I’ve been rather reluctant to write about my 2015 plans. For all that I love making plans like a crazy person, sometimes planning trips that I won’t be able to take for years rather than doing something practical (I’m running for the title of queen procrastinator), I also often change my plans if I feel like it.
Most of them aren’t set in stone. They only time they start to calcify is if awkward permits (Hello Tibet) mean that a set date is needed, or a festival is on a specific date, or highly sought after museum needs pre-booking (Hello Italy).
Writing a blog post about my plans however means someone else knows them. So someone else will know if I throw them out the window (Any reason; find something else I want to do, get sick, run out of money, love a place so much I want to stay longer, visa issues on and on) and I might have to explain why.
Anyway, after some deliberation, here is a general outline of my plans that I am really excited about, but could still change as everything on the road can.
On the 19th of February I’m flying out of NZ to India’s capital! I want to spend some time here to acclimatise to the madness that is India. This also is a perfect example of changing plans. I had planned to go around the 15th of January, but my Gopro accessories hadn’t arrived yet, I wanted to go on NZ’s Heaphy Track, I hadn’t gotten inserts in my shoes to correct my flat feet etc etc So I just changed it.
I’m so excited for this festival! I’m hoping to be in Vrindavan for the main festival on the 6th of March.
Not something to miss if you are going to North India. It would just feel wrong.
If there is one city in India that I am the most excited about (and I’m excited about lots) – Varanasi may win out.
Pokhara and the Annapurna Circuit
I’m really looking forward to getting out and doing some hiking. I’m also really nervous. I’ve never done a hike at altitude like this, and it will be by far the longest hike I’ve ever done. We’ll see how it goes…
Katmandu and maybe Everest Base Camp?
There is an outdoor store in New Zealand called Katmandu. I look forward to FINALLY being able to say that I have actually been to and explored the place. Mt Everest Base camp? Dependent on many things. The good weather of the hiking season may not hold out, and in that case I don’t want to do the whole hike and not once see Mt Everest. I’d rather just come back. My visa allotted time in Nepal may run out, or I may need more of a rest after the Annapurna Circuit – maybe I’ll have epic blisters or something. I’d really like to do it though.
I’ll have to get a second visa in Katmandu and my plans then rest on whether or not they are nice and give me a six month visa, or only give me a three month visa because I will have been to India so recently. But first up is:
The Indian Himalayas
There are so many places that I want to visit in northern India from the yoga capital Rishikesh to Kashmir, from the Dalai Lama’s new home in McLeod Ganji to hiking in Lakdah to the Golden Temple in Amritsar to the Valley of the Flowers. I have big plans for making the most of my time. It is an amazing area.
Rajasthan and Mumbai
This is dependent on the grace of the Indian Embassy officials in Katmandu. If I can’t get a six month visa I’ll have to hightail it out of the country to maybe Bangladesh?? No real backup plan. But if I can get the correct visa – Rajasthan awaits (squeals in excitement).
Tentative plans range from the Lakes of Udaipur, to rat and monkey temples, to forts, to trying to be spotted by Bollywood scouts in Mumbai. 🙂
From the 15th to the 17th of October I will be attending my first Travel Blogging Conference, TBEX in Bangkok (Happy dance inside). I’m really looking forward to meeting some other bloggers, getting new ideas and exploring Bangkok. At the same time, when I think about TBEX an image of a tiny weenie little minnow being squished by jumbo sized fish pops into my head.
I’m also fairly sure I will be broke by then (like really really broke) and in need of a job, so I’ll be searching around.
What are your travel plans for 2015? Do you like to make plans, or do you just pick a country and go?
All photo’s are from google images.