Extend your horizon, Say yes to the world |#Theblindlist

Traveling gives break from monotonous lifestyle and brings joy. After all who doesn’t love traveling? Every person has their bucket list hoping to complete them one day.

I didn’t travel anywhere until the completion of my Engineering. Since the financial state was not good enough to spend money on traveling or other luxurious things, I was concentrating more on my studies.

After Engineering I had to go to Chennai for training. Without knowing the language or people I went along with my friends. I didn’t think that it will turn out as one of the memorable timespans of my life. I started learning the local language, getting to know people, different culture and along with all these I concentrated on my training.

After Chennai, had to shift to Bengaluru which is the capital of my state Karnataka. Though I knew the language I hardly visited Bengaluru prior to this. Being in a silicon valley which always seems busy with its events, traffic, restaurants, pubs, It took time to adjust but I enjoyed my independence. Employment gave me the reason to smile every day.

After 4 years of Corporate life, I got a one-year project offer in the UK from the client. People who were more experienced than me were still waiting for the onsite opportunity whereas I was having the offer in my hand. Being a typical Indian Mom, my mom asked me to marry before I go to the UK. Since he knew me for 7 long years he supported me throughout. I got married while my visa process finished.

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As the dates of my travel approached I was shaking inside. This was my first international trip and that too all alone. Girl who never stepped even in domestic flight was going to take an international flight! I hardly knew about the flight travel or security check or takeoff or immigration. Somehow I mustered all the courage and traveled across the sea leaving my husband and mother back in India. I did #sayyestotheworld!


My solo trip was difficult but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Learned many things on my own. When I landed in the UK everything looked so new and unknown. It took time to get used to UK currency itself! It was not a pleasure trip. I had to finish my project by working day and night. UK weather made me sick, hospitals needed a form to submit which made me suffer for days.

There were days when I cried all night because of the workload, manager attitude, missing family & husband.. However, it was temporary. I knew that I have to complete this one year and there is no back button. Very soon work became fun, the team became family and clients became friends. I roamed London, Scotland, Ireland when my husband visited the UK and many other places around.

Trust me, I was crying on my last UK day. They all hugged me and bid farewell with lots of gifts and love.

After that, I joined husband in the US and we are traveling more than ever. Together we have visited Newyork, Disney land, Colorado, Arkansas, Universal Studios, Chicago, Dallas…



UK was my first international trip, I always get excited to see other countries. Along with the US list, I  have a huge list of must-see travel locations.

Here goes my #Theblindlist. 


1) Amsterdam Tulips



I could have finished my Europe trip when I was in the UK but it wasn’t feasible because of the heavy workload. Most of my friends roamed Amsterdam, France, Italy, and other Europe countries.

Amsterdam Tulips usually can be seen from March to May. However, they look best during mid-April. Amsterdam tulips are world famous, many people travel across countries from March to May just to see these flowers.

In my future Europe trip, Tulips will be the most exciting part.


2)  Traveling in Switzerland trains



Switzerland is known as the best honeymoon spot. Along with other famous things Switzerland is also famous for its trains.

I have seen beautiful pictures and videos of a train traveling across the Snow mountains.

As per the suggestions of many friends I want to experience The Glacier express train service which travels from St Moritz to Zermatt. The scenery looks amazing, especially in the winter when mountains are full of snow!


3) Vatican Churches



After reading Dan Brown’s novel Angels & Demons I want to visit the Vatican city and see all the churches he has mentioned in the book.

St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, Castel Sant’ Angelo Pasetto, Santa Maria Della etc are beautifully explained in the book. The way he explained the art, architecture had made me add Vatican city to my bucket list.

4) Road trip to Leh Ladakh



I know it is difficult but have seen many people who have accomplished this. The roadside scenery is very beautiful and can be enjoyed fully when you travel with your own vehicle.

Recently watched a travel episode on Amazon where two people cover most places in India in 31 days! I want to do something like that to remember it for a lifetime.

5) Niagara Falls


It’s been months we are planning for Niagara. Somehow every time the plan is breaking down due to many constraints.

Next summer, our first trip will be to Niagara Falls. That magnificent beauty of falls can be experienced and feel better only when watched live.

Yeah! Right now this is my list. The list will never end. As time passes we may cover these places but new places will keep on adding to the list.

Hope I will complete this list by the end of next year!

Do you love the world? Have you ever experienced the blind date with any place? Do you have your #theblindlist? Drop in comments!

Watch this video and #sayyestotheworld!


71 thoughts on “Extend your horizon, Say yes to the world |#Theblindlist

  1. Ummu Sh says:

    You did great in UK!
    Same here. Traveling gave me many new experiences. I am curious about your story in UK. Hope you will share it. 🙂

    1. Hackytips says:

      I will write another post! Thank you 🙂

  2. Luna S says:

    This sounds like it was a ton of fun, and you managed to capture some really great shots! Thanks for sharing this with all of us.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  3. Mani Sharma says:

    Nice written article. Very nice story. Inspired. Beautiful pictures.

  4. Lauren Floyd says:

    What a blessing to be able to see the world! I have a 10-month-old son, and my husband and a I are starting him with domestic trips. We’ll take him on his first international trip to Jamaica for my birthday in November.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Wow! That looks exciting! Advance birthday wishes to your son 🙂 I’m sure you are having the best time of your life.

  5. Rachael Hope says:

    Very Inspirational post! I really need to travel more, the world is full of adventures. Just got to save up some pennies first!!


    1. Hackytips says:

      Money is everything! 🙁

  6. It must have been amazing to do the Road trip to Leh Ladakh! It made me so curious and I just added it to my list! Safe journeys and #sayyestotheworld!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Road trips are exciting! That too Leh Ladakh..

  7. Ben_C says:

    Really nice article and I am related to it since I am living in Switzerland and I like this part of your reportage. Thanks for it ?

    Ben – http://www.nutrition-newage.com

    1. Hackytips says:

      Oh! that’s nice. I guess you have traveled Glacier express then!

  8. Indu says:

    Travel is fun as well as learning. And boosts confidence, more so when we travel solo.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Agree 100%. Travelling is F5 button for life 😀

  9. Sasha says:

    Your post has inspired me to create my own list and to start checking off the places I want to visit. Thank you!

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s sweet! I’m glad you liked it Sasha 🙂

  10. Great post! Love hearing about your experience with traveling internationally for the first time.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks for reading 🙂

  11. Nina says:

    I realized that life’s meaning is also indulging one’s self to the beauty of nature. Traveling brought me to this realization and I love it so much! We should definitely say yes to the world!

  12. Neil Alvin Nicerio says:

    Wow, I envy you. I have always wanted to explire Europe. Kudos to your travels.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you..

  13. RunCanvas says:

    How neat, I would have been a nervous wreck too before traveling alone to a new place. I would love to check out Switzerland for our honeymoon

    1. Hackytips says:

      You should! Btw happy married life (if not yet married then save it for later ) 🙂

  14. I enjoyed reading your story and have been inspired to start traveling more. Oo would want to see Niagara fall too

    1. Hackytips says:

      Will see who plans first 😉

  15. Hiking Singh says:

    Indeed travelling opens a new world for you !!! Keep on rockin !!!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Very true!

  16. Adaeze Bolt Bethel says:

    sweetheart, live your life, and enjoy every moment of it. I really envy you and I hope to do a lot of travelling, and see a lot of beautiful places like you have done.

    1. Hackytips says:

      How sweet! Cannot thank you more 🙂

  17. eshachaks says:

    Lovely post…

  18. aditi says:

    Awesome post, your first overseas travel story is a thing to cherish:)

    1. Hackytips says:

      For a lifetime! It was one of the great trips.

  19. mjothi says:

    Seems you had a wonderful trip. I envy you, both for the trips and your writing style! 🙂

    1. Hackytips says:

      This one is a very sweet compliment. Thanks Mahesh 🙂

  20. Awesome trips and all things you learned along the way are treasures beyond compare …..

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yes, that is true!

  21. ZyraKuma says:

    Nice post! Would love to travel now but I sadly I have no money atm. Still hoping to in the future though!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Save now and travel in the future.

  22. Priyanka Naik says:

    Lovely! Amsterdam and Niagara falls are among my Must-Visits as well 🙂

    1. Hackytips says:

      That’s great! We have the same taste in choosing places I guess..

  23. Megwyn says:

    I love your list! I never thought of the trains in Switzerland! Thanks ??

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you!

  24. Blair villanueva says:

    I would like to visit Switzerland soon with my boyfriend. He also rave about Switzerland and I think both of you are right.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Oh! Have fun.. Don’t forget to travel in Glacier express 😉

  25. Travel is the best education we can ever receive. Loved all of your pictures.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you! One trip is equal to one book read! We get to know so many things..

  26. I love traveling! I hope I have a chance to go travel around the world lucky you!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yeah, I’m lucky.. I will take the credit 😀

  27. Sudip Saha says:

    Life moves on and things changes with time. Change is the only rule of this universe. Glad that your UK trip on a happy note.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Indeed! that was the best year of my life.

  28. Travelling is love. I feel you dear.

    1. Hackytips says:


  29. Nice adventure….. I can see a budding traveler in you….. Best of luck for more trips…..

    1. Hackytips says:

      Haha! Thank you…

  30. shravmusings says:

    Looks like you had great fun traveling to all these places and your bucket list is also awsome. Waiting to hear more of your travel stories

    1. Hackytips says:

      That makes me happy! 🙂

  31. Bexa says:

    Wow! You are so brave and inspirational to take such a long trip and leave your comfort zone. Well done! It sounds like you have seen so many great places since the UK, New York is on my list! I hope you get to explore more of Europe, I have been to Amsterdam and it is really pretty. I love that you are saying yes to the world, such a positive and inspiring attitude! <3 xx

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    1. Hackytips says:

      Next year mostly will do Europe trip. Thanks for reading Bexa 🙂

  32. Donyell says:

    I have yet to travel outside the US. I’m going to make my own list! Congrats on your first international trip!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂

  33. wajihabaig says:

    thats amazing. i would love to travel if i get the chance to

    1. Hackytips says:

      Traveling refreshes life!

  34. Naomi says:

    I love the joy and solitude that traveling brings. I have to commend you for saying yes to the world, hopefully I get to do the same. You look so beautiful by the way!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Aww! Thank you so much 🙂

  35. aisasami says:

    I have traveled inside of Japan and it has been wonderful. Got to see the rural side of Japan. Someday, I want to travel the world but I have other focuses right now.

  36. Loving the hashtag, say yes to the world. I say YES!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Hugs 🙂

  37. Hiking Singh says:

    That is very courageous !!! You just need to make your mind….nothing is impossible then !!! Very motivational !!!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you for reading and appreciating!

  38. Hugs to you for having a tough time in UK but glad that things worked out well eventually and you could join your husband in US. Beautiful narrative

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