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1. Posted by alexw (Inactive 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

...currently feeling lonely,anxious,missing home and questioning what I'm doing!!!!!!!

Is this fairy common with most people?

I suppose I really have thrown myself in the deep end; flew straight to Banagalore for one month work experience with a film company. They're arranging my accommodation and food for the whole time and I'll be sharing dorms with other people but that doesn't start until 12:00 tommorrow! So after a whole day travelling, I arrived at this hotel at 7am this morning and I'm just killing the time but I don't think all this time to think has done me any good at all?

I'm sure I'll be fine once I get amongst it but I'm just checking if this is normal for most people? I get the impression a lot of people travel alone because they want a change from their lifestyle at home, I was the same when I booked this but now I'm thinking maybe it was okay? Things got a lot better just before I left! I've realised that in the last couple of days but again maybe it's all this time I'm spending on my own with nothing to do!!!!

Anyone out this way at the mo?

I'm 22/m by the way, got 6 months ahead!!!! India, Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Peru, Madrid.

Be good to hear from someone ;-)


2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3383 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Give it a few days, u will get easy. get used to the country. India is tough for a first timer travellers, so u actually throwed yourself into the deep big time. the other countries are less chaotic and dirty. don't sit in your hotelroom waiting for something. Go out there. perhaps u are just tired at the moment and taking things to heavy. don't forget that u do this for fun. if you for whatever reason still feel like this after 2 weeks you could always head home. try to relax and think about how good this experience will be for your life (even when u decide to head home after 2 weeks).

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3914 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Alex,
I think your feelings are totally normal. you are bound to experience a mix of emotions at this stage as you are still jet lagged and tired from such a long journey, and its inevitably going to be a big culture shock when bangalore is your first stop. When i travelled I certainly experienced similar emotions so don't worry too much - i reckon after a good night's sleep you will already feel a whole lot better. and you have such great places lined up, I think you'll have a ball! When you're feeling like this it's easy to look at how things were at home and only remember the good things, but there were reasons why you left and I don't think you'll regret what you've done.
hope this helps a little!

4. Posted by c_dog03 (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I've experienced the same feelings during the first few days of both long trips that I've taken. There is something psychologically demanding about making such a huge change in such a short period of time. Just give yourself some time to get used to it, and you won't regret anything.

5. Posted by philo (Full Member 107 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I felt the same too- During my 2 months trip I felt like that twice- when I first arrived, and when I got food poisoning, and was on my own in Vietnam, too ill to meet anyone! (I was a first timer too and didn't meet anyone as young as me during my whole trip!)

Get out there and get talking to some other backpackers. It always helps. Go for a few drinks with them, and you'll soon feel right at home!

Once you get into the spirit of it (which is impossible if you're sharing your room), you'll never be lonely again!