Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie..
Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... Love reading books- sometimes i read 3books simultaneously, crazy about music- need it all around me, all the time and ofcourse, i totally am ga ga goo goo over my 7yr old naughty brat- Floppy!! errr, Prince Floppy!! :)
most people know, I love travelling on my own and it so happens that most of my
travels have been solo travel. I had done an earlier post about how fun it isdoing trips on your own. I do know it is not everyone’s cup of tea and that is
perfectly fine! There are a few who keep talking about travelling on their own,
but just don’t do it, cos they are unable to get themselves to do it. They need
to accept it and let it be, instead of harping on it.
thing that most people assume is that just cos I travel on my own, it means I
don’t have friends or am a loner. I am not, trust me! I plan these trips on my
own cos I love it and I enjoy my space & freedom when I am off exploring a
new town. I don’t get scared, or even if there are moments of uncertainty, I
just take a moment, breath and figure out a solution. Nothing is rocket science
or life threatening. If it does get to that point, am sure I will find someone
to rescue me…
is there a flip side to travelling solo? Well, I wouldn’t exactly call it flip
side, but yes there are a few sticky points in this. Actually I have so far
faced only two issues.
1. Photographs –
when you are exploring a new town, you go about enjoying the scenes, sights,
and devour the local treats.There are
bound to be a few landmark buildings that you click pictures of. But then when
you want a picture in front of the place, it becomes a “what do I do now” kinda
moment. There have been so many trips where I have not a single picture of
myself at the location. But over the years, I have started asking other
travellers or a local to click my picture. This time during my USA trip, I
asked someone or the other at literally every spot to click a picture of mine.
I did click a few selfies, but then am not comfortable with that and invariably
the picture looks weird.And then there
is the whole “is anyone watching me shamelessly click a picture of myself”… lol
2. Looking out for your things while you go do an
was in Goa, at Calangute beach and spotted a few parasailers and others on the
jet skis. I so badly wanted to give both a shot but then I had my backpack with
me which contained everything from cash, to room keys to my ID, cards etc. What
do I do? There were no locker facilities or a safe place to put these. And so,
I spent nearly an hour walking up and down the place, all the while my eyes and
mind was keen on doing these activities. It did notice a family that was
staying at the same place as I was, and smiled at them. In a few minutes, we
were yapping away about how hot it was and so on. I don’t know if it was
telepathy or the man had been watching me stare longingly at the para
sailers/jet ski, but he suggested I go give them a shot. When I hesitated, he
immediately said don’t worry, you can leave your bag with us. It will get wet
and you wouldn’t wanna get your things wet/lost in the process. His wife chimed
in and reassured me. I decided to throw caution to the wind and do just
that.Phew, it was such a relief to come
back to the shore and see them holding onto my bag.. God bless them! The kids
were so curious to know how the activities were and we yapped a while before
going our separate ways!!Not sure if I will
trust people so willingly everywhere….
are the other issues you have faced when travelling alone? Any
scary/terrifying/awkward instances ? Do share…
Walking along The Mall in Washington D.C, after spending about 7 hours exploring the museums and food trucks, I was ready to head back to the train station at Smithsonian. Along the way, spotted the garden alongside a vintage building and took a stroll through it...
More from the city that I entered with quite a bit of apprehension but loved just as much as the others... Since I did not have too many days and other plans cropped up, I decided to do a hop on hop off bus tour.. Sitting atop cos I thought that would add to the experience, little did i expect it to be as windy and cold as it was... I was nearly freezing but the sights kept me glued to the seat... Here are more shots from that morning...