It is no surprise that traveling opens a lot of opportunities to learn more about this world, the people in it, and the human being in us. It is a no-brainer that it can either make or break you. Traveling is my escape whenever I get frustrated with life or even getting confused with myself and life decisions. Solo travel has taught me to accept people moreover, let them go and spread their wings.
I started traveling because I wanted to see beautiful places and take beautiful photos like many others. I did not expect that my very simple desire to travel will open up to a much deeper purpose. From just out-of-town university outings to company team buildings to going out of the country to look for my biological father to going on leave to distress from work to finally quitting my job to jump into the unknowns, all these had led me to a person I am now. The person who now knows who to let go and who to keep. Continue reading “Long-Term Solo Travel Has Taught Me To Let Go But I Am Not Letting Go This Time”
The last few weeks of my journey were a combination of waves trying to go away from the scary ocean but always find themselves housing to diverse creatures. I somehow feel like my journey is coming to an end thinking that traveling alone for 10 months is enough and that I can not afford to continue. “So what now, Haze? Are you going back home? Are you ready? Do you feel excited?,” I asked myself. Continue reading “Going Back Home is Scarier Than Being Away”
It’s two in the morning and I just woke up from a nightmare. A nightmare of you and I. What was once a dream just turned into bad images I get in my sleep. I used to always write about my feelings, the ones that involve romantic heartbeats and frustrations. But that was when I was younger – you know, puberty hormones. When my friends knew that I’ll be traveling alone indefinitely, they got excited not for the places that I’ll be exploring but for the chance of me finding someone who would take my breath away. I shrugged it off. That’s not even in my priorities. The main purpose was to know more about the world and myself. The thought of someone who’d take my breath away while traveling alone is beyond my expectations and not even close to any possibilities. At least, that’s what I thought. Continue reading “He Is My Unexpected Destination”
As human beings, it is normal to have the desire to have a lot of material things and to feel different emotions. We sometimes tend to find satisfaction from having something new in our life – new gadgets, clothes, shoes, etc. Even feelings make us feel like “real” humans. The feeling of being in love or even getting hurt can be an indicator that we’re still alive at times. What we do not notice most of the times is we are getting too caught up with what we think is essential for our existence. We tend to convert these illusions into a black hole. We think that material things are important to prove the world that we can keep up with the fast-changing society. That person who we consider “the one that got away” makes us hope that there will still be a chance for him/her to come back. The bitterness of being dumped by someone; the frustration of buying that camera we always long for or; even the disappointment of not being able to join that out-of-town trip. It is totally fine to feel these things, but what we usually fail to see is that we unknowingly let these frustrations take over our future. The beautiful goals and experiences are turning into a life’s extra baggage that makes us move slowly or sadly, not move at all. Continue reading “Leaving Life’s Extra Baggage Behind: I Am More Of Myself Now”
Millennials make up a generation of young entrepreneurs, start-up enthusiasts, travellers, and people who try their best to have a work-life balance. All of those things, I have tried on my own. I am part of this generation and I have already embraced it completely. We are part of a community that has the confidence and has self-awareness that we can make a change to the world. I am part of a generation that makes solo female travel possible. Continue reading “9 Things Solo Female Travel Has Taught Me”