So, since the Gossip Girl inspired post a couple of weeks ago, I have been pretty busy sorting out the changes that I need to make.
And… plans have been happening!
The first, and most important – quitting my job is sorted – I will be high-tailing out of there at the end of May. Thus giving me time to get my finances sorted for…
A solo travel trip to Thailand!
Flights are booked and paid for so there is definitely no backing out on quitting my job – I am set to fly at the beginning of June.
So I have had some questions about my trip and why I am doing it…..
- Why Thailand?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Thailand It is probably my fave country. I have travelled around a few times and could happily live in Bangkok for 3-6 months. But, I haven’t been there in about 5 years and I am super excited to go back!
As this is my first time travelling alone, I thought that it would be a good idea to go somewhere I am relatively familiar with, where I like the culture, the people, the food (OMG, mango and sticky rice), but will have a very different experience as a solo traveller and see some places I haven’t been to before.
- How long?
I am heading out for just three weeks – I still have a life, flat and bills to pay here so taking more than a month out probably wouldn’t work, especially for my bank balance. Plus, this trip is a taster of solo travel to see how it works for me, if I love it then there will definitely be longer trips in the future!
- Why solo?
I have always thought that solo travel could be an amazing adventure, but never thought that I would have the balls to actually do it. Given have been in a major rut the last few months, now is the time grow a pair and do something new.
SO. There are 3 main things that I am hoping to get out of this trip:
A firm kick out of my comfort zone
As I said, I have never really done anything completely by myself. I have been from school to uni to living with the man, and have always had my mum (AKA, the Mousse) at the end of the phone for back-up.
For help on the big stuff to the tiny things – I have even called her to ask how to work a washing machine.
I know. Pathetic.
In another country, in a different time-zone, where you don’t speak the native language, you don’t have anyone but you. Which leads to…
Becoming more independent
I don’t know how I will handle things solo when things gets a lil tough.
It’s kinda a vital life skill.
I think I will be ok. I have never really been a damsel in distress type. BUT without any back-up, this will put my coping skills to the test.
The opportunity to be totally selfish
Doing things with other people is great, BUT you always need to take into account what other people want to do. Being solo means that you can’t rely on anyone else but it also means that you don’t need to cater to anyone else.
- But what about the man?
I have been with the man for over 6 years, and I have been asked A LOT why I am choosing to leave him for a solo adventure.
Firstly… 3 weeks isn’t really that much time. It will be the longest that we have been apart and, yes, of course I will miss him BUT we will handle it no problem. I mean, if being separated for 3 weeks was a problem, then our relationship would have some serious issues.
We share our life, but we still need to have our own lives.
You know what I mean?
We have been together a pretty long time (over half my adult life has been with him – eek!), and we have had some great adventures together.
I have never really done anything completely on my own and now feels like a good time to do something purely for me.
And, I am SO freaking excited!
Talk soon xxx