Welcome to The Gone Goat
My name is Pashmina and as a passionate adventure seeker, I write and document for individuals who are looking to reclaim their zest and adventure after grinding in many hours, and living a life of many 'if's' and 'buts'. The Gone Goat is my travel inspiration page to get people off their feet and be outstanding in their own little adventurous way.
How I got here?
I grew up in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and come from a somewhat liberal Indian family and have spent at least 11 years of my life working. I worked odd jobs, owned a career and was in the 'flow' of things. It was a rinse and repeat routine. The emphasis of hard work, persistence and time convinced me that I was on the road to success, and the importance of earning your own bread truly felt empowering. At the age of 16, I took my first ever job to fund my education, and years later, I graduated and climbed the corporate ladder to be a PR consultant.
After settling in comfortably, I used to flip through Outside Online and Nat Geo magazines and see pictures of people cliff hanging, climbing through snow-clad peaks, chasing adventures and thought they had some kind of god gifted ability to beat all odds and take on these adventures - no where near what an ordinary person like me could do. So fast forward months later, I decided to switch things around and booked my first backpacking trip to Myanmar and also climbed one of Asia's highest peaks, Mount Kinabalu.
After those short adventure trips, I could hardly contain myself. I wanted to experience everything, take on more risks, and more importantly experience slow travel. So in 2016, I quit my job and travelled solo to the Himalayas in India for three months. The people, culture, mountains and every single experience felt like a movie, almost too good to be true, and that's how I got inspired to continue exploring unknown places and territories in hopes of inspiring others and reminding people of our strength and the beauty of things when we need them the most.
So why is The Goat, Gone?
For the longest time, I have been called a travelling goat (hint: Pashmina). For those, who are not aware - Pashmina is a fine cashmere wool that is made from the high altitude mountain goat. If that doesn't sound convincing, do note that 'The Gone Goat' name was only inspired by the movie 'Gone Girl' so in this context, I'll do everything and anything to travel, including staging murders and suicides. I kid, ofcourse.