This is a New Year.
A New Beginning.
And things will change.
Every New Year is a new beginning of sorts. Isn’t that why people make resolutions in the first place? To start fresh. To chart a new course. To perhaps fulfill previously unfulfilled wishes.
When I started Blogging in June 2013, I had endeavored to focus on my dining experiences, with a smattering of wanderlust thrown in. But as time has progressed, and as blogging has slowly and steadily made itself an integral part of my life, I must admit that the little bit of writing I have done on my travels is what has made me the happiest. I also find myself devoting more and more time to reading other Travel Blogs, and living vicariously through their wonderful journeys.
The bug has bitten. The seed has been planted. While I will still continue to chronicle all things culinary, I will also endeavour, more proactively, to travel.
I’m counting the days on my Holiday Calendar. I’m starting a dedicated travel fund.
And I’m also pledging to ‘Take 12 Trips’ this year.
I first read about the ‘Take 12 Trips’ Challenge on one of my favourite travel blogs, one that I have been following since much before I started blogging myself: On The Luce. One of the main reasons I love Lucy’s Blog, and this is something she herself mentions in her ‘Take 12 Trips’ Post, is that you don’t need to be a full-time traveller to explore the world. You CAN have a full-time job and still manage to travel. In other words, you can be a ‘part-time traveller and full-time travel obsessive’, like Lucy. 🙂
The ‘Take 12 Trips’ challenge originated with Clare of Need Another Holiday, another wonderful blogger and part-time traveller. To celebrate 12 months of blogging and her Blog turning a year old, Clare came up with this great idea of a challenge. She plans to ‘Take 12 Trips’ over 12 months, so one trip every month, and she’s encouraging us all to do the same.
Clare believes it is possible for all of us to take one trip each month, even if we work full-time jobs. She says we can do anything, big or small, and don’t necessarily have to travel far to take a trip. Our trips can be big overseas holidays, or small weekend getaways closer to home. We can even explore something within our own city, like a museum we might not have been to earlier.
So I’m taking up the challenge, and I hope to ‘Take 12 Trips’ in 2014.
The first is a weekend trip to Mumbai to visit my brother, in January itself. I’ve been to Mumbai many times over the years, the last time was a family trip in 2012, again to visit my brother, who has been studying there the past few years. I’ll be in the city for 2 days, one of which will hopefully be spent visiting The Elephanta Caves, where I have never been before. The caves were designated a World Heritage Site in 1987, and this will help me chase another goal I have set for myself as part of my 30-before-30 list, of visiting all UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. But more on that later.
In February I’m heading to Mussoorie or the Queen of the Hills as we Indians like to call it, a hill station in the foothills of the Garhwal Himalayas, favourite amongst many Delhi-ites due to its proximity to the city. I’m going for a wedding in the family, but perhaps I’ll be able to find some time between the festivities to explore.
I have only a tentative plan in mind for March, nothing has materialised as yet, so let’s see.
I’m really looking forward to April as I’ll be heading to Europe for a holiday with my mum. To Vienna, Salzburg and Prague. The tickets are booked. The planning has begun. I. Cannot. Wait.
So that’s all I have planned so far. But stay tuned, it’s going to be a great year! I can feel it!
I’ll be posting my progress on the challenge here on the blog, on Facebook, Twitter as well as Instagram. So follow along anywhere, or everywhere. 🙂
You can also follow the hashtag #Take12Trips on Twitter, to see what Clare and the other bloggers taking part in the challenge are up to.
The secret to living the life of your dreams is to start living the life of your dreams today, in every little way you possibly can.” – Mike Dooley
So, where are you off to today?