Hiking bucket list 2020

Happy New Year folks!! Have a great one. It’s a new year already! Time is flying. I am writing this post in the month of September 2019, already planning for next year. It is scary to plan for future but I do want to have list of things to do for the coming year 2020. So this is my hiking bucket …

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Europe Travel Planner

First of all, let me start by saying Europe is a continent with 44 countries. And one cannot travel all the countries in just 5 to 6 weeks, like how people portray. I have been to Europe three times now and in spite of it I have traveled only to 6 to 7 countries. This is the continent that requires …

Diving in Sesimbra (Portugal)

Sesimbra is about 40 minutes bus drive from Lisbon. It is a fishing town and most importantly a great town known for its dive throughout the year. The main disadvantage of the ocean in Sesimbra is that it is always cold and rough. As part of my Europe travel this year, I wanted to include some dives as well. While …

5 cool museums in Amsterdam

Amsterdam has plenty of museums and they cater for everyone. To be precise, there are around 75 museums in Amsterdam. They have unique museums like museum of torture and museum of bags. Since I was here only for 4 days, I could not visit every single museum but I did visit four of the museums in the list below. Note: …

5 hours in Bangkok

While travelling to Perth from Bangalore, I had about 5 hours transit in Bangkok. Even though I have traveled to Thailand twice, I have never stepped out of Bangkok airport. So, I decided to utilise these hours to see this city. I was advised by the Ministry of Tourism guys (at the airport) not to step out of the airport …

Funding my career break

When I started my planning for this 4-5 months career break, the biggest hurdle was the obvious one – how do I get money to sustain my bills and mortgages while I am travelling. It took me 7 months to figure out a solution for this problem. I had very minimal savings as I have always earned my money to …

It’s okay to not do it the first time!

Yes, the title of this blog is true. It’s okay to not take any step the first time. I have planned for a sabbatical/career break many a times. In 2018, my friend Akshata and I had decided to take 6 months break from work and travel the world. We had planned all the places we wanted to visit and also …

Henry Head & Cape Banks Walk

A spectacular coastal walk in the suburb of La Perouse in Sydney is the Henry’s Head and the Cape Banks Walks. La Perouse is around 14 kilometres from Sydney CBD. The Cape Banks walk is an extension to the Henry’s Head walk. The walk is an easy walk offering great views of the ocean and is a good spot for …

Why do I hike?

‘Why do I hike?‘ is one of the common questions I get asked. Some of them around me is so inquisitive to understand why I love hiking and why do I do it so often. I have never mentioned this ever on my posts as I have always been scared to talk about my personal life and fears. It is …

Scuba diving in Dolphin Wreck (Brunei)

Brunei is famous for ship wrecks. It has many of the ships that have gone down and are spectacular sites for divers. While most of these sites are for advanced divers, there are some of them for open water divers as well. One such wreck is the Dolphin Wreck. Dolphin Wreck is a ship wreck that sunk only 5 years ago. …

One.. Two.. Three.. And jump!

Birthday trip 2016 I was super excited that my friend Akshata was joining me for my birthday trip. It was a surprise, she had told me that she had booked tickets to Hawaii just 3 days before we were flying. I had not planned anything for that trip till then. That day at work, I started looking for things to …

Salar de Uyuni (Salt Lake)

One of the major attractions in Bolivia is Salar de Uyuni. It must definitely be on a traveler’s bucket list. What is Salar de Uyuni and how was it formed? Salar de Uyuni a.k.a Salt Lake is World’s largest salt lake. The salt lake spreads across 10,000 square kilometres (approximately). It was formed as a result of transformations between several …

Lane Cove Riverside Walk

Lane Cove National Park is within Sydney and is so close to the city. It is a perfect place to spend a day over the weekends. In preparation to the Bloody long walk, I explored this national park. The national park has a river that flows in between and divides the park into two sections. The river is beautiful and …

Happy birthday to me!

Happy birthday to me! It’s one of those days where you celebrate growing older and wiser, right? For me, it’s the same as well, birthdays have always been special. I start my celebrations few days before my birthday 😀 and I continue after my birthday as well. And one ritual that I have been religiously following on my birthday is …

Whale watching 2019

As an yearly routine, I went for a whale watching tour this year as well. In Sydney, whale migration happens between the months of May and November. In the first part of the season, the whales are heading from south (Antarctica) to north (Queensland). And in the second part of the season, the whales head back from the north (Queensland) …

Mandaragiri betta

The Basada or Mandaragiri betta (hill) is about 65 kilometres from Bangalore in Tumkur. It is a famous pilgrim temple for Jainism. The Mandaragiri is a small hill with 434 steps (~ 500 metres one way) to reach the peak. Supposedly, the peak has four Jain temples, which were closed when I visited. Nevertheless, the views of the lake from …

Wynyard to Lane Cove

If you fancy an evening walk with at least 5-6 kilometres on a weekday after work, then this is the walk. It passes through Sydney’s beautiful tall buildings and also the Pylon lookout with some amazing views of Opera house. Logistics: Starting point: Wynyard train station Total distance: 9 kilometres Total time taken: 2.5 hours Grade: Easy Ending point: Lane …

30 – My best travel buddy

Today is the last day of the challenge and the topic is to write about my best travel buddy. I have been blessed by two good travel buddies and both are my best friends as well. And coincidentally they are both Taurians. So, yes my two best travel buddies are Akshata and Vijay. It was not a easy journey with …

29 – 3 words that describe me

Today’s topic to write about the three words that describe me best. This is hard and I had to give this a lot of thought. I am much more than the below three words but these three do sum me up pretty well. The first word that describes me is ‘Emotional‘. I am a very emotional person. My life is …

28 – Cartoon character that relates to me

Today’s topic is to write about that one cartoon character that I think is very similar to me. Before I choose one that relates, I would like to say all the Disney princess characters are great. I love each one of them but not even one of them is me. They are beautiful and they can sing. They make animals …