Trip to Goa

I went on a trip to Goa with my friends last week. The city is blessed with so many beautiful beaches and churches. Even if you are not travelling in a group, you can have fun lounging at the beach and interacting with the feisty locals.

We spend the first day, checking out the beaches. Palolem is undoubtedly one of Goa’s best beaches. This crescent-shaped beach, offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding landscape. You can take a boat trip, try your hand at fishing or shop at the beach market selling souvenirs, clothes, and jewelry.

Known for its flea markets and vibrant trance parties, the Anjuna beach is also worth a visit. The flea market is put up every Wednesday, and sells a huge collection of goods such as clothes, jewelry and electronic devices.

We also visited some of the popular churches in Goa. Famous for its stunning  architecture, the church Basilica of Bom Jesus houses the preserved body of St. Francis Xavier, one of the patron Saints of Goa. The Church of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, and the Church of S. Caetano are some of the other must-visit churches in Goa.

We stayed at the Vivanta by Taj located  at Sinquerim beach. This luxury resort resembles a 16th century Portuguese Fortress and offers impressive nice views of the surrounding sea and landscape. You can do rappelling, rock climbing or deep sea fishing with the help of the resort’s dedicated activities team.

Goa also has several hotels such as  Anjuna Beach Resort, Ginger Hotel, and Calangute Grande Hotel that offer budget accommodation and I recommend booking them on http://www.wego.co.in/hotels.

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Pinterest for Travel Inspiration and Ideas

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There is no dearth of ideas and inspiration for travel. With so many amazing blogs and websites out there, you can’t run short for vacation ideas.

Pinterest is one major source of travel inspiration for me.  Take a look at some of my favorite travel boards on Pinterest

1. Abandoned Places and Things

2. Here, there and everywhere

3. Path less travelled

4. Great Beach Shots and Sunsets

5. Homes of the world

6. Nomading

7.Travel the World

So, which are your favourite travel boards on Pinterest. Do share in the comments

Life is short. Travel Often

If there is one thing that I would regret not doing if I just had few days to live, it would definitely be travelling. Travel teaches us things that books never can. Travel makes us happy, and connects us with all the richness in the world.

Here are few quotes to inspire you to travel more this coming year.

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Sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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I recently had a trip to Kuala Lumpur. Filled with a great number of shopping centers and hotels, this capital city Malaysia is a must-visit place for food and fashion lovers.

We started our exploration of KL with a visit to the Golden Triangle. This place boasts of the city’s iconic skyscrapers known as the Petronas Twin Towers. Standing 1,483 feet tall, these towers are considered one of the world’s tallest buildings. The Golden Triangle area is also filled with high-end shopping malls and five-star hotels.

The Merdeka Square which is one of Malaysia’s famous heritage buildings is also a must-visit. This place signifies Malaysia’s independence from the Britishers in 1957 and dons the Malaysian flag on a 100 metres tall flagpole.

Do keep a day a day or two to explore the shopping centers in the city. Suria KLCC,  Bangsar Shopping Centre, Bukit Bintang, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, and Chinatown are some of the premier shopping destinations in the city. From branded clothes to electronic gadgets and  Malaysian wooden souvenirs, the stores in these shopping centers sell a wide range of items. You might be tempted to over-spend so do keep your budget in mind and shop for the things that you need the most.

If you are on a relaxed trip and have more time in hand then you can also head a little outside Kuala Lumpur to the city of city of Subang Jaya and check out Sunway Lagoon. It’s a theme park featuring several interesting rides – a great place for kids and adventure junkies.

The best thing about visiting KL is that it allows you to have an interesting international trip without spending a lot on travel. The city is filled with budget hotels and restaurants. I checked out this website called Wego India to find low-cost places of stay in KL. So, before you reach the city make sure you have finalized on a good hotel or resort for stay.

Solo-Travelling vs Travelling in Groups

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Pros of Solo Travelling

  • I love travelling solo. Being a solo-traveller allows you to control your itinerary and do what you want to when you want to.
  • Being a solo traveller also forces you to initiate conversations with strangers and meet loads of interesting people during your travels.
  • We rarely find time to get inside our heads and spend some quiet reflective time enjoying our own company. Solo-travelling provides us with an opportunity to do that.
  • You are not distracted by the people around you during solo-travelling and this allows you to be more observant of your surroundings and gain more out  of your travel experiences.

Pros of Travelling in Groups

  • Solo-travelling can get a bit lonely. Travelling with a group of friends or with other travel lovers allows you to have loads of fun and have some memories to take back from your travels.
  • You can get discounts on accommodation and flight tickets when you are travelling in a group.
  • When you are travelling in a group, you get to learn not only from the place you visit but also the people you interact with in your group. You get to view a place from more than one perspective.

Both solo and group travels have their own advantages. Which one do you prefer and why? Do share your ideas.

Some Inspiring Quotes on Friendship

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I love collecting quotes. I just bought a colorful new journal where I can write down my favorite quotes. Here are some of the inspiring quotes about friendship that I have in my journal.

“Friendship is the hardest thing in the world to explain. It’s not something you learn in school. But if you haven’t learned the meaning of friendship, you really haven’t learned anything.”

― Muhammad Ali

“A friend is one that knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow.”

―William Shakespeare

“The only way to have a friend is to be one.”

—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.”

– Robert Brault

“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”

-Lucius Annaeus Seneca

“A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil; but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often – just to save it from drying out completely.”

-Pam Brown

“A true friend never gets in your way unless you happen to be going down.”

– Arnold H. Glasow

Interesting Facts you didn’t know about London

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I was on an official trip to London last year. Wanting to explore every nook and corner of the city, I decided to extend my trip by 20 days. No, I am not done with all of London yet. There are still so many places to check out, still so many things to do.

Here are few interesting facts about London that you might not know.

  • For almost a decade, London was the most densely populated city on earth. It was eclipsed by Tokyo in 1925.
  • There are more than 300 languages being spoken in London – more than in any other city in the world. No wonder you feel so much at home here.
  • The London Underground was built in 1863 and it was the first metro in the world.
  • The Waterloo Bridge was built mostly by women.
  • Covent Graden is a spelling mistake. The area used to be the market garden for a convent.
  • The Heathrow Airport is so named because the land on which it is built was once a sleepy rural hamlet called Heath Row.
  • Only 6 people died in the Great Fire of London
  • One of London’s lost rivers The Tyburn runs beneath the Buckingham Palace
  • The Aldgate Station is situated on top of a plague pit containing more than 1000 bodies

Just a month’s  stay in London is not enough to satiate the curious explorer in you. If you do visit the city make sure you plan for a longer trip

Signs that you are a Travel Addict

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Travelling is addictive. Once you start doing it, it can be difficult to stop. The more you do it, the more you want to keep doing it. And, when you go without it for a long time, you get irritable and  angry. Here are few signs that you are a true travel addict.

  • Day, Noon and Night – travel is all that you can think about
  • You work so you can afford your next big trip
  • You live a frugal life, give up shopping, to save money for your vacations
  • You are planning one trip while you are on another
  • You carry your passport with you wherever you go, even if it’s just the grocery store next door
  • You have a packed suitcase lying around at home all the time
  • You ask people “where are you from?” instead of “How are you doing?”
  • You spend most of your time online, reading travel websites or connecting with other travelers
  • Some people collect books, others stamps, your room is filled with souvenirs.
  • Some people feel bad when they have to leave home. You feel bad when you have to go back.

I can relate to most of these 🙂 Which one speaks to the travel addict in you?

Words I Live by

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I was living an ordinary ( read unsatisfied) life. Then, something happened. On the way to my friends house one Friday evening I met with an accident. The accident wasn’t a major one, but it hit me hard inside. It made me realize how short and unpredictable our lives are. It made me realize that I needed to take the plunge, to make the changes that would make it less ordinary and more magical.

It was during that time that I stumbled upon this inspiring manifesto by Holstee. The Holstee Manifesto is a call to action to live a life full of passion, intention and creativity. Here are few words from the manifesto that I abide by:

Do what you love and do it often

Open your mind, arms and heart to new things

We are united in our differences

Getting lost will help you find yourself

Life is short. So live your dream and share your passion.

Here’s the complete Holstee Manifesto Lifecycle Video. Enjoy and get inspired.