Oops, it’s been over two weeks since I’ve written a new blog post, I completely lost track of time! Since my last post I spent my last week in Thailand (in Koh Samui and Bangkok) and then headed over to the United Kingdom. I spent my time there visiting friends and making future travel plans (one of them being Morroco in Febuary!). I then hopped onto a plane to The Netherlands, which is where I am now till Sunday, when I head off to Curaçao. So, without making it sound like a lame excuse, I’ve been very busy.
But I want to finish my solo travel series off with one final post, all about my overall experiences in Thailand. The two months I spent there went much faster then expected, and I left without really feeling ready to leave the place. I’m going to structure this post around common questions I get asked about my trip, mainly by family and friends, and hopefully it’ll give you a good summary of my solo adventure.
Didn’t you feel lonely all the time?
No, not at all. I can honestly say that the times I felt really lonely I can count on one hand, and those were usually rainy days when I couldn’t go on adventures to keep myself busy. I think one of the main lessons I learnt this trip is that I’m very happy with my own company; I quite like myself. Some might think that sounds cocky, as if I think I’m the best person on earth, but that’s not the case at all. I think we’re often scared to love ourselves, even though it’s one of the most important things we should do. Spending time with yourself is going to expose to you parts that you like, and also dislike, about yourself. For example, as I wrote about in a previous post, I learnt this trip that I really should smile more. I didn’t feel lonely on this trip because I worked on myself, and learnt that spending time with myself is so valuable.
Did you miss friends and family?
Sure, sometimes. I’m actually really happy that I missed my family and friends sometimes on this trip, because it made me appreciate them so much more. When you’re appart from everyone you know for two months, you realise who is really there for you, who the people are that you can count on. It also made me treasure the time I do get to spend with them. Sometimes you have to be apart from certain things or people to realise how much you care about it.
Isn’t it unsafe to travel alone as a female?
Not once in the two months I spent in Thailand did I feel really unsafe. There were some situations in which I felt a little bit uneasy, but I simply removed myself from them and everything was fine again. Some may say I was just lucky, but I don’t think that’s the case. I think that if you’re aware of your surroundings and the culture you’re in, and you trust your intuition, you’ll be okay. Of course, safety for female solo travellers differs from country to country, and so I suggest always doing a little bit of research before your travels. Use your common sense (like not wandering down dark alleys alone at midnight). I think most importantly, don’t let fear ruin your trip. Don’t lock yourself in your room for fear of something happening in the outside world; always remember that the positive experiences of solo female travellers largely outweigh the bad, but unfortunately you hear about them much less.
There’s much more I can talk about in this post, but I don’t want it to become an essay. Instead, if you have any questions (about solo travel in general, or Thailand; anything!) leave a comment, or shoot me a email at: firstname.lastname@example.org. I have a few more post coming up based on this trip (about financing your trip, packing tips etc.) so stay tuned!