It took Umang just a year in the industry to realize that finance was not his calling. So he joined an online travel company, headquartered in Bangalore. This allows him to travel frequently around Bangalore and he manages to take a long trip at-least once in three months. Quite the life he had aspired for.
Did you always have itchy feet? What inspired you to travel and start a travel blog?
Oh Yes! I always had itchy feet when it came to exploring new destinations or indulging in adventurous activities. But, I was inspired to start a blog and pen down my memories because of Goa. During my two years in Goa, I realized how I might just forget some of the most beautiful memories later in life. So, I started jotting down my experiences in a very basic blog. My blog finally shaped up after I visited Bhutan in 2013. There was so much to experience there! Through m experiences, I wanted people to know how amazing this lesser known country is! That’s how Travelmax.in was born.
How would you describe India to a foreign traveller aspiring to visit India? What is the one reason they should definitely visit?
India is just spectacular! This country has so much to see and experience. If a foreign traveller would ask me, I would describe India as a multi-flavoured, triple scoop Sundae. Gradually, you discover new flavours and realize that you just had the best ice-cream in your life! In India, every culture, every landscape, every festival is a different flavour and an unforgettable experience to cherish. There are so many reasons to visit India. But, if I had to mention one, I would say the pristine and breath-taking Himalayan Mountains.
How would you say traveling has moulded you as a person?
Traveling has made me more social and a better listener. While traveling, I want to talk to people, listen to their stories and live new experiences, every day!
You have documented all you travel experiences on your blog. Why do you think it’s important to maintain a journal/ record of your travels?
I think it’s important to maintain a blog because of two reasons. First reason is that I want to relive each and every travel experience through my blog. Today, if I want to relive my Bhutan trip, I would just go to my blog and read about it. Secondly, I believe personal travel journals can be a great source of information for people while planning a trip. I am glad I can help or motivate so many people through my blog.
Of the several memories from your travels, could you highlight the most humbling experience so far?
This is from my most recent trip. I had gone for Rupin pass trek in the Himalayas. During the trek, I camped in one of the most peaceful & lesser known villages in Himachal Pradesh, Jiskun. As the evening dawned upon this beautiful village, I took a stroll on the muddy roads to meet interesting people or know more about the village culture. Suddenly, I saw some 15 kids playing a game and as their cheers echoed in the mountains, I started clicking their pictures. They realized this and wanted to see their picture. I happily obliged by showing them their pics and started taking selfies with them. They absolutely loved it! The fact that how innocent these kids were, left me humbled.
Any advice for those who are contemplating solo travel?
Well, if anybody is contemplating solo travel, I would advise them not to wait for the right time to do it. There is no perfect time to go for a solo trip. Just pack your bags and leave!
Apart from traveling, what other passions give you an adrenaline rush?
I am a big fan of Go-Karting! I like speed! But, most of the time, I get an adrenaline rush from being a part of adventure activities during my travels.
What is next for you on your itch list?
My itch list is pretty long actually. But, if you ask the next item, it would be “climbing an active volcano in Indonesia”
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