Rishi Sankar: Ah Trini Travelogue

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Why do I travel? Here’s 11 reasons why …

We all have reasons for traveling. I’m always questioning the rationale of why I travel. Personally, it is for one or a combination of a multitude of reasons, which include

1. I’m a lost soul, trying to figure out why I like many things and have many interests but yet I have no one overwhelming, overarching, singular passion

2. I like to eat. Differently. All the time.

3. I love photography, but I am too lazy to be great at it. However, I have a secret: taking average shots set in various locales in the world, makes you appear to be a good photographer.

4. I am jealous of everything I am not. For example, I would like to learn to dance well but I have too much ego to suck donkey stones and look like an ass in public, yet I am jealous of great dancers.

5. When I travel alone, I truly feel like I am the captain of my destiny (if just for a couple weeks) and there aren’t the day to day expectations of growing up, clocking in, replying to work e-mails, checking the Blackberry or actually planning for your retirement.

6. I love challenges. Nothing tests your “cojones” like buying a ticket at random, getting on a plane to somewhere that no one speaks your native language and actually trying to “make the experience”. If the trip results in something extraordinary, it’s because I did it. Alternatively if it sucks, it’s because I didn’t plan, speak to the right people, didn’t smile at a waitress or just didn’t do something right!

7. I love sports on TV too much. It makes me lazy. I’m also cheap(-ish) when it comes to entertainment. I have found that observing people on the road is incredibly cheap yet insightful entertainment.

8. As a Trinidadian, I speak English … Trini English! Yet I find that having a conversation through hand motions, nods, guffaws and humming as well as the use of singular words incredibly satisfying when both parties actually understood each other in the end.

9. I want to be a better person, better friend, better brother, better son and better mate … not the best, just better. Best is subjective and somewhat impossible, better is achievable and less subjective.

10. I’m not religious, but traveling is a somewhat spiritual journey and process for me. I see everything clearer and with more perspective after every place I see. Every place I have been has enriched me in a way that nothing else can reproduce or recreate.

11.Defying logic. Everything that has brought me the most happiness in life has been illogical. Love, travel and expensive rum & scotch are all illogical at heart. They involve illogical expenditure of resources, for little material gain. Fuck logic!


No Responses Yet to “Why do I travel? Here’s 11 reasons why …”

  1. Beth said

    I take it you had one too many pitchers of Sangria (I mean felt like philosophise’ing:-)) last night?;-)

  2. The white gal said

    Hummm….out of curiosity, I would love you to further explain how travel is making you a better mate/friend/person.
    since love is illogical and you want to “fuck logic”, why do you stuggle with it all so much?

    For the most part, this article seems like you are trying to convince yourself of things you aren’t convinced of yet.

    Just my thoughts on it…


  3. Kandy said

    Just came across you travelogue. Just wanna say……..You are my hero. Absolutely incredible. Your experiences have been so varied and totally hilarious. I love to travel and would like to do more of it but you know all that “stuff” …..work, commitments and other crap get in the way. What’s your secret? how do ‘Just do it’?

    • Rishi said

      Well in terms of how I do it …. well just sacrifice and some life decisions to make it happen, including choice of job and study.
      There are personal choices to be made when you choose to travel so much… if you want specific answers, feel free to email me

  4. Leandra said

    Hey Rishi,

    I am presently living in Brasil and I was googling how much it would cost to go to the Christo via taxi and stumbled upon your blog. Very interesting! I like how you write!


  5. Leandra said

    Hey Rishi,

    I am presently living in Brasil and I was googling how much it would cost to go to the Christo via taxi and stumbled upon your blog. Very interesting! I like how you write! Oh and I’m also a Trini!


  6. Enjoyed the blog post!

  7. These are very good reasons! In fact any reason to travel is a good reason in my opinion 🙂 Lovely blog! Thanks for connecting with us on Twitter, Rishi! Keep up the great work and travel safe!

  8. Nathan Pritchard said

    Great list. Absolutely agree with #3. We’ve had a few photo contents at work, and I’ve had 5 pictures picked to be printed in large format and hung on the walls (out of about 60 total). When people ask my secret, I tell them to go to beautiful places and take lots and lots of pictures!

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