The #Take12Trips Challenge… 2015 Edition

The #Take12Trips Challenge… 2015 Edition

If you’ve been a regular reader of the blog over the years, you would know that I’ve been on a bit of a personal quest… a way for me to try and travel as much as possible; to see as much of the world as I can!

Read: I Pledge to #Take12Trips in 2014

But with a full-time job and VERY limited vacation time, it isn’t always easy, I can tell you that!

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Vignettes from Vietnam

Vignettes from Vietnam

Vietnam is a country I had looked forward to visiting for years and on Christmas last year, the much awaited trip commenced. Arjun and I had planned a 10-day holiday around the country, and while we were both pretty darn excited, I reckon that neither one of us had anticipated this would turn out to be one of our most memorable holidays till date!

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EatingOut in Delhi – A Taste of Armenia at Lavaash By Saby

EatingOut in Delhi – A Taste of Armenia at Lavaash By Saby

It’s quite fitting, I would think, that the first restaurant I visited in the New Year was one that had been the talk of the town for most of the previous year! Serving traditional Armenian cuisine right in the heart of the city, Lavaash By Saby has been garnering rave reviews ever since it opened a few months ago. To say that I was brimming over with curiosity to find out what the fuss was all about would be a gross understatement!

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In The Jungle… With Forsyth Lodge, Satpura

In The Jungle… With Forsyth Lodge, Satpura

It was early evening by the time I reached Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport to catch my flight back to Delhi after a weekend in the wild. I was returning home after spending three days in a Luxury Eco-Resort on the outskirts of Satpura National Park in Madhya Pradesh, in a place so far out in the wilderness that there was no sign of mobile or data connectivity for miles on end. But with the excursions in to the jungle, and the supreme comfort as well as remarkable hospitality extended to us by The Forsyth Lodge; I didn’t mind being disconnected from the world even for one second.

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Monthly Instagram Update & Happy New Year from Vietnam…!

Monthly Instagram Update & Happy New Year from Vietnam…!

It’s the last day of the year, and while I’m eagerly looking forward to ringing in the New Year in a few hours, with the midnight firecrackers that Ho Chi Minh City is so acclaimed for lighting up the sky above me, I can’t help but pause to reminisce and reflect on the year that has just flown by!

2015 was such a lovely year for me in so many ways. I have already highlighted some of My Favourite Things from the past year in a previous post, but if I was to be completely honest, the year’s biggest disappointment for me has been on the blogging front. I fell back in many ways. I haven’t been able to post half as often as I would like as life in the real world took over. But this is one thing I am most certainly looking at rectifying in the coming year!

But let’s wrap up the current year shall we, before we can look forward? So here’s a quick look at the past couple of months, flashed back through Instagram.

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2015… and a Few of my Favourite Things…!

2015… and a Few of my Favourite Things…!

For this month’s #BlogAlong, the monthly link-up party hosted by Shruti, Pooja and I, we thought it would be fun to look back at the year that was…!

2015 has been a great year for me, in so many ways…! A year of family celebrations, of personal discoveries & professional achievements; and of many beautiful memories. So, as we begin the countdown to the end of 2015 and before we begin looking towards what 2016 may bring; here’s a quick look back at some of my favourite things from this past year.

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Monthly Instagram Update – September 2015

Monthly Instagram Update – September 2015

Clearly, I am seriously behind in my blogging updates!
The highlight for me in the month of September was our family holiday to Russia. I’ve already taken you through some of the best things about the trip in my Russia through Instagram post, but there was a bit more to the month as well!

So here’s a quick look at the month of September, flashed back through Instagram.

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OYO WE – India’s First Women’s Exclusive Hotel

OYO WE – India’s First Women’s Exclusive Hotel

A young man, all of 18 years of age, decides to establish a start-up aimed at building India’s version of AirBnB. While building this company and working on this model, he travels across the country visiting and staying in over 100 bed-and-breakfast rooms. He discovers that what budget accommodation lacks in India is standardization. And an idea is born…!

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Russia through Instagram – A Photo Essay

Russia through Instagram – A Photo Essay

After successfully achieving my goal to #Take12Trips in 2014, I had decided to re-take the pledge and attempt to #Take12Trips in 2015 as well. Updates on my progress in 2015 have been few and far between, but that’s not to say I haven’t been making all attempts to achieve the goal this year. I’ve fallen behind on my blogging momentum and have a huge back-log of posts, but don’t worry, the #Take12Trips challenge remains high on my list of priorities.

I’ve taken 8 trips thus far and have one or two more potential travel plans later this year. I’ve had a few setbacks as well: June was the first month in over a year where I didn’t get to travel outside my city at all, and August became the second month in 2015 with no trips materializing. But following quickly on the heels of this disappointment came my biggest trip this year… one I had been planning for months!

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