My First Solo Travel diary – Italy – part1!
I have imagined drafting this post for a really long time. Really Really long time! Never had any plans on when it would be, with whom or what the place would be. But I’ve always wanted to and knew I would.
We dream about a lot of things which are yet to be checked! They might be anything. Might be silly small things or beautiful bigger ones. For me, travelling wasn’t one of the things I wanted to do – it is ‘The Thing’ I wanted. You know that feeling deep inside which says ‘this is what I want’ – that’s travelling to me. It’s not a definition of vacation, tour or a holiday. It is something I could make a small part of my life and happiness. Everyone is different. Travelling might not be same for everyone; it even need not be – but for travelling, everyone is the same. It treats everyone with the same love and gives the same amount of happiness which can make one speechless and soulfully satisfied. Travelling is like a parallel force invisibly existent in the universe with us. I call it parallel because it walks with you. The more you are considerate about it, the more it is to you. I mean, if you just treat it like one of the dresses in your huge closet, it does the same to you. If we go to a place and treat it like one of many places we’ve been and treat it like a photo op, trust me it treats back the same. It sounds mean, but that’s the truth I believe in.
Why Solo Travel?
‘SOLO’ means Unaccompanied/ Independent/
‘ALONE’ means Isolated/ Deserted/ Lonely………everything dreadful
So, first of all lets make a promise to call this Solo Travel or Travelling Solo. And NEVER ever call this Travelling Alone. Because you are actually never ‘alone’.
So, why travel Solo? As I am writing this blog post, I am sitting on a bench with coffee by my side, no one around except for the chirping Birds and drizzling skies. I could be doing the same anywhere else. But I am here. Because, I want to be HERE! And it feels amazing!
Its Simple. Unless you try it, you never know how it tastes, right? Travelling Solo lets you spend significant time with yourself and one would be surprised how enjoyable it could be. You’re great company. You actually would know what you are. What you like! Solo Travelling lets you listen only to your thoughts and delights only your dreams. I do everything I want and nothing I don’t want. That sense of freedom and the memories makes me lighthearted.
If travelling makes one a better person, travelling solo makes you super-smarter and inspires to approach and confront many other aspects of life with ease – which is like empowering oneself.
This is one of those questions many of you have asked me. When I decided to travel, I wasn’t sure if it would be Solo. But first I have decided I want to. Then came the question where? First, I have seen all those fancy videos on youtube which were fantastic. They were magnificent, astonishing and awe-inspiring. Very inviting. But they said the same about every place. Every place is shown to be enticing and captivating. For every place they have shown, it was either famous for ‘tourist’ spots or for film shooting locations. I was frustrated. How can one decide and project about a place just based on their famous spots. I always strongly believed that deciding whether one likes a place or not based on its ‘famous’ tourist spots is like judging a book by its cover. Then I stopped watching those ‘famous’ travel videos. Second, took a world map to decide where. And what would I know which place to go and how can I decide which one would make my travel worthy staring at a long-lat map! Hopelessly closed it. Third, now I remembered I had some pictures saved in my phone. I searched. I had none. Maybe in the hard-drive I thought. I searched again. I browsed all those backup folders I had for years. And there you go. The answer was quite simple. I had many out of which I had this one photograph I have saved. Long time ago. I don’t remember how I have it but I do. Maybe someone sent it or maybe I have seen it somewhere and saved it. But I do have it. And its the picture of ‘Positano at the beach’. My eyes were filled with happiness and that very moment I knew I am going to Italy.
Why Only Italy?
Again a much asked question! So many have asked why not few other countries along with Italy. Because technically it does makes sense as there are these amazing other countries like France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Greece etc which are just couple of hours by flight. I mean I know it costs just a $40 flight ticket and 1.30 hr time to travel from Italy to Paris. And yes I would’ve been able to see Paris. But again remember as I told you, every person’s travel dream is different. I love to live in the moment. I chose to travel to only one country for 2 reasons – One is because travelling to another country would consume so much time for departures, checks, arrivals, hotel transfers etc and I had just 10 days of VISA granted, so didn’t want to tangle my time in it. And second reason is Italy had a lots of landscapes which is my ‘THING’ – the lakes, mountains and dreamy fields and spectacular drives can corner me to freeze there for hours. You take me to the leaning tower of PISA, I was done admiring it by an hour. You take me to Positano, I was on the beach amidst the beautiful town, Mediterranean, the sand and the sunset for 5 hours still thirsty for it. Take me to the Dolomites. My heart skips a beat whenever I even think about it now. I was ready to get holed there to stare the charm of Santa Maddalena amidst those striking mountains in Val Di Funes. That’s me. So it wasn’t hard for me to decide if I am going to go to Paris or Greece or Spain as they are so close to where I am already going. I didn’t want to go to a place to get an ‘attendance’. I did that a lot in my graduation and it took me nowhere. I am not going to do that again. So there is the answer again – Clean and clear. Go to places which fills your heart. Not to places to boast your pocket. And the world is too big to go to the same place twice. Well, with all my heart I can say I did go to Italy. I did taste their splendid food. I heard their remarkable history. I experienced their culture. I encountered their dark & hostile parts and soaked in the phenomenal beauty of their nature. I ran from their touristy swagger and slept under their radiant stars. I did go to Italy!
Am I going to travel Solo again? A big absolute nodding YES!
Note: I am going to draft all about the entire planning – Flights, deals, accomodations, day tours, food & drinks in my next post.