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5 Tips to traveling around the world

Monday 24 July 2017 /

5 Tips to traveling around the world

Traveling around the world can be quite an exhilarating experience. If you have never done so before, you are in for quite a treat. While there is a lot to take in and learn about various aspects of the world, you will likely also learn a great deal about yourself in the process. If you are a Travel Freak, then you are well aware of how traveling can change your life and open up your eyes to different cultures and ways of living. This article will provide some tips on how to travel around the world.

  1. Journal. It is a fact that you will learn a great deal about yourself while you are traveling. While traveling the world, you will likely see people and places that you have only seen in the movies or on television. It is likely that you will talk to people in local pubs and eateries and hear about their life experiences. Every situation that you are in while you are traveling is a gift. Every evening after your adventures for the day have ceased, take a few moments to jot down some thoughts in a journal. What did you see? What did you do? How did you feel? What did you think? Who did you meet? While the overall feeling of traveling will not go away with time, sometimes the intricate details that make a trip so amazing can fade. Having a journal can help to relive these memories as time passes on.

  1. Budget. Traveling around the world can be quite expensive. If you have created a budget for yourself, be sure to stay within your means. It would be a catastrophe to have to cut your trip short because you spent your budget too fast and then do not have a way to earn more funds to complete your trip.

  1. Safety. While traveling can open your eyes to new aspects of the world and you will likely enjoy some conversations with locals and others that you meet on your journey, be sure to use your head and think with your gut. While spending an evening at the bar, enjoying the local fare and beer is a fun idea, it is not such a good idea to invite a person back to your sleeping quarters for the evening. It is also not a good idea to go to the person’s place. While it may seem like you have known this person for years after speaking to them for a few hours, it is best to plan to meet up again during the daylight to avoid any unwanted situations.

  1. Communication. It is important to keep in touch with family and friends that are back at home. It could be worrisome for friends and family to go days or weeks without hearing of your whereabouts and safety. Be kind and check in from time to time. Your family will want to hear of your adventures as well as know that you are safe.

  1. Travel in pairs or groups. While traveling alone sounds like a liberating experience and one that is quite empowering, it can also be very dangerous. Sadly, if you are a woman, it is certainly even more dangerous to travel alone than if you are of the male gender. It is important that when at all possible, you travel with a friend or in a group. This is for safety reasons as well as being able to share the experience with someone else.

More shells and Embroidery - Tales from Bhujodi

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There were more shells and patchwork panels on display as there are stars in the sky . After having leisurely strolls and being so enthusiastic about a town which I googled before leaving for my travel to Kutch and Bhuj, I was looking forward to be blown away.  Not only did I confirm my seat on the plane, I mentally rather booked my fashion seat at a village which is known for handicrafts . 
Bhujodi is the major textile center of Kutch with more than 1200 inhabitants involved in textile handicraft production. 
Our trip was planned in a way that our first stop was Kutch , and Bhujodi was on the itinerary merely as a pit stop on our way to Mandvi Beach . I had a chance of meeting local artisans during my stay at Rann of Kutch and small weavers and local designers who travelled all the way from the village of textiles( Bhujodi) had set up their small shops at the desert camp. I wanted to get each and every piece I saw there, but held onto my horses as much as my hubby held onto his wallet.
It was a very hot day in Bhujodi town. The sun was too strong but the gush of excitement for a shopping spree I was about to experience didn't let me feel a thing.
There I was in for a surprise. I met weavers, tie- dye experts, jewellery designers ,small time artists , block printers and who not . Most of them welcomed me to their homes and even let me watch them as they worked around. 
I saw a lady sewing these shells to this blouse in one of the houses. I randomly walked in . Intrigued by the colour I started walking towards her to inspect closely on this piece of clothing she was working on. "Abhi Poora Nahin Hua hai " - Its half finished  she said. 
A close inspection and my heart was set on this blouse and I told her that I had one hour in the village and I really wanted this piece . Her eyes beamed with flurry of excitement and we set a price for this beauty . 
The sleeves needed to be stitched , the shells were half strung and her elder daughter announced a lunch break as she carelessly slipped the plate in front of her . We started chatting and with a quick nod , the daughter was instructed to take the food away and bring it later.
 I explained her about my role as an influencer . I told her that I use fashion as a means to express ideas , and how my style of dressing imbued meaning and I use clothes and dressing up as a tool and commitment to the idea of supporting Indian weaving industry. But if they are not used where everyone can see them, can they really have an impact ? Throwing this question at her, I left the conversation there and left the rest to her imagination. She got a fair idea when I showed her my instagram page . 
I told her that I loved being there and how seeing the whole family work into making some unique garments I concluded that there are more to clothes than just clothes. After looking at the way every weaver functions in a small village like Bhujodi, I framed clothing as a collection of values, diversity, creativity and entrepreneurship .
It was then I realised living in a city like Delhi where fashion is fast and consuming, I reflected my distance with the industry. Tipping them with the amount which was double the price she asked for was the least I could do. 
This whole experience taught me one thing  -there is so much beauty and local talent available in our country too, and sometimes that whole feeling of gratification comes when you have a close encounter with the maker of something you instantly have a connection with.
I drafted this post because a lot of you were keen to find out the details of this outfit. I wanted to share the sentiment behind this look and this is my only medium, so here you guys , a few pictures of the same. 
If you have had a similar experience, you know what I am talking about ;)

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