Are You An Aspiring Solo Traveler? Mini Series - Part 2
I sure hope you enjoyed my last email, I know it was a bit long but I had so much I wanted to say. But most of all I hope you agreed with my advise if that problem applied to you. Now that I'm married I feel sad when my single friends tell me how much they want to travel but feel so scared and most of all don't think they will enjoy visiting somewhere new by themselves. This brings me to problem number 2, How to truly immerse yourself in a new culture, lifestyle and feel more apart of the destination?
My solution to this problem is to seek advise from your local friend or person at the destination. We all know someone who traveled somewhere, stayed in a hotel, only went to areas surrounding the hotel, maybe lazed in the pool and ate at the hotel's restaurants etc and yes that my be a great vacation for some people, but if you are like me, thats not a vacation! You might as well book into a hotel in your own city or country and do that rather than spend your money on plane tickets and travel!!
When you travel to a new place you want to explore, you want to experience new things, see new places, speak to different people and most of all learn something new. How amazing is it when you go somewhere, come back and tell all your friends what you saw, what you did and show them also what you can now do. My husband and I traveled to India earlier this year and it was one of the most rewarding trips I have had so far. When you read about India you hear how amazing it is, how different, but I can tell you now you will never understand until you go and experience this yourself.
Of course we knew someone there, the whole trip was a bit spontaneous in that we were not planning for months or anything. My husband's friend who lives in Madeira, southern India kept saying to us to come over and visit. One day my husband said to me why don't you check the fare for India from Cyprus which is where we are now living. I did and it was so much cheaper than any of us thought that I said to him immediately, LET'S DO IT!!!! and we did, 1 month later we were on a plane to Madeira, where our friend picked us up from the airport and took us around.
I learnt so many amazing things in India, like the fact that they use a lot of Shallots in there cooking, I didn't know that, and drink lots of coffee ahaha these are the things that stood out to me I know. Because of our friend we had a chance to live like a local person in Madeira, we stayed in a hotel that he recommended and it was great and cheap, because we got a discount as we were referred by a local, I know right.... amazing. We spent days with his family, cooking, chatting and visiting places that they knew all too well. The entire journey was just experienced through the eye of a local person and thats how I love to explore my destinations. We are so grateful to our friend for his time and knowledge because it showed me how hard Indians work and just how persistent and ambitious they are as a people. 1 out of 2 Indian has his own little business, they work extremely hard and they are some of the humblest people you will ever meet.
Take it from me and take the advise from your friend/buddy, this will ensure an experience of a lifetime.
Stay tune ladies, next time we will be discussing How to ensure that you learn something new and form lasting memorable relationships or friendships at your new destination. Please let me know what you think of these tips and if they are helpful in anyway.