This year, my love for the outdoors took me on a super adventurous, 12 day bike ride, across Spiti Valley, an exciting escapade to Sri Lanka, weekend getaways found me falling in love with the mountains in Peora, Ranikhet, Dharamsala, Nainital and the coffee plantations of Chikamagalur. Wedding Tourism held a whole new meaning for me this year. On account of my friends getting hitched, I found myself on a 2 week long solo journey across Goa and Madhya Pradesh to attend 2 beautiful weddings and to Punjab for a colourful wedding! In the process, I explored new states, made new friends and lived a bundle of adventures. Weddings also took me back to Assam and Pune where I grew up in, reunited with old friends and family! God bless the couples who invited me for their nuptials.
People have different passions which make them feel alive and for me, it's my love for travelling. It keeps me sane.The idea of being physically present in a new geographical location, taking in different sights and sounds, learning about the history, culture and geography, trying out new cuisines is enough to send me in frenzy and prompt me to action. Mind you, I am otherwise a very lazy person! And through travelling, I have learnt many lessons and they have impacted who I am in a big way.
As the year dawns to an end, I would like to share some of the life lessons learnt this year from my travel experiences:
For a nerd who loves indoors, travelling has literally opened doors to a whole new world and has made me the confident woman that I am right now. I didn't know that I was perfectly capable of taking care of myself on the go, interacting with strangers, executing last minute plans, trying out new things like paragliding, riding across the Himalayas(as a pillion) till I decided to give it a shot.