If you are wondering, if I didn’t have any better pictures to post, I just want you to know that I am pretty lazy and all I care about is getting things done with the least effort! Travelling has imparted a zen sort of state to me due to which I am a little too carefree and it might have affected my personal grooming as well. So this picture perfectly explains my imperfections! ( And I might not look like this now! )
Oh, by the way, I forgot to introduce myself. (I told you I am imperfect!)(( From now on you can expect imperfect grammar and spelling too!))
So in records, my name is Jithin, but I’ve been running this blog under the name Trablogger.
Trablogger is an Indian travel blogger from Kerala, who got lucky to get a domain name Travel+Blogger= Trablogger!
During the early days, I didn’t realise the number of travel bloggers out there and how lucky it is to get such a name even without trying!
Like many other decisions in my life, one day out of an impulse, I started a blog and named it “Trablogger”. That was a sunny day on 1st Sep. 2014. Lao Tzu helped me personally to create the first post!
I quit my job, not to travel; just to quit my job! (unlike many others who quit their job to travel). You can read my story of how a marine engineer turned into a travel blogger, if you are interested.
I think it is quite a natural transition that when one loses direction, one starts to wander. The same happened to me too. I was wandering without direction; sad, broke, dejected, frustrated and whatnot.
And one day, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, that idea came! And one more travel blog was added to the ever increasing list!
I started this blog to share some of my travel memories along with a few pictures from my trips. It was an impulsive decision. Even the blog name was decided without much thought!
After a few searches on “how to create a good blog name”, “which blogging platform to choose”, how to find your first few readers and so on; www.trablogger.wordpress.com was created!
First post was written by lending words from Lao Tzu. More travel-related posts were created and I started getting encouraging comments. Then I got hooked.
I started to travel with an intention to capture and share the stories from the road, here. And I have fallen deeply in love with Visual Story Telling. And I gave the tagline, “Come, let’s go for a photo walk.”
Regrets??! NO!! In fact, I am grateful for the decision to start a travel blog! It took me to places that were not even in my wildest dreams.
After a year of blogging, I found myself writing a book based on my travel stories, life around me, philosophies I believe in and so on. Somehow I got it published. Well, I self-published it. And it resulted into another side project called Jimpify Publishing(which was initially my travel company, yet another failed start-up).
On the 1st of September 2015, I self-published ‘Journey Is My Path‘, some sort of philosophical musing through my life journey.
Now I am on a search to find different ways of creating sustainable travelling.
My most ideal way of life would sound like this. “I travel, I capture and I share it here on this blog to inspire others”.
Sounds cliché right? Because it is! 😉
Well, I am planning to do something like that full-time.
Travel. Photograph. Let others travel. Write. Share. And Repeat.
Haha. How I wish! Travelling does need money, but it does not always require a lot of money. My desktop wallpaper says ‘Travel is never a matter of money, but a matter of courage‘. So I travel with lesser money, at times even without money. And I travel using my hard earned savings.
You might have heard, the best things in life are free! Not all experiences are expensive! I live for newer experiences. I create memories from experiences and capture those memorable experiences to relive them again.
For those who are still unwilling to believe and unconvinced, check out various ways in which one can travel almost for free.
Let me give you a few jobs I’ve done in the past to fund myself and my travels
At times I had done a combination of a couple of these jobs at the same time for survival.
Heavy? It is heavier than many compact cameras, but there are heavier cameras out there which makes my camera quite light! My dream camera is quite heavy though!
Canon EOS 1100D is my constant Travel Companion since 2012, which helps me to take you for a virtual Photo walk. I bought it from my savings, once upon a time when I had a ‘proper job’!
But nowadays I’m relying mostly on my phone camera, which is One Plus 6.
I tried; not once or twice, more than that, to stay in a conventional job. But I couldn’t. So now I do non-conventional jobs so that I can eat, have a shelter, travel and do the things that I like.
Since travel can’t be taken away from me, I am trying to work in the travel industry itself. At times I design tours, at times I run tours, at times I do social media works for others, at times I do photo walks and so on. I told you, I am on a hunt to find the best travel job in the world!
Now I am starting a new chapter with Trablogger DMC, to create some cool travel experiences. To know more about Trablogger DMC, check out this link.
Yes, that is what I used to do here in this blog too, to take the readers for a virtual photo walk through my pictures and words. So want to go for a photo walk to Ghost town of Dhanushkodi or through the curvalicious roads of Kerala?
The best part is that it won’t cost you anything. I do understand the role of MONEY in our travels and I am more of an economical or rather a “cheap” traveller. I travel on thinner than shoestring budgets.
This is how I spent as low as $2 or 100 rupees per day for a beach-facing stay, read the story here : Secrets of Murudeshwar.
I tried hitchhiking, couchsurfing, ate street food, slept in tents, took heavily crowded trains, travelled in general compartment on trains for 24 hours or more. And through these experiences I have learned a few ways of creating a better travel experience with lesser cost.
So here I will share with you those secrets that might make you understand that Travel is never a matter of money, but a matter of courage. I will also share the lessons that I am going to learn during my hunt for the best travel job in the world!
Travel jobs always sound cool! I’ve been trying out a few of them over these years. I’ve been interacting with many inspiring travellers as well. My learning from my own experiences and from other fellow traveller’s stories will be shared here to inspire you.
Also, I will keep on experimenting with my life to bring first-hand experience for you to figure out how to live the travel life and sustain the dream of travelling continuously for a very long time.
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