I joined a while ago - but better late than never....
Anyway, Hi, at the grand old age of 26 I am embarking on my first (of many I hope) adventure - I am off to Australia soon, I have been day dreaming about travelling for years - but one thing or another -usually financially related has stopped me... but - my tickets are now booked - so there's no stopping me now...
Usually being a high maintenence kinda gal - I am hoping to become slightly more low maintenence over the coming months and adopt backpacker chic - although leaving my beloved heels and hair straighteners behind is a struggle (before I get flamed - I am kidding - well - only half kidding !!)
Anyway - before I totally show myself off for the gauche novice that I am I will sign off...
Congrats on booking your trip, and getting ready to go. Sounds like a great trip.
Before my first big trip to South America a couple of years ago, I was a high maintenance kind of guy. I used to stay in the Marriott or Westin when I travelled, and would get upset if I had to book myself into a (gasp) Motel 8 or anything when I was on the road. And I was very nervous arriving at my first town in South America with just a backpack on my back and no hotel reservations or any iternary. But I ended up LOVING it.
I took a couple of friends down to Costa Rica in March who had never done the backpacking thing either. In fact, they had wheelie bags, not even backpacks. But despite it all, they loved it too.
I think you'll do fine!
hey there Nush
Good for you. As another female who needs those hair straighteners on a 24hr basis, I totally sympathise with you over that one All I can tell you is chuck them away and go natural!!! and yes, I look like a spaniel's ears, but do I care???? Nah! Have a wonderful time in Oz. I'm going for a quickie there just for the month of Jan (Melbourne/Sydney) but with a purpose. Am seriously considering selling up over here and moving there permanently so am going to check things out whilst there. Who knows
Anyway, welcome to TP! enjoy!
Welcome to TP Nush and, boy, do I sympathize!
Before going on my first backpacking trip to Europe, I had a mini panic attack - how am I going to live without straightening my hair and matching my shoes to my outfit! lol, turns out, after a got there, I went with the curly hair, didn't mind wearing my Adidas every day and even chucked the make-up because there wasn't really a point to wearing it in 45-degree weather (not while sight seeing anyways). I actually came out of the experience a better person. Although still a shopaholic that enjoys dressing up, I don't mind leaving my house without make-up and sneakers. I even wear my hair curly sometimes too (But that has more to do with how humid it is outside - don't like walking the streets with a semi-straightened puff-ball on my head, ick )
Trust me, you're going to forget about the superficial stuff and just get totally immersed in your trip. You'll want to see every place and do everything - curly hair and all!
Thanks for replying - it just struck me how immersed we all get in the superficiasl stuff in our "everyday" lives....
But I have promised myself that if I am going to go thousands of miles away from home then I will certainly leave the extra neuroses at home - ditch the the girlie/female paranoia as well!!!!
I mean the whole bum too big/tummy too fat /oooh wish I had skin like hers stuff that I guess most females are guilty of at some point in there lives....
Anyway - thanks for replying and for all your encouraging comments...