A soul of a wanderer finds peace in nothing but traveling, exploring, and adventuring. The mastermind behind the incredible fitness, travel, and lifestyle blog, MacroTraveller, Nivedith Gajapathy, describes himself as the one who has wandering feet. “The wandering feet collaborate with my wanderlust soul, that desires to explore new places, that loves to taste new cuisines, and that finds solace in taking pictures,” he says.
Been traveled to 30 countries and 23 states in India, Nivedith Gajapathy is associated with several tourism boards, such as Austria Tourism, Sharjah Tourism, Singapore Tourism, Taiwan Tourism, Mauritius Tourism, Turkey Tourism, Srilanka Tourism, and Madhya Pradesh Tourism, to name a few. Recognized as one of India’s Top 10 Travel influencers, Nivedith has earned several accolades for his determined work. He received the Best Hotel Coverage Award by Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA) and the Best Lifestyle Blogger 2017 by Social Samosa and Better Homes & Gardens, India.
Nivedith Gajapathy explains that traveling is the time when he feels connected to himself. “It is the only time when I want to run down the streets and explore pristine running trails. Where I want to discover who I am, who I can be in a new place,” he says.
Traveling, though, has always been under-regarded. The stereotype that your twenties is the time for traveling has certainly led to great chaos. There are people who either jump on that bandwagon or hate on it. Some people go the extra mile to satisfy their wanderlust, and some people avidly argue that traveling isn’t everything. Yet, for Nivedith, traveling is a mix of both things. “You don’t have to travel to live this fulfilled, inspired life. But you have to leave what you’ve always known. Because that’s the only way you grow,” he says.
In the mid-twenties, people are either traveling or juggling to settle into their adult lives. People are either reckless for throwing money into a trip or too rigid for starting your full-time career right away. Yet, for Nivedith Gajapathy, traveling is not about going on this across-the-world adventure that costs thousands of bucks. “In fact, it’s as simple as making a trip to a new town, a new city, a sliver of the realm that you haven’t yet explored. After all, traveling is all about setting yourself free. It’s allowing yourself to be molded, shaped, transformed by a place that isn’t your home. It’s seeing that the world is so limitless, so inviting, beyond what you’ve always known,” he says.
Nivedith explains that traveling teaches you about the world, but maybe even more importantly, it teaches you about yourself. “Your strengths, your boundaries, your tolerance, your street-smarts, your capacity to think on your feet, your empathy, your appreciation for others, your openness, your self-esteem, and your connectedness with what’s around you, are all the wonders that traveling teaches you,” he says.
What is courageous than finding your true passion? It’s only when your miles from home that you discover what you miss, what ignites your spark, and what you believe in when no one’s around to hold you accountable. It doesn’t really matter where you go; it just matters that you do. Somewhere—even as close as the next town over—just to be in a new place and find who you can become when you’re surrounded by diverse experiences.
“The wandering feet and a wanderlust do not necessarily desire for huge, lavish excursions around the globe, but for a new town, new city, new state. I want to be in new places, taste new foods, meet new people, share new laughter, and capture it all in the lens of my camera. I want to witness parts of the world I have not explored yet; I want to discover who I can become when everyone and everything I’ve known isn’t right beside me. I don’t want to travel just because that’s what I’m ‘supposed to do’ as a 20-something. I don’t want to jump on the bandwagon of something I don’t believe in. I don’t want to throw tons of money at some pointless trip just to say I did it. I want to travel because, at the core of me, I crave to explore. And I need to find a new home, a new sense of self wherever I end up,” says Nivedith Gajapathy.