Caught By The Travel Bug



Everything that starts comes to an end. The holidays have finally come to an end. The festivals are over. Our long trip with multiple stops has come to an end. Getting up early in the morning to start another journey has become a habit in this past week. How nice and exciting life would be, if we just traveled every day to new places! Every day would bring us to new roads and new destinations. We are already planning our next family get-together and our next outing. Hope it comes soon. Guess, I too have been bitten by the travel bug.

I am also planning a trip to a nearby metro city with friends, but I’m not sure if it’ll culminate or not. Fingers crossed! My emails are flooded with travelogues nowadays. My Instagram follows include ‘beautifulDestinations’, ‘travelandleisure’, ‘forbestravelguide’, ‘tastingtable’ and many similar pages related to travel and food. The blogs I read these days are about the Balinese culture, the Bora Bora islands, the Buddhist Monasteries around the world, etc. This excitement to pack my bags and get ready is new to me. It has opened another vista in my life. I wish I can travel to all those places whose snapshots are flooding my cellphone’s gallery. I will save and I will travel.

Yesterday was the last day of the week-long festivities- Kumar Purnima. We wear new dresses on this day, pamper ourselves, eat a lot of delicacies, spend quality time with family and laugh a lot over several games of cards. My cousins visited us and we had a great time playing cards, jumping at every win, laughing at every loss over cups of tea and coffee and steaming hot yummy chicken curry with rice. They had been to Bhutan recently and were telling us tales of the country. I was so engrossed and enchanted by the stories, the natural beauty, and the monasteries in Bhutan that it is now in my no.1 position of travel-to-foreign-countries list. Dil maange more.

Let me know of destinations you have been to and would strongly recommend a newbie like me. Even when it comes to exploring within India, I’m still a newbie. It’d be great if you have written a blog post on that. I’d love to read.  


PS: I have traveled with my parents, friends and/or relatives to Tirupati, Rameshwaram, Madurai, Bangalore, Mysore, Coorg, Kolkatta, Siliguri, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Shimla, Kulu, Manali, Pune, Lonavla, Khandala, Panchgani, and Mahabaleshwar.


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