A First For Me: Solo Travel

Liberating. That's how I felt when I went on a solo backpacking trip to Sagada. I've been planning this since last year and finally it pushed through. So many thoughts were running through my head after arriving at the station to ride a bus headed for Baguio - my gateway to Sagada.

"Can I really do this alone?"

"What if something bad happens to me?"

"What if my pocket money is not enough?"

"Will I enjoy on my own?"

After the recent bus accidents on the news, my family was really scared to let me go. But they did not object though. It's like a silent protest but still I pushed through with my plans.

It was a different kind of rush. The moment the bus left the station, I felt like "this really is happening!" I'm really going to a far away place on my own, with nothing but my thirst for adventure and my determination to not give up on myself.

What was it like to go on a trip alone?

It was different. For one, you don't have to worry about anyone else aside from yourself. You make decisions based on yourself only. You eat where you want to, when you want to, what you want to. You have total control of the time.

You'll also learn to be brave. Because that's the only choice you have considering you're on your own now. And me being an introvert and painfully shy person, that was a real challenge. Asking questions, for example, took more courage from me than most people. But thankfully, I somehow managed to overcome my fear of talking to people.

Liberating. It felt like a challenge but at the same time a privilege as well. Going on a solo trip, not many people can do that. And thinking that I did it is enough for me believe in myself more. To believe that I can do it. I can do anything if I really put my mind on it. If I trust myself more.

I'm happy I made this trip. It's a memory I will forever cherish in my mind. I hope to go on other solo trips in the future.

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