Mid Trip Reflection: The Art of Solo Travel

Trip Start Jul 03, 2012
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Trip End Dec 16, 2012


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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Monday, October 15, 2012

Ok I know that it's totally cliche but I believe every young traveller hopes to have their "ah huh!" moment. For me it was in the most totally mundane of situations, just hanging out in my room. After 3 1/2 months with the ups and downs (mostly ups) something has just clicked into place. Forget all the amazing sights I have seen. Yes they were wonderful - but realising that I will be soon completing my goal of nearly 6 months travel has a certain feel of accomplishment about it.

I had my doubts whether I would make it all the way - would go crazy spending so much time alone? and fears about running out of cash completely. However, I now realise I'm at the tail end of my journey and when I focus on acheiving something I can do it. It's an empowering feeling. Everyone is different and know their are many young women out there who can do this without batting an eye-lid. I've run into them through my journey, strong determined people who exude confidence from core of their very essence. I've met some exceptional women who took leadership of a big group of travellers. Inspirational to everyone around them, these girls definitely kept the wayward boys in line! 
 
You have to envy those people who seem to sqeeze out every last drop of richness from their adventure. They seem to get the most interesting stories, take the best photos and seem to make the most out of their time wherever they are. A large budget doesn't necessarily give you the best experience, unless your only plan is to partying every night. Clever travellers learn where they should scrimp and when they should spulge. With a little bit of planning and extra work, you can make many savings along the way avoiding common tourist traps. Catching public transport as opposed to taking guided tours is one way to save money and feel more like a local. This being said, I still think it's important not to be too frugal or you will miss too many of the attractions, culture & food that make travelling such a diverse & rewarding experience.

I preach about this as I laze on my bed watching the day roll past. It's raining out their anyway, and with a some nutella on toast in hand I think I am getting the most out of my day... 
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