In two days, I am embarking on an adventure of a lifetime.  It’s one that I am slightly unprepared for (my visa is scheduled to arrive the morning of my departure!), but completely and enthusiastically ready to take on.

In August, British Airways sponsored a contest called Face-to-Face and asked entrepreneurs around the country to share why doing business globally would benefit them.  One-hundred (100) winners would then charter a plane to London, England on October 13 for a day of workshops on how to accomplish this goal.

From London, each winner could choose to fly anywhere in the world for up to 30 days.  Anywhere!

When I received the congratulations email notifying me that I would be joining other winners, I was beyond thrilled.  My son and I jumped up and down holding hands, ecstatic about what was to come.

Over the next few weeks, I studied maps and globes and searched Lonely Planet and other travel sites trying to explore my possibilities.  I began to understand why parents don’t give their children too many choices!

At this point, I had a high-class problem.  So I solicited the help of my fellow tea entrepreneurs from around the world on my LinkedIn Tea Enthusiasts and Entrepreneurs group and asked for input on the two finalists: China and India.  It started to only make sense to choose a tea-growing region where I could experience first hand the industry that I work in and so love.

So in two days, with only a carry-on suitcase (I know ladies, I will miss my shoes too!), lots of business cards, and a bottle of Mylanta, I will head east to the tea fields of Southern India.

I will blog and Tweet and Facebook to keep you all abreast of my travels!

Savor this moment!