I agree to the point that travelling every month of an year isn't exactly a stud feat. But coming from a disciplinarian middle-class family, travelling for me had been reserved to family vacations. As a child, I never been to any of places of interest except for Mata Vaishno devi and Shiridi Sai Baba. Being cradled in plains of Ganges, I never added 'travelling' to my list of 'Things I Want To Do When I Grow Up'. It took a departure from the academic world and to embrace photography on the path of the highly dangerous, borderline lethal and definitely prone to severe addiction, travel bug!
This is not going to be a boring oeuvre of Ritwij Anshuman's Travel Stories of 2017'. Instead, a hopefully helpful guide to travelling every month while keeping a organised job, without exhausting the benediction of 21 leaves per year.
Before getting started, here is a short list of the 12 places I travelled to in 2017: January - Reckong Peo,Kinnaur, February - Unsuccessful hike to Kugti, Himachal, March - Shimla, April - Shivpuri,Rishikesh, May - Triund,Mcleodganj,June - Kheerganga, July - Auli, Uttarakhand, August - Manimahesh Kailash , September - Chakrata, October - Solo trip to Hanol, November - Solo trip to Barlowganj,Mussorie , December - Gulaba,Rohtang.
If you have any questions about visiting any of these places, feel free to ask.
Weekoffs are your better half
To truly make the most of your time as a full-time employee, you need to get into an obsessive relationship with weekoffs. Mark them on your roster and if possible swap accordingly. Change your wallpaper every month or print it out, put it on your desk and memorize it by heart! I guess it’s my luck because of which I am working in Tech Mahindra, where I could utilize all my week offs by travelling to Himalayas. My Seniors never disapproved my leaves. But also, to make this work, you need to make your Team Leader happy ;)
For January, I travelled across interiors of Kinnaur valley. Since the trip was over a week long, I made sure I incorporated the Republic Day long weekend. In February, I trailed on Bharmour hills and and in Holi I travelled with my Mom to experience last snowfall of the year in Shimla.
As full-time employees we don't have a lot of control over our time, so learn to let go of excruciating planning to make way for spontaneity. Don't take three weeks to plan a three-day trip. Find out where and when to visit and let the journey unravel itself.
In April i don't want to miss the year's rafting at Shivpuri Ganges with office mates.
In May, a friend of mine was leaving for a trek to Triund, hearing his talk about the trail suddenly captured my imagination and I asked him if it was alright if I went along. Two days after, we were on a bus to Dharamshala.