This left me with two choices: I could either delay my plans until my friends would be free to join me, or else I could travel alone.
There are various reasons I want to travel. One of the reasons is that, as the cliche goes, I want to ‘find myself’; because of this, there is not much point at all in waiting around for somebody else’s plans to change. I made the decision to travel alone. Now let me tell you, this was not an easy decision to make. I am not the type of person who enjoys being alone. If anything, I crave the company of others. However, moving country by myself last year made me realise that I am capable of doing things beyond my comfort zone and I can make the best out of most situations.
And so the planning started and the more I planned, the more excited I got. I have been telling my friends about rough ideas I have for a while now and lo and behold it seems my enthuasiasm is contagious. A few nights ago a friend I have made since I have been here in Ireland asked if I would consider having her along on the trip. I can’t tell you just how excited this has made me! Now I can plan things with somebody else and it will make the trip that little bit safer and, quite possibly, even more fun than it would have been.
At the same time I am glad that, faced with the prospect of having to take the huge step of travelling solo, I was willing to face that challenge head on. I am learning new things about myself all the time and the travelling hasn’t even started yet!