I am very well aware that travelling every month of an year isn't exactly an Olympian feat. But coming from a disciplinarian middle-class family, travelling for me had been reserved to family vacations and biannual trips with (only girl) friends. As a child, I did travel frequently to both Uttarakhand and Himachal to my maternal and paternal hometowns, but even though I was cradled in the lap of Himalayas, 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 the embrace of a travel start-up (Tripoto) to put me on the path of the highly dangerous, borderline lethal and definitely prone to severe addiction, travel bug!
But this is not going to be a boring oeuvre of Sreshti Verma's 'Travel Stories of 2017'. Instead, a hopefully helpful guide to travelling every month while keeping a 9-to-5 job, without exhausting the benediction of 24 leaves per year.
Before getting started, here is a short list of the 12 places I travelled to in 2017: January - East Sikkim and Darjeeling, February - Unsuccessful hike to Khuppar Top in Kharapathar, Himachal, March - Trek to Prashar Lake, April - Mumbai, May - Kareri Lake Trek, June - Dalhousie-Khajjiar-Chamba, July - Shitlakhet, Uttarakhand, August - Solo trip to Udaipur, September - Rewalsar, October - Solo trip to Naggar, November - Solo trip to Saur and finally, December - North Sikkim. If you have any questions about visiting any of these places, feel free to ask in the comments below.
Make best friends with long weekends
To truly make the most of your time as a full-time employee, you need to get into an obsessive relationship with long weekends. Mark them on your calendar (download this beautiful calendar) and change your wallpaper every month. Or print it out, put it on your desk and memorise it by heart! Also, to make this work, you need to have Saturdays off.