Rohith Subramanian, also known as the Lone Wanderer, is out on an ambitious travel trip to 46 countries. Aiming to cover 25,000 kilometres in a year and a half, this 21-year-old biker has 10 South Asian and 36 European countries on his list.
Rohith wouldn’t even have thought of it a year ago but for an article he came across while scrolling through his Facebook feed. The piece was about a man’s desire to travel the whole world whose age did not allow him to follow his dreams. It was a moment of epiphany for Rohith. “That was the time when I decided to do what I want to do, regardless of what people say or what all obstacles come in my way,” he says.
Besides riding as a passion, this journey is a tribute to his close friend Abhijeet Singh, who was a pilot. “Both Abhi and I were crazy and had wild dreams. We had that window for imagination. With him I made wild plans to travel the whole world but I lost him in December, 2014,” Rohith recalls.
On this journey around the globe, the Lone wanderer hopes to promote ‘Universal Brotherhood’. He says, “It has been more than 20 days. Everyday someone has hosted me, and people have been so kind to me. Once there was this guy, who I asked for help finding the way to a village, Thamarchery, near Wayanad, Kerala. It was way far but that man went all the way just to guide me to my destination. He was not even a village local. Such humility is a mark of Universal brotherhood in which I believe.”
The best meal by now in this trip, he says, was a simple ‘Dal and Chappati’, prepared by a student who did not himself know how to cook yet he cooked for him.
Being extremely adventurous and courageous, Rohith has no qualms about spending nights at unknown places. He does not stay at hotels but chooses unusual, new places. It makes everything all the more exciting. In this particular journey, he has stayed at a 120-year-old place,college hostel, in Nagarcoil, with a 75-year-old-stranger as room-mate.