If someone told me that I would travel a lot in the first six months of 2017 I would not have been surprised. After all, I traveled a lot in 2016 too. What I didn’t expect was so many foreign trips. This year I have already clocked two personal trips too! So here is where my travels took me in the first six months in 2017.
Bikaner with Narendra Bhawan (Blogging Trip)
I am a big fan of Suryagarh an when I heard they have a new place in Bikaner, I had no hesitation in accepting the invitation. I loved my stay at Narendra Bhawan and I enjoyed exploring the havelis of Bikaner!
Sharjah with the Tourism Board (Blogging Trip)
Our trip coincided with the Sharjah Light Festival which was pretty amazing. I enjoyed the Sharjah Desert Safari. Sharjah is close to Dubai and you could combine your trip as the visa is the same for the entire UAE! You also need to check out the museums in Sharjah!
Singapore and Myanmar with the Accor Hotels and Scoot (Blogging Trip)
I revisited Singapore after 18 long years. Singapore was my first foreign trip and it is always going to be special. I went to Myanmar for the first time and came back totally smitten. I have always been a fan of Accor and on this trip I realized they have so many hotels that I can do a multi country trip by entirely staying in Accor properties.
Prague with Double Trouble (Personal Trip)
Chhavi, Vasu and I went to Prague for a vacation! The girls have grown up since Hong Kong and they now create mischief in different ways! They walk like pros though, they never complain about walking.
Oman with the Tourism Board (Blogging Trip)
Oman was a wonderful surprise. I had a great time dolphin watching, turtle watching and taking bath in sink holes! I went in May when it is supposed to be hot. It was like Delhi and there were less tourists.
Spain with the Tourism Board (Blogging Trip)
It was my first trip to Spain and I loved it. I visited the Catalonia region and while Barcelona is grand I fell in love with the smaller places like Cadaques, Pals and Girona. I attended the Girona Flower Festival. Spaniards love their food and drinks!
Mauritius with my School Friends (Personal Trip)
Four of us, Anshu, Sonu, Shweta and I, who have studied together in KG decided to take a trip abroad. After a lot of deliberations, we decided to go to Mauritius and what a time we had! We should do more such trips together!
Bandhavgarh and Kanha with Taj Safaris
I have stayed in the lodges of Taj Safaris before and I love them. If I could afford luxury like that I would gladly choose it. But I can afford it only as a blogger. I don’t know what I like more, their attention to detail, their food, hospitality or their naturalists who are thoroughly knowledgeable about the jungle! If you are looking for luxury you have to check out Taj Safaris. And if you are lucky you will see a tiger too!
I hope there are some exciting trips in store for me for the rest of the 2017. I certainly want to take my sister abroad before 2017 comes to a close!
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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