28/06/2017 § Leave a comment
I have a long list of places I want to see and countries I need to visit. As of the moment, I have decided on 4 other cities to visit, namely Bangkok, Tokyo, Hanoi, and Yangon-Bagan. They would be after my next trip which would be in Taipei. I might also go to Philippines to celebrate Christmas too.
Anyways, I managed to plan my trip, with enough time for getting lost I hope, all with the help of Google Maps. I have my destination and timings in my itinerary. Usually I go according to my mood, which means, I might cancel some stuff in it as I see fit. My priority was to visit Jiufen and Shifen, so I am ready to allocate more time for that, and cancel the others that I also add in to my itinerary should it become necessary. I have also included a visit to Tamsui, and of course, a sunrise and sunset viewing from Elephant Mountain. My colleague can’t get enough of my Starbucks at Taipei 101. I just have to, because where else can you find a Starbucks that needs reservation, with limited time for a visit and requires dress code? Only in Taipei. Come on. Okay, I have no idea about the one in Hongkong because I have not been there, but I will be. One day.
By the way, I’ll be in Taipei from 8th to 12th July. I’m really excited about it. Work’s been horrible to me recently so I need a change of scenery and pace. I’m definitely active in Instagram, and I’m gonna be using #thestreetcatgoestoTW and #thestreatcatTW for my posts and photos from this upcoming trip. Check it out. 😊
31/05/2017 § Leave a comment
I like to travel; most of the time alone. Many would say that it is a good opportunity to broaden your horizon, your scope of knowledge; to witness life in other places, something that is not your norm. In a way it is. You get to experience life in general, to see what is a common thing in a different land, to have a taste of a different culture, and to understand another language.
To some it is a way of escape. Going to a different land, away from your everyday, routine life, gives you a chance to discover a different part of yourself, soul searching to put it simply. Or it could be a way to ease your mind, and just relax you body from your everyday stresses. Perhaps to recreate yourself, be a different person than how you normally are. Travelling solo opens up that opportunity for you.
Travelling to a stranger’s land, where you know no one, nor anyone knows you, and everything is completely different, gives you a kind of thrill, a mix of excitement and fear. It sparks a kind of courage you didn’t know you have, and kindles a curiosity and thirst for something new and different. It boosts your energy just so you could fulfill a once-in-a-lifetime kind of adventure.
My basic reason for travelling solo is the difficulty to arrange a travel plan with friends, specially if everyone is working in different places. It doesn’t give you the kind of hassle of always waiting for someone, or always considering someone whenever you go about the day. You can always change your plan however you see fit. Over the period of time that I have been travelling alone, which wasn’t very long to be honest, I have compared cities within the same country, its way of life, the good and bad attributes of each. I have appreciated the simple things, enjoyed a meal I normal wouldn’t have, and opened up to newly met people. I was more outgoing and fearless. Being on a different country, with no one to support me, seems to awaken another personality from deep inside me. It feels like I am myself but at the same time I am different.
Don’t you have times when you feel like you are a stranger even to your own self? The best time to unravel that personality is when travelling solo. As a bonus, you get to expand you network of friends.