20. July 2016 by swissfitchick
Mental note to self: I need to work on those intros. I also need to start making my bed again in the mornings.
Coz it looks like wild shenanigans happen there every night. This of course is seldom the case.
Ignore me. I’ve just been through two night shifts (I have a serious job now, I swear) and the night in between the two shifts I went out until the morning hours – unsurprisingly, it’s highly possible that this post turns into a senseless uttering due to sleep deprivation. Nonetheless, I`m going to make an effort to keep you awake while trying to not crash on the keyboard.
We all know by now that I am a passionate traveller and whenever I can sneak on a plane or grab my car for a few days, I`m off. Preferably for several months weeks, but well, I`m “adulting” at its finest right now and have a permanent job. I do think though that you can have your cake and eat it too when it comes to work and travel – it’s all about priorities. My adventurous nature sets priorities on spontaneous trips whenever possible. And if you haven’t traveled alone so far, then let me tell you that you are missing out big time.
1.) You get to know Sooooo many people.
Right. Maybe that’s just me with my rather exhausting extrovert nature, OR the practised-to-perfection ‘Bambi lost in the forest’ look. Either way, every time I`ve travelled by myself, whether just for a weekend or for a few months, I`ve always had part-time company along the way. Now that sounds way naughtier than I had intended, but for once, I wasn`t doing sexual innuendo, or at least not 100%. Jeesus, time to change the change subject now.
2.) Independence. 100%. Especially when traveling for a longer period of time, I got completely lost in time, space and freedom. No compromises, no discussions, no creaming backs. The only thing I had to remember was the code of my credit card. Other than that, I drifted from day to day, beach to beach, adventure to adventure. Every single moment I had the option to take the elusive decision to do whatever the fuck I pleased. BLISS. And since we are in the age of selfie sticks, pictures were no issue either (I really think this selfie stick comment sounds perverse. I can’t help it, sorry.) – however, come to think of it, this is another innocent reason to get to know new people. I mean, by asking if they can take a picture of you. …… Sigh. Seriously. Next one.
3.) A different awareness. It is such a difference how I soak up the views, the vibes, the people and the smells when I travel alone. Of course, sometimes I wish to share the impressions with someone close – I sure do. Still, having some of these moments completely to me, is an infinite feeling of beauty and feel so intense and unforgettable.
4.) Growing confidence. Meanwhile, I traveled many places, by plane, by car, by train – I drove cars in distant countries, I lived and worked with people I didn’t know in unknown places, where I didn’t know what to expect. Jumping into the cold water might be uncomfortable, but I am a sucker for it. Curiosity always kills the cat here – I can’t stay away from adventure for too long. I love the excitement, the nervousness that comes with being up for something that scares me a little or that I haven`t not done before. I`m addicted to the butterflies, the adrenaline and the joy and triumph that come with it when it’s done. Today, I`ll go out there to the many places and uncertain adventures of the world with so much desire – because I can`t wait to see what awaits me there. I know I can go anywhere and will make it somehow – a good portion of curiosity, recklessness, sass and carelessness makes it all possible. Some money and language skills help too – maybe also blonde hair and the ‘Bambi-lost-in-the-forest’ look.
5.) Situations. If you`ve travelled alone as a woman, you probably got into situations like this too. Right, so I`m in my late 30’s (holy shit), I`m Swiss (in many countries, that is very exotic), I`m travelling with no man and kids (even more controversially), I have muscles (we know that effect already, and well, I have blonde long hair and middle-sized to big boobs. It seems that I do draw attention, because clearly people ponder my sanity. It’s almost ridiculous how many times I`ve had to explain that I am not a half-dead and hopeless case just because I am not married and because I travel all by myself. I`ve also gotten my fair share of sermons from Uber drivers or waiters whose faces turned white in shock when I revealed the secret of my age and marital status. They clearly have no regards for personal space – that I learned. It might sometimes be a little tiring to explain myself over and over again, but honestly? These are some of the funniest talks and it’s so interesting how different the outlooks of people are. And sometimes I`m actually married, but the hubby is dead or is going to follow me on my travels real soon. And the kids are grown ups. Seems legit.
So. Don’t get me wrong. I absolutely LOVE to travel with my squad, a buddy or someone else close. It is exceptionally beautiful to share adventures with your loved ones. But there is something very unique, special and exciting about traveling alone. Whatever happens to my relationship status, I do hope I will always travel a little bit by myself.