So my adventure begins!!
I am flying to Medan in Indonesia. Back in March I finally ventured into my local STA travel shop and booked my flights and the first leg of my journey. After deciding I was going alone I thought it would be a good idea to book one of their organised tours that they do (so that I don’t turn up in a new country like a headless chicken and get the first flight back home). I will be meeting a group of 8-10 people (that I don’t know) and we will be travelling through Sumatra and Jakarta, all the way to Bali. So for the first few weeks, I’m not going to be completely on my own, phew!
However, this is the first time I have flown alone, first time I have been to Asia and the first time I’ve done anything like this. I made the decision to go by myself because it means that I can do whatever I want, and get the most out of my travels. I will be meeting friends along the way, and that is incredibly exciting, but this trip has always been my time to be selfish. Not in a horrible way, but I want it to be my journey.
The past week has been full of emotions; happy, sad, terrified. I’ve been so excited I could burst and so nervous I could hide away. Basically I’ve been a bit all over the place to say the least. This has been something that I have always wanted to do, but have just been too much of a pansy to actually go and do. I have put it off due to work, relationships and personal doubts, but now is the right time. I am comfortable with myself as a person and I know I can handle most things. However, I also know I have a huge amount of self development to do, and what better way to learn about the world than to go an explore it!
The unknown is a unnerving thing, but in terms of development, it is crucial. If we stay in our comfort zones our whole life we won’t grow or learn new things. Being away from my family and friends is hugely out of my comfort zone, but knowing I can call or text them makes that a little easier. So her I go! Wish me luck!