Slow travel in the mountains, a Himachali delicacy, and some silver linings.
This is amazing Ila. Very well written!!
After a long wait - it's been super worth it. Loved this. Your writing made me slow down - even my speed reading became easy and soft paced :) my first read.of 2022! :)
Thanks Ila, lovely read and refreshing perspective on the benefits and challenges in working from a remote, beautiful place.
Lovely, smooth read as always, Ila! I love how you have balanced the specific appeal of Ecolodge with the different aspects of slow travel. Makes for a wholesome essay!
I am now going to think long and hard about hill-stations and the possibility of working from there. xD
This is such a beautiful remembering of the mountains, Ila. I haven’t been to the mountains since 2019 and this really helps :D
I cannot imagine how would it be to sit and work near mountains or anything picturesque. I am so glad to see you are working at a place where this is possible.
I couldn’t care less about separation of work and personal leisure as long as we get peeks like this in your travels. I know, selfish. We all travel with you and it is creepy for you may be but I can assure you, for all the readers it is just beautiful, so thank you for that. I was about to ask for more photos but with words like the ones you choose, we'd be fine.
Last but most important - we all know you have to address the most important part of your trip someday….Yes, I am talking about shithead. Keep writing Ila and even if you don’t want to write at some point, I hope you continue travelling…always. Cheers!
Lovely. I liked how this piece touched on aspects that is not seen in a travel piece on the MSM. For instance, the necessary caveats around the need for discipline and routine. I can't imagine the will power it takes to keep your gaze on the screen instead of the peaks.
But I guess some of that is just conditioning, I suppose i.e. Unlike the locals, we - the city dwellers - have always associated the mountains with a more idyllic life. So it's a bit jarring as the tedium of work and routine creeps into the frame.
The question in my head then is whether I would want to get more of the mountains into my life and risk losing its idyllic charm or as you say, keep them separate.
Tough call - but it would be interesting to see how it pans out at your end.
Anyways, lovely piece. Please keep writing.
informative write up
Thanks for taking us through your trip Ila. Loved the picture you painted. :) Keep writing
This makes me want to head to the mountains right now. Lovely write up Ila.
Shithead!!! You've sent me down memory lane of days playing that totally underrated game in the hills 🤩
Such a lovely read Ila! Wish I read it sooner. And wow! I didn't know you wrote a few articles for Lonely Planet! That is super cool! :D
Will read those now as well. Can't wait to read whatever you have in store next !
I am definitely guilty of living with some of these idealized notions of workationing in the hills. Will remember this piece everytime I feel the urge to flee now 🙈
Great Post! I was unaware about this concept of 'slow travel'. Thanks for the introduction!
Ila you write with a passion , engrossing, great pictures, and ultimately cannot go wrong with Billy Joel