Slow Travel in 2019
If I had to pick one travel resolution for 2019 it would be to travel s-l-o-w and slower than ever. And in the time-honoured tradition of new year resolutions, I did break it before the first week was up. In my defence, I was travelling in a blogger/photographer group (Ambassadors of Bodoland) on an ambitious schedule. We had a busy week exploring Bodoland (an autonomous territory in the north-east of India) and then I continued on a solo trip to Assam’s disappearing island Majuli. A trip rich with laughter, cultural immersions, elephants, bonfires, new friends and local rice beer brewed in imaginative ways. If you’ve been following my stories and posts on Instagram (@namita_nefarious), you’ve had a fun peek into these rather unexplored villages, and it’s been fun sharing that with you. More on these places in future blogposts.
I painted this with the idea of hanging it up in my living room in place of a clock. And so it stands, reminding me between all my time-chasing that there might be a way to live beyond the tyranny of deadlines and races. Like Swamini Vimalananda said to the Americans decades ago (though it applies just as well this side of the pond) – “In this country you wear your god on your wrist.” A god one hopes to dethrone for good someday. And as I like to remind people in my Yoga classes – Go no faster than you can feel.
There’s been a slow shift from the consumerism style of travel of collecting countries to immersive community-minded travel in lesser known pockets of the world where cellphones have nothing to do. Do you have any travel resolutions for 2019? Has your approach to travel shifted over the years or are there shifts you’d like to see? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or let me know in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you 🙂