Spring Break is 4 weeks away. I usually go somewhere and the last three years I’ve been heading over to Europe. I’ve found that spring break is a great time to go there because it’s not the high season and the weather is still decent. My first spring break trip to Europe was to Portugal (Iberian peninsula). But the last few years, the I’s have it. Italy and Istanbul.
After During our crazy long winter, I still didn’t have any plans as of 4 days ago. I was going stir-crazy and was madly searching the internet on Friday when I got home from school. At first I was thinking about New York City. But when you cost that out, going by oneself, it’s pretty spendy. For that amount (or a little more), where else could I go? Searching, and searching, I decided to look for tours. By Friday night I had narrowed it down to two.
The trip that I didn’t choose was Budapest & Prague. Three nights in each city with hotels and transportation between arranged. I could add-on lots of extra tours in each city. It was an independent tour, so I would be mostly on my own. I’m super interested in both of those cities. But when you get down to it, if I did them on my own, I’d choose hotels that were closer to the center of each city with more charm.
The tour that I did decide to take is fully guided. Several meals are included as well as transportation between cities, airport pick-up and drop-off and hotels. The other plus of this location is that it should be in the 80s. I need some warm weather at this point. I’m traveling by myself, yet I’ll be with other people. There will be lots of new and stimulating culture, sights and food. Where am I going? I’ll give you a hint. It starts with an “I.”
India. Two days in Delhi, two in Jaipur and two in Agra. It’s quick but hits lots of highlights. The Taj Majal should be amazing. I also have a friend that is teaching in Delhi. I’ll meet up with her for dinner at the beginning of the trip. I have a former colleague who did this same trip over Thanksgiving with his daughter. They had a great time! I applied for my visa today and sent off my passport to Chicago. That process was not very straight forward. Hopefully I’ll have it all back within about a week of leaving. That’s the part that makes me nervous. Now I’ll be able to enjoy reading about the destinations and planning my packing list. Hmm… I wonder if I’ll need any shots?
I love travel. It’s my way to rejuvenate and get some perspective on life. Planning and looking forward to a trip is part of the process. And I enjoy every minute of it!
*For anyone guessing Ireland, that was an option, but I’ve already done a lot of Ireland while traveling with students.