Gautam’s pursuit of a fitness bucket list had him travel and trek religiously for the past eleven months. He has been doing the same on weekends and hasn’t missed a single weekend from his first trip since October last year.
For this serial traveler and trekker, it’s a clear set schedule. If the weekend holidays are for three days, he travels and if it’s for two, he treks.
His bucket list has been an epitome of self-inspiration. An inspiration born out of his love for fitness.
He shares incidences where he has seen old people waiting for help and assistance. It’s a kind of a dependent life that Gautam doesn’t want to live. He believes that an initiative taken towards fitness today is a step towards a healthier and better tomorrow.
On his travel expeditions, he has covered the states of Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu exploring destinations like Hampi, Badami, Gandikota, Vijayapur, Aurangabad, Khajuraho.
His trekking took him to places like Devkund, Mohangad, the Ralling Pathar, the Varanda Ghat, the Tail bail and Lingana where he has flexed his muscles through rock-climbing.
He has trekked to Sudhagad, the Sarasgad Fort, Harishchandragad, the Tandulwadi Fort in Saphale, Asherigad, Gorakhgad, Irshalgad, Dhak Bhairi, Kunjargad, Mrugagad, Alang Madan Kulang, Siddhagad, Kaldurg, the Peb fort, Kalavantin, Prabalgad, the Rajmachi and the Chanderi Fort.
The bucket lister narrates of places where he had some memorable experiences. He speaks of the Jejuri temple where all he witnessed was turmeric, scattered all around. A trek to the Kohoj Fort led him to a heart-shaped Pazhar Lake. He even trekked to the Karnala Fort which is also a Bird Sanctuary.
He has even trekked through the Sandhan Valley which is also known as the Valley of Shadows because at certain intervals the gap between rocks is less than three feet. This doesn’t allow much sunlight to get through.
Now, it may seem to many that such frequent trips might have proved to be painfully expensive for Gautam. But, a fascinating aspect of his trips is that all of them were done on a shoe-string budget and in a pair of shoes which Gautam himself had designed. Gautam has traveled to Andhra Pradesh and witnessed the Grand Canyon of India and the Belum Caves, which is the second largest cave in India, and all of it under Rs. 960.
For his fitness bucket list, Gautam has even run marathons barefooted. One where he completed 10 kilometers in a 56-minute time-frame and the other, an 11 km run in 65-minutes.
Gautam accepts that financing all of his trips, travel, and treks have been quite difficult. But this bucket lister made sure to find a solution for it. Gautam started organizing public events through his Facebook page Trekraw where he took companions and adventure enthusiasts along. Often he had to visit particular places more than once because of the same events. Whatever he had made out of it has financed his trips all this while.
“Travelling and trekking is not easy and it gets lonely at times. Rarely do you find a company or a like-minded person to travel or trek with you.”
For travel and trek enthusiasts, Gautam has just one advice for you, “Don’t expect anything. Just Get Set and Go, for the journey is important and not the destination.”
Gautam encourages in researching about a location before visiting it. However, what he does not encourage is gathering too much information. The bucket lister feels that once someone knows too much about a place, the element of surprise, the excitement fades away. He believes in niches instead of cliches.
“Invest in travel, save money from hospitals.” – Gautam
Passion has no limitation. A little bit of focus and a will to go on is all it takes to accomplish a bucket list. If you have bucket lists ideas in mind that could inspire others like our bucket lister Gautam Vaishnav, you can add it here. And if you have accomplished them yourself? Well, you are about to Get Featured!