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Travel Prep

The whole process of traveling can be divided into many phases, the most important of which are listed below:

1. Initial Planning: This involves arranging for all the physical travel, arranging for accommodation and plenty of other logistics. Probably the most important component since your entire trip depends on it. This requires browsing through tons of sites out there to look for the best deals, and actively inquiring with other people where they stayed, whether they would suggest something different.

2. Knowing the place: What are all the places to see over there, what interesting events happened over there in history, digging the place on wikitravel and reading other travel logs. This is a much more solitary activity as compared to the first one, you go through the time line and visit that place while sitting in front of your computer screen. You do ask people which places to go, and value their feedback but it is something that is very subjective. Someone who is interested in historical monuments will not tell you about myriad of other adventurous things to do, and someone who is a night animal will completely forget about various day activities.

3. Navigation: Once you are at that place, you can save yourself a lot of time if there is someone with you with a good sense of direction. This problem, I think, has now been mitigated by the arrival of Smartphones and GPS based apps but if you do not have them, it can become pretty difficult to navigate in a new area. Saurabh once told me how there are cultural differences in terms of asking someone for directions, while in India, almost all the navigation relies on human GPS, people in US are much more reluctant on asking and being asked.

I am ridiculous in points 1 and 3. The reason for 1 being there is always someone better to do that part for me i.e Rahul in Europe, Priyank/Saloni in Bangalore, Malik in Singapore. So I have never really tried it. And I just cannot remember directions! I am, somehow, always able to lose my way. I need to get an Iphone/Galaxy II soon.

I consider myself good in 2. Not great, but I can be your interactive, informative guide who loves to explain stuff and hear ‘ooohh’ from you. 🙂

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Nomenclature

It took me a good 30 minutes to come up with a name of this blog. So, in the first post, I am going to describe the thought process that went into choosing  a name (no wonder, there are books written for naming your baby):

“I want to have a travel blog, where I can write about places I have already visited and my future plans for a backpacking trip in Europe/Australia. That’s easy, just make one in WordPress. What should I name it? How about a simple travelog. Heck! it is already taken, what was I even thinking. Well, the blog title should contain three main important labels: it should be about travel, it should be a log, it should contain little personalization of some sort. What about traveldiary then? taken, obviously. Let’s check for various thesaurus options for log: account, book, register, tally. hmph. plenty of options I could use. Let’s think something about travel part. traveltally? travelregister? travelaccount? naah, they sound too un-cool. May be I should look beyond travel. How about voyage. Let’s check bonvoyage. Taken. How about transliteration in Hindi then? Safarnama? Naah. I want something in English only. Thesaurus entries for travel: wanderlust, trekking, tour, transit. The last one is exciting. I could have a transit count in one pane of the blog, which would denote number of times I have crossed a border. Ok, transit settled then. Transittally? Naah. Lets think about it later. What about the personalization part. I am a disorganized traveler, I never plan my trips, there is always someone else who does that for me. My strong point is doing a field work for that city, reading wiki, wiki travel, blogs about that place. I am a reader who is traveling. hmph. That is an interesting theme. So Reader + Transit + log. I have a kindle now, and the formats I use in it are mobi and epub. May be I can leverage reader and log into a file extension epub. how about transitepub? Naah. epub is too visible. etransitpub? This sounds cool. Let’s check for it. Ah! got it.”

Not a very cool story, but I liked the whole arbit thought process that went into it.

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