Oh god, i'm off in 13 days, out of my home, my surroundings I know, my mates, to a different country speaking a language I only know very basically.
I am excited but starting to face the facts that i'm off!!
What did you lot think the first ime you went?? Were you nervous like me???
Yup, I was nervous. I calmed my nerves by keeping myself busy playing a LOT of Playstation, and endless going over everything that I was planning on packing.
I never really got over the nerves until I actually had landed and accomplished the first few tasks that I needed to do (clear customs, pick up my luggage, get a cab to my hotel). Once I was in the cab and on my way (and it appeared like the cab driver wasn't taking me for a ride), then I relaxed.
Actually, I still get nervous the first time I fly into some place new. You never know what it's going to be like until you walk out of that airport and see the place for the first time.
Well, I am off on Manday (5 Days) at last.
Hope that you have a really good trip as you will be gone by the time I get back
get some reading about the country you are heading to - knowing about culture and people you are going to meet tend to calm down the nerves. We fear of unknown.
I've never taken a trip longer than 21 days, but most of the fretting involved the packing process - too much, too little, right stuff, wrong stuff, etc. I have never been nervous about what my destinations would bring. Excitement for the adventure always overrides any negatives and bolsters the confidence level.
When it comes to the language thing, being able to laugh at your mistakes will help quite a bit. My husband spoke fluent Spanish several years ago but now speaks only in present tense. I know my animals, fruits and a few simple phrases. As long as we made the attempt and could make fun of ourselves, everyone we spoke with was understanding and helpful. (I found myself trying to read the Spanish subtitles on the TV one night and I don't read Spanish! Did you know "wombat" is the same in both languages?)
Eat your way through your refrigerator, call all your friends so they can tell you you're sane, memorize the Lonely Planet guides and when you really get close to the edge - count your Malarone and chloroquine a couple more times to make sure you have enough. That, or just stay logged on to the forums 24/7 and become a respected member before you board the plane! ENJOY your trip!!!!!!
SORRY! Make that "Travel Guru" - my mistake! (Too many seco con leches lately!)
Have a great trip Tarik! Let us know how you're getting on.
Wow! Thats a lot of support form everyone, yes, I will make travel guru, One day anyway! I have been doing so much reading i am bored with it now, all I can do now is wait, oh and try and learn more Spanish!!
Cheers, i'll post when I'm there, hopefully after chillin on a beach somewhere, or eating my cheap steak, or when I've just been out on the beers...
oooh-just read this post-good luck-you make me envious-in a good funny sort of way!!
Think of us poor buggers working away and enjoy to the max!!
Nope not nervous. I could've taken on the world back then and even aimed too.
Now though, different matter, not that im blaming a three year down troddening and soul destroying relationship but i am.
Just go for it dude, head first!