Monsoon is the time of fresh start and rejuvenation, of lush green and game of clouds. And August - September marks the same season. The cotton candy clouds change into white monsters that fill up the whole sky and covers every space mostly. The villages are all green with dense vegetation all around and trees bear greener leaves with no patch of dust anywhere. It is therefore, in this months of August and September that many a traveler comes to see the Valley in whole different light.
It is a wrong notion that hiking isn't possible in monsoon. In Parvati valley , the trails might be muddy but they are beautiful none the less. The greener landscape makes up for forest walk a soothing experience. The clouds play hide and seek with the forest, as you can see in the above picture. This forest also known as fairy forest looks like a whole different dimension due to the monsoon clouds. Himalayan trails do not have leeches , which is a perfect excuse to hike through the clouds and forest here.
Dust which is generally abundant settles down in monsoon , which clean air and clear views. Homes look wonderful and the backgrounds make up for a ethereal setting. It does not rain through out the day , contrary to mass belief. In Parvati valley generally showers are heavy and spans for couple of hours , then the clouds just hold up settled in the mountain slopes. It gives us ample time to sit outside , play your music and enjoy this nature which can be only found in this valley. And if it rains at all , even sitting inside our hostel or homestay , sipping in coffee makes up for a good experience.
The monsoon means birth , and with the flowers , August September marks the season of apples and pears. It can be found everywhere , in every field and corner. While a lot of our time goes in picking apples from the orchards , you are spoil for choices as you try to pick the most delicious one. The fresh food makes up for our breakfast and snacks, and truly this is the secret of such a healthy body and mind, of people, who live in the valley.
Some of the most beautiful landscapes can easily be found in Parvati valley , the monsoon and its magic adds up to something more magical scenarios. The veil of clouds with fresh farm and dense forest makes up for views you can just sit and watch throughout the day. Since pollution is less , only clouds form the landscape veil, not smog or fog! With time to time , the sky also clears up, and some beautiful lights fall on the far off mountain ranges , giving us joy and a colorful evenings.
Hence, August September marks a good time to avoid the rush and see some magical landscapes of the valley , and it does not only mean monsoon and heavy rains, it means mixture of everything that is beautiful and paradise like.
A small weekend trip in August September here in Parvati valley will ensure you see all this with your eyes. Let me know if you are planning, so that I can guide you to see all the views in the pictures I clicked. Hope to see you soon in the valley.
I am considering that if you are reading this , you are either fresh out of school or going through college and have a dream to see the farthest corners of the world. Your friends partying in same old pubs and smoking parlors doesn't make much sense to you , and you find happiness in discovering a old heritage eatery , rather than going for shopping. If this description almost suits you , but you have not much idea how to begin the process of living your dream life , this post is definitely for you.
Here I have synthesized a list of seven super cool professions , that is most suited for students who want to travel the world and beat the conventional work options. Mind it , this professions are only for those who find content in uncertain adventures and want to live a life beyond the comfort zone. Also , all of the following professions are more practical in outlook than theoretical , so you need a lot of passion to shine in the field. Moreover . being very unconventional choices this industries are less competitive and not yet saturated like Engineering or Medicines.
So if you are just ending your school and not sure about what you might just want to do or study in college , this list is going to help you. And for those who are already in college , I urge you , its always best to change the road NOW than to regret far later. So if your current college course doesn't make any sense , change and take up any of the profession listed below for a life where you get to travel a LOT and for FREE , WHILE EARNING MONEY !
Lastly , I have compiled a basic brief on every profession and how is it like to be in that field. For detailed information about which college to apply for, or how to go about the procedure , you can always message me and my consultations are free as long as you treat me with a Ice cream when we meet.
1 . CHEF
One of the most glamorous profession of our times , a good Chef is in demand throughout the world , always. Work load is high in the fresher years as you learn the tricks of the trade , but as some time passes , not only you get to taste the luxury of the hospitality industry , but also you can leverage your professional skill for a work in any part of the world.
You can do a part time chef course ( Diploma ) from any hospitality university or hotel management school , or better go for a full time degree. A lot of good chefs after two years in the industry, get a chance to go on cruises over the Atlantic or Pacific, visiting countries and destinations that you dream of. So if cooking comes natural to you , I recommend you this!
2. Cinematography / Video-graph er & Editing.
All the travel documentaries or adventure movies that we see , depends on the team of amazing videographers and cinematographers that work in it. Needless to say , that had to go to those wild and extreme places to get those shots. Hence , this is a very useful profession to get yourself a degree or diploma in. A lot of good media schools are coming up where you will find the best options to start your mark, on this one. Editing skills on computer is a hard skill to learn , however , now a days , its compulsory for a videographer to learn the basics of it. With a good camera knowledge and editing skill you can leverage your skill to get free stays while you travel at most of exquisite and expensive destinations easily.
3 . TOUR GUIDE
This is the profession , I can vouch and tell most about , since this is what I do. A tour guide is not only a random local guy who takes you around a monument, but someone who shapes a whole vacation and tour experience for people. A Good Tour Guide is always in demand by Travel and Tour companies for rendering the best services to their clients. To put it in words , a tour guide is paid to Travel ! What more could you ask for. The initial days are hard with work on and off , but as your services get popular , you are even invited to work in different countries for premier high class clients. All of this is a reality since , I am living it. To start a career in tour guide , get yourself a course in travel and tourism college. A degree with good human communication and interpersonal skills is required if you want to make a name for yourself.
Another hot profession from the hospitality industry , bar tending jobs are one of the coolest in the world. Not only are you, the heart of the grand parties , but every one wants to be your friend obviously. You seem to have magic in your hands and you are paid well to have a great time. Same as Chefs , you can work in luxury cruises or big party destinations such as Thailand , Bali , Ibiza or summer party festivals all over the world. Alcohols are free , music is free , entry to best festivals are free and over it you get paid for it ! Sounds alluring ? there is a variety of bar tending school throughout to get yourself a degree and a diploma to start your journey!
A naturalist is someone who is an expert tour guide only for specific regions with vast amount of knowledge in its field. Naturalist mostly work for expedition companies or wildlife sighting tours. A naturalist might be expert on Tigers and work for big luxury jungle resorts or they can also be expert on Arctic weather and work for cruises that ply to Antarctica. Naturalist is the hardest of all the profession mentioned here. There is no direct course to become a naturalist, but ways to become one. You need to be an expert in geology or oceanology , or an expert on wildlife by studying zoology or attaining a research. Once you are an expert you are open to submit your knowledge to find a work in expeditions. Best suited for people who would love to work with animals and wildlife, or extreme earth conditions such as polar regions or dense forests of Amazon or African wilds.
Though it is hardest to build a profession as, yet , they are the most likely to work as direct employees for big companies such as Discovery and National Geographic.
One of the most saturated profession in the modern times, photography has its own glamour and high demand in every business and life styles. Even though saturation is high , work options are always in demand. Getting a degree or diploma in photography will help you an easy access to media industry. There are so many different choices of field in photography itself which you can master and make a name for yourself. If you are keen on travel and documenting or journalism , you must master street photography. If you like glamour , you can become a fashion and wedding photographer. If adventure is your call , landscape and wildlife is your niche to go to. Whatever field you choose , travel comes alongside with it all. A lot of you might be good with camera and call yourself an amateur photographer, but to work full time and make a brand for yourself a degree in this field is essential if not mandatory. A good photography school will not only help you with knowledge and technicality , but being mentored by right successful photographers help in networking and giving you a head start in this competitive profession. So try out for a photography school or media university to start on this.
7. Adventure Professional
This is again where I started my journey with after college. I had no idea about it 8 years back when I started, since this was just coming up. Today Adventure industry constitutes a major part of the booming travel and tourism sector, and has the most potential future growth. Having a adventure industry experience for me means , I will never go out of jobs since there are very less competition in it. So if extreme adventure is your calling , then becoming an adventure professional will be your blessing. Adventure professionals can be categorized in three fields , air , water , and land.
Air adventures consists of knowledge and courses on sky diving , para sailing or para gliding.
Water adventures consist of snorkeling , rafting or scuba or other water sports.,
Land adventures consist of mountaineering , trekking and hiking.
You have different adventure schools from where you need to get yourself a degree , since adventure is a high risk industry, most big adventure brands is likely to prefer candidates with a solid degree and proof of know how , in the field they are applying for. I can definitely guide you if any of you are highly interested in making a life outdoors. The perks of this profession is amazing lifestyle , a home in exotic places of the world and making a huge amount of fan and followers through your work. So if you have an inclination and want to start on this path or any of the above and need practical guidance and advice, don't hesitate to message me!
Lastly , when I was young and just out of school and through college , I rarely had anyone to know about this options and choices. Fortunately I always paid heed to my instincts and heart, and with my passion and hard work, I am a successful travel professional today. It is our duty to help any one of you , who might be going through same stress and anxiety of finding a right next step.
Life is an amazing thing and it gets better like wine as you grow older , and your adventure starts today , so push off those stress from less marks and entrance exams , there is a whole world of Travel waiting for you , and you can make a living out of it ! I am mostly available on my Instagram or Facebook to any of you who would require a help to start a profession from one of above.
" Travel made me rich and free. Magic and miracles are true , once you wander on the roads to places different and divine. Sharing you all those memories and stories , and wishing you all , that someday you guys travel far and wide too. I am not a great writer , so ignore my grammar and spellings, read it with feelings, and you might just be affected with the wanderlust "