Nav­ina Joseph

Woman's Era - - Con­tents -

My in­abil­ity to find friends and fam­ily to ac­com­pany me on tours did not stop me from fol­low­ing my pas­sion which is also a pri­or­ity and am­bi­tion. I need to travel now and then to recharge my­self. Be­ing a mar­ried wo­man and mother to a young child pre­sented a great chal­lenge to travel at will, or even travel at all in the first place. But over the years I have man­aged to cre­ate sup­port at home that en­ables me to ful­fill my dreams.

Mem­o­ries of my first solo leisure trip to Sey­chelles, pre­dom­i­nantly a hon­ey­moon des­ti­na­tion, in De­cem­ber 2015 keep my psy­che ag­ile tin­gling my brain cells in a way they won’t for­get. Strolling along the most beau­ti­ful beaches in the world at my pace, I re­mem­bered some­thing we all knew as chil­dren: that many of life’s trea­sures are found in soli­tude and si­lence. The cre­ole cui­sine sat­is­fied my everde­mand­ing taste buds, along with meet­ing some won­der­ful lo­cals, learn­ing their way of life was all about ex­haust­ing those lit­tle mo­ments.

If not with a like­minded buddy, solo travel gives me the level of flex­i­bil­ity that can­not be ob­tained through group trips which is more of a com­pro­mise of com­forts and likes. My ul­ti­mate dream and hope is to do a month-long solo trip across north-eastern In­dia ex­plor­ing along the Hi­malayas.

Some of the pleas­ant mem­o­ries that re­play in my head and heart are:

– Watch­ing a huge hawk­bill tur­tle pad­dle to Cerf Is­land, lay its eggs and cover its eggs pa­tiently with its flip­pers.

– En­coun­ter­ing a huge wild land tor­toise while bi­cy­cling lazily through La Digue is­land and I quickly grabbed some leaves to feed it.

– A friendly lo­cal lead­ing me to the right place as I got lost try­ing to find Anse source d'ar­gent.

– Gaz­ing into the sun­set at the most beau­ti­ful beach in the world with a pina co­lada in hand.

– Be­ing part of a cus­tom­ary Fri­day party at Tarosa beach-front restau­rant and cy­cling back to the guest­house, es­corted by a few friendly lo­cals un­der the moon­light.

“YOU ARE STILL YOUNG, FREE. DO YOUR­SELF A FAVOUR. BE­FORE IT'S TOO LATE, WITH­OUT THINK­ING TOO MUCH ABOUT IT FIRST, PACK A PIL­LOW AND A BLAN­KET AND SEE AS MUCH OF THE WORLD AS YOU CAN. YOU WILL NOT RE­GRET IT. ONE DAY, IT WILL BE TOO LATE.”

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