Saturday, February 6, 2010

Munich to India

I'm not entirely certain how to go about writing the past 4 months... but I will start at the beginning.

We opted away from traveling anywhere that is theoretically accessible for a long weekend, or as a short trip, in favor of further destinations. We could have easily spent 4 months in one country, but our curiosity got the best of us and we wanted to see as much as possible.

There were plenty of things that we had to consider, as well as what to pack, and if we had the proper vaccinations and visas.

We then booked most everything in advance. Since we traveled with the Star Alliance around the world ticket, we were able to easily change dates for free and destinations for a small fee.

This does take some flexibility out of things, but it also provided us with a schedule. After researching the places we would visit we also booked most of our hotels ahead, which ensured us of having nice places to stay and an address to arrive at in each city.

In the end the planning ahead saved us an incredible amount of time and money while providing some extra luxury. After staying in over 35 hotels in the past year we definitely know what we like and what we don't... more about that later.

Since we are largely familiar with the US and Europe we opted to head East, beginning with our first stop in India. The weather during this time of year in Asia is also a key factor. We didn't want to spend our trip in monsoon season or in sweltering temperatures. We figured we would chase the nice weather around the globe and once it cooled off in Japan we'd be heading South of the equator to New Zealand. Mother Nature always has a few tricks up her sleeve, but considering we were spared natural disasters we fared pretty well.

In the days before we left I wrote my preconceived notions of what things would be like in each place, just for comparison when we returned. I was curious how my expectations and ideas would change after visiting. We printed out our confirmations and tickets, laid out everything we'd be taking on our living room floor, checked and double checked, and before we knew it, it was time to leave. Stefan and I constantly looked at each other and stated time and time again, 'This is really happening.'

After our annual visit to Oktoberfest and saying goodbye to friends, family, and co-workers. It was wonderful to have a farewell celebration at the Käfer tent. The very next morning we were on our way.

The meals on the flight were cutely themed - for Oktoberfest and India. Stefan cherished his last Bavarian feast, while I enjoyed the vegetarian Indian option.

We arrived very early the next day (September 23rd) in New Delhi, India and just like that our adventure began.

10 comments:

Bluefish said...

That is certainly a lot of preparation to do before leaving. Did you get sick during your trip?

Aisling said...

The suspense is killing me! Can't wait to read the next installment.

Troy said...

Thanks for the stories. We look forward to hearing more. I hope you are enjoying your time back in Munich. We are having a Super Fasching Bowl Party tomorrow, and some friends will walk down to the parade with us. We look forward to hearing more. All the best, and welcome back!

Trissa said...

Can't wait to read the rest of your story!

birdlime said...

so far so good, can't wait to hear the rest. i have always wanted to travel around the world... finding time, money, etc etc has always ended up being the excuse. so happy to see two people go for it!

JoernandAllison said...

Impressive that you are going to do this trip in retrospect on your blog! Despite the fact that there is so much to talk about, it will also be a good way for you to view it all in retrospect. Some of your experiences will definately seem a bit different now that you have seen so many other cultures. I'm especially interested in reading about these first early adventures now through your "I've seen a lot, and now I'm in Munich" lenses!
So excited to read all about it!

deiala said...

Being in India right now sounds wonderful...
I just love your stories about your travels, so I'd like to present you an award. You can find it on my <a href="http://deiala.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/sunshine-award/>blog.</a>.

Have a nice day...

Emily said...

Bluefish...
Surprisingly no sickness. We were super careful what we ate / drank.

Troy...
We need to get together soon, especially since we'll have more space!

Birdlime...
It's no easy feat, but it's definitely worth it.

Deiala...
So sweet of you! It might take me a while to get to that, but I really appreciate it and I'm so happy you're enjoying our travel tales - it lets me relive things again.

Munich News said...

Your stories are wonderful! In Munich is now sunny and warm, nearly like in India, but with some snow here and there.

Emily said...

Munich News...
Thank you - I am glad that you appreciate them. Hopefully after this weekend the snow will be over and Spring will finally get here!