I’ve travelled quite a bit and this is what I spend all my money on. I want to travel more. To obvious places, to tough places. I want to travel to learn. I’ve met locals, tourists and travellers. There is a big difference between travellers and tourists.
This story is about two travellers and very young ones from Germany. I was staying in this really cheap yet very decent hostel in Cape Town called The Backpack. I was greeted with some really big smiles. I entered my room and saw two people snoring away to glory. I walked in trying to be as quite as possible. It didn’t work.
“Hey bro! I am Flo and she is my sister Sabina” – The guy said in his sleepy voice. Thank god he mentioned it before I got other ideas. I introduced myself and asked them if they wanted to party?
One thing about Sabina – She would always say NO in the beginning for everything and Flo would be up for anything. Our first night we went out to party on Long Street. The best place to hang out and have a good time in South Africa. We played some ice breaking games and made a fool out of ourselves several times.
*Cutting straight to the point*
Sabina was 19 years old and her elder brother was 23 and they both were travelling together. Staying in hostels, doing safaris, spending their nights in tree houses, climbing mountains etc.
This is where I thought our culture needs a change. How often do we see desi siblings travelling together? Apart from family holidays? I am sure no desi parent would allow a 19-year-old girl to take a break for a year from her studies and travel the world.
Now telling you a little bit about Flo – This guy was not only up for anything but also very flamboyant. When I was leaving for South Africa a lot of people told me – be very careful at night, it’s not safe, you might get mugged and stuff. This happened with him. He got robbed the night before I landed. In this situation most of us would not go out or walk on the same streets, he did that. He was like it happens and it can happen anywhere in the world.
What I am trying to say here is – Desi Parents should allow their kids to travel alone. Let them learn about other cultures and way of living, let them meet people who speak different languages, let them learn things the hard way. Trust me, I am very lucky to have a mom who allowed me to do all of the above. Make them street smart, let them see a different perspective of life. Watch the video for more on Flo and Sabina.
For more watch the video. Happy Travels.
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