How good is travelling alone?

Since starting my new job (I am becoming a Train Driver, not even kidding) I have been doing nothing but studying and the occasional bout of eating so when our first holiday period rolled around to say I was excited for the break was an understatement. We live in this magically beautiful country and now I have a car I am set to explore, and explore I did. If you are an avid reader of my blog you would know that I have a tendency towards the loner side of life, and this has its positives and especially positives when it comes to traveling alone, so here they are, the goodness that is solo road tripping 

There is never any fighting over music - I have amazing (Questionable) taste in music, my Ipod kinda looks like Spotify had a hard night on the booze and vomited everywhere and you know what, that's pretty rad. I always say that I don't pick the music, the Ipod does so you never really know what you are going to get. You can guarantee though, when it throws up some Hanson or Kenny Rogers, I am going to bring the house down with my singing.

No one has to see you being unfit - I headed down to the Great Ocean Road and there was a lot of walking. Like I am relatively fit, not running marathons fit, but walking around the block without puffing fit, but I was tested. I walked in to Hopetoun Falls, easy walk in, down about a km but then getting back up, holy fuck. I honestly thought I was going to die, I was huffing and puffing and despite the 8 degree weather I stripped off all my layers to cool down and then when I finally got to the top I had to have a rest in my car before I could drive. That would have been embarrassing if anyone had have seen me, lucky I was all by myself and the only people that had to bare witness to my imminent heart attack were the park workers that I would never see again. Easy 

You don't have to share the Couples Wine or Chocolate - I booked my Accommodation using Scoop On and it turned out to be cheaper for me to book a couples retreat than it would have been to book a Singles Holiday. As part of my package I got a King Size Bed, some local chocolates and a bottle of wine. And, because I was there by myself I didn't have to share with anyone. It was a pretty magical experience for me (read magical as Drunk intersected with Hilarious conversations with my Kiwi mate from Perth) 

Fluffy Towels and Pillow Forts - Along the same thread as the above point, in fancy accommodation you get robes and fluffy towels and enough pillows to build a fort. I had a new towel every day, it didn't matter that I dropped wine and cheese all over my robe because I had a ready replacement and I really didn't need someone there to cuddle me because I had enough pillows to build myself a cocoon. It was soft,warm and fluffy. Amazing. (Though if I am really honest, the pillows weren't to my liking and my old lady back was protesting a bit)

You Don't Need to Speed Read - I am a bit of a history nerd and I live for all those trivial facts about wall paper or building blocks or what ever may be the subject of the day. I read all the plaques and then see what they reference so as you can imagine going to a museum or tourist attraction with me can be a bit of a time consuming experience. I always feel like I should read quickly and get going so that my companion doesn't get bored... but when I travel alone, its all me baby. I can read and ponder and read again and no one can tell me different. That shit is great. I feel smarter because of it. 

I'm the Boss - I can do what I want, when I want and no one is there to tell me not to. If I want to spend the whole day sleeping, I can, if I want to stop at 15 inlets in a row, I can, if I don't feel like eating a proper breakfast and want to eat chocolate instead, I can. See how magical that can be. 

Selfie Sticks are Great - I have done a bit of traveling by myself and always struggled with taking those cheesie holiday snaps because my arms just weren't long enough, but since the invention of the selfie sick, all my problems have disappeared. I will admit that I don't actually own one because owning one comes with some amount of shame but I borrowed one and it was legit brilliant. Hey this is me at the Apostles, This is me getting blown off a light house and this is me standing in a cave. BRILLIANT 

From the list above, I have pretty much sold you on Solo Travel haven't I? But in the essence of giving you a fair picture, it does have its draw backs as well, so lets just gloss over those quickly 

Sometimes you feel a bit lonely because you are doing something amazing and have no one to remark to, I just talk to myself, That works as well. 

Its hard to take trashy tourist photos, this is why I love traveling with my sister best because she will happily do stupid shit like getting in the mouth of a dinosaur of laying down in the middle of the street just to get that perfect photo. I don't really know how I would ask someone to take a photo of me riding on top of a giant clay elephant. It could be weird .

People will look at you funny when you say you are alone - Before I left I was telling my friends where I was going and one of them repeated to his girlfriend "she is going alone" when I told him that I was. I guess most people don't understand the beauty of solo travel. 

No one to share the driving - In three days I did 1200km and I was pretty wrecked at the end of it. It would have been nice to be able to share that with someone so that I could have taken a moment to stare out the window at the amazing passing scenery. Its kinda hard to look at breath taking ocean cliffs when you are worried that you are going to drive off the edge of them. You know how it is. 

People will Judge you for having a selfie stick -  I don't think this one actually applies if you are an Asian, and despite my clearly slanty tiny eyes, I am most certainly not Asian so people probably judge me harshly when I am smiling at my stick. Pfft to them I say, you gotta do what you gotta do. Simple. 

That's a pretty top heavy list I think, so if you haven't thought about it before, I would really recommend taking some time out to go on an adventure by yourself, you could be amazed what you find, the people you could meet and the sights that you could see

Love and Adventures

Miss K

So he hasnt messaged you back?

I would like to curse modern technology, it has come in to this world and while it makes things easier it also makes some things a lot harder and a lot more confusing. Like Dating, that's one thing that has been fucked up by modern technology. We now live in a society of instant gratification and if we don't hear back from our significant other or latest crush with in the hour, pretty much the sky is falling and all hell is breaking loose. Don't worry girls, you are not alone in your insecurity and all girls have been there at least once while waiting to hear back... and in this time we let our imaginations run wild as to what is actually going on. Here are some reasons that we come up with as to why he hasn't texted back 

The Reasons you give yourself on to why he hasn't texted Back
(Because your world is about to end, you think of all the little minor details of things that you could have possibly done wrong and that's the reason that you haven't heard from him. You are the Reason, you are always the reason. WHY CANT YOU STOP BEING THE REASON!!!!!)

  • You accidentally farted while you were out with him and while it was super quiet and discreet, he totally heard and now he hates you 
  • He has finally realised that you are not a size 8 Playboy model and he hates you 
  • He thinks you are too clingy and he hates you 
  • You are too tall and your hands are too large and he has just realised this and he hates you 
  • You remember that time you went out and put on a rushed face so your left wing wasn't as good as your right wing and he noticed and he doesn't want no girl that has misshapen eyes... and he hates you 
  • He is too busy texting the 50 other girls he knows because he hates you 
  • You like your steak Medium well and he likes his Steak Rare, it was never going to work and he hates you
  • He figured out that one time many years ago you made out with one of his friends and now he hates you 
  • He likes girls with Dark Hair and you have blonde hair and now he hates you 
  • He remembers the time you accidentally squirted lemon in his eye while you were eating Pho and he doesn't want to hang out with someone that is so clumsy and he hates you 
  • Maybe he died.... from hating you 
  • He hates you

The Reason You Best Friend Gives you on why he hasn't texted you back 
(because of course she is being kept up to date with the situation and counting the minutes with you since you heard from him last. Its her job to try and cushion the blow and keep you calm and possibly even giving you false hope and mostly you love her for it)
  • He really likes you but he is overwhelmed and doesn't know how to deal with it
  • Guys are shit 
  • You haven't done anything wrong, he is just busy. 
  • Maybe he lost his phone
  • he is probably just sleeping 
  • Maybe he hates you (disclaimer: they never say this, but maybe they should)

The Actual Reason he Hasn't Texted You Back
(Because he actually might have a reason, and all this hate is probably unwarranted. Boys and Girls are different creatures remember. And maybe they just don't realise that they are being perceived to be playing games. Silly Boys) 
  • He thinks "She didn't ask me a question in that message so I don't need to reply to it" 
  • He simply has nothing else he needs to say
  • He isn't interested but doesn't know how to let you down gently
  • He forgot (heck, we are all guilty of this one, you think that you reply and then you open your inbox and bam, a message from your mum from three days ago is sitting in there waiting for a reply) 
  • He is sleeping 
  • He hates you

So guys, if you are reading this, just put her out of her misery and throw her a text. Even if it is just to say "Oi Slut, fuck off, I am not interested and Yes I am seeing other girls. Bye Felicia", girls appreciate honesty and mostly they weren't crazy until you came along with your penis voodoo magic. And Girls... this is a two way street, you know how crazy it makes you, so do on to others, as you wish to be done on to you. Simple.

Love and Lateness 

Miss K 

P.S Thanks to all the amazing girls that gave me input in this one, its nice to know that I am not alone on the crazy shelf. I say we go back to hand written, posted love notes, less anxiety for sure and then we can have another reason for hating Australia Post when the letter never comes.
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