Mandalapa's Excursions

Travel experiences, itineraries, tips, rants and more!

Currently in: New York | Miles traveled: 450,000 miles | Countries Visited: 27

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Camping in Big Sur

Camping in the woods is always special to me. Add an ocean, stars and sounds of whales to it, it becomes even more spectacular. It’s hard to capture the true joy of my heart in this two dimensional picture, but this was one of the best experiences I have had in a while. Looking at the […]


10 commandments from a dog

Folks, try not to tear up after reading this. The other day, I stumbled upon an article from PETA and I found it pretty inspiring. These are 10 commandments from a dogs perspective. You can read the full article here 1. My life is likely to last 10 to 15 years; any separation from you […]


10 things that I have learnt so far

I turned 29 a week ago and have been spending time the past couple of days reflecting on the ride I had so far – things I learned, things I absolutely must NOT do again, what I have improved on, what I still have a a long way to go, experiences gained, and how far […]


why the world won’t end in 2012

Clearly this is the most popular topic of the month so far. Let me put a nail in the coffin of all believers who think that the world will end on December 21, 2012. Don’t get me wrong; the world WILL end someday but not Dec 21, 2012. My friend Petee was so worried about […]


7 reasons why you should visit home

I visit my parents at least once every two years and I always have a blast every single time I go back. For a lot of people who live pretty close to their families, this is not a big deal but if you live 12,000 miles away from home, it is. Let me give you […]


15 places to see before you die

Everyone wants to travel the world. So many places to see but so little time or money. I have scoured the internet/used my travel wisdom to find 15 breathtaking places in the world to see before you die. Beautiful mountains, blue water lakes, magnificent oceans with fabulous islands – our planet has many breathtaking places […]