I'm pretty sure a lot of people go through this but I booked my one-way ticket to Bangkok last week and am now getting "the jitters" . I'm wondering if i'm doing the right thing going on my own and wether it was a bad idea, and I dont want to come back after 2 weeks when everyone is expecting me to travel for up to a year! Words of encouragement required please for me to print out and read in the departure lounge!! thanks!
Mclaren, I know exactly how you feel. I'm heading SE asia in a few weeks alone and have booked a return flight for 6 months time. Have also though what will everyone think if i come home early, or what if i don't meet people, or what if something bad happens. Hopefully whatever happens it'll beat working in the UK through the winter. And everyone says i'll have the time of my life. so fingers crossed. hope everything goes well with you
Oh god - I know exactlyhow you feel!
I just my one way ticket to SouthAmerica and after the initial high of "Yipee, I'm hitting the road again! " I started having a serious dose of nerves!!!
All the "what-ifs" started popping into my mind. I've acutally been lying away at night with my mind going at 90 miles an hr jsut thinking about it all.
But it's a good thing! This forces you now to really get your ass in gear, get saving, and get planning. I have the same fears about ending up coming back after a few weeks, but it wont happen! IT WONT!
I reckon the first few days, even weeks, will be the hardest - once we get into the swing of it, it will be fine! And it's better to travel alone cos we're our own bosses!
Are you doing much overland travel then? What are your plans after Bangkok?
With you in spirit
Try to think about all of the weeks, months, or years of excitement that you have felt while planning your trip. You are going to have a real adventure. That is so rare. And I am so jealous! Have fun! And make sure that you drop us a line every now and again to let us know how much fun your having.
Thanks for the encouragement! I have a vague idea to fly to India, perhaps overland to Nepal, back to Bangkok, overland to Cambodia/Vietnam etc. Maybe a return ticket to Sydney to see a friend if I can find one cheap enough.
I am in exactly the same boat as you guys....
Off on my first EVER travels, to Central & South America, for 5 months , I only know about 3 Spanish words , I don't have as much money as I need , I haven't had my rabies shot , and I will be all on my lonesome , AND I LEAVE IN 2 WEEKS....ahhh, am I mad, what am I doing, this can't be sensible, I'll never make it.
But seriously, I am crapping my pants, but what gets me through it, is that in 5 months time, I WILL have done it, I WILL have survived, I WILL have a huge load of experiences which none of my friends have had, I WILL have made new friends, I WILL know 6 Spanish words, and I WILL have found a new confidence inside me.
As scary as it is (and it is), I reckon that if it was all easy, and straightforward, and low risk, you may as well be on a package holiday with the other plebs....but you have stuck your neck out to get the full experience, and you will get it. You will also get alot of respect from people who haven't had the bottle to go through with it. Because everybody has thought about saving up, and just going off, leaving their mundane life behing them....but VERY few people do it. Take solace in the fact that you are better than them
It is an increadably life affirming thing, to put yourself in a situation where you are nervous, and to get through it....on your own.
It makes you a better human being, so stay strong, look on the bright side, and take some spare underwear
That happens to everyone. Before I went to NZ, I couldn't sleep at night for months because I was really wondering what I was doing, and because I thought that all my friends back home would forget about me when I went away...
And looking back now, it was the best I've ever done. Go, go, go!!!
yea, every once in a while many people get aprehensive, but its natural in the cycle of growth, to self-doubt. i get a little worried every once in a while, then i just think for a second and realize that its pretty irrational, the fear, then i smile and realize just how awesome it will be! you know the rest. enjoy!
Thanks. I suppose you have good and bad days. Today was quite a bad day, I couldn't stop thinking about leaving my girlfriend, and feeling quite bad about it, but i'll probably wake up tomorrow and feel better. (She's is understanding about it).
I too had a really bad day yesterday. The thing is, all my friends have been away all summer (since I live in a university town most people go "home" in the holidays) and are just starting to get back. Though, I won't really have time to hang out with them since we're leaving so soon!!! Also, I have a Spanish exam on Saturday (wish me good luck everyone!!!) so all nights this week are full booked (need to study desperately...), next week is my last week at work and then it's only 5 days left! I'm not even sure that I will have time to meet up with all the people I want to see before I leave!!!
Good for me though, I'm bringing my boyfriend with me on the trip! So at least I don't need to leave him behind. Hopefully, I won't be too much of a pain while travelling... He's very patient though.