Yes I went alone. For a 15-day vacation. Not to any local place within India but to the United Kingdom. A land approx. 4500 miles away from where I live. It was scary, yes. I had never traveled outside India before. What made me more scared was people’s reaction when i told them i was going for a vacation.
“ARE YOU MAD?”“YOU’LL GET KILLED!!”“AREN’T YOU NERVOUS??”“WHAT WILL YOU DO ALONE?'”“WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO YOURSELF?”You can imagine my desire to get as far away from these people as possibleWhile these reactions and my parents’ reaction of shock and horror did scare me a bit, it did however strengthen my resolve to go for it.And so, the days until my departure were nearing.
My excitement and my mother’s concerns had made a big hole in our roof. The day had finally arrived. June 14, 2014. I was sitting in the airport and suddenly i started thinking to myself “Will it be worth it?”, “Am i doing the wrong thing?”. All this negative energy had clouded my brains all the way to London. Deboarding at London Heathrow, i was still a bundle of excited nerves.