Ok, I’ve got the writing bug! Once I got started I didn’t want to stop, so here’s my second blog post before anyone in the world has even seen my first.
Ever since I left uni nearly 3 years ago I’ve had it in mind that I would love to revisit India, but for one reason or another each time I went to organise it, the timing wasn’t quite right (that and I kept chickening out). I lived in Mumbai for 3 1/2 years when I was a child, so I’d absolutely cherish the opportunity to see how it has changed over the years and to experience it all as an adult. My parents and sister have both made trips back there over the last few years, so it’s officially my turn!
Though I saw a fair bit of the country when I was younger, at just 8-11 years old, all that really interested me was how often I got to go swimming and how bloody tasty the cheesy naan breads from the school cafeteria were (this would explain my chubby phase)! Obviously I was aware of the striking contrast in culture, but I don’t think I fully appreciated the vibrancy of the country and what a special place it is. This being said, sometimes a glimpse at a photo or footage on TV makes me relive the smells and heat in the air like it was yesterday.
So I’ve come to the decision that 2017 is the year to just get up and go (for two weeks that is…I’m not being too dramatic)! Not only am I going to finally take the plunge and book a trip to India, but I’m going to do it alone! A couple of years ago the thought of doing something like this with just me, myself and I for company would absolutely terrify me, but having spoken to people who have gone travelling on their own before and read countless numbers of blogs about how solo travel is the best thing you can EVER do in life (yeah you know the ones), I really can’t wait!
Before I sound like an absolute hero, I’ll clarify that I intend on booking it through a tour operator, because I’m not quite brave enough to tackle the country entirely unaccompanied. As I said to my mum and dad when they told me we were moving to India back in 1999, “What if a tiger comes down from the mountains and eats me?” Ironically, out of the tours that I’ve shortlisted, the one that has really caught my eye is one that involves a safari to spot tigers in the wild, so I’ll try not to look too tasty on the day.
So that’s my plan of action…a 2017 resolution if you must. Watch this space…