I keep getting all kind of questions regarding my travels. Don t get me wrong I like to answer to all of them just that some of them make me laugh so I thought to share them .
7. Why you travel?
I admit first time when I heard this question i was speechless I realized I can’t socialize with a person that has even thought at this question, so after i recovered from sock I answered in the same dumb manner:Because I can:)))).
For me traveling has reached another level.I just can t go to a tourism agency and buy a one week trip and say wow I traveled. Travel for me it’s a lifestyle and guess what ? I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE that is doing this:) .Gooooood so it seems I am not a weirdo after all.
Travel it ‘s the only thing that you buy and makes you richer.
6. Is it safe to travel alone ?
I admit it’s not piece of cake especially for a woman to travel alone but sometimes you have more to gain. Usually I receive help from persons that I don t know but are just willing to help.Maybe I am lucky but I always get help even if it ‘s to have my luggage carried ;D ( oh yea it is indeed a pain in the ass to carry them once at a few days).
I am not doing something out of the ordinary but here are some advices especially if you decide to travel alone :
>> choose daytime flights: you don t want to arrive alone in the middle of the night in a new city where no one is waiting and you will have to take a taxi to arrive at you accommodation .extra costs plus less safety.
>> keep your belongings close: passport, money and phone.
>> have copies of your ID’s : another safety precaution
>> don t carry to many stuff with you: now honestly how many times you traveled and haven t used all your cloths ? Think about it .Just take the necessary with you.Come on you are going in a place where people are living too so if you need something you can buy from there. I remember a very dumb question I received a year ago when I was preparing to go in Asia. I was asked why i don t take shower gel with me as if these people don t wash dohhhh. Asia is with 10 steps in front of Europe regarding many things ( more about this later).
Plus just think how inconvenient it is to go in airport toilets and have to stuck them inside??
>> speak with locals : before I arrive in a new place even if I Google it sometimes I can t find the answers that I am looking for.So I prefer to ask locals how to arrive from airport,what transport should I choose,what are the prices. You can t believe how many people answer and are willing to help. I use sites as Couch surfing,Travel buddy.
>> read travel blogs: are so many travel blogs written in different styles. You will see that are so many woman that travel alone and guess what are still living hahahah. Maybe some of them will inspire you will make you find the courage you need to start this.
>> make your travels visible : Now if you still have an apartment don t invite the thieves to your place by letting them know on Facebook:oh yeah I am leaving for a few months and i will let the house without surveillance. But, let your friends and family know where you are leaving and the time when you should arrive so in case something happen they would know to announce the authorities . Don’t count only on your phone.Sometimes in some countries the calls can be restricted ,or you loose the battery ( always this happen when you need it most ) or other countries have some weird rules and it takes forever until you can get a local number.
5. Are you alone?
Family always want to know you safe and to be with someone.Well it’s very difficult to find a person that can do this type of travels with you so yes usually you are alone…. or not really.I like to go in new places and if I don t have friends I ll make some:). Think outside the box .You can meet so many people even if you are alone. The chances to know more people are higher when you are alone.Sometimes I travel with big groups and I like it but it ‘s something that I miss: I miss meeting new people ,locals especially that will gladly present their country in a subjective matter and show you the best places and in non European countries you can really pay the real prices of the stuff when you are with a local. Otherwise you can t escape you are a tourist so you will pay a higher price. Traveling alone means you can make your own plan and don’t have to waste so much time waiting for others to be ready and go together and explore.
7.How about the jag lag?
Well, I travel with low cost almost all the time.Yes I traveled with Air Asia 13 hours until Bangkok having the same space as in a normal plane.Was awful I admit.I can t sleep when I travel.I can t sleep in planes,in trains,buses nowhere. When I travel for many hours and sometimes I have hours differences you know what I do?? Yes you guessed I don t sleep.I stay awake 2- 3 days sometimes .I am like a zombi but after I recover I go to my 12 yummy hours of sleep.Yes sometimes I have periods when I sleep 2-3 hours for 1 week or more but when I stay longer in a place I sleeeeeeeeeeeeep at least 12 hours and yes I like it:DDDDD.
4. Have you won the lottery?
This one is funny. A lot of people think I am millionaire or something .I wish !!! But unfortunately it’s not true.
Ok.Travel it’s not for free obviously.So before taking this decision make sure you have some savings.You will probably start complaining oh but I don t have money I need to pay different things. Good .Ask yourself what you pay ? Rent ? How about moving in Asia and pay same amount or less for a rent here.You can stay in guest houses,you can rent a room in an apartment or you can couch surf. Mortgage? Then rent your place.You already have your own apartment?Even better rent it and with that amount can easily pay in another place.
What else? Insurances? Check again for what are you paying and see if it is the real price.
Have you wondered how much money you spend in 6 months on things that you don t need or on cloths or going out in fancy clubs and spend more that you need ? I like to go in clubs in Romania and abroad but I never spend a fortune. At least in Romania we have this mentality to show to others what we have or we don t have. Trust me it is a sick mentality.Life it s not about this. You are buying the stuff for you or for others to see?
When you travel you realize that you can live with so many things.Don t need 10 types of moisture, a lot of cloths ,shoes,jewelries and so on. I don t say to travel like a homeless. You can travel with style .Improvise! Adapt!
Well after you make some calculation you will realize that you can save some money.
What else you can do? Well if you have stuff that you don t need it anymore you can sell it.I have a friend that sold her brand cloths and jewelry.You don t need them in your travels and you can always buy others .
Think what you know to do . After find for different jobs that you can do .You can work as freelancer or have short time jobs or do voluntary and get instead accommodation.
3. Is it easy?
Sometimes it’s not. You will miss family and friends but you know what? They will always be there when you are back.
You will get attached of people and will have to go and keep in touch only online.You will have to eat alone.Go alone to things that you used to do with friends.For me it was a very strange experience to go alone at cinema in Bucharest.I wasn’t used with this.I thought that everybody will look at me and say look at that weirdo she is alone in cinema.Well i felt like that at the beginning but then I realized that if i want something I will do it either if it’s alone or not.Honestly I was tired to ask friends to go and get only answers like I am not in the mood,I don t have money bla bla.Ever felt this?Have you wanted to go in a place and never go because you was afraid to go alone? I heard this so many times:oh I wanted to go in that country but my friends quit in the last moment so I had to give up at the idea.
NO! Again maybe I am lucky but I decided to go alone in Thailand .I bought one way ticket !!! Guess what after this I saw a former master colleague that she is going to be in Bangkok in the same time.After this another friend decided to come too .Crazy 🙂
2. Have you looked in your Id recently?
Hahaha Good one. Yes it seems that people want to see you settled. Have a miserable job from 9-18, get married ,have kids.
Ok I am not saying I don t want a serious relationship and kids but why we need to give importance to what others think and say? Why we have to do what others are saying to us? Maybe I don’t want to be like all the others. Maybe I am different.Maybe I want to be different.
For what we are living? To became the society slaves ? To pay mortgage, taxes and fees for the rest of our lives and forget to live indeed our life ?
Yes maybe I should have done this earlier but I was too weak to do it.I didn ‘t have the courage to do it earlier but better later than never.
1. Do you like it?
No .I love it. For the last 6 months I am on the road all the time.I don t even bother to unpack.All my things are in 2 bags that lie all the time on the floor. Maybe for many it’s not easy to get out from their comfort zone but it is a challenge and I decided to take it.
Honestly I haven’t meet any person that traveled and said he regrets, but I meet people that said they regret not doing it.
Would you better regret it for the rest of your life?