New Delhi: Football and travel are two things this mother of five, Naaji Noushi, is crazy about. Taking a solo trip in her four-wheeler to watch the FIFA World Cup in Qatar was just a spontaneous decision for Kerala woman Noushi, a homemaker from Mahe. As the World Cup fever is slowly growing, Noushi, a traveler, YouTuber, and vlogger, started her journey to Qatar by driving a Mahindra Thar from here the other day.
Transport Minister Antony Raju gave a green flag to the trip in the presence of village panchayat authorities. It was a dream come true for this football-crazy woman who has always loved to take adventurous trips.
The travel plan of Kerala Woman
After reaching Mumbai via Coimbatore, she and her Thar, which is fondly named “olu” (means woman in local parlance), would land in Oman by ship.
From there, she would travel via road and would cover Arab countries. She will pass through UAE, Bahrain, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia before reaching Qatar.
Noushi said it may be for the first time that a woman from Kerala is undertaking an Overlanding trip to the GCC nations. and that too to watch the football world cup.
She plans to reach Qatar by 10th December and watch finale
She said, “My plan is to enter Qatar by December 10 and watch the finale. I am so excited about this trip. I am a hardcore Argentina fan and Lionel Messi…really want to see my favorite team lifting the cup.” She will continue her stay in Qatar till December 31.
Noushi said the trip was expected to be a complete van-life experience as all essential cooking articles were stocked in the vehicle. It is also planned to park the vehicle near toll plazas and petrol pumps and stay within it at night. She said she has an Oman driving license, which has already been converted into an international one.
“I am a person who has been dreaming to see an Indian team playing the FIFA World Cup. Through this, I am trying to be a part of the gala by reaching there in an Indian-made vehicle.”
More about Noushi’s life
Noushi, who has completed class 12th, became a mother at the age of 19 after marrying early. She said her husband and children were her actual cheerleaders and always encourage her to travel more.
She has completed four travel series including an all-India trip to Ladakh. Noushi regularly shared the photos and videos through her social media pages. Noushi said her youngest child is just two years old but her mother takes care of them when she is away.
She said, “If a woman like me- a homemaker, a wife, and a mother of five- can realize my dreams, any ordinary woman in Kerala can chase her dreams confidently.”
She also wished that her trip would become an inspiration for more women to come forward to realize their dreams.