Before I went on exchange I asked some friends of mine some questions about solo traveling. You can read the piece here, and watch my video answering similar questions from halfway through the semester here. Now I am back in Canada and settled in and I want to share with you my answers to the questions I had before I left .
The first thing I was curious about before I left was expectations. Now finished exchange, I would say it exceeded my expectations. I had high expectations but I went in with an open mind and very much just went with the flow when I was there. I think this is a big part of why my trip exceeded expectations. This ties in to another question I had which was what was unexpected. I did not expect to be so easily able to go with the flow . I can be a bit of a control freak and I love when things are organized. However, when I was in Australia I was not as bothered by things being unorganized or spontaneous. Sounds cheesy but something about the fact that I was in freaking Australia relaxed me a little, for lack of better way of explaining it.
The next thing I had asked my friends about was fears before they left. My biggest fear before I left was feeling disconnected from back home being so far away. At points this was a bit tough, but it was nice that my family made an effort to keep me in the loop. I knew I would be sad to miss my sisters final year of highschool but she gave me so many updates I did not feel nearly as far away as physically I was.
As far as emotions when I was traveling by myself there was a mix. I went on a 4 day trip to brisbane completely by myself, and the first day I was actually quite lonely and upset. It was weird to have nobody to talk to and I did not like it. I learned here that solo traveling might not neccessarily be for me and I think in the future I am going to always try and have at least one travel buddy. That being said solo traveling is so different than traveling with family or friends and I think it is all about the trip length and the activities you have planned. An emotion if felt awesome was actually proud, I was and am proud of myself for what I overcame when in Australia. I am proud of myself for stepping out of my comfort zone and speding a lot of time by myself both in Tasmania and Brisbane.
Before I went abroad I was really scareed to eat in a restaurant alone, and I am proud to say I did do this once. Maybe would not do it again but I’m proud of myself for facing the fear. I still do still believe though that eating alone is worst than doing other activities you might do traveling alone, that and and maybe trying to get a stranger to take a nice photo of you.
Hence why you master the art of taking a selfie solo traveling.