Last month I went on small vacation to Mount Abu (A hill station in state of Rajasthan in India).Before travelling to this place I had searched on Internet and found that is a year round destination and even though June-September is rainy season in India, this place does not experience that heavy rainfall, so I thought this a good time to travel.
We boarded the train on Friday reached place on Saturday, roamed to different attractions on Saturday, Sunday and first half of Monday, till here everything was fine, we even boarded the night train on Monday and were supposed to reach home by Tuesday morning 7:30 AM, train was going at usual speed, reaching all the stations on scheduled time just when we were less than 100 miles from our final destination train suddenly stopped on intermediate station which was not regular half, initially everyone thought it will start in few minutes but soon minutes turned into hours and there was no sign of train moving upon enquiring we came to know that due water logging on railway tracks few miles trains are all stuck. After a long wait and changing multiple trains,buses and taxi we finally reached home at 7:30 in evening exactly 12 hours late.
This experience made me think and I looked back at my travels of few years. Suddenly I felt as if Am I travelling too much? Are all my journeys making me happy?So I prepared a list of expenses for each trip, things which I loved about the places and places which seemed not at all worthy of visit.
While comparing this I observed that some of trips specially international ones had cost more than two hundred thousand INR and some very small or unplanned ones to nearby weekend destinations costing less than five thousand INR but when I looked back at the memories of these places, I found that joy, happiness ,excitement of seeing something new, does not depend on whether the places is expensive or not.
For some of these trips I even lost the pics I had clicked as the old PC where I had stored the files is practically not working and I did not post these pics on social media, without the pic to see and without even posting any enhanced pictures on social media for others to see and like some destinations still seem unforgettable and make some lifetime memories.
On the whole I concluded that happiness does not come from how expensive the place is or how popular the place is orhow beautiful pics you click or how many likes you get on social media.
Happiness in turn depends on how much the place touches your soul, waking up to view of snow clad mountains in distance,seeing the entire valley getting covered in fog making you feel as if you are in clouds, getting drenched in the rain without worrying about catching cold, spending a quiet evening on beach watching a sunset,trying your hands at a scary adventure activities and in turn conquering your deep fears…. gives you deep satisfaction and happiness irrespective place or expenses or duration of the trip. There are somethings money cannot buy and true happiness is one of them.
So the only goal behind travelling is not visiting popular and expensive destinations or clicking awesome pictures to decorate your social media profile but a welcome break from your daily routinr, seeing or experiencing something new, meeting new people, admiring the beauty of nature, conquering your fears. It’s a way of lifting your heart to a new state of joy, peace and tranquility.