Author: Manisha Tajne

When I Had Sri Lankan Hopper for the First Time.

If someone asks me, ‘What is my favorite Sri Lankan Dish?’. No doubt, I will say ‘Hoppers for the breakfast and Rice & Curries in the Meals’. Hopper is a traditional breakfast dish basically prepared with rice flour, coconut milk and some yeast and it is somewhat similar to pancakes. I remember, this picture was taken early in the morning around 5 am, when I was on my way to the Yala National Park for Leopard safari.  And this is when I had Sri Lankan Hoppers for the first time. It was early in the morning, there wasn’t any food shop or hotel open at that time, except this small stall of this lovely couple. The man was making hot hoppers and the lady was serving along with a cup of tea. I was quite hungry and so I was curious to try hoppers.  I had a few hoppers along with coconut chutney and tea. I actually loved it, those were thin & crispy in texture and quite delicious in taste. The healthy & light breakfast …

On This New Year, Let’s Promise to Yourself

This new year, Let’s promise to yourself Not to live a mediocre life. Focus on your Goals, Chase your Dreams. Less Liabilities, More Assets. Not to hurt anyone. Directly or Indirectly. Not to chase toxic People. Believe in people, when they show you who they really are. Unfollow them. To leave the job, place, person or relationship that no longer serves you. To be the best version of Yourself. Stay Calm, Collected & Blissful. To make you & your family your first priority. Take care of your parents & spend quality more time with your loved ones. They need your Time more than your money. To work on your better Health. Eat healthy food. Exercise and Mediate daily. To Travel more, Learn more & Live more. Make each day count. To do at least one thing that will make this Earth a better place to live.   With that being said, I wish you a very Happy New Year.

Countries I Have Visited in 2017

2017 has been the most amazing year of my life. I am one of those lucky software engineers who got a chance to work abroad. An opportunity like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I am so proud of myself that I have made it worth. I have travelled 10 countries in the last 10 months. Yes, you heard it right. Yes, this is every traveller’s dream. And Yes,  Dreams do come true.   This is freaking Awesome!  😊 I remember, back in 2014 I started this travel blog to feed my lust of travelling the world and ever since then I am making progress towards my dream, each and every day. Until 2016, I travelled 10 states in India and 2 countries in the World, but 2017 is completely different. I have travelled more than 22 places in United Kingdom and Europe. Since this post will be my last post of the this year, I would like to take this opportunity to Thanks 2017 for the most wonderful time and beautiful memories. …

Sri Lanka Travel Itinerary

Sri Lanka, a tiny little island county from Asia will give you thousands of reasons to pack your bag and make it your next travel destination. Indeed, one of the most peaceful, beautiful and affordable countries to visit in the world. Beaches, Hills, History, People, Culture, Cuisine, Spirituality and a lot of Tuk Tuk Rides. In short, Sri Lanka has it all. Back in 2015, I visited Sri Lanka for the first time. It was a sort of unplanned backpacking trip for 9 days and it turned out one of the best trips I have ever had. My travel experiences in Sri Lanka include some of awesome experiences like watching one of the best sunsets at Mirissa Beach, hitched-hiking till mini Adam’s peak from side to side tea gardens, rigorously climbing 1200 steps of the world famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress, visiting the ancient ruins and a few UENSOC world heritage sites, insanely travelling across the states in TUK-TUK, searching leopards in Yala national park, chasing the whales in the Indian ocean, rice & curries & …

Visiting National Rail Museum in York

It has been 2 months since I have moved to Manchester, UK for my work assignment and it did not take me long  to plan out my first trip to York. York is one of the popular tourist destinations in the United Kingdom. The main attraction of York is the National Rail Museum , one of the largest rail museums in the world. National Rail Museum has collections of all type of trains dating back over 300 years and over thousands object related to trains. It includes world fastest steam engine trains, bullet trains, trains used during the time of world war II , the vintage trains used by UK’s royal families like the carriage used by Queen Victoria etc. Well, there are many things to do in the museum apart from a just display of trains.  The visitors can go for the steam engine train ride just in 3 pounds, climb and take pictures of trains from all the ages. Each and every train displayed in the museum share the information about the train’s …

The Bucket List

‘One day you will wake up and there will be no time to do the things you have always wanted. Do it now‘ – Paulo Coelho  What is on your Bucket List??? I believe everyone knows , what the bucket list is. I always love the idea of making a bucket list. Somehow I feel it inspires us to move out of our comfort zone and do the things which we are always wanted to do. Even since I have started understanding what the real happiness means to me since then I have started working on it. ‘The Travel Junkie‘, my blog is one of those things I always wanted to do and I’m glad I did it.  This blog inspires me to do things I love. This blog inspires me to believe in my dreams and consistency work on making them true. As as a human  being, we always want some kind of motivation or inspiration to keep us going for our dreams. ‘The Bucket List’ is that my motivation and inspiration for me. I …

I Have Moved to Manchester, United Kingdom

You alright mate?  How’s 2017 treating you?  I hope you are doing great. Well for me, 2017 seems promising and the most exciting news of the year is ” I have moved to Manchester, UK” .  Yes, you heard it right! Yoo-Hoo 🙂  Just to mention, I am one of those lucky software engineers who gets an opportunity to work abroad for onsite assignments for a certain time duration. I have migrated UK on short term work visa. Today morning, I arrived in Manchester and for a time being, I have accommodated in the beautiful hotel next to my office. New Office, New People, New City, New County 🙂 This is the best way to start my new year.  I can’t be happy than this and I am already in love with this place. Being the travel junkie, this opportunity is great for me in terms of my travels . So this year  going to be full of travelling. So there are going to be lots of travel stories to be shared with you guys from United …

Thank You 2016, Welcome 2017

So the time has come to say goodbye to our 2016. Looking back, it has been a great year for me and I would like to take an opportunity to thanks 2016 for all wonderful times and beautiful memories. I learned a lot in 2016 and I am ready to step out in new ways in 2017. Life is made up of special moments which makes it worth of living. Before I welcome 2017, I want to cherish some of the best moments that 2016 has given me. And here we go, First Trip of the Year, Goa Backpacking Trip Staying in one of the coolest hostels in Goa Zostel Taking part in Office Cricket Tournament Best Team Award at Work RunTime Event of Mastek in Pune Attending best friend’s Wedding in Chennai A Road Trip to Mahaballipuram Visiting Kashmir in Curfew Witnessing snow fall for the first time Spending a day in House boat, Dal Lake An epic road trip to Land of Endless Discoveries. Leh Ladakh Double humped Camel Safari in Nubra Valley …

Sri Lanka Tourist Visa Process for Indian Citizens

Visiting Sri Lanka for the first time?  No worry, Getting Sri Lankan Tourist Visa is a quite simple. Being close to India, Sri Lanka has become one of the favorite destinations of Indian tourists. Back in 2015, I have traveled most of the Sri Lanka in 10 days.  And it was an amazing experience. Before planning any international trip, we need to first get Air tickets and visa done. In case of Sri Lankan tourist visa, Visa procedure is quite simple and there are no hard and fast rules of Indian citizens. There are two ways of getting Sri Lankan tourist visa ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) (Recommended ) On Arrival What is ETA? ETA is an Electronic Travel Authorization granted online through the web based visa system. An ETA is issued only for Short Visits to Sri Lanka for Business purposes, Tourism and Transit purposes. Official link for  Sri Lanka Electronic Travel Authorization online visa application – Click Here  So first, you need to do is to submit ETA form online at the link, wherein …

Leh Ladakh – An Epic Road Trip to the Land of Endless Discoveries!

My Leh Ladakh trip was the most awaited trip of this year. Finally after a long waiting time I got an opportunity to travel to one of my dream destinations and that too a Road trip.  Yippee!! 🙂 🙂 Ladakh is a region of Indian state Jammu and Kashmir. It is best known for it amazing landscapes, diversity, culture and outstanding environments. Being surrounded by the world’s best mountain ranges of Himalayas and Karakoram make Ladakh a perfect destination for travel adventure. Planning for such epic trip was a bit pain since we were 20 travelers.  After long hours of research and recommendations, we opted to get a customized tour package and luckily we got a good deal with Himalyan Escape. Himalyan Escapes is one of the leading e-travel services company based in Srinagar and it provides travel related services to tourists. So our tour cost includes accommodations in hotels or tents, breakfast and dinners, all transport arrangements, sightseeing and inner line permits. And on complement to it Royal Enfield bikes from Leh to Nubra. …