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Do you have a Travel Bucketlist?

by Monday, February 2, 2015

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It used to be that world travel was only a luxury that the rich and famous could attain. These days, people from all walks of life and status are globe trekking all the time.  With awesome travel deals and discounted flights available online, from sites like sky scanner, TravelocityExpedia , and priceline, just to name a few, pretty much ANYONE can afford to travel if they really wanted to. And for even deeper savings, if you are brave enough to attempt alternative accommodation options: like hostels, couchsurfing, and airbnb, you could stretch your dollar even more.

thewanderlustyogi.netI started traveling within the USA while I was young and then slowly explored a little further each succeeding trip into places like Mexico, Bahamas and other Caribbean Islands. To me this was “world travel” I was a bit timid and naive and felt scared leaving the US, possibly because of the media and my upbringing that other places were scary and bad. Unfortunately, I’m sad to report this sentiment is not uncommon amongst people in my country. Why is it that we, as Americans, are brainwashed into thinking that we are the only safe country in the world? I hate to bring it up, but the deadliest known terrorist attack in the world happened on September 11th, 2001, in the United States of America! With this being said, I admit there are some risks involved with traveling, as with a lot of other things, such as driving, skiing, drinking, smoking, eating unhealthy, not exercising , but people do these things everyday without thinking about the risks involved. For me, I’d rather take a slight risk and experience an amazing life of adventure than to be paralyzed with fear, not leave my country, and still possibly die of injury, illness or lifestyle choices anyway.  “Carpe diem” I say!

thewanderlustyogi.netI now travel more international and plan on not stopping until the day I die. The more places I visit, the more I realize, we are all the same. Everyone is trying to get through life  and just want love and  happiness. We are one. Imaginary borders doesn’t change that we are all human beings, sharing this beautiful planet called Earth. I want to see it all!

thewanderlustyogi.netI know this is not possible, for there is only so much time and money to see every single place on Earth, so I tried to narrow it down to make a tentative bucket list of travel, if you will.  It may change as I see more, but here is a rundown of my lifetime itinerary travel goals.


MY TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST

in no particular order-by region

(*denotes places I have already visited or have booked)

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Amalfi Coast, Italy

Europe

*France

*Netherlands

*United Kingdom

Italy

Greece

Turkey

Denmark

Iceland

Germany

Spain

Hungary

Portugal

Czech Republic

Austria


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Great Wall of China, China

Asia

*India

*United Emirates

Japan

China

Nepal

Maldives

Sri Lanka


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Phi Phi Island, Thailand

South East Asia

*Thailand

Indonesia

Malaysia

Philippines

Myanmar

Laos

Cambodia

Singapore


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Bora, Bora, French Polynesia

Australia/Oceania

Australia

New Zealand

French Polynesia


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Cairo, Egypt

Africa

South Africa

Morocco

Egypt


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Rio De Janeiro,Brazil

South America

Peru

Bolivia

Argentina

Brazil

Galapagos Island


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Leon, Nicaragua

Central America

Costa Rica

Nicaragua

Belize


Writing this made me realize I sure do have my work cut out for me. I didn’t even name the multiple cities in each country either. I may have bitten off more than I can chew, but I have to just chip away, checking off each as I go. I also realized that I guess I don’t want to see Antarctica, however, I don’t think I have to explain why?  Brrr. Lastly, I didn’t mention North America and Canada, but I will write another article on the states I still need to see here at home.

Creating a bucket list is a fun way to look forward to travels, or any goals you set for yourself to accomplish in your lifetime. They say visualization is the first step in manifesting your reality. Life goes by way too fast to let time slip away and not live your life to its fullest. Living by definition is- “the pursuit of a lifestyle of the specified type”

Travel to me is living. 

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4 Reasons why people tell me not to Travel to India, and 5 Reasons why I should anyway

by Saturday, November 22, 2014

I’m planning a 2 week trip with my daughter this upcoming April, with stops in India, Thailand and United Arab Emirates. When I tell people of my travel plans the first response is always, “Why India?” And then they continue, “it’s so poor, and dirty, and your will get sick.” My response  in defense is, ” There are many things that give good reason to want to visit this country”.  Let me ellaborate. If you are one of the many that feel the same way, thinking anyone would be crazy to want to go to India, hopefully I can share some insight on why it’s not as bad as you think afterall. Possibly you could even become more open-minded about it and consider going yourself? Well, I’m probably not going to be that convincing, but I can share some positive things I’ve learned for my approaching visit that could set a clearer picture of why I’ve chose to go there. I understand there is validity in some points, but travelling to me is a form of education. You learn so much from visiting places and seeing how it really is, for the locals to live, day in and day out,  in their part of this world. What would you learn from sitting in a fancy hotel, at a typical location, just like where your from, with all the comforts of home?  Not much of anything in my opinion. If you want to travel that way, then save your time and money and stay home. If you want to get the best out of your trips, get out and emerge yourself with the people, their food and  their culture, even if it’s not so pretty or you feel completely out of your element.  You not only are learning, but you may also get a new sense of  respect and gratitude of how you live yourself.


I came up with a list of 4 reasons why people tell me not to go and 5 reasons why I think I  should.  First the bad news.


Why I shouldn’t go to India:

  1. DIRTY

thewanderlustyogi.netLittering in India is a big problem. Unfortunately, it is something that seems to have gotten worse and out of control because its been going on for so long. There were no anti-littering laws made by Indian government as they do in other, cleaner, countries.  The government now has made laws, that if caught littering in public places, the government would fine you 500 rupees. The anti-littering campagnes and new laws in place, are aiding to help solve this problem. Seeing this first hand would be an important lesson to my daughter and me as well. By witnessing these dreadful sights and unpleasant smells up close, it could make a huge impact on our feelings of how important it truly is, to respect your land and environment, for the health and welfare of the people, animals and the Earth itself. This paints a clear picture of the  importance for sustainablity for our future generations, and how devastating it can be if you don’t.


The Lesson-  Take care of our planet


 

  1. POOR

thewanderlustyogi.netUnfortunately, India has an unequal distribution of wealth.  Most all of the economic development is found in the larger cities, where as most of the population is living in the countryside. By going to these poor countries, it helps you put into perspective of how good we really have it. It may even influence your desire to help in some way, possibly volunteering or giving donations to a cause. As an American, I am guilty of living a pretty spoiled life. Im not rich by any means, but I do understand that I am extremely fortunate to have a home and bed to sleep in, food in my stomach and clothes on my back, which is not a given to many people all over this world. We are so quick to complain about what we don’t have, but spend little time appreciating the abundance of the things we do have.


The Lesson-Be grateful 


 

  1. OVER-POPULATEDthewanderlustyogi.net

India is set to be the most populated country in the world, climbing to 1.21 billion this year. While that is astonishing, why is that a reason not to go visit? I look at is as an adventure. Call me crazy, but I think it would be so fun to zip along in the crowded streets of New Delhi in a rickshaw, or shop in the Grand Bazarr, full of the colorful items for sale, noises, smells, and fast-paced action throughout the market.  Although I may not like to “live” in a place that is so congested with people everywhere, why not enjoy the exposure of that sort of enviroment for yourself? It could be a real thrill: sometimes you got to get out of your comfort zone to feel alive. It doesn’t mean you have to stay there.


The lesson- Culture-shock can be fun!


 

  1. YOU WILL GET SICK

thewanderlustyogi.netYes, there is a possiblitiy of getting food-poisoning in India, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting. If you are educated on what to do and what not to, get the proper immunizations, and are careful, you probably won’t get sick. You are also likely to get sick in places such as  Mexico and Dominican Republic,  (I did when I last visited Punta Cana, DR in May 2011)  but that doesn’t seem to stop the flocks of tourists heading to the sandy beaches these places offer. Planning ahead and being sensible could avoid unwanted illness on your trip. Tips like: not drinking the water, being sure water bottles are sealed, not eating from street venders, being sure to get any needed vaccinations and medications from your physician before you leave. If you and cautious of what you eat, you should be fine.


The Lesson-Be prepared



Why I should go to India:

  1. INEXPENSIVE

thewanderlustyogi.netThe good news about traveling to India is it is very inexpensive.  Unlike expensive trips to places like Europe , your US dollar will go a very long way.  $1.00 US is equal to 61.69 Indian Rupee.  Some of common things you would buy would be a lunch, including tea, would cost the equivilent of $1.00-$2.00 US , a rickshaw ride would cost  $.50 US,  the entrance to museums would cost $2.00 US equivalent.  While on vacation in India you can have $20.00 US, per day and do many things and eat very well. Not bad at all, when I consider I spent about $200 US, per day, while I was in Paris this past August, and I was being very frugal!


The Lesson-The value of money and economics


 

  1. FOOD

thewanderlustyogi.netIndian food is so distinct with its intense flavors of curries and local spices. You can’t help but to instantly know when you smell Indian food.  Although many feel that all Indian food is spicy, a lot of it is, but that’s not always the case.  They also have aromic foods and naan breads that are rich with flavor, but not hot to the palate.  To be able to taste the ancient culture through its food, is a learning experience to the taste buds. Trying meals that have been past down  from generation to genration can help feel a sense of the people through their food.  Many of the local spices cannot be found anywhere else, so by eating their food, you get to expose yourself to  flavors like no other, even if you prefer a cheeseburger at home.  Be adventurous and try something you never have. You never know how much you may like it if you’re too afraid to try.


The Lesson- Food is good for the soul


 

  1. SPIRITUALITY

thewanderlustyogi.netIt is said that visiting India is an unmistakenly spiritual experience, whether intentionally or not. By visiting the many beautiful temples of India or the Holy water of the Ganges River, you can tell that relgion and spirituality is a very important part of the Indian culture.   No matter if  you are a Christian, a Buddhist,  a Jew, a Hindu, an athiest, a yogi;  this place manifests spiritualism from it’s core.  That’s why it’s no surprise that celebrities seeking a some form of spiritual awakening, such as the Beatles,  Steve Jobs, Richard Gere, Uma Thurman, Goldie Hawn, and many others, have travelled to this Holy land in their quest. If being in a place gives you a feeling of inner peace and improves your spiritual awareness,  I think it could impact your life in a very positive and meaningful way.


The Lesson-Travel is a good way to find yourself


 

  1. NATURE

thewanderlustyogi.netIf you love nature and all of its beauty, why not go to India and climb the Himalayan mountains?   While being the highest mountain system in the world, it is also has almost every type of climate due to the many ranges in altitude.  If you aren’t that adventurous but still want a little action, you could always go white water rafting on the Ganges River, but if you are a little more laid back and like sand on your toes, go visit the beautiful beaches of Goa.  Whatever form of natural beauty you enjoy, India offers a variety of landscapes that would be worthy of seeing .


The Lesson: The beauty in nature


 

  1. HISTORYthewanderlustyogi.net

If you are a history buff, India has a lot to offer you.  You can visit the world famous Taj Mahal and be in awe of its beauty and architecuture. There is also the Outb Minar, the tallest monument in India. Or witness the flower shaped Lotus Temple with its petal- like  construction. There is the Red Fort,  which was the home of the Mughal emperor of India for nearly 200 years, until 1857, and you can also see  his resting place by visiting  Humayan’s Tomb, just to name a few of India’s many historic sites. From temples to museums to statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, India has sites that can only be seen in its part of the this world.


The Lesson- Learn from the past to plan for the future


Okay, so maybe you are still not ready to jump on the next flight to New Delhi? Fine. But hopefully, I shared some worthwhile highlights of India that you can only experience if you have a chance to go. I don’t always pick third world destinations for my travels, but I would never exclude them. Learning is key to all of my destinations. That to me, outweighs any sort of short-term inconveniences I may endure. Every new place I visit teaches me something and also helps me learn more about myself. The value in that to me, is priceless.

Plan A Trip for mother and daughter

by Sunday, November 16, 2014

Traveling is my passion! And this wanderlust has been passed down to my daughter. She now also has this desire to see the world, one continent at a time. I guess its just like the old saying goes, “Like mother, like daughter”. thewanderlustyogi.netWe think its funny when we talk to people who just don’t understand this uncontrollable urge, to go, travel, see the world.  This often happens, especially when we tell people about destinations we want to see, like India, South East Asia, South America, etc.  The usual response is, “Why would you want to go to such poor and dirty countries?” The answer is, “Why not?” Most people only see the bad in these type of countries, much due to the media and their portrayal of them.  When in reality, there are many good qualities that these countries can offer visitors.  If anything, you will take away something from them; good or bad. Some only travel to all-inclusive vacation destinations, or close to home get-aways, and some don’t like to travel anywhere at all! thewanderlustyogi.netWhat  we seek in travel, is not to only be a tourist, but we wish to get engulfed in the culture and learn more from being amongst the locals, then going to a place filled with other Americans on holiday. What is the point? How will you really learn about the locals, the culture, the history by hanging out with some other tourist from the MidWest? You really can’t, in my opinion. You are wasting your time and money by traveling that way, you could just read a book about the location. I don’t believe you can really get an  in depth understanding of a place unless you completely emerge yourself in it. But, to each his own.


 

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I, at first thought  when I was young the idea of travel was just a day dream. I didn’t grow up traveling the world. Our summer vacations consisted of going an hour north to the beaches on New Hampshire. World travel was not in the cards, at all! It just wasn’t even a thought. I wanted to travel because I never really went anywhere, not even out of the country for that matter. Maybe it was just my curiosity to see how it was somewhere else? To see how they live. What they eat? How they spend their free time?  How different people were from me? But once I started to travel a little bit as an adult, it only ignited my fire more. There are so many places to see, and such little time,…oh, and money. Ugh!


 

thewanderlustyogi.netThis summer 2014, my daughter came to me about a trip she wanted to do to India this upcoming summer, with an organization called People to People.  It is an education program for kids to travel around the world while also doing some volunteerism.  I  of coarse,immediately thought it was a great idea, although a bit nervous for letting her go with strangers at such a young age of 16, but nonetheless, wanted her to able to experience world travel and culture.  And because I never got to do these things as a child, I wanted to be able to let my daughter have these experiences that I’ve only dreamed of.  My opinion is, “It’s the best form of education and learning tolerance.” I was completely on board, now she just had to ask her Dad.

thewanderlustyogi.netWe started looking into the trip and it sounded amazing! She would be seeing the tourist sites such as the Taj Mahal and other museums, rafting on the Ganges River, spending time with a host family and doing volunteer work with Indian children.  Wow! This is perfect. Whats the catch? Well, lets see, this life changing trip would only cost $7,000!!!! I initially was shocked at such a high price, but didn’t want to disappoint her and figured at least I only have to come up with half, if her Dad would pitch in too, but that is still $3,500. I would make it work, somehow, only if her father, my ex-husband agreed to do the same.  And he hesitantly did. I think he also was nervous about letting her go alone and also was a bit taken back of the large price tag.


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Last week I was researching for a future trip for myself, possibly seeing Macchu Pichu in Peru, but was also leaning towards to India. A place that was on top of my very long bucket list. Because of my interest in yoga and Buddhism, it was a no brainer that I had to go to the source of both someday. India it was.


Then a light bulb came into my thoughts.  Why not do an India trip together with my daughter.  We could have one last bonding time before she goes off to college and enters adulthood. And why not do something that we both enjoy immensely, travel! With my budget conscious ways, we could also do this trip for far less that the People to People one, and it would be for 2, not 1.

thewanderlustyogi.netI talked to her about my idea and at first she was a little disappointed because she was going with a friend and wasn’t sure she would get the same type of experience. I agreed, it would be different, yes, but we have the freedom to custom build our trip to do whatever we wanted.  When I suggested the possibility to also try to visit Thailand and Dubai during this trip, she was in!  Our plan was in the works.


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Why I chose Thailand was because it was also another bucket list destination of mine, and since we were all the way over in that region of the world, if at all possible squeeze that in too, I could check it off.  The Dubai part came when I was looking up flights, Emirates Airlines had the best deals, and Dubai is their hub, which means each stop-over is there. A perfect way to break up the grueling 24 hour flight. Not to mention, a cool futuristic looking city that has gotten much hype as of late. My uncle frequents there and told me, “Dubai is beautiful, expensive and hot! ”  The pictures look out of this world. If I had a chance to witness it first hand, I was going to.

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Dubai,United Arab Emirates “the city of extremes”

Boom, after a full day of browsing the internet for the best itineraries and deals, we booked it! It is now a reality.  In my mind, once the tickets are bought, the trip comes to life. We would go for two weeks, since it is so far, going any less would be too hard to be able to get enough time to do everything we wanted. We would go the last two weeks of April, one of them being my daughter’s school vacation week. Missing a week of school in her junior year was risky, but she is a very good student, and the learning experience of travel outweighed the drawbacks of missing one week of school to me.


 

thewanderlustyogi.netThe Plan:

Leave Boston on April 18th-arriving in New Delhi that following Monday, April 20th. Spend 4 days in India, then leaving for Thailand on the 24th, exploring Bangkok, then hopping a quick flight to the Island of Phi Phi for a couple day, ending our trip with a few days in Dubai as our stopover, then back home to Boston on May 2nd. That sure is a lot of plane rides and sounds a bit unachievable, if not exhausting , just thinking about it. But I was hungry for adventure and she is young. We could do it!  India/Thailand/Dubai:Itinerary

In just 5 short months, we will be taking a magical, life-changing journey that will be  forever be in our memory. I can hardly wait.

I plan to blog about our adventures with the hopes to inspire others to travel for a special reason, like an anniversary, quality family time, honeymoon, or just to travel for the sake of the journey.  Life is too short to not take the time the live.thewanderlustyogi.net

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