Am I Nuts or Am I Onto Something Here?

T-13 days.  13 days.  I had to repeat that because this is surreal.  I have butterflies as I type this post.  In 13 days I will wake up on the morning of Wednesday, October 29th, shower, get dressed, call a cab, grab my backpack , strategically packed suitcase (I’m used to packing like a Princess, but will be packing like a pauper so I can easily get around), my DSLR camera (first one ever – I bought a refurbished Canon T3), and my most prized possession – my passport.  I cannot fathom what I will feel as I lock my doors and set out for a 2.5 week trip across the world.  What makes this even more exciting is that this will a solo adventure, my first ever.  As mentioned in a previous post ( https://unicorninbrooklyn.com/2014/08/22/unicorn-in-dubai-thailand-cambodia/) my destinations are the UAE (Dubai) and Southeast Asia (Thailand & Cambodia).

Now that the countdown has reached the teens my emotions are all over the place.  I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to make this trip a reality;  I am overwhelmed with abundance.  I’m nervous (I have butterflies even as I type this), scared, and excited – at the same damn time.

I don’t have a concrete itinerary (because I want to wing a lot of this trip), but I’ve secured the important things  – lodging.  I’ll be staying at the Corp Executive Hotel Al Khoory  (http://www.hmhhotelgroup.com/corp/unitedarabemirates/dubai/corpexecutivehotelalkhooryalwasl) for one night in Dubai, the  Saphai Pai hostel (http://www.saphaipae.com/) in Bangkok, Thailand for four nights, at my cousin’s buddy’s whore house (umm not I am not playing.  I plan to bring my own sheets – this should be funny as hell) in Hua Hin, Thailand (for four nights), and finally at the Siem Reap Hostel (http://www.thesiemreaphostel.com/) in Siem Reap, Cambodia for five nights.  I could’ve opted for dorm accommodations, but I chose to “splurge” (splurging in SE Asia consists of $30 – $40 a night for my own accommodations) because this is my first solo trip and I would like to have some comfort as well as feel completely safe.  I’m still unsure of where I will stay after I return to Bangkok (after leaving Cambodia).  I have plenty of time to figure that out.

I’ve noticed that when I tell individuals of my trip the reception is odd.  Initially they’re happy and/or excited for me, but then that happiness and/or excitement dies down when they find out that I’m traveling alone.  “You’re traveling by yourself?  Wow, I could never do that”, “Why are you going alone?”, or my favorite “make sure you don’t do any exploring in the dark” (umm, who does that even when they’re with a traveling companion?).  Initially, The fearfully laced questions made me think I was nuts.  Hell, I even had close friends telling me “I don’t want you to go alone”.   Maybe I hadn’t thought this thing through.

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A few days went by and my doubts turned to certainty.  All of these questions were asked out of love and concern.  I appreciate it and now smile because I know myself.  I’m a loner when home (in Brooklyn and in the city) – when I choose to be (usually when I’m interested in attending events that none of my friends are interested in or are able to attend).  I have no problem exploring new things alone as I am very comfortable with my own company.

To erase any lingering fears of solo travel (as a woman) I’ve reached out to some avid female traveleres and scoured about 50-11 travel blogs (by women) out there  in the WordPress universe.  They pretty much all say the same thing – “FOLLOW YOUR INSTINCTS”.  That’s my rule of thumb on this trip; its all about the vibes.  If it doesn’t feel right, I won’t do it.

I loved this quote, obtained from the
Gypsy Gals travel site –> http://solofemaletravel.net/ecourse-solo-travel/

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I am 100% confident in this – I am onto something.  Maybe this trip will be my rite of passage.  I don’t know, but I do know that this will not be my last solo trip (I’m already plotting on the next one). Stay tuned…

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Until next time friends!

~Pennie Penz

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4 thoughts on “Am I Nuts or Am I Onto Something Here?

  1. Yo go girl!!! I can’t wait to read all about it. Traveling solo should be experienced at least once by every woman brave enough to do it.

  2. I agree traveling solo is a rite of passage. I didn’t think about it that way but there is something about traveling solo that is excitingly scarily amazeballs. Makes me feel like I can conquer the world. Nothing is impossible.

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