Gustave Flaubert has rightly said “Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.” This line is especially true when your smart phone makes the world smaller, but when you actually begin to travel you’ll realize how big the world is. Sometimes it takes hours to reach your destination and sometimes it may even take days. Traveling is like an adventure and time is also a part of it. Depending on how you usually go on a vacation, you’ll notice the world passing behind you. Your destination inches closer and closer and the time to reach lessen. You see new surroundings, make new friends and even try the local cuisine. I had this wish that when I travel to the south of India I will the sought after south Indian delicacy – Chicken Chettinad. It is spicy chicken gravy eaten along with rice, Indian bread or the usual white/brown bread. Personally, I prefer to have it with Cummin (jeera) Rice.
When I did reach Kerala– God’s own country, that was the first thing I tried and I loved it. Since I am a foodie, food is what keeps me going when I travel long distance – the taste that smears my palette, the strong flavors and all. So when I do travel, local food is one thing that excites me. That alone is not my purpose, visiting never- before seen locations is a totally different experience all together. Don’t believe me? I bet you must have seen various photos of the iconic Taj Mahal on TV, Internet and newspapers. Now try visiting the Taj Mahal in person. Trust me when I say this, the experience of actually seeing this iconic monument offers a totally different experience that will prompt you to appreciate Shah Jahan ’s masterpiece. Looking at the photos of the destinations and actually visiting them is totally different. It is much similar to actually looking at the cars on the road and actually driving one. These are two completely different things, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Traveling is not only an adventure; it’s also the experience that comes with it. The learning that is associated with it comes with the journey and adds to the experience. For example, when I had visited Mahableshwar, I realized that most of the hotels and restaurants are vegetarian and non-vegetarian restaurants are very few. In other words, I would definitely recommend this hill station to vegetarians, right? Wrong. Let me ask you a question: be it vegetarian or non-vegetarian food, does it actually matter? It doesn’t for me. I know some people (like my wife) are hell-bent on choosing their destination on the basis of what food they provide.
For a person like me why I like traveling is because of the experience it offers me and the impression it imprints on my mind about the place, the people, the food, the surrounding and many other things that comes with it. So next time when you decide on traveling, don’t go for the sake of going there. Go for the experience, for the adventure. Plan your adventure well and share it. You will appreciate the joy that you will receive. Just in case if you’re wondering if we did manage to find a hotel that serves non-vegetarian food, then yes, we did find one.