Mistakes I realized after booking flight tickets
Mistake number 1- Didn't read the terms and conditions of the Budget Airline- AirAsia. The ticket was non refundable!! Secondly only 7kgs free baggage allowance as hand baggage was allowed. Check-in baggage was chargeable at extra prices. Malaysian airlines offered 30kgs check-in baggage allowance for just extra Rs 1500 above my Airasia flight tickets price.
Resolution- Ignored the mistake and decided "Dekh lunga aage kya hota hai"
Mistake Number 2- Didn't search for the VISA requirements to Malaysia. Totally forgot about VISA requirements while booking tickets
Resolution: Browsed for approx 30 min for VISA requirements. Online self application was available through Malaysian Gov Website for eNTRI permit which is 15 days, single visit for USD 30 which is approximately Rs 1500-1800 but then I thought a lot of time would be wasted so outsourced it to "Musafir.com." It was so easy. Forwarded the scanned copy of my passport, my flight tickets and passpoert sized photos on email, made payment of Rs 2,000 and bingo the eNTRI VISA was on my email ID within 5 days.
Mistake Number 3- Completely unaware of the places to visit, things to do in Malaysia, food and accommodation, travelling around Malaysia..Didn't even know about the local currency of Malaysia.
Resolution: Couldn't afford to research about the same and waste time as exams were due in a month. (My first dream international destination was always Iceland, so had no idea and knowledge about travelling to other countries. Malaysia just happened)
Mistake number 4 Didn't inform in office about my leave which was going to be extended for further 8 days.
Resolution: Ignored and decided "Dekh lunga aage kya hota hai, sir ko last exam ke baad phone karke batadunga :P!"
That night I couldn't sleep because I was feeling very excited, guilty and a bit scared. The first thing at morning 5.30 Am handed over my Ticket, phone and laptop to my mom. She was confused and surprised seeing me getting up so early in the morning. After some awkward silence, cold looks and lectures I promised her I wouldn't think/search about it till I am done with my exams.
Fast forward to a day before Departure day
Final exams got over on 16th November 2017 at 5 pm. Called my senior in office for leave extension, chatted for a while and finally drafted and sent a mail for leave extension approval. Slept for almost an hour did some food and toiletries shopping. Had a nice haircut and beard trimmed. Browsed on the internet about the places to visit, things to do, searched a few options on accommodation through booking.com, AirBnB, requested few couch-surfers, saw some YouTube videos...packed my borrowed backpack and chatted with mom and dad till midnight.