Monday, 22 December 2014

2014 Flashback – Lessons That I Learnt

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So another year whizzed by, isn’t it? I can’t believe 2014 is going to be over in just a week or so! It’s crazy! I mean I feel as if time is just slipping away… I’m sure most of us feel that way. Anyway, what matters is that we make the most of the time that we are given. Days, months and years don’t matter.


I LOVE looking back at the year gone by! It kind of gives me a better perspective of my life. I believe it’s good to count one’s blessings and acknowledge all the lessons learnt through the year. Of course, since travel is a major part of my life, most of the lessons that I learnt have stemmed from the experiences that I had on the road.

Okay now, let’s get started –

Keeping track of my finances 

The most precious lesson that I learned and practiced in 2014 has been keeping track of my money. I had never been good with money until my big trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling that literally taught me the tricks to manage my finances. It may sound funny, but now I write down each little expense on my travels. Such a practice keeps me aware of my expenses and helps me plan my trips better.  

Separate travel fund is a must for a traveller

This year I opened a savings account exclusively for my travel funds. Now each time I get my pay cheque, I transfer a certain amount to my ‘travel funds’ savings account and never use it for any purpose. In case I need money for something, I make alternate arrangements (take help from parents/siblings), but never touch my travel fund.    


More organised with my travel planning

Hope you haven’t missed out on my post – How Do I Plan My Travels, which I could write only after learning to be more organised when it comes to planning a trip. My recent trip to Hampi turned out to be absolutely smooth because of the mistakes that I made on my past trips and learnt through them.


You can NEVER control travel

Yes, travel is more unpredictable than you think. You can make plans, be determined and still won’t be able to materialise certain things. I have learnt to accept the fact that travel is not a race. There is no need to tick off destinations. I have learnt to just savour experiences and grow as a traveller and as an individual.


My failed travel plans taught me a lot – I couldn’t make it to North Sikkim, Bhutan and Kashmir, which were on my radar in the middle of the year. There were many issues – finances, weather, busy season, etc. I was sorely disappointed. But, when I looked back at my experiences in Sikkim and Darjeeling, I was in awe of what I could experience.

Statistics don’t necessarily define success

One important lesson that I learnt along the way is that it’s foolishness to fret about numbers and rankings. Success is beyond any statistics. I believe I am successful as long as I am doing my best – as long as I’m honest, original and focus on quality. Whether I rank high or low, travel blogging is fun anyway!  


Let go and move on  

Well, I’m still working on this one, but I am a lot better today than I ever was. Be it travel or my life in general, I want to be more relaxed and at peace with myself. I don’t want to be anxious about anything. I’m proud of being able to let certain things go and move on. There is nothing in life that you can control except for your own willingness to lead your life the way you like it. So, I just want to be the best I can be in any given circumstance.

So what have YOU learnt in 2014? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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26 comments:

  1. Wonderful lessons learnt and thanks for sharing. It works as very useful tips for me. Appreciate the thought "I believe I am successful as long as I am doing my best". It's truly inspiring. Wish you merry Christmas and a happy new year!

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    1. Thanks so much! :-) I'm glad you are inspired. Merry Christmas to you as well.

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  2. So what have YOU learnt in 2014?
    In 2014 I have learnt - I dont know how to earn via travel blog. :)

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    1. Well, there are other means to earn - freelancing is one of them.

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  3. I absolutely love the idea of keeping a totally seperate travel account - that's a fantastic idea - might try it myself!

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    1. Yes, keeping a separate travel account gives you confidence and peace.

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  4. Our learning....it is difficult to travel to your heart's content if you have a regular corporate job 😔

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    1. Yeah, that's true to an extent. But you can combine your long leaves like Diwali and Dusshera with a few leaves from your kitty and go for a holiday.

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  5. I love your idea of a travel fund. It's he way to go. I am son going to write something on those lines.

    @Tushar: you can't really earn from your travel blog unless you spend as much time on it as you do on your day job.

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    1. Thanks Paramvir! :-) Yeah, a separate savings account just for travel helps a lot.

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  6. Paramvir, thanks for writing. Maybe there is a difference between travel blog and personal travel blog.

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  7. Keeping a separate account to fund one's journeys sounds like a good idea indeed. I'm very undisciplined when it comes to managing my finances.

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    1. True! A separate savings account for travel ensures peace of mind. Being disciplined with money is an important aspect of a traveler's life.

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  8. I had to learn how to let go and move on. I didn't necessarily wanted it but I had to. I enjoyed your post, I hope you will have more retrospective posts on 2014:)

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    1. Thanks so much! :-) Yes, it's so important to have a 'let go' attitude in life.

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  9. wow very nice lesson to learnt.....i learnt in 2014 "LEARN ALWAYS IN LIFE".........
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    amulsharma

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    1. Thanks Amul! Yeah, the learning attitude should never go out of fashion!

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  10. Good lessons! I need to definitely apply your separate savings travel fund idea; excellent idea!

    One thing I learned this year? That I should embrace change and actively seek it out when life (especially career/work) is not in balance. Life is too short to allow it to pass by in monotony; having a life outside of my career is now a priority:)

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    1. That's a fabulous lesson you have learnt, too! :-)

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  11. Yep, being relaxed and leading one's own life at our pace is the best way to take each year.

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    1. Yes, absolutely! :-) Thanks Haddock!

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  12. You've learnt a lot, sweetie. It's so impressive! x Wishing you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! XxX

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    1. Thanks so much, Agness XxX. Merry Christmas to you as well!

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  13. That's true about statistics - it's more important to just enjoy the journey. And if it works out well (in terms of "success"), then so be it!
    Here's to a fun and enjoyable 2015!

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