In talking to my girlfriends I've noticed that they all have dreams of traveling to nice places. But when I bring up the idea to them, they never really commit. I've been wondering why that is. They all love my blog and they love being featured on it but they never want to feed their travel beast like I do.
Granted, we all live busy lives. Working 40 hours a week (or more), job searching, socializing with family, significant others & friends, planning future endeavors, etc. Planning a vacation is far down on the to-do list for most folks. I understand it, I really do because for a long time it was the same for me. Traveling was something I talked about doing but never really got around to doing.
My friend Karis was adventurous and sparked the adventurer in me. She was the one who talked me into taking my first trip alone to visit her in California. So with my friends not being able to commit to traveling and me still wanting to travel and see the world before I get married and have children, I've decided that I want to solo travel.
The only thing that scares me about solo travel is being alone. I'm used to traveling to/with family or friends. I have a few family members who have put scary thoughts into my head about doing anything alone. Before I went to California to visit Karis last year, my sassy, 83 year old grandmother told me, "Nisha, you are not grown. Who said you could go over there by yourself?!"
Of course she meant it all out of love and was half joking, but I knew that she was worried about me. Which, for a few days leading up to my trip, made me worry as well. My excitement took over the day of the trip and I eventually didn't care anymore.
Knowing how much joy traveling brings me, it really has been the highlight of my life this past year. I am looking forward to exploring new places by myself. To keep me from being too anxious about it all I want to start in America. I would want to get some experience under my belt before I traveled to another country solo. However, I'm sure it won't be long before I am traveling the world by myself.
Hopefully when my parents read this they won't be too shocked by my new found explorer spirit. I'm my mom's only child so it might scare her a bit, even though she is always supportive of me and my crazy ideas. My dad doesn't much worry about anything but I think this one might be shocker for him. I'll keep you guys updated on their thoughts as well lol.
Do any of you travel solo? Do you have any tips for me? Anything that you think I should do to prepare before traveling solo? Any solo travel stories you all want to share? If so, please do so in the comments. I would love to read them!
Of course any traveling that I do, I will share with you all. So wish me luck in my quest to traveling solo. Talk to you soon.