Sreshti Verma, who took 12 trips in a year without quitting her 9-5 job will give you the ultimate travel lessons

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Sreshti Verma
Sreshti Verma

It is said, that in order to truly find yourself, you must travel. Only then, can you discover aspects of yourself that surprised you every time you visit a new place. Setting you free from the old, grueling, mundane life, travelling helps you experience life one moment at a time.

Perhaps, it is because of this that everyone has a quench for travelling. Have you ever had the urge to crumple all your work and absolutely just hit the road without having to think twice about it? Well, you are probably not the only one here to feel that way.

Well, what if we tell you that there is actually a way you can manage both travelling and work at once? Difficult to believe? So, take it from someone who did it.

The Travel Tale

Sreshti Verma is a writer who loves to travel. Also, last year she took 12 trips in 12 months, along with a job. No kidding, folks. For Sreshti, her love for travelling goes way back to when she was in school. “My parents are from the hills and when I was young, taking a trip meant going to the mountains. It was after I finished my studies, I realized that I always loved being on the road and I have been pursuing it for 2-3 years now.”

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Currently residing in Delhi, Sreshtha covered the Northern part of India during her 12 trips. She visited East Sikkim and Darjeeling in the month of January. She hiked to Khuppar Top in Kharapathar in Himachal in the month of February. In March, she trekked to Prashar Lake, visited Mumbai, which is the Southernmost part of India she has ever been to. In the month of May she took the Kareri Lake trek. In June,  she travelled to Dalhousie, Khajjiar and Chamba. In July, her travel list had Shitlakhet in Uttarakhand. In August, she took her first solo trip and went to Udaipur. In the month of September, she went to Rewalsar. In October, she took another solo trip to Naggar. In November, went to Saur on another solo trip and finally, in December she went to North Sikkim.

We have all probably given a thought to solo travelling at least once, and while it’s liberating, it has its own disadvantages which no one really talks about.

“For me, I took my first solo trip to Udaipur and I stayed at a hotel. It can be intimidating at first, and there are certain inconveniences we leave out. For example, if you are taking an overnight bus, safety is issue. But you can always take steps to avoid that by opting for ladies seat out. People often think they’ll get bored on solo trips but if you go for homestays instead of hotels, you can interact with the locals. Or you can go for hostels, where you are in touch with other backpackers from around the country.”

We have already said it: travelling sets you free. As for Sreshti, she believes it has made her all the more confident and resilient.

“I think we overestimate our problems. I have been to a few remote places in the hills and so once you go out, and see the conditions change, you appreciate life more. I love the survival spirit of the people and when you see they are made with the same dust and bone, you realise you are more privileged” she explains.

Sreshti loves to learn about the various communities across geographies and would love to explore her own country before steps to foreign lands. Well, she plans to visit Gokarna, Alleppey and Munnar next. She is all set to pack her bags. What about you?

Ankita Sirker

Dreamer. Believer. Achiever.

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