Back in January, I embarked on a trip to Thailand – alone. Solo travel is something I’ve wanted to do for a while but I never had the guts to do it until after living in South Korea for some time. I find it frustrating when I want to travel somewhere but I can’t find someone to go with, so I felt like it would be nice to be able to just up and go. So it just happened that I wanted to travel to Thailand and no one else wanted to.
I had read so many blogs of people that travelled alone and I felt inspired and excited to also experience the things they did. I wanted to explore and get lost, meet new people and to just be free to do as I pleased.
I tried to ensure that I planned as much as I could to ensure I felt prepared and organised. This meant forwarding my flight itineraries to my mother (just in case someone needed to know my whereabouts), making copies of my passport and cards, pre booking hostels and transfers if needed. I also made sure I was aware of the culture and customs of Thailand so that I didn’t end up in any trouble!
I headed to Seoul the day before as my flight the next morning was quite early. I stayed at a pretty cool guest house which was walking distance from Seoul Station. However, the room was literally an expensive shoe box but it was only for one night! I met up with some friends that were living in Seoul that evening which was nice and it took my mind off the fact that I was about to do something totally outside my comfort zone. The next morning, before boarding the first leg of my journey to Kuala Lumpur, I actually bumped into a friend who happened to be on the same flight! Although we sat separately, I took comfort in knowing that I wasn’t alone until it was time to depart to our final destinations. Then I was truly alone and that’s when the real fun began!