Monday, January 23, 2012

The Dancing Birds

The first time I saw a video of the Starlings, I was mesmerized. I wanted to find out all the places in the world where one can see this happen. The closest place to where I live, so I could go there as quickly as possible. I've been addicted ever since. I keep seeing videos of these little wonders from time to time. It makes me smile. It makes me think of all the beautiful things around us. 

One day, I will see this with my own eyes. 

Friday, January 20, 2012

This year I will...

In 2011, I decided it was time to see more, do more, travel more. Time to work around things that kept me from traveling otherwise and so came about the resolution, #atripamonthin2011It wasn't so tough to stick to it actually. I guess, it never is if you are working towards something you are obsessive about and enjoy. So, the successful completion of it made almost everyone who knew about it ask me what the 2012 travel resolution was. To be honest, I hadn't even thought about it and probably wasn't going to keep one this year. But the constant questions from family and friends made me want to. So a big thank you to everyone who kept asking me. :) It's now been decided.

#astateamonthin2012 is the travel resolution for 2012. Yes, it's Bhaarat darshan time. :) Am very excited about it and already jotting down places I want to visit. As always, the greed to see everything has made the list rather long *grin* but reality will shorten it I am sure. There was already a weekend trip planned to Pune end of this month so that makes the first State - Maharashtra. I know, I know, I live in Maharashtra so technically it may not count but considering I decided on this resolution just today, and it's almost the end of the month, I can take that much liberty. Yes? Yes. Thank you.

Will update you guys on the first six months, in six months. :) Till then, as I always say, happy tripping all!

Friday, January 6, 2012


Videos like this one make you want to get up and do something worthwhile with your life. Breath taking surroundings and a strong will. 

Just brilliant.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Never Say Never

I am a travel addict. No matter how much I travel or explore, my greed to experience and see more always keeps me on my toes. And while I do manage to travel a decent amount (a lot as per others), these constantly itchy feet made me think and eventually set a resolution for myself on 27th December, 2010 – #atripamonthin2011. I am not much of a resolution maker or keeper mind you. Never have been. But I thought, maybe, just maybe, if I set one regarding something I was obsessively passionate about, I’d make an extra effort to stick to it. And I did.

So, the plan was such - starting 1st January 2011, I decided that every month of the year I will go some place. It could be with friends, with my husband, with family, my dog, or even alone, but every month I will go somewhere. A trip / vacation, unlike what most people think, doesn't necessarily have to be to some fancy sounding destination. It could be a weekend getaway, visiting a place you have already been to, a short domestic holiday or a bigger International one. A trip is a trip. So, based on the month, the event / situation and the amount of money I / we were comfortable spending in that month on the trip, a place was decided upon. And guess what *drumroll* I stuck to the #atripamonthin2011 resolution. I traveled in every single month of 2011.

Jan: Bangalore.
Feb: Pune.
March: Alibagh.
April: Delhi.
May: Thailand.
June: Germany.   
July: Germany.
August: Valley of Flowers, Uttaranchal.
September: Alibagh.
October: Australia.
November: Nowhere. I knew Dec would more than make up for it. :)
December: Delhi, Pune & Gujarat.

I got and still get various reactions from people; from the minute I announced my resolution. The only difference is what began with a shocked expression and a ‘yeah right you’ll do it eye roll’ has now turned into a pleasantly surprised or a sort of envious ‘you really did it every month eh!’ It feels good. Not because others are envious, but because I stuck to doing something that excites me so much. Some of my closest friends, family and fellow travel enthusiasts now believe me when I say that it’s not tough to take a couple of short (or long) trips in a year. As the year progressed, and I managed to go for a trip every month, they, and I realized that it’s not such an unachievable goal after all.If you plan right and work things around it and of course, save sensibly, it’s quite doable.

It’s a new year, and while I haven’t set a resolution for this one, the enthusiasm is high and the desire to explore new places and revisit older ones is even stronger. I will travel more. I will explore more. I will learn more. And yes, I promise to write more too. Mean while, all you wander-lusting people out there, don't procrastinate or be envious of the next person who is planning a vacation or is happily uploading their recent holiday pictures. Don’t brush aside the thought of going somewhere or wait for when you have the time and money because you will never have enough time or money. Never. 

Make time, save the money and tick off places one by one on that long overdue travel bucket list. And don’t let others ever tell you that you can’t do something or that it’s an impossible thought. I am telling you otherwise. It's all possible so never say never.

Have a trippy 2012 all!