Hi, I'm travelling solo too. Be great to chat before we fly.
glad to get a reply from you both, not having travelled on my own for years and now doing this trip and seeing how long you've been members i feel quite a novice but so excited. any tips you can give me would be great. have either of you been to india before. carolah
Hi everyone. My name's Helen and this will be my first time travelling solo and also first time in India so am very excited. Like Carolah said, if anyone has been to India before and has any travellers tips I'd be grateful to hear them.
Looking forward to meeting you all :-)
hi helen glad to see i'm not going to be the only newbie to this experience. i've sent off for my visa and paid the balance so it's now begining to feel quite real. are you and you viv flying from heathrow as i see dirk is joining us from belgiume. i've been told by someone i know who has been to india on a number of occassions plenty of bottle water and i'll be fine and not to take much in my luggage as theres loads of things to purchase and quite cheaply.
wait to hear from you all carol
hi carol. yes i'm joining the group flights in heathrow. i've got a flight from manchester to heathrow first (i'm travelling from north wales) then will join up with you for the flight to delhi. i've just sent my visa application off too so fingers crossed will get it back in plenty of time. going to sort injections out next week hopefully too. i'm also hoping to travel light, but i always say that and never quite manage it! still mulling over the suitcase v backpack decision at the moment. a friend of mine suggested taking a silk sleeping bag liner for use on the overnight train. they fold up really small and you know you have something clean to sleep in if bedding on train looks grubby.
if i get any more tips i'll let you know!
hi helen, well your doing a bit of a journey before we even start. i just have to get the train to victoria then the tube to heathrow so just the undergound to deal with. i never even thought about the bedding on the train, yours sounds a good idea. luckerly for me all my injections are up to date except for hepatitis a which i'm still deciding on as this one you have to pay for  and i have been told you don't need malaria tablets but again i'm not sure. i have sorted the luggage though, i've opted for a holdall with wheels and handle and due to its size i won't be able to over pack so will be a case of you'll see me in the same things on a number of occassions. i've also bought myself a really comfortable pair of sandels not very fashionable but very sensible.
speak soon carol
hi viv, jan. helen and dirk and anyone else who's travelling with us and not yet chatted my luggage label has arrived, got my visa, malaria tablets and insect repellant - like you viv i'n not sure how much to take although i have been told sterling cash is best and i hope to buy a few bits = i'm nwatching a repeat of the story of india on bbc4 and did any of you watch the series on bb2 about india, really gives you a taste - i wondered whether to carry a red carnation but now i know to look out for the luggage labels from exodus - so if you see a funny lady looking at your luggage don't worry its only me = carol
I'm on this trip too. Travelled solo before and with Exodus, but this is first time to India. I'll be flying out from Heathrow too, though I'm only travelling from South London so a relatively easy journey. Got my visa (I also found the application form a bit of a trial!), and had the hep A vac (only had to pay prescription charge), having trouble getting hold of the typhoid one, and nurse didn't think I'd need malaria. Only a couple of weeks to go now! Looking forward to meeting you all. Alex
Another fellow traveller saying hello.
I am joining at Heathrow but we are more likely to find each other in Delhi Airport as it tends to be the Exodus branded luggage that gives us away (and we deposit it almost as soon as we arrive at Heathrow). I should say I do not have any Exodus branded luggage, but hopefully someone will.
I have travelled with Exodus a few times before and always found it a really enjoyable experience. I have also been to India before, but expect to see and do different things on this trip.
I am really looking forward to it.
not sure anyone will read this as your probably getting ready doing last min things or even set off on your journey to heathrow but i should imagain your like me just so excited and just want to be in dehli and start this wonderful adventure. so see you all later carol
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