You can embark on epic journeys in your home country also. They are not made only by travelling to highest mountains or undertaking strenuous trekking. You may venture into your home country and surprise yourself by embarking on unexpected or new journeys. See the historical wonders, visit localities of different cultures and mingle with people there, venture into markets/trading joints, not seen so far,  watch wandering merchants crossing the plains, mountains or deserts, lugging their wares or cattle. It may be interesting to watch fare collector in buses or trains, hackling for loose change or tossing it to invite passengers’ attention.

It is an old saying that one must see the beauty in all seasons and different weather and enjoy it. So visit a place which has catching weather or climate. Go for angling or fishing. Play football, tennis or other games with locals. Go for a boat ride, water skating, underwater diving, etc. Watch the sunset on a beautiful beach. Go for a night trek. Camp in a wildlife sanctuary. Bird watching or animal sighting can also be exciting. As the city and its inhabitants go to sleep, you could still engage yourself in the above activities.

While doing all the above or more, remember to inculcate the following into yourself:-

The locals may laugh or jeer at you. Remember not to react. Do not laugh or jeer at others’ mistakes. It may make you miserable. After all we are not Presidents or Prime ministers holding cabinet meetings, surrounded by great secretaries. While on the walk in streets, looking for things of interest or eating joints, be friendly, always. It will result in people welcoming you with open arms.

These are some thoughts and activities I get engaged frequently, and believe me, it gives out of the world experiences to become wiser and matured…

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