Anyone who’s done any traveling solo can probably tell you, there’s a moment when you realize that traveling and traveling by yourself in particular is not nearly as hard as everyone makes it out to be. Other people back home have always said, “oh, I wish I could travel” or “I wish I had the courage to travel”, but honestly, living on the road is not very different from living in one place for a long time. The only difference is that you are constantly forced to try new things because you aren’t in a place long enough to really form habits.
As long as you are fine with eating pretty much anything and flexible as far as where you go and what you see, traveling (and staying in hostels) is a super easy, fun experience. You meet all sorts of new people, try all kinds of weird and delicious food, and (if you’re anything like me) you still have time to do all the things you did back home (you know…cook, play games, waste time on the internet. The list is endless!).
Mom, Dad, and Rachel are coming to visit Japan in less than a week, but their travel plans are so different from mine. I am so excited that they are coming. I just finished a week of hanging out with Paige in Korea, and I can say that I love traveling with people that I care about…buuuuut I do also really enjoy traveling alone. There are just so many opportunities that only seem to present themselves if you are alone and have no solid plans or people to “check with” before doing something spontaneous. Over the last 6 weeks or so, I have spontaneously gone hiking up to hot springs in the mountains, done karaoke with two strangers, shared dinner with about 7 people (1 Japanese, 6 Korean) who were practicing their English, cooked with the cleaning staff of my hostel in Fukuoka (who were all French), gone out for dumplings (twice) with various people from my hostel (one of the times I was the translator because one of my companions spoke English an the other spoke Japanese, so that was pretty cool), walked the bar district of Seoul with an Israeli woman and an Argentinian man, and learned how to play “shithead” (a FANTASTIC card game) from a man from Saudi Arabia (we played with about 6 other people and had a total blast; we actually played it every night for like 4 nights with the same people xD).
I can easily say that traveling has taught me to open up a lot more and be more confident in myself. My time in Japan and my time traveling solo so far has helped me develop so much more as an adult than I would have thought possible. Aaaaand I’m planning my next trip already. Maybe China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand as another 6-8 week stint after my semester is up? We’ll see. Depends on my budget mostly. xp
I hope you guys are having a great year so far. This was just a rambling sort of post, but I’ll put up actual updates about my time in Fukuoka and Korea soon. Love you guys! ❤