‘IF YOU DON’T GET OUT THE BOX YOU’VE BEEN RAISED IN, YOU WON’T UNDERSTAND HOW MUCH BIGGER THE WORLD IS’ – ANGELINA JOLIE.
Angelina, you are so right! That’s why I’m jumping on that adventure train that’s going to take me out my comfort zone into the unknown of a new country. I’m forgetting the fear, worry and self-doubt… Well pushing it to the back of my mind and venturing out ‘Solo’.
The thought of ‘Solo travelling’ has always scared me. I’ve travelled before but with my Ex boyfriend and we had the best time ever! But that’s different, you have someone to depend on, someone to help you – a little travel buddy. This time I’m alone.
After experiencing Australia and getting a taste for travelling I always knew I’d want to explore more of the world. There’s just so much out there to experience – the different cultures, activities, all the new people you meet and most of all the feelings, thoughts and memories you create whilst travelling. Not to mention all the local delicacies such as goon and kangaroo! (I never touched kangaroo, although I did sample goon many a time).
It amazes me how broad your mind becomes, how you get that sense of freedom, how all the material things you crave when your living at home leave you and your happy with your scruffy shorts and vest top that’s been washed far too many times. You just don’t have the heart to throw them away because their comfy and you can’t afford the $50 dollars for some new ones! The best thing about it though, you evaluate your own life. What do you actually want to do? What are your strengths and weaknesses? How independent can you be? What’s important to you? Does it really matter what people think of you back home? All these thoughts ran through my head whilst away, I came home with my mind open and my blinkers on. I didn’t want to know what other people were doing, I concentrated on myself and my close family and friends. So what if the girl down the road has just got herself a new car. Who cares if you don’t have a Michael Kors bag. Sometimes we get caught up in these things, I know I do as I am very materialistic! But when travelling it’s different, you don’t care for these things! A bloody Dominoes is a luxury if you can afford it whilst backpacking – well it was for me! When I got home I felt I had much more, I had experience and amazing memories. And that’s what travel is all about and I cannot wait to experience these feelings again.
This time it’s going to be different, travelling alone will be a whole new experience. AND I CANNOT WAIT! When I booked my flight I was scared, nervous but I guess that’s normal right? I don’t think its fully sunk in that I leave in just 6 weeks, and I know that’s going to fly by!
The next few weeks I’ll be preparing to go to New Zealand, I say preparing… What I mean is getting drunk as much as possible with my friends, spending time with family and friends and trying to get that beach bod ready for my December summer. I swear my diet has re-started every Monday since booking my flight! I will get that beach body… Eventually!
Excited but nervous.