Into the unknown. First steps in India, Cochin Kerela
I started travelling just months before my 59th Birthday. Before that I had only taken the average 2 week holidays. Once I started I couldn't stop. I ended up doing over three and a half years on and off, visiting 24 countries. I had adventures and made many new friends, experiencing places I'd always dreamed of and thought I never would get to. I also had a few R&R breaks on some incredibly unspoiled beaches, Which you will no doubt be eager to embrace when you do it yourself. get your flights booked!. Its easier than you think.
I thought, I have all this information, all these thoughts and memories, so here we go a travel blog for young at heart travellers. If you haven't taken the leap of faith and stepped outside the world of package tours and organised trips, then look no further. Hopefully what I learnt on my route will help and inform you. As this site develops I'll add more destinations. For now its just a few pages. Bookmark it and come back soon. By the way all the photographs are by me, (if I'm in it, I obviously asked someone to take it) If I want to show something I saw and didn't take a picture when I was there, then I acknowledge the source of any I use..
Firstly, if your planning to fly simply shop around. I'm not going to bore you with how to do that, my I would say if your going on long haul flights avoid ones with 5 hour or more stopovers (IE 2 flights) as its a long time to sit around in an airport, and not enough time to leave the airport. However they are often cheaper, as are flights at unsociable hours, EG: landing very late at night. You can save quite a lot by doing that. Just make sure you have a plan at your destination. Ie: pre booked accommodation for your first night and how to get to it. More about logistics later.
Cochin and Getting there
Chinese fishing nets
London to Cochin, I found the cheapest 2 month return flight I could get. Getting from the airport, and exploring Fort Cochin.
Tag und Nacht hotel
My first Hotel in India. There are plenty to choose from in Fort Cochin. Take a look at the options either on a budget or more up-market.
XL Bar. Fort Cochin
There are numerous coffee bars, but hardly any bars which just sell alcoholic drinks. They are usually in restaurants.
I ate out everyday in Fort Cochin at restaurants and cafes of varying types.This my favourite, see the others too.
Theatre & The ArtsKathakali theatre.
I enjoyed the Traditional Indian Theatre in Fort Cochin. Also find out about museums, art and antique galleries some based in Cafes.
Tea Plantation, MunnarPicking my own tea
How to get there, and whats it like. I had a delightful trip to Munnar. Its green and lush and you get a lovely cup of tea, certainly worth it.
Backwater toursAllepey Boating
Get yourself a boat and enjoy. How to sort it out in Allepey, Do it yourself or get a tour.I had a great time out on the Stunning Backwaters.
Its always a good idea to familiarise yourself with how to get emergency services when you need them. the best laid plans and all that.