Aircraft aviator Hugh Glass and his writer wife, Grace Dove recently quit their jobs for the love of globetrotting. Life has become awesome ever since, says the young couple.
Glass, who was working with an India-based private airline reveals how he was fed up of the stench of food the company served. “It defied the saneness of my taste buds. A number of times I almost threw up” says the aviator.
The airline food defied the sanity of my taste buds. A number of times I almost threw up.
His wife, on the other hand, was working with an IT giant that handed her a bagful of peanut skins at the end of every month. “We could survive if we even had the peanuts. We could have sold them and made some money. But, who’d buy skins?” Dover laments.
We could survive if we even had the peanuts. We could have sold them and made some money. But, who’d buy skins?
Although belonging to different lines of work, the couple had one thing in common – a vague idea about ‘travel.’ While Glass kept flying from one place to another without actually making it any beyond the airports, his wife often hopped locations on corporate tours never seeing the daylight beyond the board meeting rooms.
However, both were prompt in updating their Facebook statuses and posting pictures on Instagram with all possible hashtags, lest the perfection of their life was questioned.
Both were prompt in updating their Facebook statuses and posting pictures on Instagram, lest the perfection of their life was questioned.
But enough was enough. One day, their patience was tested too far when the Indian CEO of Glass’s company, deemed a ‘willful defaulter’ by the country’s government and accused of money laundering, sacked the 32-year old aviator.
The entire financial burden now being dumped on his wife’s shoulder, she turned to her company hoping for some help and demanded an increment of two more bags full of peanut skins. Her demand was immediately responded with one bagful of peanut shells this time.
Glass was sacked and Dove got peanut shells as her increment.
Not being able to stand the injustice, the duo gave up their jobs and decided to explore their long-subdued urge to see the world. Thus began an inspiring journey of two souls bitter with the mundane life and looking forward to making some great, golden memories.
“The initial days were extremely difficult,” recollects Grace Dove. “We didn’t have much money and couldn’t afford a hotel stay every time. So, we wanted to start with India first. At least in the worst case, we could sleep and beg on the streets of the country. We had already heard so much about the country. The stories of those small time Indian beggars-turned-millionaires are very popular in our country.”
“In India, we could sleep and beg on the streets. We had already heard so much about the country. The stories of those small time Indian beggars-turned-millionaires are very popular.”
Her husband quips, “My only concern was some rich, drunk brat running us over with his car in the dark of the night. You know, even if we survived and knocked the doors of the law, there was no way we stood a chance to win the case.”
“If some rich, drunk brat ran us over with his car and even if we survived, there was no way we could hope for justice.”
However, despite all the hardships, the duo set forth to chase their dream and finally landed in India. “Because we started with Delhi, we immediately hired a horse to travel around. What if all odd or even numbered cars decided not to show up on a certain day? There would be no means of transport. So, we thought it is better not to take a risk.”
“We hired a horse so that we could travel in Delhi without the odd-even drama ruining our travel plans.”
Kolkata was on their itinerary next. “Because we didn’t know the routes and were already running out of money to even pay for mobile Internet, we were heavily reliant on the free Wi-Fi available. But, after a few minutes of use, the signals started troubling.”
“Thankfully, a girl wearing a pixie haircut immediately came to our rescue. She asked us to participate in a certain challenge by a certain telecom company and promised to get our bills paid for a lifetime if we won. We did and till this point of time, we have not paid a single phone bill by ourselves!”
“A girl in a pixie haircut asked us to participate in a telecom company’s challenge. She promised to get our bills paid for a lifetime if we won. We did and till today, we have not paid a single phone bill by ourselves.”
The couple has travelled across the country and seen almost every corner of it. From the greens of the northeast to the deserts of Rajasthan, from the gurgling waters of Kanyakumari to the snow in Kashmir – they have seen it all.
“The only thing that we found strange was that we didn’t see a single Indian. Everywhere we went, we met people who were Punjabis, Gujaratis, Marathis, Bengalis, Assamese, Tamilians, Malayalis, Konkanis, Biharis, Jharkhandis, Odias, Khasis, Nagas, Manipuris, Mizos, Tripuris, and what not!”
“We met people who were Punjabis, Gujaratis, Marathis, Bengalis, Assamese, Tamilians, Malayalis, Konkanis, Biharis, Jharkhandis, Odias, Khasis, Nagas, Manipuris, Mizos, and Tripuris. We didn’t meet a single Indian.”
The country has been very welcoming nevertheless, reveal the couple globetrotters. As of now, the duo is trying to improve their situation by imparting sex education in different schools. The media is already byte-hungry about their endeavour, they say. “This is a first-of-its-kind attempt by any foreigner in the country till date, given the censor-heavy syllabuses that are proposed.”
“Financial instability is always there. But, it no longer bothers us. The moment we witness a scenic beauty somewhere in the country, we shout out a WOW and forget all our worries, hunger, and hardship.”
“The moment we witness a scenic beauty somewhere in the country, we shout out a WOW and forget all our worries, hunger, and hardship.”
Kudos to this adorable couple! They say they found their motivation in the many travel blogs that mention how important it is to quit jobs and travel to gain wisdom. We wish them all the luck and look forward to hearing more travel tales from them in the future.