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.
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/
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…
Until next time friends!