“Sometimes the most scenic roads in life are the detours you didn’t mean to take.”
There is a lot to learn from a trip, especially if it’s a road trip whether you take your Car or motorcycle. Everyone has that dream to get Leh’d (In reference to those who take the Leh Trip). Unfortunately, I’ve not been able to get Leh’d till now, But, I’ve taken a few road trips in other states of India and I think I got a little wiser after everyone of that. Got few Quality miles over Quantity miles.
You get to experience a lot of things on a road trip. Managing the time, travel and uncertainties of the path but most of all the freedom and the joy. You can plan as much as with the maps, GPS but there’s a beauty in getting lost anyway. I’m not about being unsafe; the perfect road trip is all about safety. However, there’s something much more serene and enjoyable about using an old-fashioned map as opposed to some robotic voice shouting to turn right in 200 meters.
Roadtrips teach you how to be flexible. Having a plan is important but everything always won’t go according to the plan.
A beautiful scenery was always there to accompany me and equally important was talking to the locals when passing through a small village on the way and getting a peek into their lives.
Most of these tips are metaphors for life itself. You don’t even have to follow every tip; just do what works for you. As long as you have a road trip philosophy in mind, you can’t go wrong.
Save some money, avoid the city congestion and tourist traps, and add some spark to your life as you enjoy the road. Don’t be surprised to come back a changed person. After all, that’s the true definition of a trip.
“The first commandment for every good explorer is that an expedition has two points: the point of departure and the point of arrival. If your intention is to make the second theoretical point coincide with the actual point of arrival, don’t think about the means — because the journey is a virtual space that finishes when it finishes, and there are as many means as there are different ways of ‘finishing.’ That is to say, the means are endless.”
― Ernesto Che Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries: Notes on a Latin American Journey