~ Top 10 Places on my 2019 Travel Wishlist!! And my top 5 picks for you…


2019 is here and I am oh so excited! A new year brings with it new opportunities and new horizons to achieve, and this year won’t be any different. While I am still working on my New Years resolutions list, I do have a travel wishlist ready! Tells you about my priorities, right, LOL!!

Every year end the hubby and I talk about our travel wish list for the next year and work towards budgeting it. We choose some domestic (within the US) places and then some do-able places and then some “I really wish” places – which for now are just drooled upon but for cost and visa purposes along with travel time and other constrains are set on the back burner for the following year. Because we know those are “difficult to achieve” I wont be sharing these in this post, but if you want to know which are those places for us, lemme know in the comments section below and I’ll write a post about it.

Today, I am sharing our top 10, but in reality not all 10 will be done in 2019. Hence the name “travel wishlist”. So without further ado, in no particular order, here goes:

Our Top 10:

Home: India and Kuwait 🙂 No points for guessing this would be on our list.

Petra, Jordan: Coz it doesn’t require a whole lotta days to witness this beauty and is perfect to squeeze in if you are planning a visit to that side of the world.

Amarillo and surrounding area: Having lived in Texas for so long, we haven’t explored as much as we’d like to, so this year, we are hoping to change that and go about and explore/enjoy what the 2nd largest state in US has to offer!

– A relaxing getaway at a resort in Texas Hill Country: This one is always on my list, coz a relaxing getaway close to home sounds blissful to me, and having seen quite a bit of Texas Hill Country, we don’t feel compelled to be out and about exploring, instead can focus on relaxing!

Port Aransas / Corpus Christi: Coz trust me, not all Texas beaches suck!! Infact even Galveston has improved so much in the past few years! I’m working on a Galveston post and promise to have it your way well before spring break 🙂

Europe!! Somewhere, anywhere! LOL!! JUST TAKE US!

PCH: This won’t be doable though – thanks to the recent natural destruction on that side. Basically quite a bit got washed off, and though they have rebuilt quite a bit of it, it’s still work in progress. Hoping to go if this gets fixed.

Mount Rushmore: How cool would it be to celebrate July 4th here?!

New Mexico: Those White Sand Dunes are calling my name!!! Or maybe the Hot Air Balloon festival… Or maybe skiing in the Taos this winter?!

Some National Parks: We want to be more outdoorsy this spring/summer, so hoping to visit some national parks around Houston.

My top 5 picks for you guys would be:

Domestic within US:

– ~ West Coast: San Fran!!

~ National Parks: Yellow Stone National Park (YSNP)!!

– Utah for those magical National Parks it has to offer: Blog post coming soon.

– Miami: Blog post coming soon.

~ West Coast: South Lake Tahoe…

Around Houston:

~ Around Houston: Fredericksburg!!

~ Around Houston: South Padre Island…

~ Around Houston: San Antonio!!

– Waco: Blog post coming soon.

~ Around Houston: New Orleans!!

Outside of continental US:

~ The Perfect Vacation: San Juan, PR!

~ Cruise to Bahamas…

– Hawaii: ~ Maui, Hawaii…

– India and Dubai!!

~ Our 6 day Western Caribbean Cruise to Mexico!

And here are the other travel posts I have done till now, in case one of these tickle your fancy!

~ Oahu, Hawaii!!

~ The Big Island of Hawaii…

~ West Coast: Seattle!!

~ Colorado (Winter Special)…

~ Viva Las Vegas!!

~ Around Houston: Austin!!

~ Chicago!!

And here are some helpful travel related links:

~ Road Trip Ready!

~ Why Travel??

~ Carry-On Essentials when flying with a baby!

~ What’s in my Carry-on!!

~ Cruising Tips & Tricks!!

So, where are y’all planning to travel this year? I’d love to hear, please let me know in the comments section below. And I hope you enjoyed reading this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together.

Until next time… Ciao!


~ My Pick: Top 10 Picnic Spots in Houston!

Today, April 12th 2018, marks the 2nd anniversary for my blog and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for continued reads, likes, comments, love and support!!

So today being a special day, I am sharing a special post – if you follow me on Instagram (nshrivas) you already know that we love being outdoors and doing picnics and so today, I am sharing top 10 picnic spots in and around Houston with you all…

Spring is officially here!!! While our friends on the east coast are still getting attacked by nasty snow storms, we in Houston are lucky! Our temperatures are nothing short of gorgeous sunny days!

The bluebonnets and azaleas are in full bloom all over Houston, which means it’s time to finally enjoy being outside after one of the coldest winters in the history of Texas!!

So what way to welcome spring that some outdoor picnicking. Here are some of my favorites, in no particular order:

1. Ray Miller Park

This isn’t a big one on the map, but super convenient for me and other residents on or around Eldridge Pkwy because it’s literally a stone throw away ( but don’t throw stones, you might hit someone, LOL!!). Here they have two place areas for the kiddos, BBQ grills and even cute gazebos and a bridge, perfect for a photoshoot. Often you’ll see bootcamp classes being held here as well. This is our go to choice for an evening stroll or a quick weekday picnic!

Location: 1800 Eldridge Pkwy, Houston, TX 77077.

2. Arthur Storey Park

Being located on the feeder of Beltway 8, just after the Bellaire Blvd. traffic light when coming from I-10, this one is a big park. We ourselves haven’t ever walked the entire park! Even though we personally haven’t done a picnic here, this is often our choice for an evening walk over the weekend. It has play areas, BBQ grills and picnic tables along with offering bike and hike trails and to top it all off a tai-chi court!

Location: 7400 W. Sam Houston Pkwy South, Houston, TX 77072.

3. Terry Hershey Park

Living on the west side of Houston has many advantages and one of them being beautiful parks that surround the area. And one of them being the beautiful Terry Hershey Park, along the Buffalo Bayou, that’s just 5 mins from our place! The bayou winds through the park with scenic bike and hiking trails abs the wild bluebonnets that adorn the trails are a bonus!! There are picnic tables and BBQ grills for those looking for a fun outdoor meal.

Location: 15200 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77079.

4. Bear Creek Park

This one has a petting zoo!!! Enough said! Along with walking trails it also has soccer fields, little league and softball fields, tennis courts and numerous picnic pavilions – perfect for large picnics as they are surrounded by hundreds of picnic tables and BBQ grills.

Location: Bear Creek Dr, Houston, TX 77084 or 3535 War Memorial Drive.

5. Hermann Park

This one is a family favorite – with the museums so close and the zoo in the same complex, you can’t go wrong choosing this location for your day out! Ideal for large group picnics or even birthday parties!

Hermann Park even offers a designated picnic area equipped with picnic tables, BBQ grills, swing sets, a boardwalk and fun trails to hike and ride your bike. Plus, Hermann Park also has a train you can ride around the park as well as boating in the lake. If that’s not it, the beautiful Japanese garden is perfect for photoshoots.

Location: 6001 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77030.

6. Miller Outdoor Theatre

Even though I haven’t ever been to a performance at the Miller Outdoor Theatre yet, this one is high on my list for summer 2018 as it is the perfect place to soak up the beautiful weather. With free performances from March through October, what’s not to like!!

Location: 6000 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030.

Pic courtesy Google!!

7. Levy Park

This one is a newer park, and hence one I haven’t visited yet. But from I hear this one is a complete package with a splash pad, climbing walls and numerous jungle gyms, you and your family can enjoy an entire day at the park. Once the kids have worked up an appetite on the playground, bring a lunch and enjoy it on the Activity Lawn where there are numerous things to enjoy like table tennis, a mini-golf putting green even chairs and tables for those of you who forget to bring your blanket. And for your furry friends, there’s also a dog park.

Location: 3801 Eastside St, Houston, TX 77098.

Pic courtesy Google!!

8. Discovery Green

Even though we haven’t ever done a “picnic” here, it’s a welcome green space in the heart of downtown, with attractive art installations! The picnic lawn offers more than just picnic space, as it also includes dog runs, a playground and a mist tree, which is perfect for hot summer days! It offers kayaking during the summer months and ice skating in the winter time. Perfect for a little family day away at the park!

Location: 1500 McKinney St, Houston, TX 77010.

Pic courtesy Google!!

9. Waterwall Park!

If you work around the Galleria Area, this location provides for a wonderful mid work day escape during your lunch hour! The sound of rushing water from the 64-foot-U-shaped water fountain along with some sprinkles will lift your spirits even on the most Mondayest Monday!!

Location: 2800 Post Oak Blvd, Houston, TX 77056.

10. Memorial Park

This one is in the heart of Houston, proving a quick retreat from the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle that Houston is. Along with a golf course, the park also has facilities for tennis, softball, swimming, skating, volleyball, skating, cycling and also running!! Lots of picnic tables for a fun family day as well.

Location: 6501 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007.

Pic courtesy Google!!

Hope you enjoyed this post and are all set to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather that Houston has to offer now days!! Until next time, ciao!