It was late march of 2016 and I was uselessly surfing the net. So many trips, so many pictures of the beaches were out there. The Instagrams of the setting sun and the feet buried in sand were giving me some major FOMO. So a beach vacation was a must. But what exactly was I looking for? The social media junkie in me wanted the same experience that I had seen on Instagram and wouldn't settle for anything else. Deserted beaches, setting sun, sounds of waves, a drink in my hand and relaxed sunbathing... That's the dream yo! But with three days in hand, base camp in Pune, the question is, where? So many beautiful pictures of Alibaug! Tarkarli!! Goa!!! Where do I go? What do I do?
The meticulous planner in me leaped to action. Shut down the social media and hit the yellow, red, green and blue pages of Google. Soon pictures upon picture of these places leaped out. Some of them cool, some less so..
There I realised the true story. The tool called 'Crop' has been creating illusions in front of my eyes. On social media I was seeing a pictures clicked on the most crowded beaches of Goa, Tarkarli, Alibaug where all the other people and the trash from the beaches was cropped out and I was dreaming about the relaxed beach holiday where I wouldn't encounter noise and trash. Dreamy? Yes! Realisable? Hell No!
Like anything else, here was a choice to make. Did I want to put Check-ins on Facebook at the most popular beaches and establish my coolness? Or did I want to risk the most unknown of the places and try to look for the experience I was dreaming? What helped, was a family who made that decision.
Thus began our adventure from Pune. A small old Alto, 5 people and a map (Google map! Duh!!) set out to search for the beaches. And the places I discovered in that trip are beyond amazing. Have a look at the untouched and uncropped photos from the trip