Thursday, 13 February 2014

Himanshu Nagpal of New Delhi INDIA

35. Featured Traveller 

Himanshu Nagpal
Senior Business Analyst : Traveller 



(New Delhi, INDIA)
                               
“Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” 
― Gustave Flaubert


We are, indeed, lucky to have the opportunity to feature Himanshu from New Delhi. He works in a corporate world and spend Monday to Friday at his desk working to earn enough to live his travel dreams. You won't believe it. It took months for us to finalize this interview and publish his story. Understandably, my invitation came in time for his trip to the United Kingdom.

Flag of India
Being a traveller, he is keen on keeping his travel budget intact. "Budget and planning are the most important part of any trip and plays a very important role", he says. "It is necessary and quite helpful to keep an eye on the travel fares months before so you can capture the best deal. Also, it is best to plan so that money is not wasted on places which you do not want to visit or are over-hyped", he adds. Himanshu still believes that most of the beautiful places are natural and free to visit, so much so that one can reduce travel expenses.

Himanshu has been travelling to cities and towns of his country. Outside of India, he has travelled to Thailand and very recently explored England. It is his first time away from family during the Diwali festival. He spends most of the holiday season, including Christmas in the United Kingdom wandering the beautiful places in England.

Beach Shack in Goa INDIA

Just like most travellers, he believes that the beauty and happiness in travelling is just around his backyard. There are many places in India that is waiting to be discovered. Himanshu invites his fellow travellers and readers of this blog to re-discover India. He can tell you many stories about India in his own travel blog, Being Traveler.

Continue reading his story.....

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I still remember, as a kid, going on a holiday with family was just a trip to religious places up until I cleared school. In college, life changed as I met the world and made new friends. The meaning of travel and going on a holiday changed unexpectedly. I became focused to local destinations with budget in mind as I had to manage through my pocket money.

Rajasthani Music in Udaipur INDIA

Then again, the definition of travelling changed when I started to earn and could spend more lavishly. I tried to explore far ends of my country rather than just the local destinations and tried my hands on adventure sports.

Life took a turn when I got married and changed the definition of travelling for me time and again. I became more careful in choosing destinations and hotels.  And believe me, safety became my priority unlike before. I think travelling has taught me a lot and made me a little wiser.
 
                                            Authentic dance in Bagore ki Haveli in Udaipur INDIA

As I continue to explore new places, I realize that travelling is more of a journey through life. It is an amazing experience, it is a journey of self realization, it is a journey of self exploration. 

Being a traveller, I have the best reasons why I love travelling. When you finish reading this, you will see how my travels change my life. Read on...

A view from Nehru Park in New Delhi INDIA
· Travelling has taught me to be patient. It has taught me that, it is fine to take a back seat sometimes and go with the flow. Everything can not be in your control all the time.
·    It has changed my attitude towards life and taught me to be calm even at most difficult times.
·   It has taught me to respect others, I have realized a sense of grounding and looking beyond self.
·   It has made me realize my strengths, my fears, my anxieties, my weaknesses and taught me how to deal with them.
·  It made me look at the world from a different perspective and changed my outlook towards life.
· It also made me more confident, easy-going, more tolerant, humble, more flexible and open towards life.
· It has evoked a sixth sense in me to judge things little better. It has taught me to differentiate between good and bad. 
· It helped me think on my feet when dealing with challenging situations.
· It has taught me a good lesson to not assume things and not to just believe whatever people are saying. It has taught me to analyse better and to believe things the way I see it.
· It helped me polish my skills and I continue to improvise in my photography and to control my wife from shopping.

To summarise my life I would just say that, I travel, I click, I write, whenever I get an opportunity. Calling myself a traveller won't be appropriate but, I promise myself that I will continue exploring as much as I can. I will keep on travelling and keep on exploring. France, for sure, is on top of my bucket list.



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They all have been travelling for many years and I can guarantee that all of them have travel tips that all of us can learn and benefit from.  I have to thank all other fellow travellers who have responded to my invite.  I will definitely publish your stories as soon as I have completed the details.