Starting tomorrow morning I am off to South east Asia for over 3 months. Cambodia, Malaysia and probably Thailand or Singapore. Not yet decided, not yet planned.
That’s aerial view of Mumbai
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.. — Winston Churchill
As a responsible traveller, I strongly believe in giving back something to the society.
I have done this before and will do so in future also. This time I will be engaged in volunteer work with an NGO in Cambodia for about 3 months.
If you are raising your eyebrows with a “What’s in it for you?” … then no, I won’t get any monetary benefits. I will have to pay for my accommodation, food, insurances and transport, visa etc. And I am not sure what kind of accommodation is in store for me… whether it is a dorm or a hotel room, I do not know. I have requested them to look for a place with wi-fi and cooking facility; yet to hear from them.
This work will give me a chance to experience and learn about the people and culture of Cambodia. More than anything, this will give
I Taut I taw a puddy tat ! 😛
Remember the cute little naughty golden canary named Tweety and the cat Sylvester? During my younger days I have read and watched this Cartoon and enjoyed them no end.
Then one day in school we “discovered” a group of islands named the Canary Islands. Since then I had always imagined this place to be exotic with canaries of every hue and was always reminded of Canary Islands every time I read or saw Tweetie.
As a child we always paint colorful and larger than life pictures in our mind’s canvas and more times than I would care to admit, the reality is not as rosy when you do visit the place in your adulthood.
It was only much later I realized that the place did not get the name from the bird but it was the bird who got its name from the place. 🙁
And I am told there are not so many varieties of Canary bird in this group of islands after all.
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
Some of you are aware that I am going on a 48 days solo backpacking trip to 2 countries…. Two countries where language will be a big barrier. And I am going totally unprepared. A few months back I had booked just the to & fro air tickets and did nothing else after that.
And the time has come now.
After a few days in first country, I will be heading towards neighbouring country overland. This is interesting. Flying into any of the city there can get you a 30 day tourist visa at the airport itself but if you cross the border otherwise, you’ll get only 15 days visa on arrival.
My train will cross border at midnight. I am wondering if the immigration people will wake me up to see my visa papers (like they did when I was crossing into Italy) or wait till next stop which will be in that country. Will the train stop there long enough for visa papers to be made or do I have to get it done at my destination further down ? How do I show that I have enough finances to stay in that country? Will credit cards do?