My first solo travel adventure turned destination quarantine in Thailand has led and is still leading to many adventures and lessons learned. Beyond the usual lessons of 'what/what not to bring', 'how to prepare for long term solo travel', and destination guides, there have been invaluable things I've learned about myself and, in turn, the world during these few months. I'm so grateful to be able to dive deeper in my understanding of how I perceive myself and the environment around me and the people that have assisted in my expansion.
Currently in 'destination quarantine', living in a bungalow on Thailand's second largest island.
Some of the other travelers I've met on the road have taken one of two options: return home or stay here in paradise.
My choice was easy - ride it out.
I remember the first flight I ever took alone: freshly 19, working a minimum wage job and purchased a 'Name Your Own Price' ticket off an online site headed out to the Wild Wild West Coast - California.
To be honest, I didn’t even realize that I had an eating disorder. If you asked me 10 years ago, I would have denied it. This body that I lived in was mine but also not mine. At first, it feels like sowing seeds in an infertile earth. Learning to cultivate tenderness for self esteem to grow in.
My philosphy is this: growth is deeply uncomfortable and frightening.
Do it anyways.
Granting ourselves the gift of reflection at the end of the year is a fun activity for New Year's Eve - sitting in silence, mulling over all the memories we've collected. It gives us a chance to slow down and savor all the different facets of life. For me, it provides a chance to reflect on my character and growth. How have I changed? Are my actions and goals aligned with the person that I want to continue to be?
Only when we record and reflect will we see the nuances that teach us a little more about ourselves every day.
A whole day without running water?
At first, I debated going to a cafe for the day but decided against it. Staying home in the increasingly cold weather seemed more enticing and I figured it would be a good chance to do a little experiment.
It is a fact that time, money and personal reserves are limited in some way. How much of that are you using to benefit your personal well-being?
The best part of visiting a National Park is getting to stay in it. Immersing yourself in nature doesn't have to be difficult. Read more for my guide and tips on how to fly into your destination and camp out.
For years, I struggled with anxiety, depression, weight and body image issues and feelings of powerlessness.
Something had to change and with this, came a realization that there is a huge correlation between your Mind, Body and Soul.