Another year has passed and it’s time to look back and take stock, time to update the set of to-dos, time to see how was the year 2012 for me in terms of travel and otherwise.
As I always say, I count my memories, not the places and I am happy that my travel memories are far more & better than the destinations. Some road trips, some train journeys and a few flights took me places almost every month. I made some new friends, consolidated my bond with old ones.
I also moved to a new place.
This was also the year when I was more offline than I wrote about it.
Hint: I am yet to start writing about my Valley of Flowers trip which had happened in Aug-Sep.
The year 2012 started in Thailand where we were holidaying since around mid December. This was the period when I also had to go through hundreds of articles since I was one of the 3 jury members to select “Traveller of the year” for a travel portal.
Two days into the new year, it found me in Cambodia on a volunteering mission to satisfy another side of me – We always live for ourselves and for our dears; try to live for others as well.
Cambodia was on my radar for many years and I thought it was a good decision to travel around the country during off days in between serving for the noble cause. I was invited by locals to their homes for dinners, in weddings, and my knowledge of local culture and history grew manifolds. When I returned to India in March, I had a gratified composure in addition to love, respect & blessings from so many strangers.
The Tourism minister with the speakers.
I was invited by Tourism ministry of Malaysia to speak in their first International Travel blogger’s conference in the month of May.
Another first to my credit …. I am the first Indian, in the capacity of a Travel blogger to be invited by Tourism Bureau of Spain to their country to cover a few of its Heritage cities.
At that time I had to decline another international invitation because my travel dates were clashing.
On home front, the hiking trip to Valley of Flowers, Hemkunt sahib, Badrinath etc was the highlight.
Delhi, Bangalore, Dehradun and many other towns happened in between.
As before, my articles were published in various travel magazines & websites and besides being mentioned, quoted, featured in various newspapers & magazines, I was featured as an intrepid woman traveller with daunting tales in the New Woman Magazine.
I hope to achieve more this year, not in terms of destinations but fulfillment. I am not in a race to conquer the world.
And I wish you all a very fulfilling year ahead too.
If you want to travel places with me, I suggest you to join me on my Facebook travel page.
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