â€¦Travelling alone ðŸ˜€
I did it. In December 2018 I booked a flight + accommodation in Dublin, Ireland. The trip was planned for January 8th to January 11th, a week before my exams started. I booked this trip simple for myself, I didnâ€™t plan to travel with someone, neither my boyfriend nor a friend.
I wanted to go all alone.
Travelling alone was a goal of mine for more than a year, but I never had the courage to do it. But then in December, I was in sick at home and saw pictures of Dublin, the city I fell in love with the first time I was there. And I don’t know what came over me but I went on Skyscanner and booked a flight. And a bed in a hostel because I heard that hostels are the best place for solo travellers.
I tried to not think about it during December because every time i got super nervous and anxious about what could happen. But I still decided to go with it because sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zones.
So it was Monday, January 7th, the following night Iâ€™d spend on the train to the airport. I think Iâ€™ve never been that nervous before. My boyfriend drove me to the train station and my and my backpack entered the trainload the airport. I was super tired but nervous with a sharp mind. Luckily, everything went well with my ticket, passport and security (even though i had some issues concerning my safety razor).
I donâ€™t really remember the plane ride because I was sleeping since I didnâ€™t sleep during the night.
With a little help from a very kind taxi driver, I found my way to the bus, missed the bus and finally took the next one down to the city.
I couldnâ€™t really believe that I made it to Dublin, that I’m back in the city I was longing for until I went to Phoenix park and let all the impressions really sink in.
I met a girl on the app Couchsurfing the night before and we planned on meeting. I also texted another girl and we made a date to meet up this evening.
I usually donâ€™t approach people by myself, I’m to shy, but this time I knew if I didnâ€™t talk to people by myself I will be all alone.
So I met with these two girls and then met another boy who was befriended with one of the girls.
We had a lot of fun this night and I came back to my hostel happy and full of love and joy.
I always loved water and being by the sea. So since we couldnâ€™t visit Howth the last time I visited Dublin, I decided to go there this time. I actually planned on meeting one of the girls from the night before but it sadly didnâ€™t work out.
How wasâ€¦ I can’t describe it. I was walking around town, went up the cliffs, sat there for a while. They are no words able to describe how I felt and what I experienced.
Howth is definitely worth a visit and I already want to go back there.
I am my own boss
The next day, I was tired. I didnâ€™t sleep well that night and the weather made me tired even more. I wanted to go somewhere but halfway there I decided to go back to the hostel and take a nap.
Thatâ€™s what I loved about Travelling alone: I can do whatever I want and stop whenever I want.
If I want to lay in my hostel bed all day it would be okay.
Couchsurfing was the place I met two girls on my first day and on my last evening in Dublin I went to a pub meetup where I met some awesome people and had really good talks.
I donâ€™t know where Iâ€™ll go next when Iâ€™ll travel again
But I know now that I can do it.
By myself, for myself.
Travelling alone was the best thing I could do for my self-development.