The Year that was 2015
Another year has passed and it’s time to stop and look back; take stock of my journeys, not only in terms of travel but the journeys which opened a new horizon for me and helped me see the world with diverse perceptions.
I know it is so cliché to reflect back but it’s something I have been doing all these years…. to see how enriching my walk has been.
Did I achieve something in year 2015?
Yes and No. Travel wise you might think I travelled enough but it was a good year for me, not a great one. Once again, the year took me places & brought me laurels.
It’s a great feeling that I was appreciated and recognized as a professional travel blogger at international level. That also means I was paid in dollars for my blogging assignments besides taking care of all logistics!
The year 2015 took me to 7 countries (if you consider Macau & Hong Kong as separate entities) including twice to Thailand, Singapore and Indonesia. Some countries were new, some revisited.
My first international trip was to Thailand in January when I was invited to experience rustic tourism in the country. Journalists from Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, Dubai, Taiwan and Thailand gave me company. We travelled to interiors and enjoyed to the hilt. It was very enriching trip for me and I learnt a lot about living the Thai culture.
I painted my own ceramic, watched shadow puppet show, learnt to make palm sugar, Thai Herbal compress and intricacies of textiles & musical instruments made of coconuts, Dragon Jars and much more. You can read a few articles here. There is lot more to come. 🙂
Remember I told you about my husband Vasu leaving his job and joining me? Till now he was funding all my solo trips. Not anymore. Well, he decided we should travel together. If not now, then when? So, our first international trip together in this year was to Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau. We flew Malaysian Airlines for the simple reason that we got the cheapest tickets.
It was almost a month long trip and it will remain one of our best trips ever. We did not rush into things, pampered ourselves and cherished the moments. Lots have been written on the blog about this trip and more to come.
Oh yes, it also made a big hole in our pockets! 😀
In April, I was invited by Indonesian Tourism Board to cover the 60th commemoration day of the Asian African Conference. I was the only one representing India from the select international bloggers, instagrammers, photographers and travel enthusiasts from across the world on this weeklong trip. Of course, we saw other places as well.
This year I also went to Delhi thrice, all personal visits.
By now, you’d have known that I am associated with Ford to promote their newly launched vehicles. Ford Figo, Ford Ecosport and this year Ford Aspire. Need I say we were flown down to Udaipur for a pre-launch event ? 🙂
September saw me accepting the invite from Jordan & flying down to the exotic country. They had invited me in March also, but because of our month long trip, I had to decline it along with other international invites. It was my first trip to Jordan and I can say, I could just scratch the surface. The country has so much to explore that even a month is not enough. I cooked Jordanian meal, learnt a few arts and experienced Bedouin lifestyle. I wish to visit the country again.
When my two previous attempts to attend TBEX failed miserably (I lost much money in terms of air tickets and other expenses due to last minute cancellations), I had decided to go to Thailand for next TBEX in October, come what may.
So, we both registered ourselves, booked air tickets and landed there for the conference before any unforeseen stops us again. 😛 We stayed back after the conference to explore the place further on our own. We saw untouristy places which you would not do otherwise.
Bangalore happened immediately after Thailand. It was a personal trip again.
Indonesia invited me again in end November. When I returned in December, I had mentally decided one more thing…. that it would be my last international trip of the year.
In Indonesia we visited Jakarta, Bali and Bandung learning about crafts, culture, temples and dances among other things. Stay tuned, there’s lot to be written about it.
I was also interviewed and featured in several media outlets including Times World Travel Magazine.
Now you decide for me, how the year 2015 treated me. 🙂
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I follow your blog, no matter what.
But this post is always awaited. Thank you.
You are an inspiration to many of us.
Thank you very much for your kind words.
I love when people travel with me. 🙂
Here is wishing you a year filled with more new and exciting travels and experiences, Nisha!
Thank you Charu.
Wish to meet you somewhere this year. It’s been long. 🙂
Wishing you a year filled with travel in 2016 as well !!!!
Wish you both the same. May we all travel more. 🙂
We wish you a very happy new year Nisha. May 2016 bring you even more fabulous travel experience !!
Same to you sisters. Happy New Year.
P.S.- I’ll appreciate if you comment with your name instead of your blog’s name. I prefer people. 🙂
Happy New Year! All the best for you in 2016 🙂
Happy New year to you too Antonina! 🙂
Wonderful ! You sure deserve all the accolades Nisha .. I specially liked that pic with a plate full of puja samagri (?) ..was fooled for a moment 🙂
Ha ha you can call it puja samagri. It is actually offered to the monks. And they offer many things which will be a surprise for us. 🙂
I have written about it separately on my experience. Do read it.
Have a fabulous 2016 blessed with travels.
Oh Thank you so much Niranjan! That’s what I wanted. 🙂
And I wish you the same.
Looks like 2015 was a great year. Hope 2016 is even better. Happy 2016!
Amen! Wish you the same. 🙂
wonderful… may you travel more in 2016 and visit newer places around the world
Thank you and I wish you the same. 🙂
Awesome, Keep sharing 🙂
Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2016.
Wish you the same, Rupam. 🙂
Clearly an eventful and satisfying 2015.Wish you many more adventures and laurels in 2016!
Thank you so much Rajeev.
Just went and saw the yahoo video on you.It is wonderful! Loved your approach to travel-interesting, unique, offbeat!
Thank you for your kind words. 🙂
That is fabulous! Wish you many more travels, memorable moments and accolades in 2016, Nisha! 🙂
Thank you Arti. Where the new year is taking you? 🙂
Wish you Happy and Prosperous New Year.
Thank you Rajesh , I wish you the same.
Hi Nisha, Happy New Year,
Being your followers i wish you a great life ahead keep posting like you have done in past.
Thank you very much. Do you also love to travel?
Looks like you had a lovely year. Jordan sounds the most exotic and exciting to me. I hope to make a trip there soon. Happy New Year to you and Vasu ! I hope 2016 takes you two all over the globe 🙂
Thank you Roxanne. I wish you too a meaningful year full of travel.
Nice post. So much travel in just 1 year. thats really fantastic. Wish you travel much more than this in 2016
And I take your wishes seriously. 🙂
Meaningful travel in 2016. 🙂
Hi… I remember I read your story that just after marriage you went to travel alone leaving your husband and your family was not happy about it but husband was… so great you could travel together around different parts of the world last year. Women solo travel, women group travel all becoming a trend thesedays, but you are definitely a example of a experienced women solo traveller… which is really cool … well I think 2015 was quite good for you with all your travel experiences and the recognition etc…
Oh My God!!
How do you remember that??
It had appeared in Times World Magazine when they interviewed me!
Thank you so much for your kind words. I wish you a meaningful year as well. 🙂
Happy 2016, Nisha! 2015 was quite an exciting year for you and I wish you all the best for this year. May it be as diverse and exciting as 2015 was. It was great to meet you at TBEX Asia in Bangkok and I hope to see you again sometime in the future.
Thanks for dropping by.
Sure, we are going to meet somewhere soon. I believe that. 🙂
Sounds like a fabulous year Nisha – the best thing must be to have your husband travel with you now! 🙂
Thank you Chaitali.
Yes, I was missing his company but then too much everything isn’t good for health. 😛
I thought I commented on this- didn’t I?
Anyways, may you travel more this year
Thank you Shrinidhi. I wish you the same. 🙂
Great! And, here I am wishing you a very happy and fun (travel) filled new year!
Thank you. 🙂
Also, next time when you visit Bangalore drop me a line!
Sure! I generally announce on FB when I am about to go there.
Are you on FB too? Let’s connect.