Travel My Way

I was on the road when I was nominated for the ‘Travel Your Way‘ contest by Kathryn from Travel with Kat, and didn’t expect to make the September end deadline. Viveka’s kind nomination last week made me realise that the last date had been extended to October 31. So here I am, with just a couple of days to spare…..

Travel By Air:

We fly often – at least one return trip every month or more – to Bangalore, and I will go to great lengths to ensure I have a window seat, just so I can gaze out at scenes like the ones below.

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This sunset takeoff, was shot with a point and shoot from my onward flight last week!

Sunset flight

And here is a shot from our hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, that completely slipped my mind until I read Tony’s comment below! Breathtaking does not begin to describe that unmissable experience.

Looking down from our hot air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey!

By Rail:

One of my most memorable train journeys was the one that took us to the town of Aguas Calientas, enroute to Machu Picchu. We were fortunate enough to bag front row seats to nature’s breathtaking spectacle, all the way up!

That blur of motion in the second image is the platypus nosed Japanese Bullet train. I couldn’t get over how, the passing countryside didn’t seem to whiz by any faster than in other slower trains!

Then there is the Maglev in Shanghai (not the greatest photo, but just to give you an idea). The magnetic levitation line, that connects the city to the airport.  The speed indicator registered that incredible figure in under four minutes, before depositing us at the airport (at a distance of 30km) in seven minutes flat! Talk of high speed!!!

By Water

I am not a cruise person and neither is my husband thankfully. We hate the idea of sitting around on deck when we could be people watching in a cafe on the ground. What we do like however, and have enjoyed on many occasions, are serene private boat rides on local rivers and deltas. They never fail to take me back to my childhood home by the river. Below is a gallery of boats from the Nile, the Tigre delta and the Ganges.

By Road:

We are just back from a 1700km domestic road trip, and I do not have any photos of our vehicle to share!

On arrival in any destination, our favoured mode of exploration is walking, combined with public transport and taxis. But we do enjoy using quirky, and touristy local transport, when our aching feet need much needed breaks. (The horse cart is more for effect :-))

Since I have barely managed to beat the deadline, I think I should refrain from burdening any of my readers with nominations. But you are all free to participate if you so wish. You have just two more days to be eligible for the prizes. All the time in the world if you just want to do it for fun. Here are the T&Cs

Thank you Kat and Viveka. And good luck to all my friends that are participating.

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Madhu is an Interior designer turned travel blogger on a long sabbatical to explore the world. When not crafting stories on The Urge To Wander, she's probably Tweeting @theurgetowander or sharing special moments on

107 thoughts on “Travel My Way

    1. Good one Madhu πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

      I have shortlisted to tweet on the same in days a head … Train Air Water Road

  1. Great photos of different forms of travel. It is obvious you have done a lot of traveling. πŸ™‚

  2. awesome photos! i love them all, but really drawn to the sunset. i love the window seat, too, watching the take off and going thru the clouds. great post!

    1. Thank you so much Eric. No illusions about winning. There are way too many fabulously skilled photographers around πŸ˜€

  3. Ah, the picture of the felucca in Aswan sure does bring back some pleasant memories. I absolutely love reading your blog!

    1. Oh that is such a lovely compliment Andrew! Thank you so much. I am glad this stirred fond memories. Why am I not able to access your website?

  4. I see these pics and I think you are one of the fortunates who find their calling. Your insights during travel are unique… bless you for the seeing eye!

    Keep flying! Keep regaling us with your lovely pics. πŸ™‚

    1. And you my friend are truly biased….but who’s complaining πŸ™‚
      I never asked you what happened to your interview. Hope everything went off well.

  5. Fantastic job, Madhu – I understand now that I should have done as I first thought – mention all categories, I read it time after time … but it’s what it’s. I will you the best of luck. I knew you would give us a magical post about your travel. I wish the best of luck, Madhu.

    1. Oh no, your photos were fabulous Viveka! I was thinking I need to try clicking from more interesting angles like you do πŸ™‚ Thank you for the good wishes.

      1. I think we are suppose to mention all ways to travel – sea, train, road and fly – and I read it time and time again … very unclear, but done is done – maybe I can win because of Michael Buble *laughing.

    1. Thanks Gilly. I am not a fan in this heat, but those Tuk Tuks are quite nifty when I want to avoid the hassle of finding parking space on very crowded streets.

    1. Thank you Ken. I remember the excitement over capturing that Maglev speed display was near comical πŸ˜€

  6. Good luck with the contest! You have some of the best travel pictures I’ve seen. I love your airplane window ones: I wish I could photos out of the window to turn out like that. πŸ™‚

  7. Summary of some of your awesome travels. It’s always nice to look back at your adventures. Er… where’s the rickshaw? πŸ˜‰

    1. Thank you Rommel. We call that yellow motorised three wheeler an auto rickshaw if that is what you were wanting to know.

      1. Ooops, sorry. Didn’t see it and the one on top of it. Looks like the “driver” is enjoying hid exercise around the city.

  8. I should have known you’d travel, and document it, so stylishly. I was quite pleased with my “through the window” shot till I saw yours! Fabulous πŸ™‚ And that felucca shot on the Nile is to die for. I don’t think you need to be wished good luck, Madhu. You’ve got it πŸ™‚

  9. Wish I could join you some day on your adventure,.. let me know,. if you are in US anytime,..

    As always,. its feast to read and look at your blog pictures,..

    1. Thank you Rishi. Have never been to the US if you can believe it! Despite having a sister in new Hampshire πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you Uday, mine too. Although someone like you might have done a better job with the capture πŸ™‚

  10. You have presented us with so many wonderful adventures Madhu but how breathtaking is your balloon shot!!!

    As happy as I am that other people enjoy cruises I am more than happy to let any cruise ship sail without me but I could be tempted to sail the seas on a merchant ship.

  11. How wonderful for all of us that you photograph your travels, whatever method of travel. Thanks for letting us tag along. Amazing view from the balloon ride!

    1. Surprised by how well that turned out with a tiny point and shoot! Happy to have you tag along Ruth πŸ™‚

  12. Good luck to you Madhu! I love the shot of the sunset from above the clouds, a very interesting perspective. Your photo taken while hot air ballooning brought back some happy memories for me.

  13. Great pics Madhu – we were actually in Pub Street last week and just got back from Thailand today! I agree that a balloon flight in Cappadocia is unmissable too πŸ™‚ Lovely images and good luck!

  14. A fabulous post! Thank you for taking us on some of your travels here, Madhu. I’m just amazed by the hot air balloon ride. I’d love to try it, but am terrified.

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