The SideHustle Lounge

The Art of Slow Travel

December 02, 2021 Bill Soroka Episode 34
The SideHustle Lounge
The Art of Slow Travel
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Episode 34: Not all those who wander are lost. 

Bhavana Gesota is an Indian American former technology professional, a self-taught artist, writer, thinker, and meditator. Her working life coupled with her own desire since she was a child to explore the world led her to living in nine countries, working in seven, and traveling to twenty-two more over five continents. What began as fast vacation travel eventually gave way to a love for slow travel.

What brought her to write this book is her firm belief that slow travel can be a real eye-opener to our very ideas of living through a deep and rich encounter with an unfamiliar culture. Slow travel, thus is not just external traveling but also leads to inner journeying. This book is a sum culmination of her own experiences and is meant to inspire and help you to dive into a journey of discovery—internal and external—and find your insights.

Apart from being a passionate advocate of slow travel, Bhavana is an avid food lover, finds cooking to be therapeutic, and considers food as medicine. She loves natural hot springs, engaging conversations over a cup of good coffee, watching sunsets in silence, long train journeys, playing with children, and has a particular weakness for dark bitter chocolate.

Despite a few attempts, she laments that she is to witness the Aurora Borealis in the Arctic sky. The time for that has not yet come.

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Blog Description:
If the road is calling you, maybe it's time to answer. Author Bhavana Gesota shares her insights from 25 years of what she calls, "Slow Travel." Hear what she's learned of herself and others on this cosmic walk through life, and learn of a whole new dimension of yourself. Even if the idea of global travel doesn't excite you, Bhavana shares how you can get similar value from experiencing your own city with a fresh perspective.

3:37   What is “Slow Down” travel? Slow down and take in where you are. Drop the list of to-do things and just soak in the atmosphere and get to feel the essence of the place rather than going from one to another, to the third, to the fourth and so on.
15:31   So again, there's this myth that if you go away for a long period of time, like six months or a year or two years, you won't be able to get back into your career. And I found that and proved that to myself, that that's not true. You can come back. And in fact, actually, when you do go on this type of a travel, it it's such an enriching experience that it adds several different life skills to your sort of portfolio. And if an employer does not appreciate that, you probably don't want to work for that employer.
16:47   Especially in the COVID times, more and more employers are absolutely open to the idea of letting people work remotely. Companies like Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn, they've already told the employees, you don't need to come back to office as long as you don't want to. There are many other professions, you know, like editors and writers and yoga teachers and so on, who can take their skills on the road and create an income stream while they're on the road.

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