A little more than a month ago I was really starting to doubt if the whole traveling game is for me, I was feeling lonely and bored, hardly meeting anyone new.
It all started getting better in Chiang Mai when I met really nice people in a hostel, but back then I gave credits to the chances, thinking it was just a coincidence and it won’t happen again. A couple of weeks later, in Bali, with my first hour in the hostel, I was already friends with new people, and one of them was the first Egyptian person I got to meet throughout all my travels so it was really interesting and exciting! I spent four amazing nights hanging out in Bali with him and others from the hostel.
After Bali I started my internship in Mojosari, there is not really anyone to meet here. It is a very small village, I live inside the school which is already almost 10 Km outside the village! But I also try to socialize with the teachers and students during the school hours, and I actually got to go out a couple of times for lunch with some of the teachers.
For my first weekend, however, I decided to go to Malang, I got offered a ride with my internship coordinator on his motorbike, yes a motorbike not a scooter 😛
Not knowing anyone in Malang, and not knowing where I will be staying or even what to visit there, we reached Malang and my coordinator introduced me to another Polish guy that works for the same organization, who invited me to a BBQ party that he was invited to.
With no plans, I had no options but going, and meeting loads of new people for the first time, people that were not even expecting me (or expecting half the people that were at their party, it was amazing how so many people came with others and didn’t even know who made this party!)
What really surprised me, though, is how I started talking openly to people I don’t know and making friends with people I just met! If you know me personally or have read my previous rants, then you know that this not something usual for me!
With these conversations I ended up being invited to someone’s house to spend the night, and also invited to join them the next morning to go to the hot springs in Batu, given a spot on one of the scooters, and someone even lending me an extra helmet!
Okay you are probably wondering I’m heading with this story, I am getting to the point now…
What I want to say is that now I believe I am changed! A little more than a month ago, I had a really hard time talking to people I don’t know, and it would take me forever to get used to new people. But now I believe this is changed!
I still might not be the most sociable person on earth, and I am not expecting to become that person either. But I am happy about how I can make friends easier now.
And I owe it all to traveling! To solo traveling to be more specific!
If I hadn’t pushed my limits, went outside my comfort zone, left my circle of friends back home and traveled alone, none of this would have happened. I wouldn’t have met all the great people, literally from all over the world, if I haven’t been traveling alone, or if I had waited for one of my friends to come traveling with me…
How is solo traveling treating you so far? Share your experiences about how easy/hard it is!