The year started with an exotic destination - Myanmar...the land of pagodas. And hence, I have decided to end the year with an equally exotic destination - South America. Later in November, I am off to South America for a month. I am super excited...its been on the bucketlist for far too long! I would be visiting four countries - Galapagos (Ecuador), Peru, Bolivia and Brazil. Here is a snapshot of what my plan looks like...
Almost the entire year has gone by and its time to recharge your batteries before home run towards the year end. 'Sweet November' is here. Plan a little break in November, before airlines and resorts hike their prices for Christmas and New Year. If you can't decide where should you go in November, read on for some ideas....
I love my job as a travel blogger. I work as per my schedule. Sometimes, I get paid to travel. Most of my trips are at least part sponsored, if not full. Any day, this is a better place to be in as compared to my corporate banking role... at least, that is how I am feeling at this moment. However, there are some woes that I have as a travel blogger, or rather, as a newbie full time travel blogger. If you do intend to take blogging your full time job, read on...it is a fun ride...but it isn't a smooth ride!
If I say that I love flying, I am sure you know that I am lying… As I enter the plane, The cleanliness freak in my mind becomes insane… All passengers will share the same air, With bacteria and virus piled layer over layer… I think, wonder and ponder, Whether my co passenger would be a grandpa, a grandma or someone younger… What if I am next to weird man, And I wish I could run... Read More
After our recent trip to Austria, Ankur and I have been wanting on plan a trip to a hill station in North India. Somehow, Austria has made us fall in love with the mountains once again, after almost five years of having loved only beaches. We have been discussing where to go next and there are many names that we have researched. Nainital is one name that always pops up when hill stations in India are discussed. While Ankur has been to towns near Nainital, he has never been to Nainital. Thus, starts the process of figuring out the doability of a trip to Nainital in the months to come.
I resigned from my banking job sometime in June and was expecting to be relieved by mid July. Well, as luck may have it, my organisation decided to accept my request for an early relieving and let me go on 30th June...the day I had to leave for Austria. I was happy...yahooooooo...finally...I was free to travel for a while...for a long long time! In the past twelve years, never have I left on a vacation without preparing a 'hand-over email'. But this time was different. I could simply leave. Really? I could simply leave! I may want to say that I felt liberated! While it would be only ten days in Austria, it was still a liberating feeling!
My last day at work is done. I have given back the laptop and the keys to my drawer. So, now what? Really, there is a big unknown that I am staring into. For most part of the day, it lets me dream and makes me feel excited. However, there are some moments when I do feel lost. But I have Ankur and a really supportive family, so I bounce back again pretty soon.
Let me talk out loud and share my plans. For starters, I am going to live my dream and travel for a few months. Where am I going... is a truly a function of my budget. There are three regions that I am contemplating ...
Earlier this month, I decided to give myself a break from the corporate grind, at least for a short while. However, having worked for over a decade, I need to have something to keep me busy. So, I have decided to travel. I have read blogs and articles on 'How I gave up all my material possessions to travel the world' to seek some ideas and inspiration; none of them seemed to help. For each of us, things are different... and reasons are different too. I have my reasons as well... and some of them still continune to nag me a little, even though I have decided to trade my formal wear for a pair of rugged jeans.
Here are six things that held me back till now...
I love the wild regardless of where the jungle is ...South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Brazil, Thailand or India! Being on a safari is an adventure that I truly enjoy.
To all those who share my liking for the wild, here are things that should not be done on a safari ...
Ankur is very possessive about his tablet. It is not often that I get it for the entire day! Considering that I am off to Myanmar for ten days, while Ankur will be toiling at office, I am sure he would want his 'trusted companion' around. I am glad that Siri is inanimate!
After quite some contemplation on whether we would enjoy EDM or not, Ankur and I went to the Bacardi Enchanted Valley Carnival at Aamby Valley last month. We had decided to 'feel young'...go ahead and live amongst thousands of EDM fans just to experience what camping at a music festival would be like. We enjoyed the weekend a lot and met some really cool people! Besides being high on energy at Tiesto's event, we attended one of Hariharan's live performances, made dream catchers, watched a magical sunset and feasted on delightful food and cocktails.
2015 has been a great year for us as travellers! In the past twelve months, We travelled to seven countries and managed to squeeze a few domestic trips around Mumbai over long weekends. As the year comes to an end, Ankur and I are sitting on the couch and wondering what 2016 will look like. Well, we can't peep into the future, can we? But we surely can look back at 2015 and raise a toast to a fantastic year that has gone by!
I love festivals... and Ankur loves music. A music festival is possibly one event that both of us would enjoy... and its time we experience one! Attending the electronic music festival of Tomorrowland in Belgium is on our bucketlist. However, bobbing with the crowds at Tomorrowland means another trip to Europe in peak tourist season, which means budgeting for the air tickets, visa, accommodation, food, etc... all of which is expensive! No... can't do in 2016! But the Bacardi Enchanted Valley Carnival at Aamby Valley... can do!
Travel blogging does not make us much money, at least, not as yet. I am still living on with the hope that one day, it will generate enough cash for us so that we can live off the blogging income and say farewell to the non-creative financial sector jobs that Ankur and I hold. Ankur is not too hopeful that such a day will ever come! Regardless of the outcome, the blog shall continue to... Read More
I can walk for miles, drive atop a cliff, take a boat to a lonely island, all for the want of enjoying the sunset. I don’t know why, but they truly fascinate me, each one being different from the other. I have gasped at the colours, across the world, watching shades of red, orange and grey in the sky. Throw in some bubbly and a cheese platter and I would pray for time to stand still.
It is strange how many people I know have started running. Some have suddenly become health conscious, some have it as a task on their bucketlist and some run simply to network with other runners. In Mumbai, running seems like the new ‘golf’ – a common ground that the who’s who across industries share. A few years ago, Ankur used to run the half marathon – been there, done that… he has no desire to... Read More
This post isn’t meant for the seasoned traveller. In fact, if you are a seasoned traveller, we would love to hear from you…. help us add to the list. This post is primarily for those who have recently been bitten by the travel bug and are finding ways and means to save a few dollars. Few dollars saved on every trip can add up and fund another trip! Regardless of where you choose to travel,... Read More
When we started the blog in April 2014, after our Jordan trip, it was with the idea to inspire people to explore the world. My job was to write and Ankur’s was to manage the pictures. In all honesty, we weren’t sure whether the blog would survive 3 months, considering our regular jobs. Neither did we buy a domain name until mid October 2014 nor did we design the webpage to make it pleasing to... Read More
Places to Visit (India) in 2015- Part 1 was a blog on what I want to do during the year- a monologue from my perspective. I am assuming that Ankur would like to visit at a couple of places from that list, else I will make a puppy face and convince him to come along. My little list aside, Ankur has a list of places in India that he would like to visit during 2015. Considering... Read More
Recapping 2014 through the flashback posts, Flashback 2014: Part 1 and Flashback 2014: Part 2, made us realize that we had averaged at least one trip a month, which included three new countries and nine domestic trips. That isn’t too bad for a couple that also has regular jobs, what do you think? We would love to have an even more rocking 2015! We know not what the future holds, but there is no harm... Read More
Ever since I was a kid, I have spent innumerable hours watching the Discovery Channel. The deep sea series has always been my favourite – watching the whale shark glide effortlessly, marvelling at schools of fish creating a wall that seemed impassable, getting the ‘Awwwww, so cute’ feeling while numerous clown fish played hide and seek… and many more. These were inspiration enough for me to take the effort to enter the deep sea world... Read More
With six trips done from January to July 2014, the first half of the year had been good. We hoped that life would treat us well and that the second half would be better than the first half. We were surely not disappointed! Here is a snapshot of the six trips that we did from August to December 2014: Croatia: Fun in the Sun… 21 countries so far and Croatia would surely be in the... Read More
2014 was a travel busy year for us. We managed to do three international vacations and nine short breaks within India, including the annual visit to our folks’ place. We are not sure if we are addicted to travel or is it the joy of ticking an item on the bucketlist that pushes us to save a little extra. All we know is that travelling keeps us happy! It gives us the drive to get... Read More
It’s a big big big world….and life is short. Somehow, there never seems to be enough time to do justice to a country’s natural blessings, culture and experiences by spending only a week. As we bid good bye to one country, we hope that serendipitous events in life get us back there. Here are five places that we would love to revisit: Kruger National Park, for untamed Nature The honeymoon destination is always special for... Read More
We want to travel ever so often. Our whims and fancies would take us to a new destination every alternate weekend if budget wasn’t a constraint. Hence, every sale on air fare or introduction of a new low cost carrier is a reason of us to celebrate. We don’t care whether the flight takes us to an interesting location in India or lets us add another stamp to our passport – our bags are always... Read More
This post is a monologue that I want to dole out. I guess a lot of women would understand what I am saying – due apologies to the gentlemen if this post makes you feel left out! Bitten by wanderlust… My feet itch to travel… I want to see the world! – these are phrases that I often use in my posts. And I agree, that every single one of them applies to me. However,... Read More
While we all are excited about our upcoming travel adventure, some of us, including me, are equally excited while scrolling through pictures that make us relive the fun times. For every foodie, no travel tale is ever complete without diving into the culinary world – can’t ignore the taste buds, can we? On a lazy Saturday afternoon, after having spent a couple of hours on a 2000 piece jigsaw, we decided to surf through some... Read More
We all have our travel inspirations – adventure, food, culture, nature, people, architecture, history, religion – to each, his/her own! For Ankur, it’s watching Nature in her splendour – waterfalls, snow clad peaks, blue oceans, stalactites and stalagmites. Formally, my travel inspiration is culture and food. Shhhh… let me share a secret with you… Animation movies are a big travel inspiration for me!!! I could have added exotic locations where Hollywood and Bollywood movies are... Read More
Yippeeeeeee… Ticking the Bucketlist has been nominated for the Liebster Award! We have been nominated by Ben and Jazzy, the bloggers of Road Affair. Thank you guys!!! This is the first public acknowledgement that the blog has received and Ankur and I are truly delighted! If you like to travel for culture, food, nature, people….or simply to get your passport stamped, like us and join us. Follow us by email to get updates; absolutely... Read More
Ankur and I are vegetarians. Ankur gave up eating non vegetarian food when he was ten years old while I migrated to the green world when I was four years old. We have maintained our food preferences in the same fashion ever since. We are vegetarians not because religion says so, or family has anything to do with it. We are vegetarians by choice. And oh, we believe that the eggs that are freely available... Read More
A month before the vacation is about to commence, I feel an intense pressure to shed a few kilograms. Considering that almost all our vacations take us to a beach on some day or the other, the stress to look good in swimwear intensifies the pressure even further. For me, it is at least 30 days of hard work in the gym, skipping desserts and sticking to salads and soups every night. And then… its... Read More