Yay! Malaria Pills & Stopovers!

3 Oct

India is becoming more of a reality for me the more I prepare for this adventure. Today and yesterday have been essential in this “realness” feeling. I’ve dropped quite a bit of cash the last two days, but it’s all worth it! All for this dream trip. No regrets!

I visited the travel clinic yesterday and got my vaccinations and prescriptions. Turns out I needed to update my regular vaccines as well, so along with the regular measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis…I was also vaccinated for typhoid, hepatitis A and rabies. Four needles in all and I still have to return for two more rabies injections. Not my idea of a fun time, but I wouldn’t be getting all these shots if I weren’t going to India. That makes it all worth while! Then there was the prescriptions for malaria and…travelers diarrhea. Let’s not get into that too much. We all know it’s going to happen and I accept that. Moving on!  

Malaria pills! Whoo whoo!

The following day was the big day. Flights are booked! Flights make it real. Flights mean there is no turning back. Flights are the gateway to the whole darn thing. Flights are exciting!

Air travel has definitely lost its pizzazz and most of its excitement over the years, but I’m still one of those few remaining travellers who enjoys flying. I like checking in for my flights, going through security, finding my gate, boarding, taking off! I mean…seats may be smaller and customer service has dwindled, but, as Louis CK puts it, “you’re sitting in a chair in the sky!” That’s. Awesome.
You’re going somewhere! Bring on the stopovers! I’ll be going through 7 different airports for this trip; 2 in Canada, 4 in India and 1 in Germany. I find that exhilarating. Yes I know, I’m weird.

My flights are pretty convoluted, mostly because I’m checking out Varanasi before meeting up with the group in Delhi. So I have to go to Delhi, spend one night there, next day get on a flight to Varanasi, spend three days, go back to Delhi and start the tour. Whoo! I’ll be tired…and so so happy!

The countdown is on!

Adding Varanasi

10 Sep

Incase you are not one of the few people I have annoyed to the point of exhaustion with tellings of my travel plans…I am booked to go on my dream trip to India (one of many dream trips) this coming March 2016. Delhi to Kochi. North to South. 

There is just one teensy weensy issue with my itinerary. It doesn’t include any time in Varansi. Check it out…

See? Otherwise it’s a pretty kick ass trip! But, Varansi is an important place to experience and I would be disappointed if I didn’t make that happen for myself. Thus, I made a detour on my commute home from work to see my most wonderful, helpful, patient, knowledgable travel agent, Amanda. 

We found a four-day Varanasi extension package that is easily added on to the beginning of my trip. Best part is that everything in Varanasi is organized for me; airport transfers, accommodation, Ganges River tour, city tours, breakfast. Since I’ll be solo for these four days in Varanasi, it gives me much peace of mind knowing the finer details will already be sorted. 

6 months from today I will be…most likely on a plane or in an airport, on my way to India. #Excitement

Just Go.

12 Mar

This is pathetic. I have not posted anything here in THREE YEARS! What does that tell you about my life, hey? Not many adventures have happened since Greece in 2011 (pause for a quick reminiscent daydream).

So Helen, why now? What’s going on? Let me tell you! Because honestly, I am bursting. I’m pretty sure I’ve told everyone at work, even people I don’t talk too very often. It’s been a very long time that I’ve wanted to take this trip, but it will finally be happening. Come March 2016 (yes, a whole year away) I will finally be going to INDIA!

Those of you who have already visited India will know that there are only two reactions you get from people, upon sharing with them your upcoming travel plans.

Reaction #1:  “That’s amazing! I’m so jealous. You’re going to have a great time!”

Awww, so lovely and sweet and supportive. 

Reaction #2: “Umm, WHY would you want to go THERE?! India? Really? Uh, no thank you. It’s so dangerous and dirty.”

Umm, okay. Thanks. 

People either want to go to India or they do not (like…at all). There is no inbetween. And that’s fine! To each their own, it takes all kinds, whatever floats your boat. You get the point. 

The reason I want to go to India is the same reason I want to go anywhere; food, people, culture, to experience something different and remove myself from my comfort zone.  Even if my reasons for traveling are the same for every destination, that doesn’t matter; every destination is unique.  The food and people and culture and experiences and comfort level will vary from place to place. Heck! They vary from province to province here in Canada. My level of curiosity towards India has simply stayed at a higher level than other places. Once I’ve returned, another destination will take it’s place (I’m already thinking about what I’ll book after India).

I finally had enough of dreaming and decided to make this a reality after binge watching the show “Departures” and becoming insanely inspired! I realised that I have to just GO. 

It’s hard up save up the dough for a big trip like this, or any trip for that matter. I live in an expensive city on a single income. It’s a struggle sometimes but I figured out a way to make this happen without going into debt and eating ramen for the next 365 days. 

I’ve booked my trip far enough in advance that I was able to hold my spot with a small deposit, instead of paying in full at the time of booking. I’ve worked it out so that I will incorporate the cost of my trip into my monthly bills (no charging it on the credit card and then trying to pay it off for the next five years). I’ve worked out how much money I need to put towards my trip per paycheque. Smaller payments = Happier Helen. As long as I have the whole trip paid for by the end of this year, I’ll be on that plane!