“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea and music in its roar;
I love not man the less, but Nature more.”
As funnily filmy as it sounds, these lines did change her world upside down. Priyanka Goel was stuck in a 9-6 corporate job when one day after four years, she called it quits. She realised that she became an unhappy person who is mostly nagging and couldn’t explore many other avenues while having a regular HR job. One fine day, she chose to watch ‘INTO THE WILD’ and was drawn to those lines by Lord Byron like a moth to a flame.
Priyanka remembers vividly her first ‘real’ trip to Binsar, Uttarakhand in 2012 wherein she lay under a sky full of stars on cold green grass and felt, for the first time, like she’s a small but elemental part of this grand universe. It was her ‘interstellar’ moment, as she quotes.
Always aspiring to do something different and meaningful in life, Priyanka has now started photographing her travel trips. The quiet of the place, sound of the river passing by, birds chirping, star gazing, watching sunsets, seeing and clicking all this beauty in her camera, all such things give immense pleasure to her. Travel gives her constant motivation to achieve more in life and helps her excel at what she does.
Not a full-time traveller yet, but she tries to escape as often as she can. Priyanka is also a fashion stylist and tries to take assignments that allow her to travel for long periods. For example, she was an assistant photographer on Kedarkantha and Animal Pass treks last year, was a costume designer for an international movie shot in Dharamkot for a month alongside covering multiple destination weddings through her camera.
Initially, her travel escapades weren’t approved by her mother as she called them ‘lifestyle issues’ but now she has come to terms with it and understands that this is Priyanka’s way of life and nothing can stop her from doing this.
Longing to travel solo for some time now, Priyanka usually prefers travelling in small groups of two or three people who she is close to. However, she absolutely loves the idea of meeting new people from all over the world.
Few must-visit destinations according to her are –
Pin Valley, Spiti
Nubra Valley, Ladakh
Parashar Lake, Himachal Pradesh
Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh
Bir-Billing, Himachal Pradesh
While she travels and stays outdoors a lot, she makes sure to carry a few imperatives, like – a travel kit, medical emergency kit, high SPF sunscreen, Glucon D/Tang, a Swiss knife and energy bars or light snacks. She has travelled to multiple cities in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra and made an international trip to Thailand but never without her ‘must-carry’ things, she mentions.
She shares with us that travelling has made her very particular about her health and fitness. She had been tested several times in the mountains, at high altitudes and other places. Thus, she realised that she can experience the beauty around only if she is fit and physically strong.
Priyanka tells us that she likes to travel for happiness and positivity as she herself aims to be remembered as a simple, happy person. She feels that she has only begun and has miles to go before she sleeps.
Words by Aishwarya Choudhary
Images by ©Priyanka Goel
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