On the first day of 2017, I must thank 2016 for being a beautiful year of blogging and traveling. Long-story-short, 2016 was definitely about going to lovely places far and near. The best part was that I traveled to quite many places for the first time. On my travels, I also indulged and learned about many interesting dishes.
There are some things that happen and change our life forever and there are some things that happen and change us forever. For me, blogging has been about both. It has been life-changing. 2016 was a great year as a blogger and thus I would like to list down all my major travels. By the time I was done looking back at all the 12 months of 2016, I was absolutely proud of myself for living these experiences.
Blogging isn’t a hobby job for me. I take it very sincerely and professionally. People often ask me how do I make money through blogging. To answer this, I only tell them ‘blogging gives me experiences which no money can buy’. I totally agree with you when you say experiences don’t pay bills. Of course, they don’t. For all those who are still curious to know, I must tell you that blogging isn’t easy but if you are consistent enough, it definitely helps you to earn too. Just hang on there!
Featured on IDIVA among Bloggers Who Quit Their Jobs To Travel The World
This may look like a report card but it definitely helped me to be inspired and be ready for 2017.
Some of the Big happenings of 2016 were as below….
On the 31st, I flew to Dubai to attend the last day of Dubai Shopping festival. My husband was already there and I stayed with him till 22nd February!
This month was about celebrating Valentines Day in style in Dubai.
Yas Island (Blogging collaboration with Ferrari World)
Gunehar, Bir, Chowgan and Kotli (4tables project by Frank).
Bhimtal (Aamod Resorts)
Jodhpur & Jaisalmer with Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm.
I planned a five-day trip to Vizag to attend my best friend’s wedding. I must tell you here Vizag definitely makes for a destination wedding location.
Staycation and video shoot with ITC Maurya. I shot 5 videos with them and I am glad to be a part of their Responsible Luxury campaign.
A day well-spent exploring Lemon Tree, Manesar.
Familiarization trip to Mauritius on an invite by Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority.
I flew to Johannesburg to meet my husband who was already there. The trip happened in collaboration with South Africa Tourism.
The road trips of Johannesburg will always be memorable.
Also flew to one of the beautiful cities of the world- CAPE TOWN.
I returned from South Africa on 6th August and then flew to Bhutan on 9th. I was invited to Bhutan by Bhutan Bookings! It was crazy traveling and I loved every bit of it.
(I had an invite from Indonesia Tourism but I had to decline due to clashing dates.)
A 2 days trip happened with Alwarbagh by Aamod Resorts!
Next, I attended one-of-its-kinds Naropa festival, that happens once in 12 years in Leh, Ladakh. Khardungla, Pangong Lake and more took my breath away.
I had a chance to visit Varanasi with Uttar Pradesh Travel Writers Conclave.
PENDOWN was also invited to MP Travel Mart where another fellow blogger represented me. I missed my chance to explore the heart of India but I hope to be there this year.
A quick trip happened to Hyderabad for the press launch of TATA HEXA
I had a great chance to see a unique side of Goa on invitation of Goa Tourism. I attended the Tripurari Poornima festival in Goa.
Jammu – More than a week long trip happened with my family to attend a cousin’s wedding.
Jammu exploration continued. A visit to Mata Vaishno Devi
1 day trip to Meerut (It was my first time to Meerut so it definitely deserves a mention)
3 days were beautifully spent at Shoghi, Shimla on invitation of Aamod Resorts and EscapeRoute.
3 days trip to Vrindavan, Govardhan, Mathura, Barsana organized by Chandrodaya Mandir!