Birth of An Experiment
When you hit the lowest point of your life, you either drown in the sea of sorrow or you rise like a phoenix. I chose the latter and with me rose my blog ‘Life and Its Experiments‘. It was the month of August 2015, when this little experiment found its place in the sea of World Wide Web. One of those difficult times when no human could comfort me, none of the motivational videos pepped me up, scribbling on my blog and hitting that publish button gave me all the adrenaline that I needed.
And that’s how my blog was born, to save me from dying. There was no intention of minting money and reaching numbers and becoming a social media mogul but just to write my heart out. It was purely for the love of writing and expressing myself. Today when I read those blog posts, I laugh at them thinking how naïve I was but back then they were my lifeboat.
How it all began
I started travelling to run away from my then existing life crises. While exploring a new destination my thoughts were busy looking for new stories and I didn’t let them rest and they could never go back to the unpleasant realities of life. Travel was, is and will always be my escape.
My True Love
At the time when I used to curse everything around me, travel instilled humility and gratefulness in me. It made me feel alive. Even in my darkest days, a sight of mighty mountains made me smile ear to ear. Mountains attracted me for reasons unknown. And I kept going back to Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh every time I could sneak some days out of my corporate life.
How The Relationship Began
The most revelationary point of my life was when I did the Valley of Flowers and Hemkund trek. That trip sealed the deal that my bond with traveling and exploring is here to stay and is only going grow double folds in future.
The Marriage Proposal
One of those days in love with mountains, I visited Uttarakhand. While trekking down from Nagtibba, we halted at a village when a local family invited us for tea and the women eventually asked me to marry his son. It was the funniest and memorable incident of my life.
What I Completely Fell in Love With
Mountains will always be closest to me. All the places that I visited in Uttarakhand, be it the trek to Valley of Flowers, or Hemkund, or Nagtibba or Kanatal or Badrinath, they all are very close to my heart.
What Keeps The Spark
Stories, people and the fact that there are so many amazing places I haven’t seen keeps me all the energy to gear up and venture out all the time. My blog is also a major motivation behind my travels.
How Do I Earn Money In All the Fun
I work full time as a consultant, yes I do both and I am managing it so far very well. My salary helps me to fund all my travel. I also make money from sponsored posts and lifestyle reviews blog posts.
Also, around a year into seriously blogging and I started receiving emails from eminent brands for collaborations and invite for hospitality reviews. I was being paid for writing for brands and that’s when it hit me that it’s not just me but there are other people who take my writing seriously.
A Piece of Advice
Don’t think too much, just start. The more you travel, the more stories you will unveil and the livelier your blog will be. If you aren’t much into words then begin with a photo blog, eventually you will have so many stories that word will flow eventually. The only con I can think of is the addiction, it’s easier to get in but very difficult to get out of the love affair with travel.
A Personal Tip To Save Some Money During All The Fun
Plan your travels well in advance, pay heed to long weekend and other festivals holidays and book tickets well in prior. If you aren’t much in luxury or even if you are, give a shot to Homestays and Air B&Bs, they are way cheaper than the hotels.
I still cannot say for sure if I travel so that I can write or I write because I travel, and I don’t want to get into solving this deadlock also. It is working well for me and I don’t mind gyring into this loop.
From colourful Gujarat to the picturesque mountains, to the mysterious jungles of Madhya Pradesh, to the holiest part of South India (Rameshwaram and Kanyakumari), to scenic Kerala, to the marvels of Telangana India has given me a lot and I shall remain in debt forever. These are just a few places to name but the list is endless.