I thought about writing this blog for a while, what encouraged me was when people started to question about how I felt. Friends, family, strangers who I would speak to seemed to express modest concern to the trip.
You know it can dangerous, what if, what if, what if…. blah blah blah. Primarily, are you not scared? My answer… YES.
Of course I’m bloody scared. I don’t know the languages, I don’t know what I will end up doing, who i’ll meet or what’s going to happen. I’m travelling to a foreign third world continent, alone, with one backpack and no plan.
I’m excited, anxious, eager and tremendously nervous. Am I still doing the right thing? Yes.
It’s a pretty terrifying trip not knowing what I will be doing or where I might find myself but this is the fun of it.
What’s the worst that could happen ey?
We do things everyday in our lives, the comfort of our own home that have risks and dangers. I can’t think of every negative or problem that could happen other wise i’ll never do the trip. Most people have worries and concerns of things that they occasionally see or hear in the news. Life throws all unexpected situations at us and asking yourself ”what if” is just an unnescary anxiety. It’s not needed. I am staying realistic, positive and hopeful for my trip away.
Travelling to third world countries with a different language, currency, culture has its risks. I am needing lots of vaccinations and tablets. In Asia things are not as clean and the health services are next to nothing compared to Europe. I am currently getting all my vaccinations I can. Click here to see what I am having to travel to South East Asia. I will be taking lots of safety precautions and making sure I am as healthy as I can be before the trip.
I know some of the risks and dangers with these countries, I won’t always be in the safest parts of the world around the nicest of people. I will sometimes be vunerable especially as I’m technically going solo and a young female. I have already thought about these however a lot of danger can be prevented with common sense.
Leaving home for a long period time, not knowing when I will be home is a strange feeling. This is all part of the trip I guess and is a big one for us all.
Leaving our home comforts, close friends and loved ones. I have such awesome friends and family and leaving them will be hard for me. I know people may not be hear when i’m back and I have thought this all through. I am currently trying to spend time with everyone who means something to me. Part of the reason I flew home early from my time in Greece this year was so i gave myself enough time to see my friends and family and enjoy England.
Knowing that all I will be taking is a backpack for however long actually makes me feel pretty sick. I want my straighteners and laptop, I want to bring my gorgeous dog and my big amazing double bed and all my friends and family.
As mentioned in other blogs it’s the sense of not carrying un-needed excess baggage, literally.
Think of the freedom.
Here in the UK most of us are spoiled with expensive electronics, luxury gifts we receive and fancy cars and houses we work for.
As much as I love the flash lifestyle and nice things it’s not needed. I’m going to leave all this behind and take with me only what I need. This will be hard for me but it’s going to be an experience and its part of the backpacking and travelling lifestyle. When I travelled Europe with just a backpack and then came home to see all these belongings I felt quite saddening. What made me feel as though I needed so much?
What’s important to me;
I want my friends and family to trust and support me, I need some money in my bank account, a good mindset and i’ll be sweet.
To me, my top priority is my health and finances and i can imagine yours would be too. I just want to know I can safely travel and see and experience as much as possible.
I want to go on a journey of different cultures, engaging in all different kinds of people, trying interesting foods and experimenting on local traditions all around the world. I feel as though it will make me the person I want to be as I grow older. I feel that when I do eventually settle down for a family and career that I know what’s out there. I know who I am, I’ve experienced phenomenal once in a life time experiences and can work in a career that I know is right and destined for me.
Travelling ‘alone’ isn’t for everyone and for me, I have doubts and worries about being solo. I know deep down I will hardly be alone. We live on a planet with billions of people, how can I be alone?
Travelling Europe I managed to meet such awesome people! All it takes is to say Hey, simply ask a question or introduce yourself. We are all human, what’s the worst that can happen?
Heres some of the characters I met around Europe.. hehe.
Well thats a tad embarrassing. Wearing the same outfit in Italy and Prague. Life of a backpacker ey..
So yeah, to conclude this. I am worried, I am scared and I do know the risks. There will be risks with everything you do in life and along as I’m wise, use my common sense, stay out of trouble, keep fit and healthy and keep positive the trip will run as smoothly as possible. I will get homesick, I will have off days and want to leave. I may get ill or have some trouble but it’s all a learning kirb and part of life I suppose. Im excited and ready to see the world.
-Little Travel Bird