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An India Sabbatical

Taj MahalIndia – for centuries this vast country has captured the imagination and hearts of westerners, as well as bewilders and frustrates them in good measure!

I went for just a short holiday to Mumbai and Goa and am desperate to go back and explore in greater depth. There is something magical about the light there, the way it filters through the dust and humidity – I just fell in love with this country straight away. I defy anyone to capture the essence of India in one sentence; it is such a country of contrasts and extremes in its geography, religions and culture. Simply put, India is awe-inspiring and not a place that you would have an average opinion of. You will hate it or you will love it!

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Taj Mahal by Nomad Tale at Flickr Creative Commons

I am taking a 6 month career break in September, and 3 months of it will be spent in India. But what can I do when I get there? There are an overwhelming amount of different travel packages on offer on the Internet, from luxury luxury to shoestring and I have painstakingly been researching as many as I can to make the best decision for my sabbatical. I’ve discovered that there is so much more to do than simply sightseeing! You can take a safari to see Indian tigers at Pench National Park, teach English in Rajasthan, help build greenhouses in the Himalayas and so much more besides. If you are very adventurous you can embark on a physically demanding expedition to beautiful Ladakh in Northern India or even circle the whole of India on a 51 day tour. The opportunities are as diverse as the country itself!

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Munnar, KeralaTea Gardens of Munnar, Kerala by Kerala Tourism at Wikimedia Commons

A Career Break in India is my review of what is on offer for travelling to India and what look like the best and most reputable programs and companies on the World Wide Web. Writing this lens has helped me organise myself and clarify what is on offer, I hope it will help others too! As for me, my plans are forming! I would like to volunteer with children in Kerala, then travel to visit the famous Golden Triangle of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur. After that, Ladakh and then Darjeeling beckons with journeying home via Nepal, Mongolia and the Trans Siberian express through Russia, but that is for another lens…

This post is part of a series of guest posts by authors (or lensmasters) on Squidoo. This post was written by lensmaster LKW31. Check out her profile page for more unique lenses like this one!


Bus travel! By Lumière at Flickr Creative Commons

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June 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm 1 comment

Take a Trip to the Philippines!

Fishing Boat Moored on the Beach, Palawan, Philippines

Visit a few of the 7,107 islands known as the archipelago of the Philippines and you’ll soon find out why the area is known as one of the most ecologically diverse areas of the world. Active volcanoes like the Taal Volcano provide unique contrast to the rainforest below, and the impressive coral reefs that lay just offshore.

Resort on El Nido Miniloc Island, Philippines

Lensmaster The_Bard has taken the time to point out some of the best resources, websites, beaches, and destinations within the Philippines on his lens Trek-Philippines. It’s full of colorful pictures of the islands, tips on where to find the best reefs, some background and statistics on the marine biodiversity, and information on the cities and culture of these beautiful islands of the South Pacific.

Bacult Archipelago Islands at Dawn, El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

The Philippines shares part of the “coral triangle,” making it one of the most popular diving destinations on the planet. Offshore shipwrecks remain from World War II at Sangat Island Reserve and Coron Bay, while other islands offer an array of underwater creatures like barracuda, sharks and rays.

Shipwreck on Tubbataha Reef

El Nido Pangulasian Island at Dusk El Nido, Palawan, Philippines

Soft Corals of Many Hues Cover a Reef, Malapascua Island, Philippines

Pair of Mandarinfish Swim Close Together Prior to Spawning, Malapascua Island, Philippines

The Philippines is a very active zone seismically and volcanically. In 2001, Mount Mayon erupted, and in 1991, Mount Pinatubo famously erupted after some 500 years of being asleep. Intrigued? Check out the The_Bard’s lens on The Philippines for more information on this incredible vacation destination!

Mount Pinatubo eruption

Some of this information was found on Wikipedia.

Books on the Philippines:
Philippines Travel Guide
Culture Shock! Philippines: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette
Philippines: The Land (Lands, Peoples, and Cultures)
Authentic Recipes from the Philippines (Authentic Recipes Series)

April 23, 2009 at 11:55 pm 1 comment


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