Career Break 2019 – 2020

This was a mini break (sabbatical or career break whatever you may call it) I took, which was only for 5 months. This was only to experiment how I would react when I didn’t have a job, which has never happened in the past 14 years of my career. I did have a list of things I wanted to do during this break.

I re-worked on my list many a times for my career break/sabbatical. But plans changed and it was constantly changing even till the last few weeks. I had few things initially, about 7 months before that break and at the end it changed completely to a different list. I booked, cancelled, re-booked and cancelled the flight tickets again and again.

However, below is the list of places I managed to cover during my career break/sabbatical:

  • Striked out ones in the list indicate the places I cancelled during my planning.
  • Other ones in the list indicate the places I traveled to.

Note: I was based out of Bangalore during my break.

International travels

  • Bhutan for 7 days
  • China
  • Croatia
  • Dhaka (Bangladesh) for 3 days
  • Egypt
  • Israel and Jordon for 2-3 weeks
  • Laos
  • London
  • Maldives for 5 days
  • Swimming with Whale Sharks
  • Malaysia
    • Perhentian Islands
  • Morocco for 3 days
  • Myanmar for 5 days
  • Philippines for 2 weeksSwimming with Whale Sharks
  • Portugal for 1 week
  • Romania for 1 week (volunteering only)
  • Seychelles
  • Sri Lanka
  • Switzerland (Zurich only)
  • Perth for 6 days
  • Broome
  • Bungle Bungle Range
  • Horizontal Falls
  • Kalbarri National ParkKarinji National ParkPenguin IslandPink Lake (Lake Hillier)Rottnest Island (2 days)
    • Wave Rock (1 day)

India travels

  • Bhubaneswar for 1 day
  • Himachal Pradesh
  • Jaipur Hawa MahalMubarak MahalPitam Niwas Chowk and Chandra Mahal
  • Jim Corbett National Park
  • Kala Hasthi for 2 days
  • Karnataka
  • Aane Gudda Trek (2.5 kilometres)
    • Aihole
    • Amedikallu Peak (20 kilometres)
    • Badami
    • Balekallu and Kodekallu Peak (15 kilometres)
    • Bidar
    • Bijapur
    • Channakeshava Trek (4.2 kilometres)
    • Dhudhsagar Falls
    • Halu Chilume Ganga Temple (5 kilometres)
    • Kotagiri for 3 days
    • Kudremukh (18 kilometres)
    • Kumta to Gokarna & Mirjan Fort
    • Makalidurga (6 kilometres)
    • Manjarabad Fort
    • Melukote
    • Shettihalli Rosary Chruch
    • Skandagiri night trek for 1 day
    • Sringeri
    • Yana
  • Kedarkanta Trek for 8 days
  • Kochi for 1 day
  • LakshadweepDiving
  • Lucknow for 1 day
  • Taste Lucknow biryani
    • Buy the jhumkas from Lucknow
  • Maharashtra for 10 days
    • Ajanta and Ellora Caves
    • Kaas
    • Khandala
    • Konkan Coast:
      • Bhandardara
      • Chincholi
      • Morachi
      • Satara
      • Shaguna Baug
    • Lonavla
    • Mahabaleswar
    • Matheran
    • Pune:
      • Aga Khan Palace (19th century)
      • Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati temple (gold Ganesha idol)
      • Lohagad Fort
      • Pataleshwar (8th century rock cut cave temple)
      • Shaniwar Wada (18th century Peshwa fort)
      • Sinhagad Fort
      • Tikona Fort
    • Phaltan
    • Sula (Nashik)
    • Tadoba
  • Meghalaya
  • Mumbai for 1 day
    • Kala Ghoda Art Walk
  • North East for 10 days Circuit in Zero Dirang Dzouku Valley Trek Hornbill festival in Nagaland Kaziranga Majuli Meghalaya Tawang
  • Varanasi for 3 days
  • Vishakapatnam for 1 day

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