Back in the days of my unemployment, I never thought that keeping my interests alive would get so tough. I always thought that, "work hard, travel harder" would be an easy motto to abide with. The very fact that I am writing about a trip I made in December 2016 in September 2017 is proof enough of how tough "adulting" really is but, having said that, I will try and jot down the facts to the best of my memory.
So, I realized that after my road trip to the Tirthan valley, Himachal Pradesh, in August, it was already November and I had not already gone on a trip. I knew I should call my travel bud ASAP and get my travel plans in place to keep the sanctity of the traveller tag that I wear with such pride.
Coorg had been in my bucket list for long now, and I made it very clear to my friend that we HAVE to go there this time. And being from the north it is not really feasible to visit the South all that often so on my friend's suggestion, we extended the plan to Coonoor as well. She was keen on visiting Ooty, I for one had been there as a child but since it was a long time ago, I thought it wouldn't be a bad idea to put it in the list. It sounded very cool that we'd be backpacking from one state to another. After much reading, we planned to fly down to Coimbatore and then travel locally by State Buses to move from Ooty to Coonoor to Coorg and then finally celebrate the New Year at my cousin's place in Bangalore.
We fixed the dates, booked our flight tickets and then did some more reading and researching about the places we wanted to see. We mostly refer to travel blogs and travel sites to get an idea about how to travel and the places to see and things to do. Another app which I really recommend is Couchsurfing and have mentioned about it quite many times in my previous blogs. This time around as well we used this app to get in touch with the locals. We chatted with so many locals for weeks, asking them about the weather, the kind of packing that needs to be done, the dos and donts of the place. This app just overwhelms me in the sense that it is really unbelievable how so many people are ready to just help a couple of strangers for free- without expecting anything in return. We found people who not only offered travel advice but also opened their doors for us. And I think it is only because of these hosts that travelling becomes so much more than just packing your bags and sight- seeing. In this trip Couchsurfing again proved to be very useful for us as we were travelling to the south for more or less the first with no knowledge of the local tongue.