*that’s a blip on a graph not a sea creature
I’m not normal; I think that’s pretty self-explanatory from the way I write. But what I’ve realised over recent months is that I’m not normal in my social circle either. I had very little in common with my family and friends even before I went backpacking but now that I’ve come back? Even less; especially now that I’m heading to Africa!
Many years ago my auntie was the most travelled doing tours of Russia and China etc and my father went 5* around Asia before I came along but no one in my family has been backpacking and they certainly haven’t done it solo. They’ve also never been away for as long as I went to Asia for (3 months). It meant that I had no one to ask for advice when it was crunch time. No one to ask which route would be best, which places to avoid or best activities to do; I was totally alone.
The same goes for my friends. None of my friends have ever been backpacking and no one even had a desire to!!! (I know, totally jaw-dropping isn’t it?! I mean, who in their right mind wouldn’t want to travel?!) They weren’t interested in the long-haul stuff or backpacking and definitely not solo; they thought I was mad and told me I would die within a month (yeah, thanks for the encouragement). They were more scared than I was about going. Though FYI, if you tell your mother that you plan on going travelling solo around Asia randomly in the car when she’s driving, you’re not going to get a good reaction from her either! Yes, that’s exactly how I told her. She didn’t speak to me for the rest of the journey haha.
On returning it meant that I had TOTALLY kicked butted in being able to research, organise and plan everything from my flight out to travelling etc and booking activities and hostel stays along the way without the help or input from anyone. From start to finish I had done it by myself; a level of proud I couldn’t begin to hope to put into words particularly because of everything that happened before I’d left. I hadn’t even got involved with the travel world on Twiter by this point either – I was totally solo loco!
Now I can say the same for Africa! Not only has no one I know (real world anyway) been to the REAL Africa but they haven’t backpacked, over-landed or travelled through 7 (yes 7!!) countries in 6 weeks! The only people I know (through the amazing Twitter) that have travelled wildly through Africa are Caz and Craig at yTravel Blog and Michael at Africa Freak.
If travelling solo in my social world means that I have to do everything for myself from beginning to end then I’ll do it because what a great feeling it is to say that you’re the first to achieve it!
I DID go to Asia. I DID go backpacking and I DID it ALL SOLO!
So I would like to formally announce that I’m a blip in my social circle (not the Google+circles though I’m on there too) and I’m in love with it!
What about YOU? Did you have help or do it all yourself?