My best Holiday experience so far…..
When people find out I am a travel blogger they always ask me where are my favourite and worse places I have visited. I have loved every trip I have been on, it sounds silly but even holidays I didnt enjoy at the time have made an impact on my travelling life and there is no trip that I regretted going on. However, there is one trip that sticks out in my mind the most and that was my trip to South India last year.
What I didnt realise at the time was my cancer had actually returned. I was starting to feel weak and kept picking up viruses and I thought I was just overdoing it with travelling nearly none stop all year. It wasn’t until a few months later that I got diagnosed with secondary cancer that I realised that this could have been my last memorable trip and it made the trip mean even more to me.
When I started my cancer treatment I kept thinking about this trip and knew I had to get well again so I can not only visit South India again but also to see all the other wonderful places still to explore in the world. I have a bucket list of places I want to see and now I have terminal cancer it makes this list even more important.
I had visited Northern India earlier in the year but it was nothing compared to the smells and colours of the south. For years I had been putting off visiting India as I was so worried about Delhi Belly but I never once got a dodgy stomach and I was actually surprised on the hygiene and quality of food.
The first part of my trip was to a luxury Villa in a local village which gave me an insight into how people in South India actually lived as it was out of the tourist areas. I was introduced to Ayurveda massages which are some of the best massages I have ever had and I had seafood that was fit for royalty. I was taken to the local market by the chef and even attended a local birthday blessing at a temple which was so surreal.
After the most relaxing week of my life I went on a group tour to explore more of South India. I saw elephants in the wild, the most breathtaking martial arts I have ever seen and the craziest dance performed by eye expressions that all I can say was just a tad strange. I met locals that made me feel so welcome in their country and tried foods that I never even thought existed.
Sailing in a house boat on the backwaters in Kerala was beautiful and then we did a home stay and again got to see how local people lived in this amazing part of the world.
Writing this post now it actually making me smile as I think back to my time in South India and I would go tomorrow if I had the chance. I love making happy memories and I hope that I can make many more.