill of doing something new all the time is the best part of travel. And also while traveling puts us out of control when we find ourselves helplessly stuck on a night bus that doesn’t move, a meal that is less than appetizing or a room full of roaches, it also puts us in control to the extent that we can move out of any experience, hotel, restaurant, city or even country without much thought and practically on a whim. How many of us can do that in our everyday lives? In settled life you are stuck with same job, same house, same city and same country forever.
What do we hate about traveling?
Nothing. Oh wait! Let me think. There is a long list actually. But the most I hate is long bus journeys especially the night ones and visa and immigration. And when immigration and night buses come together, it just makes us want to take the first flight back home.