During the summer I was thinking about New Year this year (yes I was thinking super early!) A few of my friends had new boyfriends who I knew they’d want to spend time with, one of my best friends was going travelling in South America and a few had already made plans. I started to worry that I would be stuck doing something I didn’t want to do so I started thinking about going away.
For a long time i’d been thinking about doing a solo trip, it’s even on my bucket list so I started to think about where I could go. While I don’t mind being away for New Year, Christmas for me is a special family time so I knew I didn’t want to be away for that so I had a strict week slot. Sunday 27th December until Sunday 3rd January (the day before going back to work!)
It was a tall order but I knew it could be done. Solo travelling in a city is one thing but I wanted an adventure, I wanted to go somewhere and not be totally alone. I had a look through so many group travel companies and settled on a trip from Exodus to Morocco and The Sahara. The tour was for up to 16 people in pairs or solo travellers.
Without thinking too much I just booked the trip, I tried not to think about how scared I would be being in a foreign country on my own, and I tried not to think about my own shyness and how I would cope in a group of all new people. This was a challenge and something I would just embrace.
With just 5 weeks to go I am starting to get a little nervous, although pretty excited too and i’m trying to not think about the trip itself at all and just about the fun things i’ll be doing like a camel trek across the Sahara Desert, market hopping in Marrakech, Staying in a massive bell tent in the desert and spending New Years Eve up the Atlas Mountains having a massive feast watching the snow covered mountains.
I’m trying to just think of the logistics and less about the trip itself so I don’t worry about being alone and not integrating with the group. Things like travel to the airport. When I go with friends we tend to get cabs and things together but this can be expensive on your own so i’m tempted to drive and park at the airport. Looking at Airport Parking I realised it’s not as expensive as I thought it was. And things like what luggage to take. Because of the travelling we’re advised not to take suitcases and just hoddals and rucksacks which presents me with something to think about.
Overall i’m far more excited than nervous (I think) but I guess i’ll find out in 5 weeks time. If nothing else i’ll get to visit a new country and cross something off my bucket list.