I usually aim to write articles that provide something useful for my readers. Whether it be tasty recipes, handy tips, insightful reviews or thoughtful recommendations, I aim to give something back to those who have taken the time and trouble to read my blog. So I’m going to be completely upfront about this post that you’re reading right now. It won’t provide any use or inspiration whatsoever. Frankly, it’s a cry for help.
Don’t worry, nothing serious. Yes, I’m fine, thank you.
So what am I complaining about now?
In short, I want to travel more. I’ve got that itch and it needs to be scratched. But I also have a full-time job and bills to pay. As much as I’d love to yell ‘sod it’, throw all caution to the wind and jet off on a one woman adventure around the world, I’m not currently in a position to be able to do that.
Just do it
For a long time now I’ve been saying that I’ll do more weekend breaks away. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to soak up the sun on the other side of the world. But taking a three or four week holiday to somewhere far afield just isn’t gonna cut it with my boss. Plus, it’s easy to forget that there is so much to see on our doorstep. Europe has a lot to offer and it’s about time I started taking advantage of this.
I’m not really sure why I’m telling you this. I think I’m trying to compose a written promise to myself to ensure that I actually do it. Because if it’s on paper (the internet) then it’s somehow more binding, right?
I guess the other factor holding me back is finding a willing companion. Friends are only sometimes in the same position to be able to indulge spontaneous weekends away. And as an only child and single lady that rules out boyfriends and siblings (can you hear the violins?). Which leads me onto my next point…
Going it alone
Solo travel. Sure, loadsa people go backpacking solo, nothing weird about that. But what about city breaks and weekend adventures? Is it strange to go it alone? Everyone says it’s not but the reality of rocking up to a hotel on your own feels a bit… lonely. And that’s before you’ve sat down for dinner on your tod. The prospect seems disheartening.
Of course you hope you’ll meet people out there but what if you don’t find any vaguely normal people on your wavelength? Afterall, if you’re only out there for a short period of time then it’s not long to buddy up with fellow travellers.
And where to go! Too much choice, it’s difficult to know where to begin. You know when you have so much to do that it’s all a bit much and instead of cracking on you just sit there and stare at your to do list? I think that’s how I feel about travelling. All the places to visit, see and experience but not a clue where to start!
There’s also the issue of budget. I work my arse off and I’d rather spend my money on travel than things. I love a new pair of shoes as much as the next person but I love adventures more. I don’t begrudge spending money on travelling but I’m not a high flying investment banker so budgets do have to be set. It’s tricky getting the right balance between budget and quality.
AH now I realise the point of this rather unusual brain dump. I need recommendations people! Send me your thoughts, propose your ideas and let me know how you travel more. I want the locations, the recommendations and all the advice!