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This American Asked His Friends to Plan an Epic Vacation for Him. They Sent Him Straight to India!

What would happen if you lost your job tomorrow and there was no back-up plan? That’s exactly the predicament that San Francisco native Alex Strand found himself in recently, when he found out he was no longer employed. But instead of wallowing in self-pity, he decided to go on a vacation, but one with a difference – his friends would plan the entire trip for him and he would have no idea where he would end up until he showed up at the airport.

And that’s exactly how he came to spend two weeks in India, documenting his epic vacation through a series of videos!

Ever wonder what you’d do if your division closed down? Thanks Emily for supporting the plan! #PlaneToNowhere

Posted by Alex Strand on Thursday, December 15, 2016

In order to make the trip happen, Alex handed $2,500 to his friends and they decided to send him on a trip to India and Nepal. The goal behind the trip was not only to explore a new land and culture but also relinquish control and enjoy life as it comes.

About 20 of his friends planned his entire itinerary from start to finish via a series of emails.

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Image source: Instagram

And the gamble paid off. Alex seemed to be enjoying himself and documented everything from the busy streets of Delhi to riding the public transportation.

In fact, he even participated in a half marathon that was held recently in Darjeeling!

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Photo source: Instagram

The videos, often laced with humour, find Alex celebrating and taking delight in all the idiosyncrasies one would find only in India (such as travelling in the back of a truck).


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The trip began on January 4 and cost Alex a total of $2,100. Here are some videos he posted chronicling his time in India:

Morning happenings in New Dehli… #planetonowhere

Posted by Alex Strand on Saturday, January 7, 2017

Many things just don’t translate in India, but there’s one thing I find miserable in both countries… #planetonowhere

Posted by Alex Strand on Thursday, January 12, 2017

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