Happy International Women’s Day!! 🙂
We are so inspired by all women out there especially our fellow women travelers be it solo or group. The one’s who balance perfectly between working , managing the house chores and travel. And we have the perfect example in our next featured traveler.
So here’s a little preview of our next featured traveler. She loves to trek especially the mountains of North India like the Himalayas and Uttarakhand. And she also competes in marathons. Did we tell you that she works in a full time job! Wow such an inspiration to all the women out there!
Let’s get to know more about her!
1. Tell us something about yourself – name, location, occupation etc.?
Janet Chris Martin an HR Professional from Mumbai, India.
2. What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
As a kid, I have always had to travel to my native place. However, I shall state one of my best trips – Mountain Biking expedition to Jalori Pass.
3. Why do you travel?
Travelling gives me an opportunity to explore new places, meet people & learn about their cultures & languages. Most of my journeys will have a surprise element. This teaches not everything goes as per plan and not every co-traveller is friendly. And that is when you start respecting the uncertainties and the vividness of the world and its people.
4. Your favourite destination/ location you have been to?
5. Do you have any interesting experience you would like to share?
Every trip is a treasure of memories. Some of the best ones are:
a) Riding to & fro on a bicycle inside a 2 Kms long, dark tunnel during the Jalori biking expedition.Each rider had a reflector jacket and the only source of lights for us was the ones from the speeding vehicles. Scary experience I must say!
b) Experiencing the season of “fall” on the trail between villages Osla & Taluka during the Har ki Dun trek. I never believed I could witness this amazing scenic view in India.
c) Having an amazing cup of pahadi chai with a family in Naitwar upon my return from the trek. The warm hospitality provided by the family along with some heartfelt stories only made leaving the mountains even more difficult.
6. Do you have a travel bucket list? If so what is on it?
Not really. I like to go with random plans. But I would like to explore India before I globe trot.
7. Who’s your inspiration?
My then boyfriend, now husband Amit, who introduced me to the world of travel.
8. Is this a hobby or something you do for a living?
It’s my passion.
9. What have you learned from your experience with travel?
Life is short and there are many places and cultures to experience. Travel has taught me to broaden my horizon towards people and their cultures I experience along the way. Only when we accept others, will we receive warmth and kindness in return. Travelling, especially locally, instills humility in oneself. It is much more than just visiting tourist places.
10. Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
Respect everyone who comes your way. Enjoy the surroundings, people and food. And most importantly, keep an open mind. Try to be a traveller than a tourist. And to be frank, I don’t believe in the phrase ‘Aspiring Traveller’. Either you travel or you don’t. Don’t get caught up in making grand plans and finding like-minded co-travellers. Uncertainties are bound to happen and there’s always a fun element in that (which then creates a galore of memories).
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