The 2017 Travel Planner

The question I get asked most is how do you manage to travel with young kids? The question I get asked second most is how do you manage to take so many holidays while working?

While the entire blog is an attempt to answer the first question, the second question is answered in one simple phrase – planning in advance. R&R is important and we do one every quarter, if not more often. Plus there is live events, if there is a match – cricket, football or tennis worth watching, we go and watch it.

Now all of this requires much planning in advance. For one, you cannot go for a live event of note unless you plan at least 6 months ahead as most tickets release and are bought that much in advance. For seconds, if you tell you manager/colleagues/team well in advance that you will be out for certain dates in the next 3-4 months a) there is no imaginary work crisis that can be cited as a reason to refuse leave; b) everyone can plan project deliverables with these and other considerations in mind – you do what needs to be done before you go, assign tasks in your absence etc and do not open laptop regularly during the break; c) people get used to your work pattern and if they value your contribution more than face-time, then it shouldn’t be a problem at all (if it is, do you really want this job anyway?). It can be done, we’ve managed with 2 working people across jobs in FMCG, consulting and late and early stage start-ups over the last 10 years.

So here is your guide to planning holidays in 2017.

  1. Get hold of the holiday calendar
  2. Get hold of the sports calendar: Cricket, Soccer, Tennis
  3. Get dates of the music gigs
  4. Get a sense of good destinations for short and long trips

A month-wise guide


Here is the Oman guide.


For a flavour of Cambodia, head here.


Everybody does Europe, in 2017 do the Off- beat Europe.

Brazil sounds too far to be worth it with kids? Here is what a holiday there looks like.

If you do plan to watch live sport with kids, here are some tips.



If you plan to head to Kerala, do try a day in the houseboat. This is how it looks.


I’m a big fan of South Africa, go there go there 🙂

So go ahead and wanderlust already, and if you need more persuasion to take more travel breaks this coming year, leave me comment and I’ll convince you!

Happy Travels!









2 thoughts on “The 2017 Travel Planner

  1. You make it sound so easy Pooja. We’ve juse got back from a concert in Abu Dhabi and to say that we are tired would be a gross understatement. Lack of sleep, aching body, a bruised arm ( my 6 year old slept through the concert on MY arm!) and the lingering fear that I Might have somehow caused damage to her poor ears are just some of things I’m dealing with right now.

So when are you holidaying next?