Experiential travel is a big thing these days! The Instagrammers and social media enthusiasts of the 21st century are keen to experience a place in its raw, natural form more than its refined version, which the tourism companies were offering them on a platter before.
In India, the tourism industry is already working alongside the locals to provide the tourists with an exemplary experience.
However, this doesn’t mean that boutique travel is a thing of the past, but the travel enthusiasts these days are more inclied towards staying among the insiders, having their food and experiencing their lifestyle for a change.
I’m one of those people, who take an offbeat path, whenever they’re out in search for a rejuvenating vacation. Till date, I have experientially travelled to Sikkim, Bhutan, Shillong and Mussorie. I’ve been to Sikkim twice, as I’m absolutely in love with the place.
Here, I should tell you that I’ve never planned my trips, except for booking my tickets. I’ve always been an adventurer, and the idea of risks and uncertainties gives me an adrenaline rush.
It’s easy to travel that way if you don’t have any idea what’s going to happen to you next, where’ll you stay or what’ll you find on your way.
However, there’re people, who may like the idea of travelling without a plan but may feel hesitant to take the plunge. It’s for them that I wish to suggest the following tips that may help enjoy the perks of experiential travel, without compromising their comfort.
Do your research of the place you wish to travel to. Create notes of places you want to see and things you want to do there. When you’ve your travel goals ready, you’ll find numerous ways to fulfil those.
You know where you want to go and what’re the things you wish to do, right? Now, your next task will be to find out more about how you’re going to do all those.
Ask around to gain more authentic information about the place in the local eateries, information centres, shops and other similar places.
Learn how to use Google Maps for navigation. However, it can be difficult to get proper internet connectivity in some remote places, but you can always download the maps of the places you wish to visit beforehand.
I’d been into some serious trouble in Ravangla, Sikkim, where I exhausted my cash reserves and didn’t find any ATM to pay for food and other stuff.
This happens to many travellers, who travel to the remote interiors, where such urban facilities are scarce. Therefore, it is advisable to keep enough cash to support you for some days.
You should always carry one or two identity documents in your backpack, so that you don’t fall in unnecessary troubles, especially in the border areas.
Moreover, you may need to obtain permits to visit places that are under military jurisdiction, and the documents will help you get those easily.
If you are on a trekking trip, make sure you carry enough dry food to keep your stomach full, especially in areas, where you won’t get a restaurant or even a food shack.
Biscuits, almonds, cashews and raisins are some of the dry food items that you can carry in your backpack.
Some tour companies in India offer packages for experiential travel by joining hands with the locals. If you are not a risk-taker or an adventurer like me, no problem at all!
You can always find a reliable tourist agency to plan an experiential trip for you. It is not that you always have to set off without a plan. You can enjoy even if you plan your holidays.