The Dalai Lama said, “once a year, go to a place you have never been.”
For many years, I have sworn by this travel adage. Since I first started earning, travel has always seemed the best investment of my money. For most Indians, travel acts as fodder for Instagram stories, a means to gain attention, the pretence of the perfect life. It is about experiencing a semblance of luxury and bragging about it. I admit, I too have fallen prey to the occasional, social media brag-fest. My reasons to travel, however, are more profound than that. I love discovering new destinations and new cultures. There is something liberating about new places and the stories they tell. I travel at least once a year, get away from the humdrum of life, and retreat to picturesque sights and exotic cultures.
In 2019, the chosen destination was Sri Lanka. We travelled by SriLankan Airlines. Going from the freezing temperatures of Delhi to Sunny Sri Lanka was a treat for our sun-deprived bodies. December-January is the best time to visit Sri Lanka as the weather becomes bearable, even pleasant around this time.