Every travel is an adventure. And every adventure is a lesson. As I travel, I learn. I learn more about myself. I made mistakes along the way and at the same time gain more knowledge about each place.
So here’s the 5 things I’ve learnt from travelling solo.
- Waiting is a virtue
I pretty much got use to last minute changes. It doesn’t matter if I’m are taking a flight, a train or bus ride, there’s a possibility of delays due to weather or road conditions. In summer road can get all packed out, cause everyone wants a piece of that sun, enjoying every little bit of the sun they can. So I always expect additional traveling hours. Same as the winter. Snow storm can arrive anytime and road or highways can be closed for safety of all.When I was in Winnipeg, I was informed that the night before, the highway was closed, so many passengers have to stay overnight in the train station. Crazy as it may seems, but hey, it’s part of the travel experience isn’t it? Oh, when I plan the duration to get to next destination, I always planned 2 hours ahead and wait. Like I said, waiting is a virtue. It feels good to be on time.
- Getting drunk is so not worth itBecause I have only this much time in a certain location, and that I can always drink when you are back home. Nightlife is fun, but I think there’s so much more to a city’s architecture, culture, landscape which I can’t get to explore when I get back. I hate it when I have to take a day to nurse my hangover when I’m traveling. I really love traveling sober.
Ok. I admit I do drink along my trip. But I really love traveling sober.
- Rideshare, Google, Hostel, Airbnb, TripAdvisor & Kindle is MY next best friend.Rideshare
I learned about Ridshare when I came to Toronto. Such a saving! It cost me a fraction of what it will cost me if I took a coach instead. So I took Rideshare from Quebec City to Montreal and it cost me only CAD$15. If I have took a coach, it would have cost me CAD$60.
It saves my life every time. It never fails to be my guide to my destination. Although it didn’t work so well when i’m in Quebec City, but its still all accurate and good at other locations.
End of the day I only need a bed to sleep overnight, so for me, there’s really no need to have a fancy room all for myself. Plus I get to make new friends in the hostel. Some hostel do have daily activities, and it can be really fun.
I used Airbnb on numerous occasions. On most cases, hosts are very friendly, helpful and insightful. Plus, it’s much cheaper than an equivalent hotel.
When I look for place of interest, I always use my ever trusting TripAdvisor. They even have recommended guides if you have only 2-3 days in a city. Perfect for someone like me. So I don’t have to plan too much.
2 weeks ago I experienced my longest bus trip ever. I was traveling from Montreal to Banff National Park. The entire bus journey took me 2 days and 15 hours. Crazy as it may seems, but hey, as I said earlier, it’s all about the experience. I CANNOT picture myself sleeping and doing nothing for close to 3 days on a coach, so luckily I brought my Kindle along. As I’m got excited emotional as I en-route on my journey and am happy that my mind get aroused by books too.
What’s good about Kindle? I don’t get distracted by my mobile phone or any other apps when I’m reading. Also, it weighs only a fraction of what paperback book will weigh. Perfect toy if you are always on the move.
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- Totally not shy to ask for table for one
I was never a shy person to ask for table for one when I’m back home, so asking for table for one is no issue for me oversea too. I got so use to it that I can just walk through the door, look at the server with confidence, give him a charming smile and said “Table for one please”, with a wink.Sorry, i just really feel good about this one. ;P
- Try anything and everything new
Reason is simple. I have no idea how soon I’m going to visit this country again. So I go try all the things that look interesting. Maple Tuffy, climbing to the peak of that tunnel mountain despite the cold, went to see the bow falls, even thou it was stated that the trail is stated closed. Tried that Poutine even thou I’m not a fan of it. Take that bus ride even if its gonna take me close to 3 days. Take that train even its gonna be 20 hours.Life is short. And TRAVEL is all about trying new things.
What have you learn from your travel trip? Share with me, so I can learn new things as well.