I travel for
There is nothing I love more than hiking! For me it ticks so many boxes, whether it’s finding an interesting way to get in those dreaded 10,000 steps, exploring hard to reach places or giving me an excuse to eat a huge post-hike meal! The main thing I love about it though is the incredible scenery that it opens up, I don’t find any challenge too hard as long as I have beautiful views to take my mind off of it. In this photo, I’m on day 8 of a 9-day trek from Himachal Pradesh into Ladakh and we have just arrived on the Tibetan plateau – I think you can see how much it means to me to be there!
Peace of Mind
Travelling gives me the necessary time and space I need to think, reflect and make decisions (normally the decision to keep travelling more). I love the diverse range of people you meet when travelling and there is no better way to put all your worries into perspective by interacting with someone from a completely different culture. In this photo we have just been invited into the home of a family living a 5-hour walk from the nearest village, they spend the summer there allowing their cattle to graze while only venturing back to civilisation once a week. This amazing woman offered us tea, biscuits and was trying to cook us a full meal before we eventually managed to politely refuse her request so she didn’t waste the little she had on us. Experiences like that make it hard to get worked up by any first world problems that arise!
It might seem reductive to say it but the beginning of every adventure I have found myself on has been the search for fun. For me, travelling is all about having unique experiences and making sure you have as much fun as possible in the process. And even if something doesn’t seem like fun at the time – like going on a 3-day camel trek into the heart of the Rajasthan desert with no route back except for riding Michael Jackson (the camel) for 6 hours a day and getting struck down with one of the most horrendous cases of food poisoning – at least it will be fun to tell the story afterwards!