A couple of weeks ago I was scrolling past endless rants and adorable-but-slightly-weird baby photos on Facebook when I came across an article on The Huffington Post that made me sit up and take notice. The title read "Yes I'm Pretty and I'm Travelling Alone" followed by a listed article detailing Alyssa Ramos' solo travels. Whilst the article was mainly written to point out that yes, it is possible to be pretty and travel using money from actual work (not prostitution/sugar daddies/sponsors), it opened up so many doors in my mind.
I've always loved the idea of travelling and this year, my trips to Egypt and Italy left me with a stronger urge to travel than I have ever felt. My problem is that I have nobody to travel with. Time/money/effort is always an issue with those around me, so I've always felt rooted in my hometown, unable to explore the edges of the world that I really want to explore. Sure, I've visited my fair share of foreign countries but family holidays haven't even scratched the surface of the places I want to see. So when I stumbled upon Alyssa's Huff Post article, I became inspired, excited and a little bit scared about what this could mean for my future.
"I travel alone because I can; I don't really like waiting around for other people to go with me." - Alyysa Ramos
I'll admit, travelling alone never really entered my psyche. Personal safety and lack of confidence in this country - never mind a foreign one - are massive alarm bells for me, but then I think of all the positives. Being able to do whatever I want without taking into account somebody else's plans, complete freedom and all of the confidence and independence I will gain along the way. So I added Alyssa's blog My Life's A Movie to my favourites and began reading. Very quickly, I fell in love with Alyssa, her outlook on life and most importantly, travelling. Her blog showcases the best places to travel, tips and tricks for travelling alone and insights into her life at home in LA.
So now that my love affair with travelling has begun, it's just a matter of making plans and setting the wheels in motion. I have so many ideas and goals and I can't wait to take you along on my journey.