The Journey of Kampur Travel Diaries – a personal account from Kamal on the experience so far

It will soon be ten months since we started this wonderful blog to record our travels and share the hidden gems of Kenya and the globe with all of you.  It has turned out to be an extremely wonderful and enriching journey.

As I travelled more, the experience of being in different places and situations (sometimes being forced to get way out of my comfort zone) made me realise that there is a lot more to life then just being in the board room closing deals in the corporate world.  This led me to quit my corporate job exactly 5 months ago.  The plan was to take a break to reenergise and re-find myself, and figure out a new life plan.  A very bold move I have since been told, but definitely the right one for me.  Not knowing what will come next has been scary, but it is slowly turning out to be the most important decision I have taken to re-connect with my soul.

It has definitely been a time not only for trying to figure out what I want to do, but also for reflection.  How has the last 5 months been?  Especially in terms of not having a set daily routine? The one thing I definitely don’t miss is having to wear a suit everyday.

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Loving the new uniform!!  Read about our Quad biking adventures, by clicking here

I would say that I have been very lucky and privileged to be in the fortunate position  to take a break and regain the energy that I once had during my youthful days (yes, age is now catching up….).  The break has given me time to figure out how I can turn my passions into a business: easier said than done, but more rewarding than I could have imagined.  It has also given my opportunities to travel to places I would have never previously gone to.

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Chilling out in the “Cuddle Puddle’ at the rustic Koros camp.  Click here to read about our trip there.  

 

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Feeling like a king at the top of Mt Ololokwe – the views from the top are out of this world and should be on everyone’s bucket list.  Read about our trip here
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Always chasing sunrises and sunsets and have been lucky to have witnessed some awesome ones in the wildest places.  This photo was taken in the Melako conservancy, where we were the only campers.  Read about our experiences here

As I live in the moment and continue to figure out this journey, I have found that sharing my travel experience with guests to some of the most remote places in Kenya, has been like coming home for me.

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Feels like home!! Read about the amazing Kitich camp here

I feel like slowly all the pieces of this life puzzle (and all the questions that are constantly in my mind) are falling into place.  Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely those days when I question whether I made the right decision and doubt myself,  but am grateful and lucky that I have a spouse who does not mince her words and shows me how this is the right path for me!!!

In the last 5 months, I have been able to take up new hobbies like learning photography to showcase our beautiful Kenya, enrolling for a South African wildlife guiding course and preparing for the professional guiding exams here in Kenya.  These are things that I never had time to do before.  In addition, the time has let me focus on how we can try and help those less financially fortunate than ourselves.

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Both the photography and guiding course have made my time in nature more fruitful!!
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The photography lessons provided a great tool in being able to capture beautiful memories.  This photo was taken in Naivasha – a great day trip out

In fact, the most rewarding time I have had is to see the joy and hope when we have been with the children (and their parents) that we are supporting at Sakardala Primary School in Northern Kenya.  You can read more about our school donation project here.

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Nothing compares to the smiles that these kids can bring to my face!!

Where the future lies for Kampur Travel Diaries, only time will tell.  But as I continue with my travels within Kenya and beyond, making memorable experiences for our guests, I know that there is no going back to the corporate grind.  It has been great to also get great feedback from my guests and they love that they are  ‘Traveling with a Cause’ as every time a guest travels with us, a percentage of the price paid goes into our school project fund to ensure the project is sustainable for the long term.

“The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate.”  O. Henry

 

 

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3 thoughts on “The Journey of Kampur Travel Diaries – a personal account from Kamal on the experience so far

  1. Indeed a brave move! I have been blogging for over 5 years now and even I am not brave enough to do what you have done…kudos to you and all the best for Kampur Travel Diaries…I am certainly enjoying seeing different parts of Kenya through your eyes!

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