I absolutely understand- I've done several treks around Europe (though I'm still a novice to it all) with and without companions and, while being (on lone trips) achingly exciting in preperation, they carry great foreboding at times. I'm off hiking across Nortern Spain ending in Santiago De Compostela in a few weeks and I'm feeling excatly how everyone does when starting on something thats going to push you.
Hi everybody I'm off on a RTW trip in less than 4 weeks and I am nothing but excited about the whole trip.
I tend to think a bit like Greg as I have had a few experiences which makes me think we take the future for granted, one of which involved a close friend of mine dying of a 'heart attack' at the age of 24. I was shocked and gutted. Only a few weeks before we were out partying and then I was off 'on my own may I add' to Greece for a holiday because the stresses of life were really getting to me i.e. my job and past relationship and so I figured a holiday was my cure. My mate had called when I was doing some crazy mad rush to pack everything and I said to her 'Listen I hate to rush you off the phone but I'm in a major rush to pack for this holiday - I'll speak to you when I get back' and she said 'yes definitely we'll have a night out together' and I said 'OK bye'. I never saw her when I got back.
A while after that I mooched around and started discussing travelling again with my mum and dad as this time I was more determined but then they were giving me the advice that they didn't want me to go out RTW alone and I was arguing with them. In September 2003 I crashed my car and if it wasn't for one tree and maybe some sort of angel I would have been over the cliff - the car did almost roll too and it was all in slow motion and weird but then everything started to speed up again and I took a look around me and the whole car was demolished, tyre off, windowscreen smashed, branches thru the windows, glass everywhere, somehow tho I was barely injured, just got away with minor cuts and bruises. However that changed my mind completely about my future. My mum and dad were whispering one day in the living room and I had asked what had been said. Mum had replied 'We are sorry we have stopped you doing what you wanted to do the most, your father looked at the scene of the accident and realised you could have gone over and be dead and that would have been it'! I replied that I agreed and then the next minute I know I'm off to buy a ticket RTW. I was in the bank the other day and the lady serving me was preaching about pensions and my future and I should look into it, recommending me to some financial advisor obviously for recognition and commision and I just replied 'I have my future sorted thank you'! I recommend you take from that what you will all those who are hesitating. BTW I will have an online diary to say how I am getting on. I am a girlie going it alone and so if I'm not afraid neither should anyone else be