Travel Recap 2019 – 12 Trips in 6 months while working fulltime

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12 Trips in 6 months while Working Fulltime

So finally we are in the year 2020 and we have already witnessed a series of events within the first 3 months, The Australian bushfires, CAA bill agitation and now the deadly coronavirus global pandemic, but all we hope and pray is that these stressful times get over soon and we all get geared up to see new places, experience new adventures, meet new people and make loads of new memories soon. Since we all are currently in a social isolation period, we felt that this would be the best time to take you guys through a recap of our 2019 travel stories which you can use as an opportunity to plan for the remainder 2020. We have also included a few tips on how we planned all the trips keeping travel budget in mind.

We managed to experience 12 trips in 6 months which includes a mixture of international, domestic, few weekend trips, short and long road trips, etc.

 

So without wasting any further time, let’s begin the Recap:

 

January 2019

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Maldives – A Dream Destination turned into Reality

Maldives: We started our year by celebrating Diana’s birthday in this heavenly Paradise: The Maldives. We didn’t have Maldives on our mind at all and Donald completely surprised me by booking the flights to the Maldives just 15 days before my birthday. Although the flights were cheaper, the real challenge was accommodation and everything else but with lots of research together we covered this budget trip in 80k for 2 people including flights (we could have made it cheaper if we had opted for public ferries rather than speed boats). You can check our detailed Maldives blog post to find out more.

March 2019

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Velas Beach, Maharashtra

Velas, Ratnagiri (Turtle Festival): We visited Velas Turtle Festival in Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra to catch the beautiful journey of the hatching of Olive Ridley turtles and releasing them into the sea. Check our Blogpost for deets if you plan to visit in future.

May 2019

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Uttarakhand 10 days Road Trip

Rishikesh, Uttarakhand: We embarked upon a 10 days Road Trip covering Rishikesh, Dehradun, Mussoorie, and Kanatal. We spent 3 days in Rishikesh, the capital of Yoga, spirituality, and Adventure. The highlights of this trip were definitely the river rafting on the Ganges, the evening Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat and Bungee Jumping at Jumping Heights. You can visit our photoblog on Tripoto for further details.

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Beatles Ashram, Rishikesh, Uttarakhand

Dehradun, Uttarakhand: We then headed to Dehradun where we just had about a day and tried to make the most of it by visiting the popular Robbers cave and IIT Forest Institute and tried to catch up on the popular food joints in the evening.

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IIT Forest Institute at Dehradun

Mussoorie, Uttarakhand: The next stop was Mussoorie where we spent 2 amazing days at Wildflower Cottage and visited Kempty Falls, George Everest House and visited the cute little cafes of Mall Road. You can read about our blogpost of our stay at Wildflower Cottage and things to do when in Mussoorie.

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George Everest House, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand

Kanatal, Uttarakhand: The last stop of our Uttarakhand trip was Kanatal where we spent 2 nights in the lap of Garhwali Himalayan range. We camped at Kanatal heights with the best views and did nothing but relaxed in the chilly nights with bonfire, music and good company. We also gave a shot at Zip lining and Sky walking. Read about our Kanatal  Camping experience in detail

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Kanatal, Uttarakhand

Delhi: We were lucky to spend a day in the National capital of India but clearly one day ain’t enough. We visited the famous Paratha Galli in Chandni Chowk and then made a quick visit to Jama Masjid before taking our afternoon train to Mumbai.

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Jama Masjid, Delhi

Silvassa, Union Territory, India: We visited Silvassa over the weekend for a Staycation at Khanvel Resort. Check out our Blogpost on Tripoto on What to do when in Silvassa.

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Staycation at Khanvel Resort, Silvassa

June 2019

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Camping with friends at Bhandardara

Bhandardara (Fireflies Festival): We visited Udadavane village, a little ahead of Bhandardara to spot the Fireflies at night twinkling in its full glory and what a sight it was indeed. We camped here over the weekend with our IG friends taking back home loads of  beautiful memories.

October 2019

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13 days Road Trip to Meghalaya

Meghalaya: We headed Northeast in the last quarter of 2019 for a 13 days Road Trip covering Guwahati, Shillong, Cherrapunjee, Pynursla, Mawlynnong, Dawki, and Darrang. We set off on our bike adventure from Guwahati and reached Shillong the next day. We spent 3 days in Shillong and did quite a bit of sightseeing along with Cafe hopping. We then visited Cherrapunjee for 4 days out of which The Double-decker living root bridge trek was the major highlight. Then we reached Pynursla village and spent one night in the homestay completely disconnected from the outside world. The next day we headed to Mawlynnong, the cleanest village of Asia and visited the Single Living root bridge. Then we moved towards Dawki Village to experience the crystal clear Umngot river and it was one hell of an experience. We then visited the border of India and Bangladesh which was just 1 km away from the river and then camped at Darrang campsite which was the best last-minute decision of our trip. The next morning we visited Krang Shuri waterfalls and were completely smitten by its beauty after which we rode through the beautiful vistas of West Jaintia Hills and reached Shillong city. We visited the Police Bazaar to pick up some souvenirs back home and then headed to Guwahati next morning to take our flight to Mumbai taking back loads of memories with a promise to return again to this heavenly abode of clouds.

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Abode of Clouds, Meghalaya

Guwahati, Assam: We managed to spend a day in Guwahati but couldn’t visit Kaziranga and Majuli however we definitely plan to visit soon. We couldn’t leave Guwahati without experiencing the Assamese Thali at Paradise restaurant.

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Indulging in mouth watering Assamese Thali at Paradise Restaurant

December 2019

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Celebrating our Anniversary in offbeat Goa

South Goa: We visited Goa after 2 years and this time we planned to take the offbeat route and explored Dudhsagar waterfalls along with night safari in the buffer zones of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Ditching the beaches and nightlife, we resorted to experience the jungle life at Nature’s nest Goa and we would definitely recommend this experience to all.

 

Our Best Experiences of 2019 :

Snorkeling in the Maldives (Our debut experience)

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Our first time Snorkeling in the Maldives

Night Fishing at Maafushi, Maldives

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Enjoyed Night Fishing at Maafushi Island,Maldives

Day Visit at Luxury Private Island Resort (Best Birthday Surprise)

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Best Birthday Gift of my Life. Thanks Curly <3

Experienced hatching of the Olive Ridley turtles at Velas

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Endangered Olive Ridley Turtles

River rafting in the Ganges at Rishikesh

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River Rafting in the Ganges – Checked off our Bucket List Experience

Cliff Jumping in the Ganges at Rishikesh

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We never expected to do this!!

Bungee Jumping and Flying Fox at Jumping Heights, Rishikesh

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Flying Fox at Jumping Heights in Rishikesh
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Bungee Jumping at Jumpin Heights in Rishikesh

Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat

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Ganga Aarti at Triveni Ghat in Rishikesh

Our very first Caving experience at Dehradun

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Robbers Cave, Dehradun, Uttarakhand

Ziplining at Kanatal

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Ziplining at Kanatal

Camping in Garhwal Hills

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Camping in the Garhwal Hills

Warli Painting at Silvassa

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Warli Painting at Silvassa

Debut Fireflies experience at Udadavane

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Fireflies_Bhandardara
3200 steps Double-decker Living Root Bridge Trek in Cherrapunjee
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Double Decker Living Root bridge at Meghalaya

Camping at Dawki River

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Camping at Dawki river in  Meghalaya

Visiting our very first cross country border (India – Bangladesh border)

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India Bangladesh Border at Meghalaya

Jungle living experience at Nature’s Nest Goa

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Jungle Experience at Nature’s Nest Goa

Spotting a wild leopard during the night safari in Goa

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Spotting a Leopard during Night Safari

Visiting the gigantic Dudhsagar waterfall, Goa

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Dudhsagar waterfall, South Goa

So the next question is how did we manage all these trips?

We are not full time travelers nor do we belong to high-class families. We are just an ordinary working couple who puts travel on priority and plans every trip on a budget because frankly money matters. We made all these trips possible by utilizing our 22 paid leaves and clubbing them with national holidays and weekends. We don’t take a trip every month so our long trips are separated by 6 months interval so we get in a better position to get our leaves approved as well. We generally take long trips for more than 7 days once in a quarter and the rest of the months we try to utilize the weekends to venture somewhere close to the city.

It’s all about the Travel Budget

Well, budgeting is tough especially when you have dedicated a set budget for every trip.  So how do we save for our trips? Firstly, we have a travel fund wherein both of us put in a fixed amount every month without fail. If we plan for one international trip in a year, we set aside the amount for flights because frankly, believe it or not, flights always occupy the most part of your travel budget unless you have a lot of Air Miles sitting in your kitty. We mostly try to stay in hostels/homestays/Airbnb for the most part of our trips and spend 1 or 2 days in a 4-star property to enjoy some luxury and pamper ourselves. We opt to travel by train, buses, shared cabs and most of the time we rent out a bike because we find that the best economical and viable option. We indulge in experiencing local street food combining it with many local cafes and very rarely dine or eat out in top-class restaurants. We don’t spend much on shopping however never return back home with knick-knacks and souvenirs. And last but not the least we plan everything to the T on our OWN which is way much more fun and liberating.

What’s planned for 2020

Hopefully many more travel adventures…Checking more of our bucket list experiences and sharing these amazing stories with our travel community. Until then happy traveling and don’t hesitate to ping us/ dm us on Instagram and Facebook. We are quite active there and you could also check our travel videos on our Youtube channel. Until then Happy Travelling and Exploring.

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Sunsets at Maldives

19 thoughts on “Travel Recap 2019 – 12 Trips in 6 months while working fulltime”

  1. What a wonderful throwback… I did virtually travel with you on Instagram seeing all the updates, but this is like a gorgeous lifestyle calendar! 😀 The sunset pic of you guys at Goa during your anniversary trip is one of my favourites 🙂 I had velas planned this year, but COVID had other plans 😐 Would love to know about the firefly camping experience in detail, if you have a blog post on it, please do share!

    1. Thanks Divsi 🤗 Loads of love and hugs to you. You will definitely make it to Velas in 2021 for sure. Will be writing more about the fireflies experience which was our first one too.

  2. Your photography is so beautiful DD! I think, we may be a lot like you in that sense – working regular jobs and using those 20 days in a year as efficiently as we can to get these opportunities to travel the world – resonates just right! Curious to know more about your travels – will explore your blog more 🙂

    1. Thanks so much both of you. When life gives you 20 paid leaves, you have got to make the most of it right 😉 Can’t wait to travel again post this pandemic

  3. You guys had one hell of a year in terms of travel and adventure sports. Being mountain lovers, Uttarakhand pics are our most favourite ones. But you Maldive blog is super exhaustive and we loved reading that. How was the river rafting experience in Rishikesh, since it is one of the best we feel in India

    1. Thanks you guys and wishing you both too an amazing travel year not for 2020 atleast 😉 you know what we mean.. Uttarakhand was an amazing roadtrip and Maldives was a different paradise altogether. You definitely have to try the river rafting experience in Rishikesh.. It is mind blowing.

  4. You definitely had an eventful 2019. Almost as if you did enough travel for 2020 too.;-). And I loved the way you have covered the length and breath of our country. Have been following your adventures on Insta. Good to see them here too.

    1. Thanks Ami. We’ll we plan to cover more of India especially it is so needed now once this pandemic is over to boost our country’s economy. And India as a country is a mix of all countries we believe 😉❤️

  5. It’s commendable how you guys managed your full time jobs and yet managed to travel to so many wonderful destinations. I remember your stories from Maldives and been wanting to go there since. Keep inspiring, more power and love to you both!

  6. It’s commendable how you guys managed your full time jobs and yet managed to travel to so many wonderful destinations. I remember your stories from Maldives and been wanting to go there since. Keep inspiring, more power and love to you both!

  7. Loved going through these trips again with you! Have been following your journeys on IG and this was a refreshing recap of all your adventures! Your photos are especially so pleasing to look at, and the Firefly Festival caught my eye, something I’d definitely read about and maybe plan a trip for 😍

    1. Thanks Avantika. Means alot 😊 We guess 2020 is a year which made us reflect into all our past beautiful travel memories and now waiting for 2021 to kick in soon so we can pack those dusty bags and explore 😉

  8. Nishu Kumari Barolia

    OH man! reading through this took me to my own 2019 ride. So many beautiful trips you guys have made in the past and finally ended the year with a beach vacay! I know we all had planned 2020 so well but nature had it planned otherwise. Hopefully 2021 is full of a travel, adventure and an outdoor life. Really hopping for it!

  9. Wow that’s quite a short span to cover so many number of trip . Infact while reading this even I counted about 10 or 11 trips I took in the span of 10 months last year with my full time job.. and Maldives in 80 k for two ..big wow !!

  10. Looking at your blog it reminds me of my 10 trips last year over 10 months with a full time job.. if we plan wisely it is very much possible to take trips much often .. Meghalaya gives me goals to revisit again ..

  11. I can understand the feeling of seeing the hatching of Olive Ridley turtles at Velas. We had seen that in Odisha and felt incredible. That was quite a busy year in 2019, but definitely worthwhile. If planned properly, travel can happen even after working full time. Loved reading about your travel memories here.

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