People ask me all the time what my favourite country to travel to was. That’s an easy choice for me–India.
- I often explain that travelling to India is like going to Mars, and I mean that as a total compliment. Nowhere else I’ve ever been is so unique, so magical, and just so utterly different from what I was used to.
- The amount of diversity is insane. You can experience big cities, rural life, mountains, dessert, jungle, gorgeous beaches, cultural landmarks and everything in between
- The food is amazing and the people are interesting, funny, kind and helpful.
- India can sometimes feel like a slap in the face. There is just so much going on that it’s tough to take in. This is especially true in the big cities and tourist hotspots, which can get overwhelming, quick. Plan to venture out of these areas.
- The touts are just as bad here as anywhere. There’s no shortage of people trying to get those backpacker dollars from you, especially in the aforementioned big cities and tourist spots.
- Poverty. India has some of the worst you’ll ever see. It’s a huge country with a wide range of people across the socio-economic spectrum. But it can be very hard to see people in dire poverty on a daily basis. Please look into ways you can help while there.
- Pollution/litter. There are so many people that some parts of India can feel very “dirty”. There’s no way to avoid this. You have to just learn to accept it and be okay with this. It’s a part of the territory and once you get over India’s shortcomings and learn to embrace them, the true beauty of the country will open itself up to you.