Hi, i'm booked on this trip as well. solo female and really looking forward to the holiday. Assume you won't be on the group flight so see you there.
Hi Kirsten, nice to hear from you! There are 10 of us so far on the tour, good size. This is our first group tour, we usually travel with friends independently, so looking forward to a new experience. We arrive on the Sunday morning, flying in from Kuala Lumpur, where we are spending a couple of days! Getting closer now, we booked so long ago!! See you at Marawila!
I'm on this trip as well. I'll be flying in via Singapore as I'm going back to Malaysia after this tour to see friends. I've done this sort of thing before (but not with Exodus) and its a good way to explore a new place. Looking forward to it.
I'm sure we will get to see so much more and learn more by going on a tour instead of independently! We are just heading into winter now, so the heat and humidity is going to be a bit of a shock when we arrive! Be a nice change though! See you there!
Liz & Chris
I am just curious, why Sri Lanka and this tour?
Well, we chose Sri Lanka as we were going to go there a couple of years ago with our friends but because of the trouble there at the time we went to Borneo instead. As we are going by ourselves this time we thought we would try out a tour and this particular tour had pretty much what we were looking for! Should be good!
Strangely enough I did something very similar to Liz. I had booked a christmas trip and changed to another trip for the same reason. Backed out a few months before as it is difficult to reorganize anything near christmas. Just ask my friends who were due to travel just before last christmas and were stopped by the snow.
By the way I will be joining you on this trip. A little confused as there were 2 places left when I booked and there are still 2 places. Oops, just gone down to 1 space.
Just paid as the airline were demanding confirmation and Exodus wouldn't confirm until I had paid. Only a few days early so didn't matter.
See you there.
Hi, Looking forward to this trip, need a break. Not sure if I am group flight.
Hi there all,
I'm a single woman travellingon on this trip too, flying in from South Africa via Dubai. As my flight arrives about 1 hour before the group flight I've decided to wait at the airport and catch the transfer to Marawila with the group, so see you all there. I think it will be a full house - wonder who I'll be sharing with?!
Anyone been to Sri Lanka before, or know someone who has? Any tips on what to take? I'm assuming it will be very hot, but not sure if sleeveless tops & shorts are OK or if it will be seen as offensive. And I suppose we can expect a fair amount of rain too?
Looking forward to meeting you all.
You are unlikely to be sharing with me, but I have usually found that I get along OK with whoever I end up with. My last trip I ended up sharing with the guy I shared a lift to the airport with. We arranged to share transport as the weather was not good at the time we left and he happened to be almost driving passed my house.
I haven't been there before, but I check with a Sri Lankan work mate of mine. He reckons that you should be OK with sleeveless tops & shorts, especially as we do not really go to the more Muslim areas. But the people are Exodus are usually helpful, so it might be worth a quick email to them for advise. The advise in the trip notes is to avoid anything too short and we will need to cover shoulders (and knees) when we visit temples. Trousers with zip off bottoms are handy during temple visits. An umbrella might be a good option. It is currently very wet in Colombo, but better in Kandy. The local guides usually can let you know each day if you need to dress more conservatively that day.
Looks like we will be having a group from all over the place.
See you next month
I believe the weather will be tropical - i.e hot and very humid. The best thing is to take lightweight clothing with a lightweight cagoule or small umbrella that you can carry in your daysack and get out when needed. Sandals are a good option for footwear.
Thanks to both of you for the headsup! As it's mid-winter with us now, I think I will pull all my summer gear out the cupboard this weekend and make my selection early; get it washed and ready. (I actually read an interesting snippit on someone's holiday review: don't rely on washing out underwear when you go to bed and think it will be dry & ready to wear/pack the next day. Apparently due to the humidity it doesn't dry quickly so they recommend that you take lots of underwear!) And yes, a fold-up brollies and plastic mac will always be in my daypack.
Rob, maybe you can fill me in (or ask you Sri Lankan workmate): what is the main religion of Sri Lanka? I thought that there were Muslims all over.
Looking forward to the holiday! Angela
Got another clothing tip: scarves/wraps. Light weight ones handly for covering up shoulders or legs for modesty or hiding from the sun.
I have had that problem with washed clothes not drying in Costa Rica, following my luggage not arriving. The nice people at the lodge we were staying in did our washing and drying; as they had a dryer. Maybe they were just avoidng us smelling ;-)
I think most of Sri Lanka is Buddist, but there are also Hindus as well as Muslims. The Muslims are mainly around the North and East coasts. There are 2 main ethnic groups: Sinhalese and Tamils. Also three languages including English. Info from work mate and guide book.
I've just read the thread of conversation that's been happening since April - thanks for all the very useful information. I'm from Nottingham UK and will be travelling on the flight from Heathrow on 20 August.
I will be travelling with my 18 year old daughter. This is the first time we have travelled together outside of Europe - I wanted to share a travelling 'experience' with her before she departs for Uni in October. We are both so excited and can't believe it's now only 3 weeks before departure day. If anyone has any suggestions for surviving the overnight flight I'd be very welcome to hear them! Look forward to meeting everyone.
The main thing is to wear comfortable clothing and to keep yourself hydrated throughout the flight. Sit back, relax and try to get some sleep when they dim the lights. A travel neck pillow might help you get comfortable. Throughout the flight, do some basic calf and foot exercises by for example bending and straighten your legs, feet and toes when you are seated. Keep your seatbelt loosely fastened at all times as you could be sleeping when you hit turbulence.
The next thing is your carry on bag, which is your survival bag. Take with you something to read, anything valuable you can't afford to lose (i.e. medicines, documents, camera etc) and spare light weight clothing such as a shirt in case of delay. When I board a long haul flight, I also set my watch to the destination time to help me cope with jetlag.
I hope this helps
Yes, that does help thank you. I have also read that ear plugs and eye masks can be helpful but I don't think you know what is best until you've experienced it. I'll do my best to remain positive throughout and hope that I drift off for a few hours!
I also cannot sleep on airplanes; there's just too little space to get comfy. But what about a light sedative, chemical or natural according to your preference! And earplugs are a must to screen out the noise. And make sure you don't sit in the front row - or even the one immediately behind it - as that is where all the mothers with babies go, and the crying all night can be a real no-no!
Drink lots of water and eat very little; comfy clothes and shoes; and as little as possible on the floor at your feet - more space for you!
Look forward to meeting you. (Lucky daughter - wish my Mom had taken me on a holiday like this at that age!)
Flying to Melbourne tomorrow, then on to Kuala Lumpur for a couple of days! Hope you all have a good flight and we'll see you on Sunday!!
Just one more for me too! And this time tomorrow I will be on my way to the airport, and - ins'allah - this time on Sunday I will already have joined up with the rest of you and be on my way to Marawilla!!
See you all there!!
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