The Last Decade & My Love for Travel #DecadeHop #RRxMM

Travel in the Last Decade

Hello everyone, hope you all are doing great. Finally, I’m writing my first post of this month and the year 2020. All thanks to Manas and Rashi for coming up with this blog hop. The theme of this blog hop is ‘Decade’ and I have no idea what I’m going to write about my gone by years. And I’m clueless about my aspirations for the next decade. Frankly, there’s nothing interesting or inspiring about my life which is worth sharing (if I look at it as a whole).

I have a very normal life with balanced ups and downs. I finished my MBA & got my 1st job in 2010, got married in 2015, became a mother in 2016, started a blog ‘Growing with Nemit’ as a hobby in 2017 (started getting paid collabs from the 5th month), hobby became a passion and I started calling myself a blogger in 2018, and in 2019 I published an eBook ‘Travel India with a Toddler‘ with the Blogchatter. So, I have quite a happy, balanced & satisfied life. No complaints No qualms.

This may seem like a boring life journey to many. But there is something which makes my life adventurous. And that’s my love for travel! A constant in my life.

You may also want to read – 40 places I want to visit before I turn 40!

My love for adventure travel goes back to my childhood when trekking meant going on long yatras (pilgrimages) with my parents. So even before I finished school I had been on almost all the famous Hindu Holy expeditions from Vaishno Devi to Yamnotri to Gangotri to Badrinath to Kedarnath & even to Hemkunth Sahib. And I would always convince my parents to allow me to join the school & college trips.

But my actual travel journey started in 2010 when I finished my post-graduation & started working. My mom became my travel partner & together we planned some amazing trips every year until I got married. We did face some roadblocks but what’s life without challenges!

But hey, nothing could stop us from dreaming!

My marriage (2015) or motherhood (2016) didn’t stop me from living my travel dream, now I got 2 more enthusiastic travel partners, my husband & my son. My mom still travels with us whenever she’s free.

The best part, we could also convince my Mother-in-law to travel with us. Some of our best trips are the ones where we all 5 travelled together.

Two of my most favourite trips with both my moms are the Andaman Islands and Kashmir (2018)

 

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And here’s An Ultimate Kashmir Travel Guide!

If you watch our stories on Instagram or Facebook then you already know where all we have travelled with our son in the last 4 years. If not, do check out our account & you may find some interesting travel stories saved under the highlights.

You may also check the ‘Travel & Expedition‘ category on our blog for more detailed articles.

And, I have recently started sharing travel videos on our YouTube channel too.

Don’t forget to hit the Subscribe button above if you see some potential in this new ‘Mom Travel Blogger’

From this year on, we will be taking up travel blogging & vlogging more seriously because this is what we enjoy the most. Travel is love!

When it comes to travel, words fall short and pictures help do the talking.

So, here are some pics of fun travels with mom from the first half of the last decade.

The Last Decade

2010 – Kerala

2010 Kerala- Travel in the last decade

The year 2010 – Clockwise from the left- Vivekananda Rock Memorial -Kanyakumari, Athirappilly waterfalls – Kerala, Kovalam Houseboat – Kerala


It was our first long trip & we travelled like locals for 10 days.


2011 – Dharamshala

2011 Mc Leodganj Dharamshala

The year 2011 – Mc Leodganj, Dharamshala


Our 1st road trip by local transport. Travelled by sleeper bus, auto, shared taxi and also experienced the fun of toy train.


2012 – The Andaman Islands (Jan), Manali (May), Mt. Abu (July)

2012 Manali & Mt Abu - 2011 Mc Leodganj Dharamshala - Travel in the last decade

The year 2012 – Clockwise from the left – Rohtang Pas – Manali, Adventure activity (rappelling) at Jogni falls – Manali, Bhramkumari’s – Mt Abu, Paragliding at Solang Valley – Manali


It was our 1st road trip by car when I drove all the way to Kiratpur and then we took a local bus to reach Manali since I was not confident about driving in the hills. Also, I did all the adventure sports there all alone, it was Amazing!

Sorry couldn’t find pics from our Andaman trip, will update that later.

I got a chance to visit Mt Abu when mom had to attend a Cardiology conference there.


2013 – Lansdowne

2013 Lansdowne

The year 2013 – a Road trip to Lansdowne


Our 2nd road trip by car and my first experience of driving through the mountains.


2014 – Meghalaya

2014 Meghalaya - Travel in the last decade

The Year 2014 – Trip to Meghalaya – Trek to Double Dekker Root Bridge, Cherrapunjee


This was a 10-day long trip, explored Guwahati, Shillong & Cherrapunjee. And the highlight of the trip was this trek to the famous Double Dekker Root Bridge. It was raining that day & we couldn’t find a guide to help us through the trek. So, we borrowed a map from our hotel and went all alone.


My mom is a woman of few words but she has taught me life’s biggest and most important lessons through her actions. She’s one strong-willed, fearless & confident woman I know who has taught me how to handle situations and overcome obstacles and never be dependent on anyone for anything. She showed me how love can heal any wound and family is the biggest strength one can have.

It’s only because of my mom’s support I could dream of exploring new places. And now with my family’s support, I am living that dream. We explored around 26 new destinations in the last 5 years.

And the recent one was our trip to Mumbai & Goa (Jan 2020) 

Goa 2020

A Leisure cum Adventure Trip to Goa, Jan 2020


“This post is a part of ‘DECADE Blog Hop’ #DecadeHop organised by #RRxMM Rashi Roy and Manas Mukul. The event is sponsored by Glo and co-sponsored by Beyond The BoxWedding ClapThe Colaba Store and Sanity Daily in association with authors Piyusha Vir and Richa S Mukherjee”

Decade blog hop

Decade Blog Hop


We don’t know what the future holds so just live the present in the best possible way. Do things which makes you happy & satisfied. And, never stop dreaming!

I hope you liked this post and have already started planning for your next trip. If you fear travelling with your child, then you should definitely check out our eBook ‘Travel India with a Toddler‘ for some motivation & travel tips.

Wish you all a fabulous year ahead!


 

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  1. Shail Thosani January 31, 2020 at 5:49 pm - Reply

    Arey waah a traveller!! Even I love traveling though I dont blog about travel but apart from cooking I love travelling. Even I have been for treks and visited hemkund sahib. It is a very serene place. Have mostly been to North and even travelled south. My husband and I both love to travel hence after marriage it was even more fun as we two have a gala planning each trip. Travel gives us a new experience each time.

  2. Shivani January 31, 2020 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    I have not been much of a Traveller but of late, around the time I hit 40, I have become more enthusiastic. (Reverse of you)
    I loved your journey and pics and deeply appreciate that you are enjoying it with your mother, both biological and legal.
    May you be able to fulfill the goals you’ve set for yourself

  3. Manisha Garg January 31, 2020 at 6:01 pm - Reply

    I love travelling too, it is something I have discovered late in my life but I love it. I really hope to travel a lot.

  4. Harjeet Kaur January 31, 2020 at 6:02 pm - Reply

    Hi Neha..I have read all your posts on Travel with Nemit and adored each one. You are indeed lucky you have both his grannies travel with you. Travel is the best teacher and I feel we learnt he most while travelling. I wish to travel too but don’t have the means to do it. Wish you more and more travel in the coming decade and Bon Voyage girl!

  5. Swarnali Nath January 31, 2020 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    For some health issues I have never been in traveling. But yes I long for traveling still. I really love your narration and the snaps of mother daughter duo. Best wishes for this decade.

  6. Meena Chatty January 31, 2020 at 6:30 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful journey yours has been! I am envious of you that you have been able to see so many places. May you see many more. Congrats on the book too!

    Meena from balconysunrise.wordpress.com

  7. Pri January 31, 2020 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    I thoroughlu enjoyed this pan India virtual tour with your family.
    Your passion for travel is palpable.

    Cheers to the travel bug and spirit of adventure…
    May they never leave your side!

    • Ujjwal Mishra January 31, 2020 at 11:52 pm - Reply

      Traveling is the best way of teaching new things to kids. You have really travelled so much in last ten years. May you get more reasons and locations ahead. Great snaps.

  8. Jyoti Arora January 31, 2020 at 6:41 pm - Reply

    Beautiful places with beautiful people double the joy !! Your love for traveling is amazing. Just keep exploringing and keep writing !! Best wishes!!

  9. Janaki Srinivasan January 31, 2020 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    Wow! Neha….the biggest thing when you are passionate about something is to find someone who shares the same passion. And you’ve been lucky on that front. So not matter what as long as you’re doing what you like, you will be content and happy. Wishing you many more journeys in future. Good luck!

    Janaki (@beyond the familiar)

  10. Srivalli January 31, 2020 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    I barely traveled (excluding the summer holidays) all my life though I’ve been nourishing the dream to go around the world. Your post is digging up those dreams for me.
    Loved traveling with you through the pictures you shared in the blog. I’m definitely going to check out your insta handle. Best wishes for the decade. Wishing you more such adventures. 🙂

  11. Pooja Priyamvada January 31, 2020 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    I envy you! You are doing everything I once wanted to do, ;lovely pictures I saw again and again, glad you followed your calling and gave your all to it.

  12. Anjali M Naik January 31, 2020 at 8:07 pm - Reply

    Wow. What an exciting blog about travels and adventures. You have travelled almost the entire length and breadth of the country. Eager to read more travel blogs from you in 2020.Best wishes dear !!

  13. Piya Gajbe January 31, 2020 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post. I am myself in love with travel and road trips are my favorite. I am definitely going to check out your other posts too. Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures. Best wishes!

  14. Sivaranjini January 31, 2020 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    All the interesting things of your life you have put it in a nut shell called travel and explored so much and then you say your life is normal and boring😜😜😜😜😜travel the world best wishes 😊🤗👏👍👍👍👍

  15. Maya Bhat January 31, 2020 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    I follow you everywhere and your travel stories are quite inspiring Neha. You simply spread some happiness through your posts on social media platforms. Keep travelling and write more stories in this decade too. 🙂

  16. Pallavi Acharya January 31, 2020 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    In no way a “normal” life! Your adventure journey is truly adventurous! It would be an achievement for me to do even half of the travel your have done! Cheers! Pallavi

  17. Zenobia Merchant January 31, 2020 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Fabulous travel stories. I’m amazed that you included your Lil one as well in your travel journey. Kudos. Keep exploring and keep writing.

  18. Supriti Garg January 31, 2020 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    finding a travel partner in your mom is so fun.. and u are truly blessed to be traveling with mom and mom-in-law together… the pics are oozing with fun and smiles… i hope ur vlog and travelogue kicks off well and may success kiss ur feet in the coming decade…

  19. Rohit Verma January 31, 2020 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    A mother – daughter travelling duo! Wow! Life is indeed full of surprises! Enjoy!

    • Srishti RajeevMenda February 3, 2020 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Growing with nemit and travelling… All bundled together. Your voyages are truly interesting. Nemit is blessed to have your vibe and waiting to read more!

  20. Novemberschild (Romila) January 31, 2020 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    I love travelling and I must say you are very lucky Neha to have your husband, son, mother and mother in law as your travel partners. Hope you explore more of the country and World in this new decade.

  21. Vartika Gakhar January 31, 2020 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I have read many of your travel blogs and i know about your travel obsession as I am sailing in the same boat. Loved the pictures and your journey. Wish 2020 brings more travel adventures your way, Neha

  22. Ruchi Nasa January 31, 2020 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    That was such a beautiful recap of travel journey through decade. Even I’m such a travel freak. Travelling just opens up a whole new world.

  23. Deepika Mishra January 31, 2020 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Hi Neha! Glad to read your post after a long time. I witnessed your last 1year travelling journey and I am proud of you for that because you did travel with your 4 years old boy. I am not a this type of travelling person. Congratulations on your Youtube channel. You are doing fabulous. Best wishes to the future.

    Deepika Mishra

  24. Archana January 31, 2020 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    What an incredible travelling journey of a decade.So many place, you are indeed a blessed person That your living and fulfilling your dreams exactly in the way you alwayz wanted to get.wish you luck to accomplish your mission to visit 40places till the age 40.

  25. PraGun X January 31, 2020 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Wow, that’s a lovely picturesque post, I loved the photographic journey of the decade.
    I have read your book and loved it too. Even I’m an avid traveler and have always loved traveling to new places, meeting new people, experiencing new cuisines its a great experience. But haven’t yet started with my travel posts much, your pics are motivating me to start one.

  26. Pashmeena Chowdhary January 31, 2020 at 11:54 pm - Reply

    Neha I love travelling and have a long bucket list too..This post was Godsend for me..Loved it immensely..The linked blog post was also very informative and helpful..It is happy to see you and your family travel..You wrote it in a very captivating manner.. And yes the pics were lovely 😍Happy travelling..

  27. Namratha Varadharajan February 1, 2020 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Balanced lives are what we all aim for, so that does not mean it is boring or there is no story to tell. I love your travelogue. Thanks for sharing all your beautiful memories with us and all the best for your vlog this new decade. Do what you love and wishing you a lot of balance this decade too:)

  28. Surbhi Prapanna February 1, 2020 at 5:07 am - Reply

    amazing neha, and like always I am highly impressed with your travel enthusiasm. it is really amazing that you had visited so many beautiful places in last decade and already had a wish list for upcoming decade. wishing that you all dreams come true and you enjoyed more exciting travel trips with your family in upcoming decade too.

  29. Rohit Verma February 1, 2020 at 7:12 am - Reply

    A mother daughter travelling duo! Truly remarkable. Here is wishing you many more journeys both outside and inside! Rohit Verma

  30. Pragnya Mishra February 1, 2020 at 9:33 am - Reply

    Hey, Neha! I have been following your journey for months now and adore how you plan and execute travel plans. Your e-book was excellent giving all meticulous details for places to travel with a kid. Keep giving us travel goals!

  31. Sonia Dogra February 1, 2020 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Hi Neha
    I’m so impressed! I like to travel too but you have been super. And I loved the spirit of your mom too. You must tell her this. I wish you more travel, fun and adventure in the coming decade!💐💐

  32. Hema February 1, 2020 at 11:18 am - Reply

    wow! you have been to many beautiful places. That too with a small kid!! jahaan chaah vahaan raah <3 lovely pics.

  33. Sundeep Ananth Dubey February 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm - Reply

    Firstly, I can relate to the pilgrimage travel, I have done that all through my childhood too. I always wanted to travel, never got the opportunity to though, but I would like to travel extensively and see the world more and more.
    I loved your journey through the dev=cade and your pictures speak a thousand words each. Loved your writing as well.
    — rightpurchasing

  34. prerna wahi February 1, 2020 at 12:54 pm - Reply

    I enjoyed reading about your travel escapades over the decade. I particularly enjoyed the pictures you have included along with the places you have visited. May you venture to more and more places in the coming decades!

    • Monika February 1, 2020 at 10:21 pm - Reply

      I love how you are travelling together with both moms. It is always great to travel , eat , pray together . Loved your post and pics . I have not been to Andaman . Let me reach out to your post . Thanks

  35. Radhika Acharya February 1, 2020 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    What a lovely fun way of experiencing life! Travelling can be the best teacher!!
    And travelling with family is the best.
    May you achieve all the plans that you’ve made for the ongoing decade !! Best wishes.

  36. Suha Vijay February 1, 2020 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    I am following you from A2Z days and now had become fan of your travelogues. This article gives any new reader the gist of your travel book too.. wonderful job

  37. Ritu February 1, 2020 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Loved reading about your travels. The north-east is amazing. I have been lucky enough to live there for a few years. Wishing you a lot more in the new decade and beyond. I “met” you during MyFriendAlexa. It is great to re-connect with you.

  38. Deepika February 1, 2020 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Some amazing pictures there of beautiful places. We love traveling too, and most of them are road trips, the best way to see and enjoy I believe. And it’s even better when everyone travels together. Will definitely be reading more about your travels.
    Best wishes
    Deepika

  39. Jayanthi Manikandan February 1, 2020 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Nice to see your travel stories…. and travelling with mother and mother-in-law? That is even more fun… 🙂 do plan on more places in the South…there are a lot of wonderful places there too…

  40. Shalini February 1, 2020 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    Absolutely loved reading your travel tales! I am going to read a few more of the posts that you’ve linked 🙂 Wish you a fun, travel-filed decade ahead!

  41. Sonam Chamaria February 1, 2020 at 11:30 pm - Reply

    I too love traveling!
    Would def get in touch with you if I plan a trip to one of these places 🙂
    Great u didn’t let motherhood stop you from following your passion!

  42. Varsh February 1, 2020 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    Apologies Neha but I found your pictures lot more interesting than the post. Your long hair remind me of my college days. I;ve travelled a lot with my parents as a kid and your pics reminded me on my trips with my Mom. Travelling is a wonderful way to experience life and is the biggest teacher too. Hope that you continue travelling and sharing it with us in future too!

  43. Pavi Raman February 2, 2020 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Boring? Your life is anything but!! Traveling to exotic locations, connecting with both of your kids and making lovely memories, sounds like the best way to spend time. One day, hopefully not too far away, I’ll finally make a solo trip. You’ve inspired me to! Hugs and here’s to sunsets in new places! <3

  44. Debidutta Mohanty February 2, 2020 at 12:34 am - Reply

    Your post really inspires for having some travel goals. Visiting North East and entire Rajasthan has been long in my list. Travelling teaches you a lot and even after having twinnies we have visited several places. Was not aware of paragliding at Manali thats there in my bucket list . Thanks for this informative post.

  45. Meera February 2, 2020 at 12:54 am - Reply

    Neha, thank you for taking to so many places through your blog. And traveling is a great therapy and also am so happy that you tag along both mommies.

    Gal it’s an art to get all together in a travel.
    May you all travel more and treat our eyes

    And I would reach you for advice.

  46. Mahesh Sowani February 2, 2020 at 6:07 am - Reply

    After reading your post I must say, I am jealous. I too want to visit all those wonderful places. Keep writing and giving us the joy of arm chair travelling

  47. Geethica Mehra February 2, 2020 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    Frankly speaking, I just skimmed through your post because your photos and lovely video kept me hooked. Wish you many more travels in the coming years.
    In between, I saw your long hair in of the photos. Totally Wow!!!

  48. Jyotirmoy Sarkar February 2, 2020 at 1:52 pm - Reply

    You are contagious …i think so, the near and dear ones are being affected of your nature of traveling…

    It was really an wonderful read, i have seen your pictures and the video also in insta.Wish you many more exploring experiences in future.

  49. Priyal February 2, 2020 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    Wow I always love watching your travel stories on Instagram, as I too love travelling, but I haven’t much travel due to my health issues, but this year I am planning to add few places on my vacation list, if my health permit. Let’s see

  50. Noor Anand Chawla February 2, 2020 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    Lovely post Neha! I know you are as much of a travel aficionado as I am. I, too, need to constantly be on the move. It’s wonderful that you and your mother have had such memorable trips. It was such a delight to travel down memory lane through your pictures. Keep travelling!

  51. Arushi Seth February 2, 2020 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    I love seeing your insta stories and videos of your travels. I loved your post especially the pics you have put. Its always nice when your family shares your passion. Wishing you a great decade ahead full of more travel so that we can read and see more posts from you 🙂

  52. anupriya February 2, 2020 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    I have followed your blogging journey as well as your travel snapshots regularly for some time now. And can I say that I am impressed by your enthusiasm towards life. Keep up with this wonderful spirit and I hope your offspring also inherits this quality

  53. Disha February 3, 2020 at 12:19 am - Reply

    Beautiful pictures of all your fun filled trips. And, as someone who loves travelling, it’s a blessing to have parents and partner enjoy it too!

  54. Alpana February 3, 2020 at 3:22 am - Reply

    I have read many of your travel blogs and they all seemed equally great. Great that you have a got like idea people in your life. I am sure Nemit is also grasping many new experiences from these travels.

  55. Piyusha Vir February 3, 2020 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Thank you for taking us along on your travels. I loved seeing the pictures and felt as if I was right there with you. Andamans is also one of my favourite trips.
    What I loved most was the number of trips you’ve taken with your mom. And then, you got even more travel partners. That’s so amazing! It’s great to have a family that enjoys travelling as much as you. Here’s to more such family fun trips for you in the coming decade.

  56. Amrendra Sinha February 3, 2020 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    Loved your traveling experience. Even I have started travelog

  57. Shipra Trivedi February 3, 2020 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Neha, I came to know about your through one of your travel post only. Since then being reading you. I have already conveyed my feelings that you are such a gem that you share a beautiful bond with your mother in law. Both Nani and Dadi look fab in each of the pics and hats off to their positivity!

  58. Preeti Negi February 3, 2020 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    U r indeed a born traveller. Looking at your pics I can see that you started it from a very early age. It is so good to see the whole family travelling together. Evokes such a cozy feeling within me.
    Here is wishing you more travels with your loved ones in the decades to come.

    #readbypreetispanorama

  59. Vibhu Gaur February 4, 2020 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Your journey is so very close to heart as it revolves around travel with everything happening in the background. The fact that you didn’t let the spirit go despite many changes in life is commendable. Shout out to your two moms for the spirit they carry 🙂 . I do follow your Insta stories and they are really exciting. I am sure your son is going to grow up to be a travel freak… lol. What’s more satisfying than living your dream and earning through it. Keep rising and shining.

  60. Manas Mukul February 6, 2020 at 3:33 am - Reply

    You have spent.a great picturesque decade. The icing on the cake is you get to travel along with both your moms and it seems they too bond very well. Have always liked your writing and the liking keeps increasing with every write up. Keep Travelling 😊👍
    #DecadeHop #RRxMM

  61. Rashi Roy February 7, 2020 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    That’s such a refreshing post. So nice to see you are creating memories with traveling and also sharing with us. Have enjoyed your YouTube videos too 🙂 Am glad you participated in this blog hop and shared your journey with us 🙂

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