I was feeling very grumpy the other day. I don’t know what triggered it. I usually don’t sulk. And yet I sat looking at bright sunshine and sulking badly. After a while my thoughts went to the travels this year and with a start I realized I have seen 5 new countries (obviously new for me) and been on 8 trips abroad to 6 countries in all.
And yet I was sulking! Yes sometimes I do not make sense even to myself. So, here I go and take you along with me to places (not all, only overseas trips in this post) I went in 2014. After all, December managed to sneak in somehow and it is time for musings and remembering.
1. Finland (with Nokia)
Helsinki was a stop over and Levi, Lapland our destination. I have been to Europe before but never to this cold a place. The highest temperature I was 3 degree centigrade in Helsinki, in Levi it was always in minus. And it was so much fun. I had a little more beer and wine than ever before, I discovered the Finnish sauna and I took an icy dip in the freezing weather. And I got a cool phone, Lumia 1020 to keep! And yet I was sulking just a day before!
2. Maldives (Personal Trip)
If I had a lot of money, I would take a vacation in Maldives every year! I liked it so much. Of all the beaches I have seen till now, I found Maldives the most stunning. I never imagined that the water could be this blue, or have so many hues! I am absolutely smitten by the place. At some point or other I want to go back to this unbelievable place preferably with my daughter and niece.
3. Jordan (with Jordan Tourism Board)
Did you see the person and did you see the copyright notice? I really got to click Pope Franics this year in Amman, Jordan and yet I was sulking just yesterday. Jordan was such a delightful trip, one for the special event of Pope Francis’s visit and of course I got to see the gorgeous country too! Dead Sea was an absolute hit!
4. Bhutan (with Make My Trip)
I know I will head back to Bhutan to trek; sooner or later is the question. The tiny neighbor has a special place in my heart, I truly loved it. When you land in Bhutan, you feel you have stepped back in time at least by 50 years. And if you are looking for serenity, you will find it in Bhutan.
5. Hong Kong (with my brats on a personal trip)
This is the most talked about trip at home. The kids never get tired talking about it. What did they like most on the trip? If you thought Disneyland you are wrong, it was the hotel swimming pool they liked most! Kids, only they could come up something like this! Where do they wish to go next? Chhavi has no preferences but Vasu wants to go to Paris (because of the movie Queen) or to Florida and this time you guessed it right, because of the Disneyland. Well, if they study a lot, I might take them somewhere nearby next year too, to a visa on arrival country.
6. Thailand (with TAT New Delhi)
It is difficult to believe that I went to Thailand 3 times this year with Tourism Authority of Thailand, New Delhi. In all I have been to this adorable country 4 times. But it was not a new destination in 2014 as I went there last year too. I absolutely adore the country. And I have so many beautiful pictures from the place that I put it in a video!
And by the time I am at the end of this post, I can’t believe I was sulking so badly that I had to sit down and ponder! If I can do even half of this next year, I would not complain.
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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