Kumbu with his bike attached with a mini kitchen facility. Photo: Instagram/kumbu_travel
We have seen many people who have dedicated their lives to travel. But Kumbu alias Jibin Madhu is a unique traveller. The 24-year-old Kottayam native has been continuing his adventurous road trips by making earnings through a food stall set on his Yamaha FZ bike.Underlining the importance of the bike in his life, he calls it ‘Padachon’.
His interesting travel stories on the bike with a mini kitchen facility are available on his YouTube channel ‘Kumbu travel’.
“I have been travelling for a year. It was on April 1, 2021, that I set off on my journey with only Rs 5000 in my pocket. I worked in many hotels like dhabas to meet travel expenses. During the trip, I modified my bike with facilities including a kitchen and arrangements to store water and other essential items. Now, this bike helps me to generate income for continuing my trip," he opened up.
Adventurous trips and vlogger life
Interestingly, his journey was not planned. According to him, it is just part of his fight to survive in life.
“I covered almost all states including Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh. After crossing Nepal and Myanmar, I wished to travel to Singapore. But due to the tensions on the border, I dropped the plan,” he shared.
"I visited ordinary people like farmers in many places and captured their life on my camera for my vlogs," Kumbu said while talking about his YouTube channel Kumbu travel. The YouTube channel featured his adventurous trips including his days at Dzüko Valley and solo night camp in Meghalaya. Interestingly, he also participated in the farmers' protest in August.
Travelling on a bike with so much luggage is not an easy task. Now, I’m halting in Arunachal Pradesh as my bike's engine got damaged. I need to raise more than 10,000 to fix my bike to resume my journey. Many people helped me on my journey. Some people provided financial help too. I can’t forget them, said Kumbu.
Mini Kitchen on bike
The mini kitchen on Kumbu’s bike has been attracting many people towards him. After parking the bike, he cooks tea, coffee, noodles and omelette for tourists. He earns Rs 500- 600 through his small business.
“It is very difficult to find an eatery on the high ranges like northeastern states. So, I can earn a good income with my small business. I carry Kerala’s indigenous brown rice (Kuthari). So when I meet Keralites, I will cook Kerala style food for them. So, my customers from Kerala will become double happy as they will be craving Kerala food on their long trips,” Kumbu described his business.
Struggles during trip
While continuing the trip for more than a year, Kumbu faced many issues. “I only took a few clothes as the journey was not planned. Once, I felt too cold during the winter. So, I set fire to my clothes to warm myself. If I fall ill, I used to rest inside my tent. Because there is no other option,” said Kumbu.
Talking about the travel expenditure, he said that he gives priority to fuel expenditure and repair of the vehicle.
According to Kumbu, nothing is a hurdle when one has the determination to travel.
“If you have a small vehicle which you can control well, then you can definitely set off to explore the world. I have modified my bike as an income generator on my way to various destinations. I worked in hotels, and petrol pumps and did many chores in my life to continue my trip,” he added.
Talking about his family Kumbu said that they are a great support to him.
“My family members were angry as I left home without informing them. But now, they are supporting me wholeheartedly,” Kumbu revealed. “I want to travel more, meet people, explore lands and culture. Now, I want to repair my bike and resume my trips soon,” Kumbu said with a laugh.