In my thoughts, 2018 was akin to a shinkansen (bullet train) journey in Japan. I immensely enjoyed the ride, but felt like it ended way also quickly.
Even even though the year wasn’t packed with as numerous epic travel adventures as I had initially planned, 2018 was the year of a important milestone for me – writing and publishing a bestselling book about my journey so far. In spite of this achievement, I’m flooded with bittersweet feelings as I appear back at 2018, offered the disheartening state of affairs in India and the globe.
As I introspect about the year that was, I have also outlined my aspirations for 2019, so when I really feel lost or overwhelmed, I can come back right here to remind myself:
Publishing my 1st book!
It nevertheless feels surreal to hold a copy of The Shooting Star in my hands or introduce myself as an “author”. My debut book – a single that spans my journey from India to remote corners of the globe – took years to come collectively. I was a bundle of nerves just prior to it was published, but have because been overwhelmed by largely constructive testimonials in prestigious Indian publications like The Hindu and Reside Mint – and even extra so by connecting with so numerous of my readers on my book tour.
In just more than a month of its release, The Shooting Star acquired the status of a national bestseller. It is presently in its third reprint, and I couldn’t be extra grateful to the universe for conspiring to assist it locate its way to the correct readers.
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Falling in like with Japan and Cuba
I only travelled to a handful of new nations this year, and amongst them, Japan and Cuba – each so distinctive from the rest of the globe in their personal way – truly stole my heart. In Japan, I was introduced to a exclusive globe of bullet trains, onsens (public baths), lovely meals (even as a vegan), plum and cherry blossoms, and secret forests. In Cuba, I felt like I had travelled back in time, discovering the true story behind the legend of Che Guevara and witnessing 1st hand, the influence of our plastic consumption on pristine coral reefs.
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Embracing the digital nomad life in Guatemala and Thailand
Though I function on the go wherever in the globe I am, this year, I primarily based myself in a single spot in Guatemala for two months and in Thailand for 1.five months – the longest I’ve stayed “settled” in a single spot because I gave up my residence and started living nomadically more than five years ago! These periods had been really productive function-smart and Netflix-smart, and I hope to uncover extra digital nomad and slow travel spots about the globe in 2019.
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The tiny things
I was dreading the concept of turning thirty in 2018, but I’m pretty loving the thirties so far! I really feel extra grounded mentally, strangely conscious of my mortality, mature adequate to pursue issues I procrastinated about in my twenties and bold adequate to continue fighting the battles that accompany an unconventional life. I also really feel truly grateful for getting excellent physical and mental overall health, all the fantastic vegan meals I’ve been capable to feed my physique and for the persons (on the internet and offline) who continue to assistance my craziness.
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The void following publishing a book
I furiously wrote and edited my book for most of 2017 and portion of 2018 then I furiously attempted to get the word out about it, hoping that via it, I’ll be capable to challenge persons across the nation to query their life and travel alternatives. When I heard that The Shooting Star had currently sold 10,000 copies, I decided it was time to move on… to what, I had no concept!
At 1st, it felt like I’d be going back to my blogging and social media life, but my thoughts, which had been so fired up more than the previous year, required extra stimulation. It felt like a void that no books or hiking could fill. Like a purposelessness that had surfaced following a period of dormancy. I’m operating towards filling it with some adventurous travels and new passion projects in the coming months.
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Rejected visas and destroyed travel plans
I’ve commonly had fairly excellent luck in the previous with scoring visas on my Indian passport, but in the second half of 2018, I hit a negative streak. Very first, my Kyrgyzstan e-visa got rejected – no factors offered. I had planned the complete journey, even worked out blogging collaborations, but anything fell via. As per their guidelines, I can not reapply for an complete year! The identical issue occurred with the Iran e-visa a month later, leaving me rather disgruntled about why nations are opening up e-visas for Indian citizens if they’re arbitrarily going to reject applications. Sigh.
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Social media burnout
I reluctantly went on a digital detox in Cuba, exactly where world-wide-web is scarcely obtainable and persons nevertheless speak to each and every other! But in these two weeks, it felt so excellent to rid my thoughts of the social media toxins that plague numerous of us on some level, that it is been a challenge to embrace the on the internet globe (my job following all) once more. When I grudgingly returned, I decided to reduce down my social media time drastically and even experimented with a two-three day function week – a thing I hope to function towards in 2019.
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ASPIRATIONS FOR 2019
Higher concentrate on advertising meaningful and sustainable travel
My thoughts is forever abuzz with story suggestions I want to pen, but lately – specially following cutting down my social media browsing time – I really feel like I want extra conscious minds, eyes and ears to market travel that is meaningful and sustainable. So I’ve set up two new avenues for 2019:
- Guest posts on The Shooting Star: Following a lot contemplation, I’m now accepting guest posts on The Shooting Star – but especially connected to meaningful and accountable travel experiences. See my guest post recommendations if you have an concept you’d like to pitch.
- Advertising content material on other sites: If you have made or come across an post or story that strongly supports sustainable tourism, I’d like to hear from you and share it on my social networks. Please use this kind.
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Though I attempt to make sure that my travels concentrate on nearby communities and keep mindful of the atmosphere, I’m really guilty of taking far also numerous flights. That suggests that in spite of getting vegan and consciously selecting not to pro-build, my carbon footprint on the planet is nevertheless immensely higher. So for 2019, I’m producing the rather challenging resolution to drastically reduce down the quantity of flights I hop on. I’m attempting to believe of it as an adventure, and for starters, intend to embark upon an epic land journey in January, from Thailand to India by means of Myanmar!
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New passion projects
In the final couple of years, I’ve completely enjoyed operating on two really exclusive passion projects – I Appreciate Spiti, to build awareness about the damaging influence of plastic bottled water and provide eco-friendly options in this higher Himalayan area, and Voices of Munsiari, to allow rural storytellers to connect straight with the globe making use of Instagram. In 2019, I have a couple of new projects up my sleeve, in assistance of my two fond loves – animals and trees. Specifics coming quickly!
As we transition into 2019, I want you a lovely, crazy, adventurous and meaningful year ahead. Let this be the year we query our alternatives, be extra compassionate towards animals and each and every other, and mindfully uncover extra of our unbelievable planet.
What had been your highs and lows of 2018? How do you want 2019 to shape up?
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