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2018 Year In Review: My First Year of Travel Blogging

Stories - Shubham Varshney - December 22, 2018

First Year of Travel Blogging

No one knows that what life has destined for, only a particular phase comes and it gives matter to life. Quite a few nights ago, I was deep down in my memory lane and searching for the things which I have gained. Basically, I was gathering content for my 2018 Year in Review.

And you know what, the list is so big that I went straight to the different level, sleep, from that memory lane.

About two years ago, I was not known for what I meant, what I will be going to do in life and so many other things. But there is one thing that spaced in my mind that whatever be the circumstance will come, I will do something that will make my life meaningful.

And now, Here I am

Dream Thought

It almost being a year of my travel blogging. Each one of us wants to be the hero of our own life and we just want to make our story, a blockbuster one. Believe me, when I do daydreaming, I consider myself some superhuman type thing and started saving the world from this cancer, insomnia, and smartphones (I know it sounds horrible).

If I talk about my graduation, I am a Software Engineer. But if I make some slight chances, means Software replace by Writer and Engineer by Content, then it will make more sense to describe my profession.

This 2018 has completely changed my life, it gave me the direction, the journey, and destiny. And the combination of all these I made it JOURNEY TO THE WORLD’S HEART.

Looking back in 355 days, here is my 2018 Year in Review. It is comprised of all the major and minor achievements of mine.

The 2018 Year in Review Month Wise

January

As we all love to celebrate and cherish the very first day of the year with our loved ones, I chose to celebrate it with my FAMILY. I have done all the usual proceedings (no partying or harsh sound), the thing which I have remembered the most, that scrumdiddlyumptious, Mattar Paneer. My mom cooked it on the New Year’s night.

I have started my travel blogging from the second day of 2018 and there is a post Confronted 2017 and Giving Welcome to 2k18! Published in the first Week of New Year.

Believe me, now when I had look at that confronted 2017… post, I came to point that everything comes from a great practice and continuity. At first, I have started this blog for fun but now realized that blogging is much more of a fun.

I began my voyage to the center of this World from Taj Mahal.

Taj Mahal

Have you heard some places which gave the best sunrise moment? Well if you actually have heard then for sure Taj Mahal must be at a good position, so I had sunrise at Taj Mahal. And I swear on my lord, it was out-of-the-box.

Febuary

When this month first came in most of the people’s mind, love, peace, friendship, caringness, Et cetera, scattered all around. And experience this month in Agra city is just like icing on the cake.

The main streets of Agra lighten up all around the valentine week, and after that, the Taj part brightens up in the lights of Taj Mahotsav held in Shilpgram. I enjoyed this 10-days carnival to the depth.

Taj Mahal From AGra Fort

Also, in this month I have checked out the two World UNESCO Heritage Sights which Agra has claimed, Agra Fort and Fatehpur Sikri. And to my amazement, there are several things to see in Agra Fort and there is a brief Fatehpur Sikri History.

Fatehpur Sikri History

March

This month started with the blast of second most revered festival in India, Holi. And during this festival I have explored that city in which it celebrated with enthusiasm more than the rest of the country part, Barsana.

I had a 2 days trip to Barsana, a small village having connection with Hindu mythology. There are various things to do in Barsana and lots of places to see.

I liked this village very much, this is either because of my deep beliefs in almighty powers or it was just the serene beauty of this village.

April

Calming rays of Sun, ferociously standing green mountains and coming out of a river (Ganga) from them, this is how I would like to portrait Rishikesh.

places to visit in rishikesh
Click of Year

At the starting of this month, I made a plan to escape of out from my working schedule. So I planned a day trip to Rishikesh and found out that there are lots of places to visit in Rishikesh.

Many people said, “What you will be going to do in Rishikesh in just one day?” I literally showed them and when I said Literally, I mean it.

sunset in rishikesh

I got tattooed, got my favorite picture, and had a beautiful evening in the laps of Nature. It can be considered as the most fruitful month in my 2018 year in review.

May & June

I think every person in childhood loved these months because they are the months of summer holidays. The days in which we had done all the things which we wanted to do but those burning hot days will never be the same.

This year, I have passed these days in my 10-7 den. Reading books and eating lots of Mangos and watermelons.

I have taken interviews of some successful people and found out some answers of questions to ask a successful person. And honestly, the answers of those people influenced me very much and they still are helping me in order to get down on the right track of life.

July

The most adventurous month of this year, I had two back to back trips in this month. First-one was my dream trip, Amarnath Yatra 2018 and the second-one was of Ranthambore – Office Annual Meet (Not Safari).

Visiting the Amarnath cave was my dream since childhood (it will remain forever and whenever I will got chance, I will definitely convert it into fruit). Amarnath Yatra is one of the top 10 religious treks in India and I have proudly scribbled it onto my travel journal.

August

Taj Mahal

The Birthday Month. I love this month because of several reasons. The very first-one is it is my birth month, the month of rains and loaded clouds, the month of tranquility over a great drought and many more.

Also, it is the month which brings back the festivity in India after a long haul (no festival in May, June, and July). Let me tell you one thing it is the only month which has a meaning and which is also an adjective, August means noble/generous/AUSPICIOUS (the meaning of my name).

I LOVE this month! And it can also be considered as the best month of this 2018 year in review.

September & October

September goes up as it may like to pass straight away. No Bad memory – No Good Memory. Though, it gave me the knowledge of 7 virtues of Life for an enlighten living. On the other hand, this October brought me some gifts.

Having a good camera in hands and a map of a place in heart, is the dream that always twinkle in the mind of travelers. Especially in mine. At the very starting of the October, I bought a FujiFilm XT – 100 camera. It is just outstanding.

Also, I have started routine workout or I can say trying to reinstate it in my schedule.

Diwali Celebration

It is the late October the whole country was just like murmuring the song of Diwali Celebration 2018.

November & December

Stillness in River Yamuna, the warmth of those sunny days, with a richer hue of ice in the air, will best describe these November and December.

After a long chase in Game of Thrones, these months also tell us that winter is coming. Jokes apart, how many of you love winters? If yes, what is the best part of it? Tell me in the comment Section.

I just love winters, especially that cloths part. I love to wear good cloths, Jackets, Sweatshirts, and my favorite, Blazers. It is somewhere in my mind that winters provide me the time to being classy.

The Trumpets of New Year Celebration started blowing in the Whole World. We all are on the verge of entering in a new year. Giving a map to 2018 year in review, thinking the best and the worst in the whole past year.

Thinking not to repeat those mistakes which had done in the past. Nonetheless, thinking a productive and fruitful year ahead.

The 2018 Year Books Review

I have heard that listening makes speaking better and reading makes writing better. Regardless of any Language. So, in the starting of the 2018, I made a good decision that about of part of my day, I will give it to the books. And I am proud of my decision.

I have tried to read as many books as I can in this 2018, but the count stops at ten (Not a bad number for a beginner. And now from the God’s will, the graph will move upward only.

Below is the list of Books that I read in 2018 and out of these the books that I liked very much are The Fault in Our Stars and The Alchemist.

Plans for 2019?

Yet, we are no one to decide our plans in front of that supreme power. But this mind went of wandering. And creates a bunch of future goals.

In 2019, I will try to make as many travel stories as I can, I will try out helping needful people so that I can add it in my year in review. I will try to capture some beautiful photographs to tell people that our Nature is the gift to us from our Lords.

I have to read all the famous Holy Books that are present in this World, starting from the Bhagvad Gita.

Taking a workout routine to a different level. Putting on weight will be the task in Focus.

Well, here comes the end of my 2018 year in review. What’s the good thing in yours? Share with me, with your loved one and try to figure out the best and the worst. THINK OUTSIDE The BOX!

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