At the beach in Koh Nang Yuan, Thailand

By Norbert Figueroa, an experienced architect, travel writer, long-term budget traveler, and photographer with over 13 years of travel experience in over 139 countries and counting. @globotreks

GloboTreks is reader-supported through affiliate links. If you make a purchase through these links, I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Thanks for your support! – Norbert

As soon as I arrived in India I knew it would be a completely different experience from any other country I had visited before.  I had friends tell me that; “in the beginning, you will be overwhelmed by India, then you will hate it, and by the end, you will fall in love with it.”

Taj Mahal, Agra, India

Today, I’m just about to leave India, but did I really go through those “emotional stages”?

So, this is how I felt like…

…when I bought my ticket to India:

When I bought The Ticket

…when I arrived:

How I felt during the first day

…after the first day:

After the first Day

…after the first week:

After the first week

…after the second week:

How I felt after the second week

…after the third week:

After the third week

…after the fourth week:

After the fourth week

…when I left:

When I left India

I guess I was pretty much stuck on stage two… hate.  Well, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade… so I just have to make fun of my misery in India and enjoy the good stories from my odd experiences.

But I’m glad it’s all over now!



READ ALSO:  Things To Do in Greece | 29 Best Attractions & Landmarks
Adventure Awaits


Plus, receive a short e-book withΒ 15 Beginner Tips and Tricks to Start Travel Hacking!​

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


  1. Awww, such a shame you’ve not enjoyed India but then you wouldn’t have been able to come up with this post if you had enjoyed it. Glad you can laugh at your misery because this post has just given me a good laugh. πŸ™‚

  2. HHAHAHA This is hilarious! And also kind of why I really don’t have a huge drive to go there. But, alas, we’re putting out a guidebook on it this next year, so I’ll be there for a bit. Eek.

    1. Oh, that means you might be visiting India for a while! Who knows, you might enjoy it, or… you might be the next Phoebe! πŸ˜›

  3. Oh no what a shame! People either love or hate India!!! I traveled there with someone who hated it and it really effected my trip, because I loved it. πŸ™

    1. It’s a shame I was on the hate bash, but thankfully I was not on a tour where I could affect others with my mood. πŸ™‚

  4. Hahahaha. This may very well be the best post I’ve seen in a really long time! Love it.

    But I’m really sorry that you didn’t love India. It’s one of those places that I don’t think you can have any in-between feelings about… you either love it or hate it, it seems.

  5. A Friends post! πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear you hated your time in India – and for 4 weeks – yet at least you can look at it with humor…. and we got a Friends post out of it! It also reminds me I need to catch up on your India posts πŸ™‚ Where are you headed to next?

    1. Haha… Friends can make even the lowest point feel like a good moment. πŸ˜›
      Right now I’m in Puerto Rico, but soon I’m heading back to Europe!

  6. LOL! Too funny. It’s too bad you didn’t like India…. I’ve been interested in going sometime, but am a little unsure if I’m ready to see all of the poverty.

    1. I just had to do a funny post about my misery, but even though I hated India it was a unique experience worth having. The poverty, it is there and ever present. It’s part of the experience of what India is.

  7. LOVE this! I know you had a rough time, but I am glad you were able to find some humor in everything. At least you can say you experienced it and you know for sure that India is not a place you want to go back. Personally, I already had my suspicions you would have trouble given your strong dislike for veggies!!! You didn’t even want to touch the spinach piadina in Italy! LOL

    1. Haha!! You know me enough already to know where I’ll have a hard time with the food. πŸ˜› Spinach piadina! ugh! LOL

  8. I’ve yet to visit India, and am very curious as to whether I’m going to love it or hate it! I hear mixed reviews all the time πŸ˜€

    Also; Friends GIFS + Hating India = Strangely Awesome Post

    1. haha! Glad you liked it, Tom! Well, India is highly unpredictable when it comes to liking it or hating it. You just have to experience it to know. πŸ˜‰

  9. Hmm….I’m saddened that you didn’t like your experience there. I guess it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Most Indians gets bogged down by their own country at times. The heat, the pollution, the crowds – it can all get to you at times. Which is why recommend getting a personalised tour guide there. Like a couchsurf or an AirBnB host who is willing to show you around town. India is one beast which can be explored best with a local. They can really open you up to the richness of India. She has a LOT to offer (albeit with a lot of hurdles) – but once you get used to the craziness, there’s a rich rich history to what Mark Twain called the ‘cradle of human civilization’. I do hope you think about going back – each state there is like its own country. The food is to die for. The colours are vibrant. The people come alive (and love foreigners)….ok i’ll stop gushing about India as if I’m on the Tourism Board….I just hope it hasn’t left a permanent bitter taste about the country or the countryfolk….

    1. Kunal, oh, the bitterness is long gone and I’m actually looking forward to go back to India now that I’ve detoxed from that experience. I know India has a lot to offer and it is a beautiful country. I just wished it wasn’t that harsh, but hey, that’s what makes India, India!

      I’m actually going to travel with someone next time, or maybe couchsurf to have a better glimpse of India through a local’s perspective. πŸ™‚

  10. OMG….You are a legend for this post. It’s so simple, but speaks a million words. I’m in the midst of editing a blog post speaking about my less than ideal time in India. It’s a bit controversial, no doubt I’ll get some hate. So I was searching for others who shared my opinion…It turns out I’m not alone. Thanks for this hilarious post that explains my situation to the T.

    1. Hahaha! Thanks! Yes, your post about your experience in India will be controversial in one way or another if you speak of a “negative” experience there. This country is so polarizing! Anyway, you’re not alone in the “I’m not happy with India” fan club. πŸ˜‰

  11. I recently found your blog and am trying to peruse my way through it! I found this post and I couldn’t agree more – the clips are hilarious and accurate, especially the Crap From the Street πŸ™‚ Perhaps I’ll go back and give it a second chance, but I’m glad I went nonetheless.

  12. OMG! These troll pics are showing the reaction of yours. Its really funny but i found India is a good country. I don’t know where you stuck. But if you really want to enjoy the India then go to Kerala. It looks like I am in heaven. But please don’t make these faces again. Hahahah, Just Joking.

  13. I guess, it depends on where you were, when you were and what you were looking for… I can be in the most beautiful part of US and still hate it if people are unwelcoming! As for the crowd, I’ve seen the biggest cities of Europe and US and they are no different.

    We are still a developing nation so prescence of poverty is undeniable but I was really disturbed by the sight of young people (in their 20s, not migrants) begging on the streets in LA and SF, Stockholm and more. Baffles me, how these seemingly rich nations can’t take care of their people.