I began humming this pretty much the moment I wrote the title to this post. Yes, in our part of the world the summer holidays are really looked forward to. They spell the end of an academic year and prepare you for the next. It is the time to get away from the sweltering heat and chill. It is the most popular question on first day of school, “So, where did you go for your summer holiday?”. Things have not changed over the years. Summer still is the coveted time of the year. Yes, there are mini breaks during the year too. But none can match up to the carefree time that summer provides. We were brought up on a staple diet of these vacations. It was only natural we followed tradition.

Over the years, we’ve tried to accommodate as many travels as we can. We have alternated between international and local destinations. India itself has such a wide spectrum to travel that we feel we are running out of time. We’ve done the picturesque  north and the gorgeous South India. The East and the West remain to be explored. Kullu, Manali, Dharamshala, Shimla, Chandigarh, Delhi, Patiala, Ludhiana, Nainital, Rampur, and Bareilly have so far been conquered on the northern frontier. Goa, BelgaumBangaloreCochin, Munnar, Thekkady and Kovalam are the pit stops of South India till date. China- Guangzhou, Dubai, Hong Kong and France have been the international flavours added to the travel cauldron. Closer home we’ve travelled to Panchgani, Matheran, Mahableshwar, Alibaug, Murud-Janjeera, Pune, Lonavla, Khandala, Karjat, Nasik, Shirdi and Trimbakeshwar to name a few.  Yes, we kinda have the travel bug alright.

Every travel has had a story of it’s own. Every vacation has been special in its own right. Some tales we regale others with over and over again. Some others have been a let down while others have been just about right. Many times the place has been so enthralling, we’ve revisited it as well. However, in all this we have come back richer with an experience that remains in the album of memories. We still wanna take that vacation every now and then. And after a week of staying away from home, we are dying to come back. 

No casualties on any travels so far, thankfully. We’ve always planned our vacations to be a well deserved break. We don’t try to cram more than we should. We laze around and simply explore on our own time. We don’t go with a fixed itinerary and I think that has always worked for us. And now with Diwali around the corner, I think it is time for that quick getaway once again. Do holidays tire us? Not really, because a break helps you realize  what all you need to be grateful for. A vacation not only makes you thankful and thoughtful but a traveller with an accommodating soul. 

China – Guangzhou

Hong Kong Disney Land Fireworks Display.

The Ridge Shimla

Manali closer to Rohtang Pass

The Buddhist Temple at Dharamshala

The Rock Garden at Chandigarh

The undefeated Fort in Murud Janjira

The Burj Khalifa Dubai

Happy to write this with Blog Fest 2012. 
Today’s prompt Have you ever returned home from a family vacation and felt more exhausted than when you left?‘ was hosted by Toni




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