It struck me recently that I never ended up getting into any details about what the #tourof2017 (my current travel adventure) really is. This blogpost is my attempt to fix that. Please read on to know what I’m up to and how I ended up doing this. Through this blogpost,
I should have thought about this before, but it only recently dawned on me that a lot of you don’t exactly know what this #tourof2017 (which is how I refer to the motorcycling adventure the I’m currently on) really is. You’ve been watching the videos and seeing my updates on Social Media, but aren’t entirely sure what I’ve been up to or how I ended up doing what I do. I should have gone into this in detail before I started the tour, but I guess it’s better late than never.
So, I thought I’d write this blogpost to give you all some background and let you know exactly what I’ve been up to this year.
BACKGROUND – HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
I quit my job as a corporate lawyer in Mumbai towards the end of 2015 and then rode my Royal Enfield Thunderbird 500 over 3600 km as I made my way back home to Chennai after 10 long years. That was the first time that I had ever done a real motorcycle tour and it was such an incredible experience that I immediately knew that I wanted to travel to a lot more places with my trusty machine in tow (or the other way around).
It took me a few months to accustom myself with the realities of my new life-situation – no daily job to go to, no monthly salary, no clear idea on what I was going to do next and the related anxieties. But, after some grappling, in May 2016, I finally found the courage (and the necessary amount of stupidity) to set off on a mammoth expedition. Over a period of 3 months, I travelled from Chennai all the way up into the mountains in Himachal Pradesh and Kashmir. I fulfilled a long-standing dream to ride my own bike through the treacherous terrain and gorgeous landscapes of Ladakh and then subsequently spent over a month exploring the Western coastline of India as I made my way back home to Chennai. You can watch the videos from that adventure on my YouTube channel by clicking here.
HELLO, SOCIAL MEDIA:
The ride that I did in 2016 changed my life in many ways. It led me to discover new interests in the things that I do while I travel and also made me finally dabble with sharing the stories of my experiences along the way. This blog was born first, and then I went on to start creating and sharing video content on YouTube (through my channel “Toll Free Traveller“). These were things that I had never imagined I would do, but somehow, one thing led to the other and social media was suddenly an integral part of my life and my travels.
Since I had travelled through several parts of North and West India in 2016, this year, I decided to set off to explore Eastern India. My plan was simple – I would ride towards West Bengal taking a route along the Eastern Coast of India and then go and explore as many of the North-Eastern states as I could while money and weather permitted.
I had no clue how long I would travel for, nor did I have any specific destinations in mind. The only plan was to not really plan at all. Since I travel solo (almost all the time), this is something that I can comfortably do.
As some of you may know, I’ve been on the road for over 3 months now and have been to several parts of India that I haven’t ever been to before. It’s not several short rides to places, but one massive and continuous journey.
It’s been 3 months now and I’ve seldom slept in the same bed for more than 2 nights. The motorcycle has been my only constant companion. We’ve been to places we never knew the names of and overcome adventures that we could have never imagined. The ride has been overwhelming, and there is still a fair bit to go before we return home to Chennai.
In an attempt to share my travel experiences in more detail, I’ve been making vlogs while on the road this year. 7 vlogs are up so far and there are several (and I mean SEVERAL) more to come. You can watch these vlogs on my YouTube Channel linked here: Toll Free Traveller
Since making vlogs is a time-consuming process, the videos are far behind in terms of events. If you would like to know more about where I currently am and what I’m up to, please follow me on Instagram (@tollfreetraveller), Facebook (Toll Free Traveller) and Twitter (TollFreeTravel).
I hope you continue (or start and then continue) to follow and support my adventures. Apart from all the riding and exploring, the journey of sharing all these experiences with all of you has been thrilling for me.
Thanks for reading and for all the love and support.