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If anyone had told me 2 1/2 months ago that my trip to France and Turkey would be one of the most amazing travel experiences I’ve had, I’m not sure I would’ve believed them. Especially since my boyfriend and I had just broken up five weeks before and the purpose of my trip was to spend two weeks with him in Turkey where he was living, with a little detour into France along the way.
Most everyone I know would have cancelled the trip altogether, or significantly altered their itinerary. In my head, I could hear non-solicited opinions like “It’s too dangerous to travel to those countries alone” and “You don’t want to go to the same country he’s living in”, as I spent the first 24 hours imagining every possible scenario.
Ultimately, I not only continued with my travel plan – I practically kept the entire itinerary unchanged. As the trip grew nearer, I began to wonder if I had made the right choice. And then I thought about what had persuaded me to continue with my travel plan.
I trusted my instincts. During that first 24 hours, I played around in my head with all the options. I could just take the scheduled time off and stay home. But I knew that would just result in me moping around the house. I also thought about cancelling the trip and working, since my career as a self-employed personal assistant and nanny means that if I don’t work for a client, I don’t get paid. But then I knew I would just be angry that I was working when I really had worked hard the past six months to save up for the vacation. But as someone who is passionate about travel, I really never wavered from my first instinct. And that was to go anyways.
I made the conscious decision to make it a positive trip. That might sound silly at first thought. Make a trip positive? Isn’t all travel positive? In reality, travel is what you make out of it. I could have gone on the trip but been so miserable that I wouldn’t enjoy the time. So I purposely followed all avenues to make sure that I could have the best time possible. I started researching where I wanted to go to both countries. I made a list of what I enjoy doing in America and started researching how I could make some of those experiences parallel while travelling. For example, having a coffee first thing in the morning is something I always do at home. So I started researching coffee shops located close to my accommodations.
I decided to meet people while I was travelling. My trip to France was short, only 3 days, and I speak a little French after taking 4 years of classes in high school, and I had been to the country and the area I was staying in multiple times before. I wasn’t worried about that portion of the trip because I had always planned on being alone during that time. It was my time in Turkey that I was concerned about since I had only been there once before, don’t speak the language, and wouldn’t have any transportation while there. So I joined Tinder (an international dating app) and paid $20 extra to change my location to Turkey, so I could meet guys online beforehand (eliminating the ones who were just looking for hook-ups), and I ended up meeting 2 wonderful guys who both helped me out immensely when I was there, and I had most of my evenings planned out with them – one even took a week off from work to show me around! I also joined several Facebook groups based in the city I stayed in, which I highly recommend to anyone travelling to a place where they may not know anyone else. I met three amazing girls while I was there, and between everyone I met, I pretty much had a social life like nothing I had back home!
With that said, don’t be afraid to travel alone! While I met people in Turkey, I was alone from the time I left my house to head to the airport, up until I got off the plane from France into Turkey. I spent three days in France completely by myself, and I found myself feeling independent, relaxing, and free. It didn’t matter if I got up at 7 a.m. for that trip to the coffee shop, or 1 p.m.!
So in the end, forging ahead and taking this trip was by far the best thing I could have done. It made me a stronger person. It reminded me to always trust my instincts and think positively. I was also motivated to go out and be social (perhaps more so than I am at home), and not spend precious time moping in the hotel room, while at the same time, embracing my independence and time spent alone.
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