I have been waiting for this day for an extremely long time. From the day I booked our flight to New Delhi all the way back in February, I have had frequent frenzied moments of jumping up and down with excitement or grabbing the person closest to me and squeezing them with delight. I’ve also had a few moments of panic – not knowing what to pack on this trip that isn’t really a holiday but isn’t really proper backpacking either; stressing over the complicated visa process; worrying about what clothes to take in a country that will be hot in the South but cooler in the North and where modern cities thrive next to older traditional places (to jean it or not to jean it?).
What with my upcoming trip to India, I’ve been struggling to find time to fit in writing around all the planning. And when I plan a trip, I really plan a trip. No bars spared, I will put all my energy, concentration and every waking minute into making it as incredible an adventure as it can possibly be. I may end up completely drained and about to pass out from exhaustion but it will all have been worth it in the end!
For this trip, as well as getting an extortionate amount of tips from other bloggers and twitterers (the #travelindia hashtag by Poonam has been super helpful), I have been reading up on India from my stack of books. This is something I always do when I go away and I think it’s a great way to research.
Most people will already know that reading is one of my favourite things to do. If I’m not found with a book in my hand you can guarantee that there will be one in my bag. Even when I go out, to the pub or to the cinema, I still carry a book on me just in case I find myself with a few spare minutes to get lost in the pages of a book. And for those times when getting a book out seems too unsociable, having books downloaded on my phone means that I can just pretend I’m reading a very important and incredibly long message from someone. I don’t do that when I’m out with you though. Honest 😉
I cannot contain my excitement about the fact that today, after months of thinking about it and looking into it, I have finally booked a trip to South America! I have never stepped foot on this continent and now I get the thrill of visiting 3 of its countries – Peru, Argentina and Brazil. And the fact that I was at work when I booked this did not stop me from jumping up and down with excitement (although I may have run to the privacy of the toilets a few times before doing this away from the curious glances of my colleagues!).