‘After graduating from college I worked as a legal advisor in different companies in Delhi and Mumbai. But I realised that my life was moving at a very predictable pace. I got tired of just thinking about all the things I wanted to do and waiting for the perfect time or the perfect circumstances. I realised that any day could be my last day.
In 2016, I set myself the goal of participating in Half Iron Man, a triathlon, for which I trained for 1 year alongside my regular 9-6 job. I participated in the event in December 2016 and then came back to India. After that I quit my job and figured out my plan for 2017. I decided to do the things I always wanted to do, by taking one step at a time. I thought there is just so much to do and explore, that one life is not enough.
From June to December 2017, I backpacked solo through South East Asia covering Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia. One of the main things that I learnt from my solo trips is that the world is far safer place; you will find more good than bad. Irrespective of nationality, religion, caste, creed and language, people are same everywhere; their inherent values and needs are same. We are more similar and connected than we think.
Solo backpacking taught me a lot too and I remember an incident when I went for the Dholkal Trek in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh. The trek through the dense forests is difficult because it involves climbing some really steep rocks. As I was sitting on the highest peak after climbing the dreaded portion of trek, I saw three local females climbing the same stretch. I was shocked to see them because here I struggled to climb in my sports shoes and dry-fit clothes, and they comfortably climbed wearing sarees and normal slippers. This incident made me realize that Saree is literally limitless. Besides the adrenaline rush that I enjoy from all my solo travels, there is one more thing that has strengthened over the years is my love for sarees.
Now I’ve come a long way since I dared to live my life beyond the usual, and now I share my experiences to inspire people to get out of their comfort zone.’ said Mayuri Singh
#triathlete #solotravel #indianbackpacker @ Mumbai, Maharashtra