“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.”– Ibn Battuta.
According to Misab, travelling is something that keeps me going. It just makes me thrilled to imagine exploring forests, crossing rivers, and hiking up hills. People who travel become better versions of themselves. You develop into a more approachable, outgoing, and fantastic person as you expand your knowledge of the world and the people that inhabit it, push your limits, and attempt new things.
Hello, my name is Misab Mm, and I’m from Kerala. I’m 20 years old, an explorer, traveller, and student. I’m studying geology for my BSc at National College Trichy in Tamil Nadu. Well, along with my own name, I would like to introduce you all to my scooter, named Vellakkomban, which means “white horn.”
•Misab and his travel history
My trip began when I turned 18 and got my driver’s license. I travel to little towns and unknown locations. The locals greet me and provide me with food and shelter. It enables me to encounter various clients and cultural diversity.
And the family support I got is commendable. They gave me full freedom and blessed me for my journey.
Kerala, Karnataka, Delhi, UP, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajashthan, Delhi, UP, Haryana, Punjab, Jammu Kashmir, Ladakh, and Chandigarh were some of the destinations I travelled to. I should add that I travelled near the China-India and India-Pakistan borders. In 7 months, I travelled 135,000 kilometres. However, the expense of my travel to these locations was between 60-70K.
I’m going to Nepal, Bhutan, and the northeastern region of India next
•Vellakkomban-my best buddy
I invested my personal savings when I was 17 to purchase a Bajaj Chetak scooter. I redesigned it to give it a fresh look. I became more confident as I became more accustomed to its workings. In addition to accompanying me on my travels, my 27-year-old friend also witnessed both my happy and terrible days.
•A few proud moments:
I’m honoured to be the youngest person to go from Kerala to Kashmir on a motorcycle at the age of 18, as well as the first person to travel from a vehicle with less than 150 cc to the Umlingla Pass, which is located at 19,300 feet.
•How did I take care of my expenses?
Misab worked at various locations, such as catering services, daily wage jobs, construction jobs, pet sales, etc., to earn and save money for me to travel, since I didn’t want to stress my parents by asking them for money. Another method I use to make money is through Instagram.
I ventured out of my comfort zone by travelling. As a result of being able to try out new versions of myself without having to worry about what others at home might think, I was able to discover who I was as a person. Travel has taught me that everything will work out in the end and that there is no need to worry, so I more relaxed now.
Misab want to urge anyone reading this to not give up on their aspirations just because they lack financial means. If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. Simply set off on your adventure using what you have.