So, it’s on.
The air tickets were booked more than 5 months back. And that was it. Travel insurance and other paperwork was done last week and I am off……
I have started my 48 day solo backpacking trip to two countries and am in first leg of the journey. To tell you the truth, it wasn’t a great start. I would call it risky. On this later, if I feel like writing here.
But I am told I am the first Indian female to go solo backpacking abroad ! Is that so? Then Yayy!! 😛
Since I wanted it to be a ‘backpacking’ trip, everything is on budget. I want to keep a tab on my expenses and later assess how much I saved.
First, I am flying on a frill free flight. That means I am not taking it from Mumbai but from a smaller place in some other state of India where I have never been before. Well, that also means taking a two night train to that place and checking into a hotel for the day and taking a cab at wee hours for the airport… all this without knowing the local language or a local person. 🙂
Since it is a frill free flight, there is no weight concept of weight limit like 20-25 Kgs allowed. I have to pay for every single Kg that I carry. While booking my air ticket, I have already paid in advance for my food, comfort kit and 15 Kgs of weight. If I exceed this wt limit, I’ll have to pay a fat amount per extra Kg. That’s how these cheap airlines earn their booty. It’s not that I can’t pay but then whole idea of budget travel will fail.
15 Kgs is too much ? Well, I am carrying some things to be handed over to a person who lives in the city I touch down. Around 9 Kgs or so. Only one bag is allowed to check in so his bag should go inside mine or vice versa.
Sounds interesting ? 🙂
Budget traveling also means there won’t be luxurious hotels where I can barge in without any hesitations and be demanding. I will have to really look for budgeted ones…. if possible, bargain and also check for safety issues.
Neeraj could manage within a budget of RS 1,000 or approx $20 per day, all inclusive. But my expenses will be higher…. almost double. Mostly I will stay in independent rooms. At places I will have to share bathrooms but no dorms. V is totally against this idea, so I might drop it this time. Only this time. 😛
There is no question of relaxing sauna or jacuzzi baths but a knock at the door might remind me of the place I am in. 🙂
Budgeting does not mean I won’t do anything. I will spend the money thus saved on better enjoyable things such as exploring new places, hopping islands, boat cruises, and so on. I will not be eating at expensive restaurants, rather will be relishing street food. I will rely on local transports instead of chauffeur driven cars and cabs.
Also, I know it can not always happen but being a female I will have to look for modes of transports which reach me to a new place during daytime.
So it will be airplane, train, bus, cab, long-tail boat, ferry, tuk-tuk etc. Would love to travel on bus roof like Neeraj did but then looking at my physical condition I guess I am asking for too much. 😛 (I sincerely hope V is not reading this.)
And I have a feel that some exaggerated sign language will rule throughout this journey. It has already started actually. If you read my updates on Facebook, you’ll come to know. 🙂
Hail sign language !!
Also, my flight back into the country is again at evening in some other small town which will be first time for me. I will have to check in a hotel till I catch a train next day for Mumbai. 🙂
And return train ticket is not yet booked. That will happen later sometime during this trip.
Note:– I have not disclosed the places for safety purpose but you’ll come to know in another 1-2 posts.
I wonder how it’ll go and how often I will be able to update my site. But I’ll be more active on Twitter and Facebook for smaller tit-bits which I don’t want to publish here. 🙂
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