Think: turning your dream vacation into a reality. This idea is fun, but what is more exciting is taking that trip and figuring out a way to make it bigger, better and well, more worthwhile. As someone who shares my life every single day, the idea of sharing a new adventure across the globe — with
people, just makes sense. By opening up my dream trip to people who also share in the same wants and needs for real exploration, growth and adventure – I know a trip could be, well, more powerful.
I know this adventure is not for everyone. Between finances, families, and well, LIFE, these types of trips can be difficult. I know this, because I’ve been dreaming of doing these trips for as long as I can remember. But I know for some of us, this type of investment (time, money), really, really makes sense. Not to toot my own horn here, but this type of thought out and planned trip is hard to come by—- a once in a lifetime experience— something amazing. My love for art and craft is pretty obvious. Food and markets? Ooof, give me Indian food everyday. And my love for patterns, textiles, and all things handmade is beyond obvious—- it’s everywhere in my life. And let’s not forget color—- have you noticed my love for all things colorful? 😉
There are only a few things in life that I am willing to put my focus. Yes, I like and enjoy a lot of things—- but the things I LOVE, the things that are really worth investing my life in, they are limited. Like I’ve mentioned a few times, experiences will always mean more to me than just material things. Experiences define us and help us grow. I want to experience a lot in this short lifetime — as much as I can. With my family, with my friends, by myself, and with new people I can meet along the way.
Travel will always be high on my priority list, not the top (because that space is reserved for family), but really, really high up there. I don’t want to be a tourist. I don’t want to get on a bus and get off to only take photos of a world that still feels foreign. I want to experience the place I’ve traveled so far to smell, see, and feel. This new thing, project, adventure — well, it’s a big one, but from where I’m sitting, it’s really, really exciting! Something to experience, learn from, and grow from. Something that will be, is, and already has been worth it.
I want to explore the world, as much as I can of it, and I want to do it with people. The people I care most about and with new people to offer new ideas and insights. I’ve gained a lot from sharing my life in this space, but one of the most meaningful things I’ve gained are better relationships and amazing experiences with the people I’ve met here (both in person and not). I want to do more of that—- and I want to do it in places that I’ve always DREAMED of exploring. Like I said, I’m aware this isn’t something for everyone, but for the people out there that feel just as interested in India and this travel adventure as I am—- this is absolutely something to share in.
This project began when I reached out to my best friend of 25 years, Lisa Kumari. As far as adventure and travel goes, there is no one I would put more of my trust in. Her father started Above The Clouds
, long before Lisa and I were even born, and I’ve spent my entire life watching Lisa and her family travel across the world and back.
For a long time we imagined traveling together— but, life happens. Colleges hours away, me moving across the country (twice), that whole becoming a single mom thing— then taking care of a family. Her taking over a business and a million other things in between— you know, LIFE happens. So, yes, I reached out to Lisa about travel questions and we got to thinking and talking … we got to dreaming. We talked and dreamed of places to go and things we would do, and well, how to make my seemingly distant ideas a reality.
So here we are, after months of planning: two-weeks in India, with a small group of friends and strangers— soon to be friends— completely planned. Every exciting detail has been dreamed up, thought out, and we’re ready to go and excited to invite people out there who also want to share in this vibrant and inspirational experience. Our trip will be made up of everything from city life to village life – including all of the best little-known secrets of both. And better than just visiting markets for textiles and handicrafts, we’ll be taking hands on lessons in pottery, block printing, tie-dying (and more) from the artisans themselves. Amazing, right? We’ll not only be exploring but we’ll also be buying from markets—- to join local chefs in their very private space, to learn how to make their (and our) favorite traditional meals.
Lisa and I went back and forth for weeks to find the right hotels. I hate the idea of box hotels where everything is the same, to the point where you forget the magic outside your room, so after weeks of research, many searches, working with Above the Clouds
‘ team on the ground in India and plenty of back and forth, we have put together, what we think is, quite an amazing list of hotels —- everything from smaller boutiques (my favorite) to some beautiful 5 star spaces. There will be daily (optional) yoga, family style dinners, and a million other fun, exciting, and magical details along the way 🙂 Oh, and I didn’t even mention the best part—- the dates were important to us— we planned this trip to align with the Holi Festival—-because well, color and a celebration of good? I’m pretty sure that could and would be the perfect motto for my life and the perfect marking for this journey. I’m beyond excited, this trip really has everything I could dream of and more. I’m excited to experience this for myself, with my best friend, and those who join us!
Are you interested in becoming part of this trip?
Please visit the Ohdeardrea Above The Clouds page
for more information or email Lisa ([email protected]
) directly to request our two week itinerary (February 28th – March 12th 2015
). Space is limited! We hope you can join 🙂
*all images & video taken in India were photographed by Rubina Baig of INDEBO for Ohdeardrea Dreams of India.
*song: Mehendi Rachi (feat. Mumford & Sons, The Dharohar Project)