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…

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…

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…

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…

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. This is a ship wreck that…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

27 – Share a dream I have had

As part of today’s topic, I am supposed to share one of the dreams I have had. I have many dreams and I have nightmares too. But some of the dreams are just weird, random and funny. I can share one such funny dream which I had about my ex-colleague’s cat called Harley. To give…

26 – Would you rather?

Today’s topic is ‘Would you rather’. There are  some options provided with a format of ‘either’ this ‘or’ that. The rule was just to select one of the options and not give any rationale. I have circled the ones that I would choose out of the two options. Let me know what your answers would…

25 – 10 favourite movies

The topic for today is to list my top 10 favourite movies. Like all others, I do have a huge list of movies that I love. It may be for various reasons and some of the movies make me happy. Generally, I like movies that make me laugh. Even if they do not make sense…

24 – Dream job

Today’s topic is about my dream job. While growing up like any other confused teenager, I wanted to be many things. One of the things I wanted to do was to study marine life. I did not know how to swim, so I did not pursue this career option much. It’s not like I had…

23 – Timeline

Today’s topic is how my day would look on my timeline if I documented every single routine of mine. Anyway if I had posted my daily routine, then this is how my timeline would look like: My day does not start without coffee. Coffee is a must to kick start day. I never liked buses…

22 – My pack

Apologies for not posting this blog yesterday. I was outdoors the entire day so did not get a chance to post it. Anyway yesterday’s topic was about who all are in my pack. I have interpreted it in line with the previous topic – friends. My pack consists of very few people. I am a…

21 – My best friend

The next topic is to talk about my best friend. I have many best friends honestly. I have been lucky to have some good people around me and people whom I call best friends. But in this post, I will talk about my best friend who has been friends with me for a very long…