Summer Plans Revamped.

Summer Plans Revamped.

Two weeks ago, when my passport was missing, no visa had been issued, and I had to cancel my flight, I couldn’t imagine a silver lining anywhere in my summer plans. There were really low points, where I thought I’d never get my passport back, or ever leave the country this summer. Then there were points where I tried to think as positively as possible, even packing my bag to send a message to the Universe that I was ready. I tried to see friends and family, and do anything I could to keep my mind off the issue, but watching my summer plans unfold in front of my eyes was heartbreaking.

After several phone calls, e-mails, and complaints later, I finally got in touch with someone who was able to help me out. He searched CKGS’s office all weekend for my passport and when it was found, my visa was issued. A week after all the drama, my passport and visa were back in my hands; no words could have even described how grateful I was feeling.

Summer Plans Revamped

Then, every single person I knew started asking me what my plans were. The problem was I had no idea, as I had already missed a significant portion of my time in India. So many things had gone wrong, and I was hopeless until the passport was actually in my hands. Now with it back, how could I completely revamp my summer plans, and make them just as good, or better than the original?

For hours, I sat at my computer, working out flight schedules and patterns, seeing how I could make everything work, until eventually, I figured out the best of all circumstances, and so were born my new plans.

The World Wanderer

Here’s what my summer will look like, though if I’ve learned anything from this, travel plans are never set in stone.

Mini Mongol Rally
Unfortunately, one of the biggest parts of the trip that will be affected by all my visa troubles is the Mongol Rally. During the time CKGS had held my passport, I had no time to get my visas for the Rally. The only one I have is Kazakhstan, which no longer requires a visa. But, I was still missing Russia and Uzbekistan, and my time to get them was running low, without those visas I can only go so far. I’ve decided that I will go as far as Tbilisi, Georgia with my team, and from there head off on my own adventure, while they head off on theirs.

While, I am so excited to take part in a large portion of the Rally, I am disappointed that I won’t be able to partake in the entire event. I know that leaving my team in Georgia is going to be one of the hardest good-byes I’ll have to make, especially as I continue to follow their journey. Clearly, this was not meant to be for me, but maybe in the future, I can complete the Rally, and finally visit Mongolia.

Golden Triangle
From Georgia, I will fly to New Dehli and start my time in India. Due to all the drama it took to actually get the visa, I decided I owed it to myself to spend more time in India, and having to cut the Rally short due to visa issues, I’d have some extra time.

While my original plans only had me spending two weeks in Bangalore, and venturing out to cities nearby, this new plan has me also seeing the North, which I’m looking forward to. I’ll be heading to Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur with G Adventures, who I have never traveled with, and I’ll be getting to see some of the highlights of the country. It’s a quick visit, only seven days, but I will get to see the Taj Mahal, which in my mind, is worth the short trip.

Another disappointment is that my friend, Jade, was supposed to meet me in Bangalore, and we were supposed to complete our time with Leave UR Mark together. Unfortunately, she arrived in India, and I did not. Jade and I haven’t seen each other since our time together in Africa, and I was really looking forward to spending time with her. Still, there wasn’t anything I could have done.

Luckily, Leave UR Mark has been so understanding of the complications I had along the way, and they were able to accommodate me during August. I’m so grateful for them already, as they were beyond supportive during the whole process. From Dehli, I’ll fly down to Bangalore and spend the remaining two weeks there, which help me complete my original summer plans. Then, I’ll fly home from here, about a week earlier than I anticipated.

My new plans are not exactly what I had been expecting and there are a lot of disappointments; from not being able to see my friend, Jade, to not making it to Mongolia to finish the Rally as planned. But, if I can salvage even just a little bit of my summer plans, than in my eyes, it’s better than nothing.

Even though it was an unpleasant experience, one I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, I learned a lot in the process. I’ve known that travel plans don’t always unfold as hoped, and preparing for the unexpected is essential, but this took that understanding to an entirely new level. It broke me down to a point I’ve never been to before, and in the end, I believe I handled it in the best way I could.

Hopefully, this adventure turns out as planned, though at this point, I feel like anything is game. No longer will I put so much hope into my travel plans until I am actually where I am supposed to be. Fingers crossed, the rest of this journey will go smoothly.

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Comments (26)

  1. Lance | Trips By Lance

    I hope you still have fun. I’m happy you are still able to have an awesome journey this summer.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Lance, for everything, especially all of your support throughout this whole thing!

  2. lola

    i’m sorry that things didn’t go as planned but i think somehow there may be a bigger reason for it all. i can’t wait to hear at the end of your summer what happens!! i love you and am so happy you are doing part of the rally.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Aww, thanks, Lauren! Glad we’ll at least get some time together!! xx <3

  3. Natalie @ In Natalie's Shoes

    I am SO happy to hear that you have that very important little book back in your hands- and even with an Indian visa! Sending positive thoughts your way.. I’m sure the Universe has some awesome things in store for you!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Natalie! Getting that passport back was such a relief! I can’t even tell you! I am looking forward to the summer. Clearly, the Universe had other plans for me. 😉

  4. Charles Hayward

    While I’m truly sorry your original plans were screwed up because of this, I love that you’re making the best out of it. It may not be what you had in mind, but it looks like you’re going to have one hell of a story to tell when you get back.

    All the best!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Charles! At some points, I didn’t even want to leave the country, haha, but who was I kidding…I love travel too much to ever give up on it. 🙂 I think it will be a good summer even with all the drama leading up to it. Thanks for following the drama from the beginning!

  5. Clementine Buttercup

    So glad things are looking up for you. Your passport fiasco was the stuff of nightmares. So glad it’s been resolved!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Clementine! I am so relieved!

  6. Karisa

    I’m sorry you’ll be missing some of the rally. (I’ll do it with you next year!!!) I’m so glad you’re still getting to go to India though 🙂 You definitely have the right attitude and I think you’ve dealt with this all so well. Happy Travels!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Haha, alright, Karisa!!! I am glad about India too. It’s been so high on my list since pretty much forever. I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

  7. Nita

    Hey Erin! Glad you finally got your passport back 🙂 Sorry you have to miss part of the rally but it seems like you’ve found the best way to deal with it and make your plans work. Plus, you will be spending more time in India now. I’m sure with your positive attitude and with the amazing place you’re going to, you will have a lovely summer 🙂 Looking forward to hearing about your adventures. Happy travels!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks so much, Nita! Yes, I am really looking forward to more time in India, though I still wish I had even more time. Even with everything, I’m in love with the country, and can’t wait to see as much of it as I can. So, I know that even after this, I’ll have to venture back. 🙂

  8. Paul Farrugia

    So sorry to hear about the passport saga but glad they found it (eventually). I am sure you will get to the rally in full one day.

    Happy and safe travels,


    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks, Paul! I sure hope so. Clearly, the Universe has other plans for me. I think I’m okay with these ones. 🙂

  9. Michelle Byatt

    What a shame Erin that you can’t catch up with me in New York or Jade India both African friends!

    1. The World Wanderer

      I know, Michelle! So upsetting! When will you be in New York?? I miss my Africa friends. 🙁

      1. Michelle Byatt

        Hi Erin
        I leave in the morning for NY.
        My first tour starts next morning to Niagra Falls.
        Back on the 19th Leave on 21st to start next tour!
        Have fun on your hols ok
        Michelle xx

        1. The World Wanderer

          Sounds amazing!! You are going to love it. Niagara Falls is nothing compared to Vic Falls, haha, so different, but you will love your tour. What company are you touring with? Enjoy! xx

  10. Darren

    First time reader and commenter, and sad to hear about your travel issues. Being positive though it sounds like you’ll still have a fantastic trip. One of my biggest fears is losing my passport while travelling.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Welcome, Darren! 🙂 Mine is that too, so I’m always sure to take extra special care of it. This is why this was even worse, since it had nothing to do with my actions. But, all’s well that ends well!

  11. Kiera

    Oh Erin, I’m so glad that this whole saga got sorted out – not in the way you originally planned, but at least so that you are still able to go. Your plans weren’t ruined but changed. Hopefully, everything else will be smooth sailing from here!

    1. The World Wanderer

      Thanks for watching as the events were unfolding and for all of your support! Yes, I’m grateful that at least some of it will be happening. 🙂

  12. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    So sorry for all the trouble you’ve had and that you missed out on part of the rally but I hope you have a wonderful time in India – really looking forward to reading about the Golden Triangle and especially your account of Bangalore as I spent a couple of months there many years ago and had a great time! Good luck for the rest of your summer travels 🙂

  13. Traveling Ted

    Well, it sucks that the original plan could not be adhered too, but a mini Mongol Rally and a trip to India is still a not too shabby summer.

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