It’s true. I can finally say that I’m leaving London.
For three months.
The deal is this: I go off for the summer and get my fix of globe-trotting, and then I have pinky-promised my boss I will come back with a huge smile on my face and a boxful of souvenirs.
After saving every penny I could for two years; after changing a miserable job for a fantastic opportunity; after degrees, masters, and professional qualifications, I’ve finally managed to put everything on hold and listen to my inner 5-year old self. That girl who read and re-read books about the different cultures and cuisines across the world, and who snuck into her grandfather’s office just to secretly skim a copy of the National Geographic. I’m doing this for us.
How am I doing this?
Life has blessed me with a multitude of supportive family, friends and colleagues that have helped this happen. My parents always have believed in me, and my partner simply said “Do it!” when I began playing with the idea of travelling for an extended period of time. I’m infinitely lucky that my workplace supports me and are happy to have me back when I return.
So I booked flights, tours and hostels.
Now I’m ready to go.
Where am I going?
India has been at the top of my travel bucket list since before I can remember. I wanted to see the sights and the colours, taste the food and meet its people. It was a no brainer to make it my priority.
I’ve booked a tour group (which I won’t mention until I can honestly review them!) that lasts for 5 weeks. We start in Delhi and finish in Goa, getting bite-size experiences from all over the country.
I couldn’t tell what excites me the most about this leg of the trip. At this stage, I just want to arrive!
So Bali was more of a shrug of the shoulders choice.
Many people around me have made the trip in the last few years, and I felt it could be a great stop for my longest trip travelling solo.
I’m excited to see the beaches, the jungle and the temples, try new flavours but also find a space to relax and not worry so much.
My adventure will end in New Zealand. I’ve never really given New Zealand much of a thought, but how wrong I was!
Looking on a map for possible destinations, I pointed at the furthest place I could physically go. And there they were, the two islands at the bottom right corner. Then I began researching.
Fjords, mountain, hiking, endless roads. The photographer in me is already jumping with glee at all the photo opportunities. The other side of me is desperate to just see everything and to meet everyone. I don’t fully know what to expect, but I know it will be special and different. Solo road trip? Here I come!
You’ve probably already guessed that I plan to blog throughout. Not for profit or fame, but purely as a means to remember and for my family and friends to keep tabs on me. I’ll do my best to upload something every week.
The way I like to blog is to observe the environment and the culture, and write about how I experience it. This won’t necessarily be reviews all the time, but I might include some of those, too.
So what do you want to know?
This is where you come in. Is there something you’d like to know about any of these places? Tell me! I’ll do my best to experience it for you or at least check it out.
Until next time!