That Time I Was Stuck in New Delhi Airport

New Delhi Airport

Sometimes it’s not worth the hassle to save a few bucks on airfare. I learned this the hard way when flying home from Thailand a few months ago and getting stuck in New Delhi airport.

This trip from hell began in Bangkok. I had to be at the airport at 5am for a 7am flight to Chicago with a connection in New Delhi, India. Even at 5am I knew this was going to be a long day. The flight from Bangkok to Delhi wasn’t bad, only about 4 hours. However, this is when the fun began.

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Travel Often, Create Adventures, & Live Vicariously Through Yourself

Danish Bacon Cruise Under the Tower Bridge

With the new year upon us, one of the things I’ve been thinking about is creating a new tagline for this site. What is Nick’s Travel Bug really about? After much thought, I’ve come up with this:

Travel Often, Create Adventures, & Live Vicariously Through Yourself

I think this sums up my thoughts on living a life that you’ll truly enjoy. Let me break this down into 3 parts.

1) Travel Often – I’ll be honest. I have an addiction to traveling. Most people don’t travel, or want to travel, as much as I do. However, traveling often doesn’t always mean hopping on a plane around the world, or even on a plane at all. It could include weekend trips, road trips, or even visiting new areas of your own city.

2) Create Adventures – My goal, no matter what I’m doing, is to create an adventure out of it. From everyday tasks to cliff jumping in Portugal and hang gliding through the Swiss Alps, there are adventures that can be found or created everywhere. My bucket list has quite a few of these adventures.

3) Live Vicariously Through Yourself – A lot of times my friends and family tell me that they like to live vicariously through me. That’s great and I appreciate that, but why not do these types of things for yourself? All it really takes is occasionally breaking out of your comfort zone by experiencing new places, meeting people who you may not have otherwise met, trying new and exotic foods, and really just getting your adrenaline flowing.

I hope this can offer a bit of inspiration to you for your future endeavors because the greatest thing I can ever hear is that I inspired someone to travel or try something new.

Cheers!

Pros & Cons of Impulse Traveling

Impulse traveling is a style that I prefer over having a very detailed, everything-planned-out type of schedule.  I prefer to keep my options open and not have things booked more than a day or two ahead of time.  An exception to this would be if there was some kind of holiday or special event going that would it make it hard to find accommodation shortly before I arrive.  Examples would be when I went to Dublin, Ireland for St. Patrick’s Day a few years ago or going to London this summer for the Olympics.  Here are some pros and cons I see to this style of traveling.

St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin

I prefer a slower method of travel where I stay in each city or town for a minimum of 3-4 days and sometimes 2 weeks or more depending on how I like it once I arrive.  Impulse traveling accommodates this well because if a plane/train/bus happens to be sold out one day, it isn’t going to ruin my schedule if I have to postpone until the following day.  Another case is if the weather happens to be bad.  Trust me: you don’t want to be trying to run around a city in the pouring rain when you could maybe visit a museum and wait for another day with better weather.

The Louvre before a storm!

Of course, this requires a longer time commitment on your trips as well.  On my journeys, I’ve met people who are trying to do a whirlwind trip of a country or several countries in a very short amount of time.  For example, I met 2 girls in Europe for a week and they were going to hit 5 major cities in those 7 or 8 days.  This seems crazy to me thinking that you are going to see all Paris, London, or Barcelona have to offer in a day or two.  I always encourage people to travel as much as they can, but also to spend a few days in each place they visit.  It provides for a more relaxing vacation.  This helps to get to know the culture a bit more than simply spending an entire day getting up at the crack of dawn and running between attractions until you’re so tired you pass out.

There are some possible disadvantages to impulse traveling as well.  First, you may end up paying a little more for transportation or lodging when you book the day before or day of your travel.  If you happen to be in Europe with a Eurail Pass, this isn’t an issue, but in some other places it can be.  Another problem I’ve run into is having a hostel being fully booked when I wanted to spend another night or two in a city.  When I was in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, I was staying in a pretty popular hostel (it might have been the only one in town).  I decided that since I had so much fun the previous night that I would stay an extra night and catch a bus in the morning.  However, the hostel was fully booked that night, so I had to make some quick arrangements and caught a bus about a half hour later.

Hostel in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Granted, this travel style is not for everybody.  For me, the pros of having a flexible schedule outweigh the couple of mishaps I’ve had.  Some people enjoy planning out every detail of their trip beforehand and that’s perfectly fine as well, but just not for me.

How do you prefer to travel?