I am born and brought in Mumbai. However, I started exploring my city only when I turned 21. In college, I was sent on assignments to places I never knew existed.
I studied Journalism from some of the best media professionals. Jerry Pinto, our teacher who is a renowned writer, author and poet requested us to travel in the second class compartment of a local train. He suggested to leave our earphones and phone aside and observe people. I followed his advice for some time. I remember one of the very first pictures with my own semi-DSLR was clicked in the local train.
As I began working, I was guilty of travelling by first class in the local train. Gradually everything moved around my ‘comfort.’
When was the last time you did something outside your comfort zone? Something apart from your job profile. Don’t get me wrong. I have immense respect for people who follow their passion with a full-time job. To me, it is even more difficult to balance the two together and excel in both.
I have been having a lot of mood swings lately. I have not written for the longest time. I ask myself why should I blog?
As a travel blogger, I think I need to be true to my readers. I do not want to share exotic pictures with you all the time when I have been dogging with so many questions in my mind.
The income is not steady, and my bank balance has dropped like never before. At times I feel, where will the money come for my next travel?
However, instead of worrying and being unproductive I can explore my own city. Call it backyard tourism. Based out of my experiences here are some tips on how you can travel within your own city.
Some ideas on how to travel in your own city
- Make a list of places you would like to travel in your city.
- Visit your old school or college and see the memories that flash.
- Join a city walking tour or a food tour.
- Go cycling in your city.
- People watch
- Plant a tree and see it growing every day
- See the sunrise or the sunset
- Visit the libraries
- Dig down the history or architecture and start documenting your stories.
- Go and visit a slum
- Keep walking
- Take your camera and keep walking
The man and the door. Byculla, Mumbai
There are plenty of things to do in your own city. Money is never the problem. After ignoring and taking my own backyard for granted, I am on a mission to explore my city. Mumbai is an emotion after all.