It’s that time of year again when my inbox is full of leave applications. It’s also that time of year when I want to run away myself. I guess you can blame this annual itch on all those long, lazy, crazy summer holidays from our childhood.
And if, like me, you earn an honest living and don’t have children of your own that you have to worry about entertaining in the summer, then there’s a planet waiting to be explored. Currently my mind is full of thoughts about cooler climes, friends in faraway places, different worlds (different beers), and amazing deals to aid any exploration I can dream up.
Tripping across the globe: Wisdom at a winery.
This time last year, the husband and I were sipping Pobblebonk—a Pino Grigio blend of Chardonnay, Riesling and Toqueraq—in a winery outside Melbourne. The name is derived from the sound (pobble, pobble) two frogs allegedly make when they are mating.
Some of you might remember the travel blog we wrote on our long round-the-world trip last year. We travelled from Mumbai to Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, US, Costa Rica, Brazil, Peru, South Africa and back to Mumbai. Yes, I know, I was aiding the destruction of the very planet I want to explore. A colleague kindly helped me calculate the carbon footprint of that trip (some 4,271.8kg of carbon dioxide, per person and he says I’d better get cracking planting the first of 192 trees to make up), but then again, I can’t imagine a life without long-distance travel. I can be vegetarian, stop shower baths, take public transport to work, segregate my garbage, explore a country via train but I can’t not go back to South America or South Africa.
Of course, the biggest question when you’ve got an entire planet to cover is, where exactly to go?
Last time, the world trip evolved precisely because the husband and I couldn’t agree on our dream destinations. We kept Europe and Asia out of the equation simply because they are easily accessible continents if you live in India. This year there are no such rules. Here’s what we’re thinking:
The Dalmatian coast, Croatia:The husband’s been reading a lot about it. Why not, I’m thinking. It certainly sounds more exciting than his last year’s top pick, Finland. Besides, according to some historians, this was the birthplace of the original explorer, Marco Polo.
Spain: Everyone has to visit Barcelona once in their lifetime, right? Also, I’ve been to Italy twice; I know I’ll love Spain. Architecture is not one of the husband’s pet subjects, but he says Gaudi intrigues him.
Argentina:My not-so-private fantasy. Malbec, the Tango and Patagonia.
Cuba: Have to go before Fidel Castro goes, right?
Botswana:Because, my God, there’s no place like Africa (except South America).
Of course, the husband will probably say he can’t take time off from work and then I will go off in a zero-carbon huff and spend a week at a friend’s house in Salogra in Himachal Pradesh.
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