On my 5th day in Thailand, and my first day in Chiang Mai, I am starting to think this whole traveling game isn’t made for me, or I am not made for it.
Before you start reading, don’t get me wrong: There are still loads of places that I’d love to visit! I am not giving up yet!
I have talked before about making friends on the road, I believed it was easy! Well basically because on my first solo trip, to the Camino de Santiago in Spain, making friends was a lot easier! But it wasn’t me who made friends with people.
Well, other than that couple I talked to on my first night on Spain and ended up spending the night together homeless in Pamplona, I didn’t have the courage to talk to many people. And if it wasn’t for that girl that started talking to me on the second day walking, I don’t know if I would have made any friends. But thanks to her I ended up knowing a lot of people, some of which became really good friends for the rest of the trip, and some even came to visit me in Egypt!
And that is what made me think I would ace the solo traveling issue, I made lots of friends on my first trip before, I can do the same wherever I go. I seemed to have forgotten about the really unsociable me along the way.
Six days ago I landed in Bangkok, arrived at my hostel and awkwardly exchanged hellos with the other people sharing the dorm with me. I went out alone the following day, which is fine, as long as I am doing something, exploring new places or such.
At night I also went out alone, to Khao San Road, walked up and down the street a couple of times before finally deciding to sit down at one of the bars and have a beer. And a second beer. And what happens? Again, a girl on the table next to me starts a conversation with me.
So people ARE opened to starting conversations with strangers when they are abroad! Why don’t I do it when I most feel like it? I am not sure…
Well that girl introduced me to her two local Thai friends, and we ended up staying late together, and meeting again the two following days.
Now I am in Chiang Mai, and yes, you guessed it, I haven’t spoken to any one in my hostel so far 🙂 Will I do it? I am not sure!
Another thing that is making me doubt myself with the whole traveling issue is my planning abilities. I am bad at this!
Again, on my first solo trip, though I was really under planned, didn’t have a guide book and most that I knew of the Camino was through Wikipedia, but after all you just follow the arrows, not much planning is needed. And you almost always end up in small villages when in 5 minutes you can walk up all around the village and see what is there to see.
For my month in Thailand, I have no idea where I should go, how to go, or how much it would cost! I do not want to judge quickly, after all, it has only been six days for me here! But so far I do not visit lots of places, nor do I know where to visit.
Lately I decided to check wikitravel to see where I should go in Chiang Mai, there are a lot of interesting places. So now I am challenging myself to actually go there! Given that in Bangkok transportation was way easier than here 🙂
Well, that is the end of my rant for now. I hope I do visit some places, and maybe have some traveler start talking to me again?