Most millennials today are quite interested in travelling to new places not only locally but abroad as well. And to be honest, I am one of them where I was eager to see a different way of life, experience new culture, taste the food and most importantly take pictures and capture videos of the beautiful sceneries three years ago.
I would say that travelling to new places can open your mind especially when you travel abroad. Mainly because they have different cultures, religions and beliefs. You will become more tolerant of other people’s views in life and you will understand why they behave the way the do.
I was brave enough to try Bali, Indonesia as my first solo travel destination. At first I was hesitant because I have never been to any other countries yet. I cannot deny the influence of social media – as I continue to see the posts of my friends and some bloggers, I had a thought of trying the same things and see if my desire to experience what’s outside can be fulfilled.
To cut the long story short, I thought it was an intense preparation because I had to book my flight eight months prior to my travel. And then six months before travel – I was like reading more about solo travel and doing research on what places I should go.
It was way back October 2016 when I travelled to Indonesia. April of 2016 when I started to prepare at least reading how to pass the airport immigration (some say that when you are a new traveller – immigration officer in the Philippines may ask a lot of questions and ask for some proof that your intentions is only as a tourist in the country of your destination).
So I went to all the preparations like booking my hotel, listing down where I will go, understanding the culture of the people in Bali and preparing my itinerary for eight days. I was so excited to fly but at the back of my head – there was fear because I don’t know how to commute when I arrive at the airport and how I can go from one place to another.
Fortunately, I was able to travel around Bali without major hassle throughout my journey. I have just discovered myself more as I have learned so many things. And the place amazed me so it was worth it and I am glad I had a courage to do it few years back. Now, I am more confident to travel wherever I want because I overcame this fear of travelling alone. Without trying, you will never know what you are capable of doing. If others can do it – why can’t you?
A software developer currently living in Prague, he previously worked in software consulting firms for more than 5 years implementing medium to complex projects to North America, Europe and Asia Pacific clients.
He spent more than 3 years in Human Capital Management (HCM) domain working with known HR software vendors in the market and so most of his writings are geared toward this area.