It all started when I had put down my papers after working for 4 years in that company. I was done with the chaos, the extended hours and working weekends with no interest and the constant stress! No I was not up for embracing a Nomad life, I was simply switching to another company with a better profile. But what it meant was me constantly planning for a vacation before joining another corporate.
I was clear with my destination and it had to be Europe this time. 2 months of planning and I picked out the countries I would visit. I had my dates planned out. I had my itinerary planned. I had an advance of 30% paid to the tour operator. The only thing I didn't have was any buffer days between my return and the next date of joining. And that's when the nightmare happened.
Two weeks before the tour, our operator shifted the tour date by one day. One day! And my whole trip was cancelled, due to an overlap and a commitment.
I was shattered! Two weeks were simply not enough for me to plan another international trip.. You'll know why if you have a government employee traveling with you. With my extensive research and obsessive planning of a trip even a domestic tour seemed like just a paper plan.
But... I had to get away!
And the top most, long pending, destination of India for me was only and only LEH! So after another session of extensive Google searches I managed to find a group tour leaving exactly on the last day of my office.