Around the world in 80 days?

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I recently traveled to Canada for a wedding (which is why I was late on my post last week, sooo sorry!). And as my fellow Indians will probably understand, there are plenty of weddings to go around due to the sheer number of relatives we seem to have. And anyone who has been to a proper Indian wedding will also understand that they are filled with tons of colorful outfits, multiple events spanning up to a week, and meetings with family members you didn’t even know you had. It is all around absolute craziness and I love every second of it. Yes, even the sleepless nights – even if they come back to bite me in the … derriere … later.

So my recent trip got me thinking. I’ve traveled quite a bit for a university undergrad. As Saint Augustine once said, “The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” I am proud to say that I have read ten pages, having been to a grand total of ten countries. Gotta love those sky miles. Wooh! And yet, there are soooo many more that I hope to one day visit. Frankly, a large part of the reason I have actually gotten the chance to visit all these countries is because my family members don’t seem to like sticking to one place. They’re literally all over the world, in places you wouldn’t even expect. Seriously. Who ever heard of an Indian living in the Philippines? Italy? Well, you guessed it, I have at least one family member in each of these countries. At least I save on the price of hotel rooms.

I personally love traveling. I love every aspect of it. The moment when the plane speeds up and takes off. When you touch down or arrive at a new, never-before-seen-by-your-eyes destination. Everything is different when you arrive at a new place. The smell. The atmosphere. The people. It’s like opening your eyes for the first time all over again. You’re essentially a newborn baby, re-learning everything around you. It gets even crazier when you visit a place where the driving direction is completely switched and all of a sudden, everyone is driving on the left side of the road instead of the right. Talk about having your mind blown, confused, and disoriented all at once. For me, traveling is simply magical and sometimes I wish I could spend my entire life doing it.

Enough about me. Which crazy, exotic places do YOU have family in? And if your family is a little less nomadic and a bit more normal than mine, where would you like to visit? Where HAVE you visited? Favorite country? City? Specific place? Share your memories and tales with us in the comments below!

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
-Anais Nin

Traveling the world,

Intandesh

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