Backpacker student vacation!
Came across a group of students planning out an exotic holiday to a far off land; before you jump to wrong conclusions let me say this that at the very outset – they are taking the backpacker route. So its hello hostels, homestays, cottages, dorm-style accommodation and so on.
Ah, the romance of it all – scrounging up the money and looking forward to the life of a wanderer, albeit with modern GPS satellite phones and more! However, going minus the gizmos would actually be the challenge and the best way to detox the cyber noise, though I admit, for a student, this is like going without oxygen.
Student groups have gone to as far off places as Kerala, in India; all planned with the help of (aptly named for India) holiday planners called Karma Kerala. The group I met were headed out to London to take in the Olympics atmosphere and walk around Oxford, Cambridge, Globe Theatre and so on. I counted three poets among them explaining their choices of places.
Backpacker travel is probably the best way to be for a student – a discovery trip that’s both a journey into places as well as into your own mind.