Next year in September when I’ll be done with my Master’s degree (hopefully.. finger’s crossed) I wanna go on a trip again. I mean there’s nothing like a great adventure to reward yourself for a year full of work. But where to? I guess you could put me on any plane and I’d be perfectly happy with it but if I had to pick my Top 5 destinations I want to go to, I’d choose the following.
Every Morning women stand in front of their mirrors, criticizing themselves: too fat, not fat enough, too skinny, not skinny enough. All depending on their heritage, tribe and culture.
Just last week I was talking to a Nigerian girl telling me, how it is normal for women to gain a lot of weight once they are married. It’s a sign that the husband takes good care of his wife. But also for not married girls it is an attractive feature to have a big ass and some curves. (By the way, Nigeria isn’t the only country where that applies.)
Because the timing’s just right my tipp this Thursday is the Oktoberfest.
I guess there are people out there shaking their head over my decision of recommending Oktoberfest to you. But for me, as a Münchner Kindl, a girl who grew up in Munich, who went to Oktoberfest every year since she was born, who can’t have enough Dirndl in her closet AND who can’t go this year because she just moved to another country it simply is a piece of home.
1 You will cry sometimes
No matter at which point of your travels, it will happen. When I left for my first trip by myself (5 months around the world) I had my first breakdown even BEFORE I left.
It was probably around 2-3 weeks before I was about to board the plane that I was partying in Hamburg with some friends when my purse got stolen (Note to self: never leave your purse on the floor and start dancing around like a maniac in a bar like I did that night.)
I remember sitting outside the bar, crying and calling my mum, telling her that I wouldn’t leave for my trip because if something like that happens to me at home already, what else would happen during my trip?
But I left. And it was the best decision. Not only because I had the time of my life but also because I realized – bad things can happen anywhere, no matter how far developed the country is.
But of course that wasn’t the last breakdown. Saying goodbye is always hard, to your friends back home when you start your trip, to the fellow adventurers you meet along the way but also to your freedom and the adventures when you go back. But it’s okay. Shit happens and as long as it doesn’t stop you from leaving again and again you will get through it.
2 You will lose things
Yes it happens. When you talk to people who went travelling you will hear crazy stories. People getting robbed, losing their backpack, losing their passport. I for myself only lost two things – my flipflops (I got over it pretty easily) and the key to my locker in bangkok. The last only cost me my dignitiy in asking the hostel-guy to saw open my lock (which was INSANLY loud by the way) and waking up everyone in my dorm up. (It was 3 pm and everyone was sleeping – what are the chances, right?).
But no matter what you lose, even if it’s an essential like your passport or your backpack. You will get over it, you will meet the greatest people helping you as good as they can, supporting you and being there for you. There could be a little breakdown happening (I guess no one would be calm after losing important stuff on a solo-trip) but think about it: It will make an amazing story for your grandchildren. „Kids, did I tell you about the time I lost everything I had in Cambodia?“
(Don’t get me wrong, it also happens when you are travelling in a pack. But let’s be honest – It’s easier to have a well-known shoulder to cry on than someone’s you just randomly started talking to at the police station.)
3 You will change your plans
Planning a trip is hard. Where do I wanna go? What do I wanna see? How much time do I want to spend at a certain place? Don’t panic, you will change your plans anyways. There are places which blow your mind away and you just don’t want to leave that place and the people you met there. So you just stay. There are places people tell you about where you never thought about going. So you spontaneously book a flight or bus to experience all the adventures you’ve been told about. And that’s all travelling is about. Especially when you are alone. Experiencing what you want to experience, make your own decisions and definitely question the plans you made. Because sometimes you just gotta say …
4 You will hang out with people you’d maybe never talked to back home
In one way or another we are all picking our friends very carefully, considering interests and personality. It is rare that you see a guy with dreadlocks, a girl with a Tiffany necklace and a soccer player sitting together at one table (no offence to anyone). While you are travelling that happens all the time, just because Travel is the one interest that connects the most different people. And it’s great! Maybe that guy you are sharing a room with or that girl you just started a 3 day trekking trip with won’t become your best friend. Maybe a few weeks later you don’t even know their name anymore because you never bothered to exchange your Facebook and you’ve already met so many new people. But you can learn from them. And they can probably learn from you. You just have to give them a chance.
But the last and most important thing that will happen for sure – you will have the best time. And you will enjoy every second. Without any regrets.
Once we flew into the airport of Napoli and I looked out of the window – I always take the window seat, it’s just too beautiful of a landscape to miss out on it – I already realized: This is going to be a hell of a picture-worthy trip. Clear blue water, mountains, islands. What else do you need?
And the Costiera Amalfitana definitely didn’t disappoint me. And because pictures speak louder than words here are some of my impressions.
Travelling – the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
I know there are a lot of quotes concerning Travelling. And I know they might sound offensive to those who do not travel (and only see one page.blahblah) And maybe people actually aim for that, when they post them on their social networks.
But for me they are not meant offensive or condescening. I only want people to see how beautiful the world can be. And how much there is to see.
I know that not everyone is priviledge enough to travel like others are. But I also know that it’s possible if you only try. Opening a savings account only for your travels, working your ass off and buying only one ticket at a time – it works.
And right after you step off the plane or train at your (final) destination, no matter if it’s Thailand, Australia or just an one-hour-trainride-away-city, you will see that it’s worth it.
Nothing can beat the feeling you get when you arrive at your hostel/hotel/apartment, see the bed you will sleep in for the next couple of nights and the neighbourhood that’ll surround you. The feeling when you are strolling through foreign streets, finding cute Cafés, hidden allies or stores your travel guide book never tells you about.
The happiness that instantly flows through you. The smile you can not swipe off your face.
Of course travelling is scary. And exhausting at times. But it’s worth it. Every time.