Vedante, a 19-year-old guy from India. He has been travelling since childhood with family and took his first trip with friends when he was 15 years old. On his 18th birthday, he decided to travel solo outside of his country. Vedante has a passion for adventure sports, discovering new things in life and he loves the beach life. Vedante shared that his main goals in life are to inspire people to travel and discover new places.
What type of traveller would you say you are?
For most of my life, my interest was in luxury travel but that was until I got introduced to backpacking. Both are very different experiences and I am equally open to both.
What is the first trip you remember taking and how old were you?
I have been travelling a lot since childhood but the first trip which I did with friends was somewhere within India and I was 15 years old.
What is the one thing that you always carry inside your backpack?
My GoPro Hero 4 Silver. I never ever leave without it.
Do you prefer to travel alone or with someone? Why?
My first preference would be to travel with friends because I like to share my experiences with others but that is not always (mostly, in my case) possible so I just go solo. Although, I am never really alone even when I go solo.. I always end up meeting other travellers and hang out with them.
What is the one place that you would highly recommend others to travel to?
I always recommend people to travel to south east Asia. There is so much to see – rich cultures, beautiful landscape, amazing food and so much more! I personally loved Thailand and Vietnam and would recommend everyone to check out this amazing corner of the world.
What’s the worst place that you have stayed in for sleeping? What’s the best?
The worst place? Probably plane seats. I have stayed in many top end luxury hotels so it is hard for me to decide the best one, but the views from my room at The Khyber Himalayan Resort in Kashmir, India were breath taking.
Do you have any challenging and bad experience while travelling?
So far I haven’t had any bad experiences while traveling except for one when I lost my GoPro while cliff jumping in Chiang Mai Grand Canyon in Thailand. I lost a lot of footage and pictures of my travels because I was too careless to back them up. Other than that everything has been smooth sailing (and I hope it remains the same)!
But challenging experiences? Yes! I distinctly remember when my scooter ran out of petrol in the middle of Doi Inthanon National Park in Chiang Mai. I had to wait for a couple hours before anyone came to my aid and it started to get a bit cold as the sun went down. But hey, whats life without challenges?
If you were not travelling what would you be doing instead?
I would have been in college instead. I decided to take a gap year (then extended it by a few more months to travel more) as soon as I graduated out of high school to travel. But now since the travel bug has bitten me so I don’t think that even college can stop me from going on occasional trips. I won’t be able to travel as much as I am right now because of the schedule, but I am going to college in a different country so can’t complain.
Are you planning a new trip or do you already have a new trip in mind?
I am going to be in Australia in a couple of months for college. But before I start college I will be exploring some regions of Australia such as Sydney, Wollongong, and Brisbane.
Do you have any advice or tips for aspiring travellers?
The only advice I can give to aspiring travellers is to just go. These are the two words that inspired me to travel. So this is the only piece of advice I can give to anyone – just go, even if it’s somewhere within your city or far away to a different country.
The Lavish Nomad was started in April 2015 but Vedante started writing articles after a few months. Its original intention was to share his travel experiences on Instagram account but then later decided to start his own blog to share more than just pictures. The Lavish Nomad is an adventure and luxury travel blog where he writes about destinations, travel tips and a lot more. The main aim is to make it the ultimate source of information, tips, and inspiration for people who are looking to travel or who are already on the road.
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