To recap my last couple of months: I faced my fear of returning to South East Asia, fell in “love” with a boy back home I barely knew, got dumped, summited a volcano, and hiked to watch the first sunrise of the year…without said boy!
Man, to sum it up:I WAS KICKING BUTT! And then, I started my new job assignment… Haha, yes I do work. How else could I afford to travel as much as I do? Future post to come since I CONSTANTLY get asked this question. Luckily, back in October my best friend and I booked $550 RT flights to India! Here goes ash running away… I mean CATCHING A FLIGHT (cough, cough). Adventures in India
First stop Goa…
Recommendation: Go sit on the beach, splurge on a $12 massage, have a natural mango smoothie, and enjoy your existence. #ashjustgoa
*If you want to splurge extra on a spa day which I highly recommend go to -> Neomis Salon and Spa.
Accommodation: Hashtag Hostel -> $8 a night
Loved: Proximity to beach & good AC! It isn’t the BEST hostel I’ve stayed in but I was content with the price and location!
Next stop: New Delhi + Holi
- Visit India Gate, Red Fort, and Humayun’s Tomb
- Dilli Haat Market -> best market: Great prices, awesome products, less chaos, but don’t forget to haggle!
- Take a tuk-tuk somewhere **Tip: Ask your hostel how much you should expect to pay for a tuk-tuk ride to the destination in mind. The drivers will most definitely try to overcharge you so be prepared to haggle.
For our Holi Celebration we decided to explore the streets of Delhi – It was awesome!
Accommodation:Lets Bunk Poshtel -> $17 a night
Loved: EVERYTHING including The Brit 😉 haha
It is ABSOLUTELY hands down the best hostel I HAVE EVER STAYED IN. I’ve stayed in over 20 hostels all over the world and nothing compares to the hospitality of Lets Bunk. By the end of my trip I felt like I was leaving my family in Delhi. And noooooo… I didn’t fall in love with this hostel just because of the Brit. Although, I will say… having breakfast every morning to his smile was truly a treat.
The hostel is a bit hidden in Hauz Khaz Village but ends up working out perfectly. You are close enough to the bars that you can quickly walk home after a long night out BUT not close enough to hear any noise. IT IS PERFECT!
Day Trip to Jaipur also known as the Pink City
Recommendation: Walk the streets, go to Amer Fort, and don’t ride an elephant!
Last stop: Agra-> Taj Mahal
We woke up super early to beat the crowds but there were still a ton of people!
Top concerns for my India Trip
- Group size:To be honest I was bit nervous to travel with four other people. On one hand I was beyond relieved to be leaving my cubicle for 10 days but on the other I was concerned we would leave India with a broken friendship. Luckily, IT WAS A BLAST!
Izzy – I love your contagious energy! Aneesha – I am so proud of you for venturing out on your own! Maddy – I love you like a sister! Nate – I love your sexist jokes. You’re officially my annoying big brother!
- Sensory Overload: Before heading off to India I was told several times that I would be overwhelmed by the chaos. And it’s true at times I was like WHY IS INDIA THIS WAY?!? And then I would calm down and remember, “Ash this country wasn’t built for YOU to be comfortable. It was built for its people so SUCK IT UP & ENJOY!Plus, it’s what gives India its charm.
- Safety: As for safety I never really felt unsafe but I think the extra people by my side and my previous travel experience allowed me to have that extra blanket of comfort.
With each trip I take, I learn a little more about myself. What I like, what I don’t like, and lately the question drilling through my head is WHAT I ASPIRE TO BE?
You see growing up in a low income household gave me a thirst for financial security. Throughout my childhood and teenagers years my mom would always ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up. My response ranged from teacher to fashion designer (haha I know I’m not the most fashionable person you know). She would always respond, “That is great but how stable do you REALLY think that job will be?” Geez, I don’t know woman I’m FIVE should’ve been my response haha. One day after watching Elle Woods kick butt in Law school I told my mom I wanted to be a lawyer. B I N G O, the second grader had hit the jack pot, she finally approved of my chosen “profession”. My mother meant well with her intentions she didn’t see any of my other aspirations as anything less but she just yearned for me to have what she never did… financial security. In her mind I needed to be a lawyer, doctor, or an engineer anything else would have been considered too “risky.”
Years later I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering, YAY! Throughout my time in college I was consumed by grades, internships, org involvement, and occasionally sleeping, etc. that I never had a chance to stop and think, “Do I really want this?” Honestly, I couldn’t afford to ask myself that question with how hard I was working. I felt my lack of passion and interest during some internships try to push its way out but I ignored it and reasoned that I was only feeling this way because I was an intern. I convinced myself that it would be different when I became a full time employee but once again here I am, feeling the exact same.
The scary part that occasionally keeps me up at night is I don’t know what the exact problem is… I constantly ask myself is it my current work group? My company? Or even the scariest of them all, am I in the wrong field? As I communicate my fears to those around me I rarely get supportive answers: they range anywhere from “if you leave this company you will regret it” to “it’s called work for a reason, you aren’t supposed to love it.” I know they mean well. Either way I’m beyond thankful to those who have listened to my endless rants.
I refuse to believe that I can’t love what I do. So here I am taking it day by day, trying to find joy in what I can at work and utilizing my time off to its max potential. I don’t plan on staying put and letting this situation consume me but I also don’t know what my next step will be exactly AND I am working on that being okay with me. If there is something I have learned in this life is things have a way of working out if you work hard and do your best.
As for the boy… that’s history.