My first trip to India happened in 2005. On a whim I accompanied a friend who, having traveled the year prior, was eager to return to India. Before the plane touched down in Delhi, I sensed that the trip would be successful, and that I was supposed to be there at that time. As it turns out, I was right. The fragrantly chaotic country connected with me on many levels, leaving me saddened when our time drew to a close.
One year later I was on Indian soil again. I wanted to explore the deeper layers of the country which had fascinated me before but seemed out of reach. So, I gave up on working with a travel agency, changed the hotels I stayed at, sampled new kinds of Indian food, walked the local markets and did a lot of listening.
In 2008, I experienced Holi for the first time as well as traveling alone for the first time. Another trip came in 2009, along with the inspiration for Full Stop India. It was time to turn my bulging journals and thousands of photos into a site which would help other India travelers find realistic and timely information. Since then I’ve returned 3 more times (as recently as January 2012) with no end in sight.
I’m not a writer by trade. I’ve spent 20 years in retail, working for others and owning my own successful businesses along the way. I’m an investor, a movie lover, a foodie, a pet lover, and a stickler for attention to details. I love the color blue, hate flying but love airports. I’m not afraid to admit when I’m wrong, although I’m almost always right. I never let a fellow traveler go without probing for their life story, and once we’ve met, I’ll never forget your face.
In more than 7 years of traveling to India, I have been sick one too many times, I’ve eaten some of the best food in my life, seen the most breathtaking spots imaginable, been lost, terribly homesick, laughed, cried, made new friends, and met some fearless travelers all while never being robbed.
Full Stop India is my interpretation of India, boasting more than 800+ articles not found anywhere else, all packed with useful information in an easy-to-understand format. You will leave the site with a greater knowledge of India on a variety of topics then before you arrived.
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Best wishes and safe travels.