Thursday, 21 September 2017

Top 10 Ways to Be an Eco-Friendly Traveler #TravelTips - The Happy Getaway 2017


Top 10 Ways to Be an Eco-Friendly Traveler #TravelTips - THG 2017


If you’ve ever been a bag packer or traveler, you may have realized how united and singular the tune to the environment and travel is. Each step on to a new mountain or experience is always wrapped around the bliss of the never ending fragrance of green. But it’s been quite upsetting though to see many a times, the disregard and lack of care shown by travelers during trips and treks towards the environment.

The distance from being eco-friendly and taking the environment for granted arises through the feeling of “someone else will clean it” or that “me alone being environment friendly won’t change the world” that makes a traveler seem more like an outsider, even though that is exact opposite of what we stand for. I believe if each of us does out part we could live in a much more happier and greener society. And down below you will find my Top 10 ways of being a more responsible and environment friendly traveler.

10. Don’t be a Plucker

We all know you love plucking flowers and making art from leaves, but the environment is alive and vibrant. And if all of us begin to pluck everything that blossoms then we would not have a lifeline that goes beyond a few days.

So unless they have already had their time and have made their way down, it is not advisable to be a plucker, which will make your quite a sucker!


09. Carry a Garbage Bag

We often complain that Oh, I would have thrown it in the right place if I would see a dustbin. But let’s be fair to find a Dustbin in the middle of nowhere or on a mountain is close to impossible. So do your part, always make sure you carry a garbage or a waste bag which you, or someone who wasn’t as responsible as you could use.

 08. Report Unlawful Environmental Activities

Many a times on our trips or journeys we may come across an illegal or not so environment friendly activity. Like hunting, cutting of trees or burning of crops but we often hesitate to get ourselves involved or take a step. Well, or we don’t know how we could. The 8th tip is top take the effort to find out, or try. This maybe something that the environment can’t fight against (Well, cause they can’t speak) but we can, and if we don’t try to notify the authorities or do what’s right. Then who will?



07. Avoid Trespassing into Reserved Greenland’s

It may seem like a cool idea or story to tell when you went past those fences into that reserved forest or territory and did some exploring. But sadly it may cost you or the Greenland some amount of life in return. As most reserved lands are protection shields to wildlife and plant’s that are at risk. Therefore at that point human intervention may not be the most advisable without prior consent or permission. So please, don’t let your need to do something unlawful cost the environment, something it needs.


06. Refrain from Smoking & Liquor Consumption

I know, a cigarette in the middle of nowhere with a bottle of beer may seem like a scene from a movie. But it could lead to throwing of bottle’s leading to littering and starting of a fire due to improper putting of the cigarette. So please be vigilant and try to avoid any unfavorable occurrences.
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05. Respect the Environment & Surrounding While Travelling

We often just stamp over plants or smash over ant hills. There is sense of responsibility or respect shown to nature or the life that it pays shelter too. There is a need as a top 5 reason to be humble and more caring of the surrounding to insure that you are a protector and well wisher instead of being a threat and careless bad doer. So respect the environment and it will respect you.


04. Lift All the Waste on Your Way of Other Travelers

You may feel if you do well and carry a waste bag and collect your own waste that should give you a clean chit. But to be fair, that sadly is not enough. There is a need for picking up other travelers waste as well on your way. To ensure that you being responsible can hopefully cover up for all the lack of responsibility your co-travelers and explorers show.

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03. Avoid Using Plastic Bottle’s & Disposable Items

It may seem easier to just carry a plastic bag or an old Pepsi bottle instead of taking the effort to take a paper bag or a non disposable bottle. But it is quite the strain when it comes to carrying disposable items that you will soon need to be disposed into the open because it will add to your back weight and sooner or later you may take the convenient option of littering which would not help the environment in any way.


02. Support Plantation Drives & Animal Welfare Programs by NGOs

One way of being an Eco-Friendly Traveler is by supporting others that are doing good work in this space. Few organizations that have frequent campaigns and initiatives to help the environment are . Do support, donate, volunteer and be involved as their cause is to protect our home. An as an Eco-friendly traveler that must be our duty and agenda as well.


01. Initiate Clean Up’s & Cleanliness Drives as Part of Your Trip Itinerary

It is great to see other NGOs take initiatives but the change will only begin if each one of us begins to take the initiative to do our part. To start to incorporate nature friendly activities and drives as part of our trips to ensure that we are not just enjoying the beauty of travelling but are also helping preserve its beauty.


I hope you enjoyed this read, please do share inputs and suggestions if you feel there is something I have missed out and could add to this list. I love volunteering and giving back to the society and this write up is an effort to connect it to a passion of mine that is to travel. Please do, do your parts and share this write up with as many people as you can so that they can become more responsible travelers.

Hope you have a safe, adventurous and eco-friendly weekend!

Edited & Written by Alvin Anthony

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Travelling Perspective: By A Psychologist - Danielle Pereira #TravelTips - The Happy Getaway 2017



Travelling Perspective: By A Psychologist
By Danielle Pereira #TravelTips 


All through my journey as a traveler, I’ve always come across people from different walks of life who have questioned, reasoned and stood up for a point of view, and what they felt about travel. Travel is good, bad or unimportant are mostly explanations and beliefs one expresses based on their own knowledge, exposure and majorly through the lens that they have been accustomed to wear. This may defer from person to person, but I’ve always wondered what does a Psychologist or Therapist think about travel? Is it the best form of organic therapy? Or is it a way of pushing things away and not dealing with them?    
         
(You wonder too, right? You can thank me, post reading this.)


So to unravel this and a lot more, I decided to get different perspectives on travel from individuals from different worlds. And to start off with this edition, I have interviewed my friend who has studied and learnt psychology all her life. She is a practising therapist, and did not want me to give her a formal introduction. But thank you Danielle Pereira, this write up would have not been possible without your support, time and insights. Appreciate it. All the pictures, and inputs you see below are unfiltered and contributed solely by Danielle. So without further a due, here is some clarity on A Psychologists Perspective on Travel.

During a therapy session when you hear the word "travel", what is the first thing that you think of? 

       If a client mentions a love of travel, that they have already travelled a lot or that they look forward to travelling in the future, it is a positive sign. To want to travel means that you are willing to open yourself up to new experiences, to broaden your horizons and see the world from different perspectives, all of which are signs of good mental health. 

How essential do you think travel is for the mental wellbeing?

      As human beings, we are what we know. For a person who has not travelled, their knowledge is limited and thus in a way their mental make-up is limited by the boundaries in which they have kept themselves. A good example is how prejudices and stereotypes develop when a person isn't exposed to anything or anyone outside their own in-group. Problems also seem larger than they really are if you have a limited concept of how vast the world is around you. 


People often say that you shouldn't run away from your problems. You think travel is an unhealthy escape?

   Travel isn't an escape, because the notion of travel involves going somewhere and eventually coming home. If you leave for a new place and never come back, that does not really count as 'travel'. Travelling may actually help with problem solving in a healthy way by giving a person time to regroup and clear some mental space, or learn new coping strategies, or see their issues in perspective when they have distance from them. 

Do you think that someone facing depression could benefit through travel?

  Travelling could help with depression by providing new positive experiences, and breaking unhealthy behaviour cycles that depressed persons often get stuck in. It may be difficult, however, to find pleasure in travelling if one is clinically depressed. 

Some say travel is an organic and more natural form of therapy. You agree? What is your opinion on it?

I would say travelling is a healthy activity, but I would hesitate to call it a "therapy" because as a professional, I use "therapy" as a clinical term though it has become widely misused in recent years.


Things to keep in mind if you’re facing psychological or mental challenges and opting to travel as an outlet.

Be completely sure of your decision to travel. Keep backups in place in case it becomes too much for you and you need to go home quickly. Travelling is also stressful in terms of the number of things to keep in mind, completely new environments that may be uncomfortable and situations that may be unsafe for a tourist. Planning and being prepared is the best way to deal with this. Travelling with someone experienced and capable is also a good option.

What is the gap between Alternative Therapy (Organic/Travelling) & Actual Therapy? And how can one realise one would need to shift from one to another?

I would say there is a “large” gap. One form of therapy has a scientific basis and the other doesn’t. Doing something that temporarily makes you happy isn’t a substitute for proper treatment that is well thought out and structured. One would not expect travel to cure malaria, why would it cure a mental illness?

These are few of the queries that I had with regards to travel and psychological perspective on it. I agree to most of the points made by her, I feel too that travel could lead to anxiety or stress at times and it is important to reduce that factor and plan well to ensure that it is more of an enjoyable affair to head out than another worrisome task for you to execute. It helps you disconnect and spend time with yourselves which is quite hard to do these days. So I think travel may not be professionally called therapy, but it surely does help a person find and mend oneself, if panned out well.

But what do you think? You think travel is a good form of unwinding or do you think otherwise? Would love to know your thoughts on this write up and do feel free to leave queries and other questions if any for Danielle and I would surely get you a response from her. Thank you once again Danielle for contributing pictures and insights, hope to have you as a part of this blog again soon. And I hope for the readers, this helps you get motivated to go out and travel. To resolve any uncertainties (if you did have any) about about psychology and travel and perspectives from a new world.

Happy Travelling This Weekend!

Be Safe. Stay Positive. Stay Happy J


Edited & Written by Alvin Anthony

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Friday, 1 September 2017

Explore an Abandoned Aircraft This Weekend near Mumbai! #TravelSecrets - The Happy Getaway 2017

Explore an Abandoned Aircraft
This Weekend near Mumbai!



If you love exploring and finding new places, this read is meant for you. It’s always quite an adventure to venture into the unseen and find things that are lost or forgotten. And it’s a treat when you stumble upon these things unexpectedly without any prior notice. This week, The Happy Getaway brings you a guide as to how you can get to an Abandoned Aircraft of Sahara not too far away from Mumbai left at the Marshy Grass lands of the outskirts of the city. If you love exploring the unknown and discovering the lost, then this point is surely a destination, you’d like to jot down in your diary.


So, I’ll tell you how I stumbled upon this place, in the first place. I was off a few days ago to visit a waterfall in Khapoli, with a few others. And on my way on the left hand side we suddenly noticed a huge Aircraft parked in the middle of the fields. At first we wondered if this was from an accident like in the movies, where people were stranded and needed to be rescued or was it just a haunted place where locals would forbid you to go from. As we drove a little ahead we realised that further from the aircraft was another large building that looked like an abandoned factory of sorts, which was quite frightening in itself having huge clown like figures and moss all over its walls.

 

After making a stop close by we decided to the adventurous thing, and explore. So we parked a bit away and began exploring. There are two entrances to reach the Aircraft I would suggest the one near the gate of a resort which is comparatively less mossy (subject to rains of course). And there’s the other way which we took that leads from the spooky building but is super mossy (so be careful) and leading up to electricity towers that you walk past to reach the aircraft. So first we walked through the factory and realised on discussing with the caretaker, that it use to be a water park that couldn’t pay its due’s and now the bank is holding the land as ransom. Seeing majority of the park, demolished and left in pieces we decided to not venture further.


We then walked through the mud, muck and puddles and soon reach concrete land. Yeah? Concrete land in the middle of the fields, that’s right so unexpected. And we then further went on to walk to the aircraft. And no it was no dummy, make believe aircraft. It was huge, like any real aircraft you have seen and been in. Yet out of shape, old and dusty. We looked around, to soon see that the door was shut and birds had nested itself in the wheels. And yes, the wheels were taken out too and it was supported by a stand like structure now. We then saw an old man (we assume is also a caretaker), walk suddenly in surprise and tell us more about the aircraft. How it was bought by someone a few years ago, and is used now for shoots and commercial events. Had Ac attached and a stair way through which one could get in. He said we were unlucky and just a day before there was a shoot and we could have gotten to see it from the inside. (Darn!) But well, it was still quite a lot of fun to run across something mid journey and get to know about it.


So I can’t lie and tell you that it isn’t a scary ordeal and that you should venture doing this alone. Because you wouldn’t see people for miles and miles accept a few care takers around, who to be honest don’t look to be the most trust worthy. So I’d advise you to take care, and preferably take someone along. Cause exploring together of course is always a more fun filled experience. Also would be advisable to explore during the day, as there is little to no lighting provision around the aircraft. But you never know, maybe there’s a shoot happening the same day you visit, and your able to explore the insides of this abandoned aircraft.

Would love to know your experiences of visiting abandoned places and how you managed to find your way through. I hope this article inspires you to go visit the aircraft or some abandoned place near you, sure do tell us about.
Hope you have a safe, happy and adventurous weekend.


Edited & Written by Alvin Anthony

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Sunday, 27 August 2017

A Drop of Experience - A Poetry About The Rains & Experiences





I got the opportunity to visit the Zenit Waterfalls in Khopoli this week, and when I reached the base point I had this feeling of deeper connect between the monsoons and having experiences and jotted this down. Would love to know what you think and about your monsoon experiences. It's called "A Drop Of Experience"

It’s time to tie down your laces, it’s time to let go.
Shake up your traces, and pull past the ropes.
The rain drops are falling, down your window pale.
Life is at your door step don’t you want to keep awake?

Memories are stagnant, and your feet keep you still.
Living a life of detachment, that only you can call fulfilled.
Falling are the droplets, of the little world that awaits you.
Washing you through ripples and skipping past your day’s blues.

Thundering are the sounds of boredom that keep you up at night.
Echoing the peaceful breeze that blow’s past your lonely plights.
Shinning like a rainbow, that colours up your greys.
Don’t be stuck rehearsing tomorrow, when you’re not out living today.

Rainfall is a remedy, and stepping out into the green is the key.
You’ll find locks that fit right, only if you’d reach out and see.
It’s a blue world now landscaped in sorrows and the sea.
The only experiences, that won’t pass you by is the one that soaks you and your being.

Monsoons are forgotten absorbing you in despair.
Not showering you into a time loop that you’d be able to quite compare.
This feeling of rejuvenation may seem quite away.
Not as far as you’d stand from your window, hoping the drop of rain would take you away.

Away? Yes, far away. Into the forgotten grey.
Into a world of realities, where experiences lasts a life time.
But moments don’t last a day.
So step out and let it seep in.



Let the rain fall take you away.

Hope you have a great week ahead, filled with travel and adventure.



Edited & Written by Alvin Anthony

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Monday, 14 August 2017

10 Reasons: Why Prioritizing Travel Is A Must #TravelTips - The Happy Getaway 2017

The Happy Getaway is back! with your weekly edition of Travel Reviews, Tips & Experience blogging. And in our Monday edition today, we talk about the 10 reasons why, you need to make time off your "Oh so, busy!" schedule to travel. To get out off your bed and not be lazy to explore, and create experiences, here are our top 10 reasons, why you should be travelling this weekend. 


#10 Nature & Wildlife Heals

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We all know that being around nature and wild life creates a sense of peace and belonging which helps us calm down from our usual day stresses. The smell of wet grass, and the buzzing of the wild life helps refresh and rejuvenate our senses so as to be able to find peace and joy. And it is not every day that we spend time in the greens listening to birds or dipping our feet into a river. Thus after a hard week's work we all deserve the pampering and comfort of being lost in the arms of nature. 

Don't deprive yourself off it, just because it takes some effort.


#9 Learn About New Cultures & Traditions


If you love discovering and learning new things. Then travel is your best outlet. Every fort, village, cave, mountain or waterfall you may visit has its own tale of being formed. Embraced in the culture and community that surrounds it. There's always something new to learn and experience and if you love learning that you must surely, get yourself a new experience every weekend. Through which you can disconnect with your present belief systems and find solace within memories from the past, and learn more about the rich heritage and history of the world.


#8 Challenge & Push Yourself To Builds Persistence & Accommodate 

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It's difficult these days to be persistent to push yourself to finish a trek or climb a mountain or to be accommodating and adjust to changing circumstances. Travel helps you work on both fronts. It makes you push yourself to keep up and reach the top and makes you learn to make do, adjust and make the most of circumstances irrespective of how difficult it may be or seem. So come, push yourself to not be lazy or complain about all your problems and limitations, just pack your bag and find your adventure. 


#7 Learn More About Your Preferences & Dislikes

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How well do we know ourselves? How often do we put ourselves in unfavorable situations and learn new things about ourselves? Not often, I'm sure. But travel, is a world of self discovery. And through doing a trip on a budget, that may not be comfortable or as you would usually prefer it, you would learn new things about yourself. About what you like, how you like it. You'd learn more about who you are, and how you react differently to circumstances. And what's more valuable than self discovery right?


#6 Create's A Memorable Experience

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The modern generations is often caught out for investing time into experiences that dont last more than a few hours or days. Putting time into nothing that you can think or reflect upon years later and take away from. Investing into memorable experiences that can help you through life and can make you a better version of you is the need of today. A memory of doing a trek, sitting across a river, doing BBQ near a lake, making new friends and sharing stories. These are memories and experiences that are cherish-able than most things we'd do ordinarily. So why not go out and make memories? Than stay in and be thankful for Netflix?


#5 Helps Clear Your Mind

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Do you feel like your mind is overly clogged at times. So much that you can't get things done or pay attention. So much that you can't be creative or breathe freely without getting worried. It maybe any particular reason but it is important for your mind to be at peace, for you to live life to the fullest. And this is what travel does for you, it helps you clear your mind and refresh your canvas. It helps you detach from the world and reconnect with a world of purity away from the noise. In the most natural and organic way possible break away from your worries.


#4 Meet & Connect With New People 

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We all love to be comfortable and protected within our small circle of friends and people we know. But what are the possibilities of meeting someone from the other side of the world? With similar interests but who does not live in your neighborhood? A role model? Travelling helps your meet and connect with people over a journey. It helps learn more about them and yourself by spending time with people from various walks of life. Reflecting upon perspectives and experiences

 And maybe making a new best friend? 


#3 We All Need The Exercise 

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You know, we do. The age old gym membership or going for a run dream never comes true with the fast paced life that we live in. It is very important for us to keep fit and get that regular exercise that we all need. And what better way to do it? Through travel. It helps you freshen up your body through regular movement and helps build your fitness and stamina to take on any challenge that is put in front of you. It helps you stay fit in the most enjoyable way possible and not in vicinity of four walls.


#2 Helps You Connect With Yourself

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Our second most important reason why should prioritize travel is because it helps you connect with yourself. And man, isn't that essential. I mean you may be doing all the right things in the world and having the best of friends, but unless you haven't connected with yourself what is all that worth? Travel gives you that safe and open space to be able to spend time with yourself and with your emotions. It helps you discover and find who you are and what your purpose is better. It helps you bring clarity to how you may then go on to describe and think yourself. Away from what the world may think or perceive you to be.


#1 Break The Monotony

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The number one reason is, that you should break that ordinary followed since childhood routine of doing certain things on certain days. Break the monotony of schedules and of life and do the unexpected. Become more spontaneous and open to living life, as it comes. To packing your bags and following your heart and not your mind. Surprise yourself, and don't shy away from putting that hard work in that you know you will appreciate in the future.

And that's a rap folks, thank's for reading through our top 10 reasons, why travel should be one of the things that you push yourself into prioritizing, because it makes all the other things that you do tick. Are there any other reasons according to you? Do share and let us know, if you think we should add to this, or anything you do not agree with. 

We hope you like the article. Do subscribe and watch this space for a lot more travel and experience based content coming your way shortly. And do let us know if this motivated you to go out and travel.



Edited & Written by Alvin Anthony

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Into The Night - Kalavantin Durg - Small Steps - The Happy Getaway 2015

Somewhere New

Kalavantin durg is located on a plateau very close to Matheran, near the Machi and Vajepur villages.  It a beautiful location that is also known to be named after the queen Kalavantin, as the steep stairs takes you upwards. Embrace yourself for a thrilled filled adventure.



How to Get There
  • ·        Air: the nearest airport is the Mumbai airport after which you can take a taxi to Panvel or Thakurwadi
  • ·        Rail: board a train that halts at Panvel after which you take an auto (tum-tum) to reach Thakurwadi
  • ·        Bus: catch a bus that goes to Panvel and then an auto (tum-tum) to reach Thakurwadi.
  • ·        Tum-Tums are preferred because there is a climb from Thakurwadi to Prabalmachi and then to the top of Kalavantin durg.

Difficulty Level & Duration

Moderate, 34 hours (Night Camping)

Height

It is a 500m high pinnacle on the northern edge of the Prabal plateau. Its total height is 2,300 feet



Happy Hours

Monsoons and Winters.

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A weekend cannot be more eventful than learning so many different things and experiencing a feel of trained mountaineering skills. It was a beautiful a trip organized by Small Steps.

 On the 3rd October at around 7 am we began our journey toward the trekking site. As the sun rose, the adventurers began their trek to the Prabal Machi basecamp at a quick pace where piping hot tea with delicious poha was awaiting them.

At about noon, a knot teaching session was conducted by Hira Kaka and Sachin Mestry, who were our mountaineering teachers. Different types of knots, their application and methodology was taught. Basic information about it and familiarity to some technical tools should be known before attempting any kind of mountaineering activities.



 After fulfilling our midday activities we headed to our very first session of mountain climbing. Our energy levels were high and so was the humidity. Though the weather wasn’t very pleasant and apt it did not kill our excitement and pumped up adrenaline. We overcame our fear by mastering the art of mountain climbing.
 For amateurs like us, aping up the mountain was a challenging task. However, with constant motivation of Nishant and Sachin (our trainers) everybody got to experience their first ever thrilling clamber.

After such a tiresome ascend we began descending to the base camp, during late evening. The dull bluish sky was slowly changing to a relatively darker shade.

The descend was followed by an amazing dinner which included an interactive session with all the trekkers. After the glorious dinner, before retiring a revision of the knot session was conducted.



Eventually, the night got to the trekkers and they began to fall asleep under the moonlight. The chilly night and snoring sound didn't let camping zeal fade.

On the onset of dawn a wake-up call was made. And what we witnessed after that was heavenly. The view of clouds covering the city was incredible.
Quickly after, freshening up and having breakfast, we soon headed out for the climb to Kalavanting durg and rappelling session.

 Slowly and steadily we climbed up Kalavanting and experienced a rare view.
 Then the exciting rappelling was awaiting us. Rappelling is easier only when you don’t look down the hill from which you are descending. Fortunately, the climate was sunny and complimented our activity.


We were back to the base camp at noon where lunch was served. After a little chit-chat, everyone gathered to thank our trainers. Their support and motivation was much appreciated. They were friendly and easy-going, as we were beginners. The knowledge and experience gained through this trip was immense.


As said happy times are short lived, and so these two days passed quickly, leaving behind some beautiful memories to be cherished.

Sakshi Trivedi - www.skiesofsakshi.wordpress.com – Small Steps Traveler

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