It’s the New Year – The sun is shining, winter is becoming spring and the patriarchy is still waking up to a hot cup of chai, breakfast and a layered lunchbox filled with a meal that they did not make. A lady gets to do the work that she loves at an Ad agency but she is still on guard in the late-night cab to home; it’s the weekend and the uncles are laughing together in the living room and the women are making another batch of pakodas; the baby was a mutual decision but now somehow it’s always her doing the dishes, bathing the baby and considering leaving her job. If you are a woman and you’re about to lose it the next time an uncle sipping a cup of chai that his wife (who BTW, is still in the kitchen while her tea gets cold) made, says to you “Women should be respected” – YOU NEED A BREAK!
Write that leave application, handover your to-do list, finish that cup of chai, slam it on the table and make your way to the airport for a much needed vacay! Make any little achievement your reason to getaway. Here are our top 9 bahanas to celebrate travel;
Effortlessly Parallel Parked In The First Go – Time For A Europe Trip!
You absolutely deserve a long, carefree stay in artistic Europe. Spend a day or two in Paris taking in all the colours, vibe and culture dressed in poetry. You could take a few hours to have yourself a magical time at the Euro Disney Park, treat yourself to a jaw-dropping show at the Garnier’s Opera, stroll along the dazzling Champs-Elysees and lose yourself in toasty, buttery goodness at an authentic Parisian restaurant. Then head to serene, snowy Switzerland for an adventure-packed time, followed by a relaxing time at a Jazz café with a mug of hot chocolate.
Want to tour Europe with your girls?
Ate Healthy For A Whole Month – Cheat-meal In Greece Makes Sense!
Plan a trip to Athens to explore its history, architecture and mystic. Wander around in the old town on the Mykonos Island or the volcanic island of Santorini and take Instagram-worthy photographs at the beaches, picturesque pathways and churches. Take a sunset-cruise and indulge in scrumptious barbeque!
How about taking multiple groufies with gorgeous backdrops?
Made My First Round Roti – Chalo Dubai!
Have your very own Sex and the City-moment in enchanting Dubai! Walk about the streets with the silhouettes of skyscrapers in the background, watch the sunset from the top of Burj Khalifa and participate in a thrilling Dessert Safari. Don’t hold back, let go and have the time of your life here!
Always admired the massive skyscrapers of Dubai?
Bought My First Bikini – Bali With Girlfriends Toh Banta Hai!
The temples, people and good energy in Bali are sure to rejuvenate your soul. Wander around Ubud Art Market under a starry evening, treat yourself to exhilaration at the Bali Safari and Marine Park and dig into the fragrant, exotic local cuisine. Forget the realities of daily-life and spend a day just lazing around clear waters with your closest friends bonding over tropical drinks!
Want to flaunt your bikini in Bali?
Finally Broke Up With My Toxic Boyfriend – Party In Thailand!
After you’ve cut off from the toxic people in your life and are in search for a new beginning, let yourself go in Pattaya, the scenic beach town of your dreams! The people in Pattaya know how to have a good time and make sure there isn’t a minute of boredom during your stay. You could spend an evening at the Alcazar show which is one of the most popular Cabaret shows all over Asia. Take part in water-sports, visit the jaw-dropping Golden Buddha Temple and relax with a traditional Thai massage. Don’t forget to experience the Chaophraya Dinner cruise in Bangkok!
Explore Thailand, everyone’s go-to beach town!
Cleaned Out My Closet After Years – Chal Sri Lanka Chalte Hai!
Get a cozy room, drop your luggage, get fresh and explore the beautiful capital of the country – Colombo! Go see the 100-year-old clock tower in the city, shop and experience the cultural food and clothing at the Pettah Bazaar and embrace your spiritual side at the Gangaramaya temple. Spend an afternoon at the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage for a blissful time with adorable Elephants! If you truly want to experience the diversity that the world has to offer, come explore Sri Lanka.
Discover the wonders of Sri Lanka with your girls
Bahu Ne Mujhe Pehli Baar Ma Bulaya – Ab Kashmir Nahi Jayenge Toh Kab!
Pick a few days in the summer and make your way to the pleasant breezes of Kashmir. Make home in a houseboat in Srinagar and look out to the lake as you sip your traditional Kahwa tea. Buy a couple local goodies at the floating markets on the lake and take the opportunity to be one with nature in the wonder that is Pahalgam. There are quite a few temples with marvelous architecture that you can checkout and valleys and mountains to thoroughly explore.
Witness pure magnificence in Kashmir with your girlfriends
Successfully Survived A Coworker’s Sexist Jokes – Bye, Main Chali Andaman!
Bask in the Island-sun under swaying palm trees at Corbyn’s Cove beach; take long nature walks or take on the adventure on a fast Jet Ski ride! Dress in beachy-clothes, seashell anklets and ocean-hair and snorkel around the coral reefs and calm waters at the Radhanagar beach. Most of all make sure to dance like no one’s watching at an evening bash around town as you sip on coolers and devour the fresh seafood!
Do you and your girls dream of azure waters?
My Cat Likes My Dog Now – I’m Celebrating In Kerala!
The sun shines brighter; flowers smell a little sweeter in God’s own country – Kerala. Enjoy the greenery laced in dewdrops and make the most of the ancient buildings that still contain its old, shimmering nostalgia. Mattancherry palace is a great example of beautiful old, Karalite architecture. If you’re a tea-person don’t miss the tour of the Tata tea museum. There are ample beautiful places to visit in Kerala like the wildlife sanctuary in Thekkady and the backwaters of Alleppey. Make the most of your time here!
Discover the age old secrets of Kerala with your gang of girls
If you are a woman who is just tired of the noise of the world, I encourage you to take that much-needed break. Go make the world yours!
What’s your bahana for a getaway? Write to us in the comments section your favourite excuse for a holiday.
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Kavita Sarmah is an artist, optimism and a tea person. Life to her is writing in empty cafés, mindlessly strumming the ukulele and starry, cinematic skies. Follow her on Instagram: @kavitasarmah