10th May, 2017
The outstanding event ‘Travellers over Coffee’ was hosted by Shubham Singhal who himself has travelled 4 continents, 20 plus countries at the age of 19 and recently achieved the top 100 Indian Young Leaders’ Award. He is also the Growth Manager at GrowthHub. The event was organized by two start ups- GrowthHub and MyOlo. MyOlo aims at creating a platform for like minded people. In the era of technology, it wants people to step out of their smartphones and interact. While GrowthHub is India’s first community-based crowdfunding platform. The fundraisers realize dreams faster with the help of existing network of donors and instant fund transfer. Today GrowthHub has 130+ fundraisers, raised 27+ lakhs from 2000+ backers. You can easily raise funds for your next travel by starting fundraiser in www.growthhub.co
The event was a two way interaction between the audience and the speakers Ryan Arnold Dalton and Shijin Sin. The former speaker left his desk job as a graphic designer one day to fulfill his dream of travelling and also earning while doing so. A solo trip gave way to more, eventually leading to the foundation of Kerry Adventures in 2011 with an objective of giving every traveller an immersive, real and raw experience wherever he goes. A home stay to spend the night, local food cooked by the local people and not to forget some local alcohol too. He’s a photographer, biker, traveller and most importantly founder of Kerry Adventures. While the latter one, started travelling to places without family when he was 13. He always looked for budget travelling. He established a travel company to provide budget travelling packages i.e. TravAmigo.
The difference between a traveller and a tourist was well explained by the speakers. A tourist always go to so many places but for a short matter of time. On contrary, a traveller will take his time to inhale the beauty and serenity that a single place provides. A traveller is never in a hurry. Travelling provides solitude. They advised that a traveller should experience the life and culture of the place he is exploring. For example, a traveller should not go to mountains and still look for cafes that provide Italian food. Instead, he should try the specialty of that particular place. Travelling is the break out from the ordinary things. One should always learn the history of the place. How the place has become what it is in the contemporary world.
Towards the end of the event, people were asked to share their experiences and safety measures for travelling. The enthusiastic females in the audience initiated by advising that if a woman is going on a solo journey she should not take the risk of being naive. She should instead do some role play and pretend to be a journalist or something. She can also use a pseudonym for herself. Though, it is always preferable for females to tag along with other female solo travellers. In that way, they can be in a group and still travel alone.
One should learn how to read maps. Google maps are helpful up to an extent only. For places where networks aren’t reliable, one should always carry the paper map. The conventional method of manually reading a map never disappoints. Carrying medicines and pain relief sprays are always helpful while trekking.
The most important thing that was advised and accepted by all was- NEVER FIGHT WITH THE LOCALITES. Being a traveller or even a tourist, you have to be respectful to the place and the people who are providing you with food and shelter. A traveller and a localite should always be in harmony. The happier the localite, the better is the treatment that the traveller gets. The happier is the traveller, the more helpful he’ll be economically to the locals. A traveller should always socialize with people during his journey. Now that does not necessarily mean that he has to hold 1-2 hours long conversation with people. He can simply ask the whereabouts and well being of the people he comes across like the shopkeepers, the people at petrol pump or at the tollbooth. In this way, travellers can always find help for emergency situations.
Travelling intoxicates your soul with life. Adventure is just a component of a traveler’s experience. It is truly said by Saint Augustine, “The world is a book and those who don’t travel read only a page.”
Well… Let’s start turning the page, maybe!?