That time I splurged and got myself my very own “room” in a hostel. Lol. This ^^ is the entire room I kid you not. But it was my last night in NYC and I needed the sleep.
Travel has become a more recent phenomenon with people constantly posting about their travel bucket-lists and long romanticised versions of what it means to explore our beautiful planet. I am one of those people. I want nothing more and nothing makes me happier than traveling. But, of course there was going to be a ‘but’, let me also share something very real. Traveling solo can also become extremely lonely. There is a lot of involuntary introspection and you’re forced to face truths and allow memories to resurface that you had carefully locked away somewhere in the complex labyrinth of your mind. You’re at your most vulnerable. You will get lost. Trust me, no amount of research and memorizing subway stops will keep you from experiencing the horror of being totally lost in a foreign country. The few seconds before you remember you can call an Uber or Lyft will give you a cardio Jillian Michaels would be proud of. You will also face bias. Let’s not kid ourselves – as much as I love my country telling someone being friendly you’re from Pakistan is a conversation killer. You WILL get homesick so much so you will cancel your flight and hostel reservations in Georgia and Azerbaijan and return home from Turkey (I am still ashamed of it). You will also miss a flight, be short on cash unable to pay the difference for the next flight and sit on the airport floor sobbing like crazy while people avoid you afraid you were a scam.
You may think I am being dramatic but I assure you all of the above has happened to me.
So before you decide to follow any trends and pack up your bags to get more fodder for your Instagram, make sure you know what you are doing.