So after the trip to end all trips we are trying to settle into a ‘normal’ life back in Scotland...
We set off to Delhi in November 2015 with only a back pack each, a 5 month return ticket and a desperation to inspire and open our minds further..
As we were travelling with our then four year old daughter and unsure how it would all be for her we thought the security of a return ticket was a good compromise but the promise to keep going should we all wish to, was also on the table.
After three months travelling throughout India we had a family chat and all agreed that we weren't ready for our adventure to end. We were just finding our travel flow.
We cancelled our return ticket out of India home and once we did that the road ahead truly was open.
India doesn’t make it easy for you and there is a certain amount of surrender required to get the most out of the experience but of all the places we’ve been in the world we think it really gives you something very special back if you let it. It breaks you down for you to build yourself back up better.
We never ventured north of Delhi whilst travelling in India but we travelled both coasts and down to the most southern tip to Trivandrum. We had intended to fly on to Sri Lanka from Trivandrum but in the end and at the very last moment we decided to visit the Andaman Islands instead. We heard so many great things about them whilst in India that we were so intrigued and worried we might never go if we didn’t go in that moment.
Andaman is not the easiest to get to, you can only enter from the East Coast of India; Kolkata and Chennai.
We flew from Chennai to Port Blair and spent one month Island hopping. You can’t visit all of the islands, only some are open to tourists, we visited Havelock, Neil and the eerily abandoned Ross Island.
Andaman was probably our most favourite of spots for pure idyllic beauty and bliss with no-one there.
Everyone should visit Andaman at least once in the lives…it's disappearing!
There was a definite shift in our thinking on Andaman and after our month there our minds were so clear. Now we knew we weren't going home the freedom to choose which Country we would like to visit next was both terrifying and exhilarating.
We had travelled a lot before as a couple and even with our daughter but this time felt different, it felt much bigger. This time we were in charge of our child and we had no real plan! We were out of our comfort zone for sure...