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#TheBlindList – A blind date with the world

TheBlindList - A blind date with the world

Who doesn’t love the unknown? Who doesn’t love the mystery of travelling and exploring a new place? Who doesn’t love the delight in meeting people from different and trying out a variety of cuisines? What if I tell you, that you are going on a blind date with the world to some far off place which may or may not be in your bucket list, how would you react? Nervous? Scared? Apprehensive? Excited?

If someone were to take me to a place I haven’t even researched one bit, I would initially be nervous for sure wondering where am I going. But once I reach there, it would be a delight to explore by going with the flow. For many of us, its important to research all the hotspots of any location before we visit. It ensures that there are no surprises. But for others like me, while some research is fine, I like to keep my agenda fairly open. I feel that it’s important to get in the mood to see the sights and sounds. In my view if one just sticks to a specific planned itinerary, then the real fun of a trip is lost. It feels more like a course which needs to get done with rather than a trip to explore the unknown.

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Lights, Camera, Action! #AtoZChallenge

A to Z Challenge Theme Reveal

I had taken part in the #AtoZChallenge for the first time last year and I must say that it was a really wonderful experience. While I did try my best to blog as well as read on a consistent basis, it wasn’t half as good as the blogging stalwarts out there. But it was surely a fantastic learning experience and a great way to get more eyeballs and meet many more bloggers ‘virtually’.

While my last year’s theme was “Micro-fiction“, this time I am going with something even closer to my heart.

I am a travel freak with a practical goal to visit at least 1/3rd of the world’s countries before I die. Currently that goal is about 33% complete. While I do write travel posts on and off, my next month will exclusively be devoted to “Travelogues“. These could range from posts full of photographs to those having detailed step-by-step itineraries.

So stay tuned for more this #AtoZChallenge.

Half time 2016: The months gone by..

Half time 2016

Half time 2016

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So we have already the crossed the first half of the year. As always, it feels as though the months have passed by quicker than I can even imagine. And soon we will bid goodbye to another year gone by.

January started off with me still dreaming about my trip to Moscow and the lovely winter there. There were travel posts galore of the times in Moscow, Kuwait and Singapore. February and March were all about family and fun. I went home for the first time after coming to Kuwait and it truly felt like those days back in Muscat whenever we used to go home during the school summer vacations. There was also the trip to Dubai which culminated in a number of travel posts as well.

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Microblog Mondays: Travel motivation

I recently watched two travel videos of places which are as different as chalk and cheese and poles apart quite literally in terms of distance as well. While one is known as the Jewel of Arabia, the other is renowned as the Land of the Midnight Sun. While one is known for it’s deserts and culture, the other is known for its snow capped mountains and scenic landscapes.

Interestingly, there are some similarities as well in the fact that both are surrounded by water on three sides and are also famous for their fjords.

What struck me about these videos were the overall story, the music and the detailing which had gone behind conceptualising them. While there maybe many other better tourism videos out there, these two stand out for me for their sheet aw

Linking to Microblog Mondays

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Guest Post: Enjoy an affordable trip using these tips

You need to plan your trip well in advance..

You need to plan your trip well in advance..

When people go on vacations and trips, we see posts on the social media on how well the trips went and how much fun they had during those leisure times. How easy is it to have a successful trip without budget constraints? Whereas the question remains unanswered for several people, looking critically into it can provide options on how we can do things better. Mostly, we turn red with envy when people narrate stories about their successful trips and their experiences. Even with a small budget, it is possible to have your dream trip.

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The journey back home..

British Airways

Fuelled by love

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There are more than 25 million Indians living abroad in more than 160 countries. Interestingly, as per a recent study, there are no Indians in only three countries of the world.

Whilst they may be living or working abroad, a lot many of them are still Indian at heart. Be it the spicy food or the warmth with which they meet our loved ones, the way they celebrate their festivals or their excitement at India winning a cricket match, Indians abroad always connect to India in various ways. And now, there is also the ‘Make in India’ movement which has picked up a lot of pace in the past year.

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Singapore Diaries: A visit to Pulau Ubin

Welcome to Pulau Ubin

Welcome to Pulau Ubin

Pulau Ubin is a small island having an area of about 10 sq.km and is located around 10 minutes from the Singapore mainland. This island is a peaceful getaway far from the hustle and bustle of city life in Singapore. With its coconut palm trees, mangroves, wildlife like octopuses, cuttlefishes, sea hares and the likes, the island is quite a natural reserve.

Pulau Ubin

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Moscow Diaries: The beginning..

View from my hotel room..

View from my hotel room..

привет из Москвы

During school, we have all studied about the Tundra region characterized with shrubs, mosses, pine trees along with dark and gloomy winters full of snow. I had always seen snowfall in movies but as I stepped out of the Domodedovo Airport at the outskirts of Moscow in late November, I immediately got my first experience of how snowfall felt.

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My dream to roam the world..

A travel freak..

A travel freak..

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All of us have dreams and aspirations in our lives. While some of us are doing what we aspire, there are many who aspire to do a particular thing but end up doing something totally different all through their lives. But what if you have the chance to live your dreams and aspirations without any issues of money, family or any other obstacles. Would you live your life differently?

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100 word fiction: A day to explore..

A day to explore..

A day to explore the town..

PHOTO PROMPT- © Sandra Crook

“All the streets are so empty and lonely. It seems as though the residents of this town have disappeared somewhere.” She exclaimed to her besties.

It was that time of the year when the people of Lanning, a town of just 400 people went to the nearby fair for a few days of fun and games. Sarah had kept this in mind while planning her backpacking trip to this quaint little town.

For her, such a day without any crowd was a day to freely explore the squares and the streets. She made it a point to keep her DSLR handy.

Written for the photo prompt and you can read the other entries here.

Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – July – My post no 17 for this month.

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