Wild at Heart: My First Solo Travel

5

It's probably normal for a lot of people to travel on their own once in a while, but for me, it was a huge undertaking that kind of required me to prepare myself. So, when I finally took the plunge, it felt like I was doing something wild -- at least, travel-wise!

It’s just me, myself, and I. Nah, I was one of the first to board the plane.

I’ve been travelling a lot with friends (as you probably can tell), but I never dared to wander off on my own, even for a weekend trip somewhere near Manila. It didn’t cross my mind before to try solo travel, most likely because travel culture in the Philippines is mostly about enjoying the sights and experiences with family, lovers, and friends.

By mid-2013, I began making plans and doing research for my birthday trip this year. The choices fell between Boracay here in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Bangkok in Thailand. I eventually decided to do a week-long Bangkok + Penang trip. Later, I wondered, “who would go with me on this trip?”

First stop for my solo trip: Batu Ferringhi beach!

A couple of months passed and it soon became clear to me that I may eventually need to go solo since the people I asked to go with me most likely couldn’t make it. The shy, not so street-smart part of me began to panic, but a curious voice inside me also said, “Well, why not?”

Of course, itching for an adventure, I pushed my shy, inexperienced self aside and listened to the seemingly brave spirit that stirred in me. Before 2013 ended, I made sure that my flights and hostels were booked, and a basic yet flexible travel itinerary was ready. Come the early days of 2014, I was so ready to go.

Since Penang is one of Asia’s food capitals, I stuffed myself full with all these delicious morsels I found everywhere. Chicken Rice will forever be a favorite, and Cheese Naan will always drive me crazy, but Char Koay Teow has also found a special spot in my heart (and tummy). Also, I spent the afternoon of my birthday gorging on cakes and sipping coffee in the then newly-opened Purrfect Cat Cafe. So, those are my birthday cake slices in the last photo.

The original plan did not push through, though. The protest situation in Bangkok made me decide to just spend the entire week in Penang. I may have had a wild idea to try solo travel in a foreign country, but I was still not bold enough to go somewhere where tension was brewing.

Travel selfies! Sorry, I couldn’t help it.

Looking back at that blissful, unforgettable week (which I still find myself daydreaming about every now and then), I have to say I wouldn’t have that trip any other way. I discovered so much about myself; it was indeed empowering, as many experienced travelers have said. It also made me fall for Penang’s charms the second time around.

Familiar sights that I found comfort in. Traveling solo can be both comforting and liberating.

Listening to those seemingly wild ideas sometimes leads to amazing things, don’t you think?

Check out my albums Penang, We Meet Again, == Penang Birthday Trip (for Indisposable Concept)==, Caffeinated Haunts: Purrfect Cat Cafe in Penang, Malaysia, and Camera Museum in Penang, Malaysia to see all my photos from this trip!

written by plasticpopsicle on 2014-03-03 in #lifestyle #travel #lomography #wanderlust #analogue-lifestyle

5 Comments

  1. shind
    shind ·

    Glad you love Penang! I would be embarking on my own solo trip soon too. Btw, should you happen to be coming to KL for a solo trip next time can always give me a shout and I can always show you around. :)

  2. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    I really LOVE Penang, @shind! I still daydream about everything, especially all the delicious food I ate there! I spent a night in KL on the last leg of my solo trip but I did not go around the town since I got there late. So, I just relaxed the whole night until around noontime the next day, before my flight back to Manila. I haven't scoured KL much even if I've been there twice, so maybe I'll take your offer once I go back there! Where are you heading for your solo trip? Have lots of fun! :)

  3. shind
    shind ·

    Taiwan! Will be heading to Taiwan! Yes, definitely, just PM me in advance or something and I can bring you around. Followed you on twitter via tweet handle @shindgypsy
    Haha! Food there is cheap too, isn't it? ;)

  4. plasticpopsicle
    plasticpopsicle ·

    Awesome, I bet you'll have fun in Taiwan! Followed you everywhere else too, @shind! Do let me know how your trip goes! I'll also have a look at your Lomography albums, maybe you have some travel snaps with interesting stories that I can feature for the Tales from the Trip series!

  5. shind
    shind ·

    Yeay! Definitely! :)

More Interesting Articles

  • Finally, My Own Petzval Lens

    written by pearlgirl77 on 2014-11-20 in #reviews
    Finally, My Own Petzval Lens

    In April of this year I had the chance to test the Petzval Lens and to write a review on it for the German photography forum Kwerfeldein. The lens excited me from the very beginning, at the time it was introduced on Kickstarter. I was afraid that once I had tested the lens, I would want to have one of my own! Well, that’s what happened; a year later, I finally bought my very own Petzval lens.

    1
  • Fresh from the Lab: 1990

    written by adi_totp on 2014-08-08 in #lifestyle
    Fresh from the Lab: 1990

    A weekend without a lomowalk seems bad, at least for me. One Saturday morning, I decided to join my friends in their lomowalk. It was all cloudy at first but it didn't stop me from going out and walking. I brought my new Nikon FM2 and some expired rolls, just to test my camera. Was it just me being sleepy, or was my Nikon FM2 acting up? My photos turned out grainy, pale, and, in my opinion, looking so 1990s?

    1
  • La Sardina: My Story With My Old Best Friend

    written by abecd on 2014-07-10 in #reviews
    La Sardina: My Story With My Old Best Friend

    This is a story of me and Sardine, my first ever analogue camera. We've been traveling for thousands of miles and met a lot of friends. Even though I have better cameras, Sardine is the one camera that will always be in my heart! So once again, this is my story with Sardine

    2
  • Shop News

    Shoot sharply with Oktomat Bullseye

    Shoot sharply with Oktomat Bullseye

    Shoot sharply without hurting your budget. At 30% off you can now experiment with 8 sequential shots in one 35mm print! Tell stories in 2.5 seconds with 8 scenes in one shot!

  • Summer Hot Spots: Escaping the Heat at Cameron Highlands

    written by shind on 2014-07-03 in #world #locations
    Summer Hot Spots: Escaping the Heat at Cameron Highlands

    It’s normal during summer to be out there at the beach, sunbathing and getting yourself a nice tan, but in Malaysia, it could get pretty hot this time of the year. With the rising temperature, my friends and I decided to escape the heat of the city for a while and took an approximately three-hour drive to Cameron Highlands.

    1
  • LomoChrome Purple 120 and 35mm: Expect the Radical!

    written by myahcat on 2014-08-01 in #reviews
    LomoChrome Purple 120 and 35mm: Expect the Radical!

    I was given a roll of LomoChrome Purple 120 by a friend who was keen for me to try it out since he didn't have a medium format camera. I really didn't expect the results I got when I took it out for a test run on a bright winter's day in London.

  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-06 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 5

    Last week, I received the strangest thing through my letterbox. It was a postcard with this photograph on 1 side. The photo is of me sitting by the sea whilst I was on vacation last year. But I have literally no idea who took this shot – That’s why I came here, to ask for your help on my search for my mysterious photographer and to try and get to bottom of the riddle they wrote me. Please help me if you can!

    10
  • Shop News

    Color Your World with Colorsplash Camera

    Color Your World with Colorsplash Camera

    At 30% off you can now color your analog images with 12 different color gels. Experiment with 35mm slide film and play with the built-in color flash for the most intense colors!

  • Transient Living: Armitage & McMillan in Denver, Colorado

    written by maliha on 2015-01-07 in #world #locations
    Transient Living: Armitage & McMillan in Denver, Colorado

    If you want to know the heart of a person, peek inside his/her wardrobe! And no, nobody famous said that; I only just made it up. But really, don't you think it's true? After all, the way we dress screams our personality; at least for most of us. And that is why, as soon as I land on a new city, one of the things I absolutely must do is find the local boutiques. Sure, I love the fancy chain boutiques as much as the next person, but there's just something else about a local clothing store. It's unique!

  • The Magic Yet To Come: Part 1

    written by Lomography on 2014-09-02 in #news
    The Magic Yet To Come: Part 1

    Here’s a random and rather mysterious tale for you folks. Just the other day, I was at a local bar with a few friends. It was much like any other evening; we were sipping a couple of cocktails, recounting our adventures, falling over ourselves with laughter and half-drunkenly meditating on the meaning of life (a scientist once told me it’s 42 by the way). But then something truly strange happened. Read on to hear my story and please make a comment with your guess at the end!

    31
  • Trending Photos of March 2015

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-27 in #world #news
    Trending Photos of March 2015

    Marvel at this beautiful selection of wanderlust-inducing photographs that trended this month.

    2
  • Shop News

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Give your space a facelift with your own analogue print

    Really want to bring your film photos to life? We’re now offering totally analogue fine art prints in a host of large sizes and formats! Carefully enlarged from your negatives onto premium photographic paper by lab professionals, each picture is a unique piece of craftsmanship.

  • Top Shoutbox Users of March 2015

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-27 in #world #news
    Top Shoutbox Users of March 2015

    If you haven't discovered the shoutbox yet, then you're certainly missing a big chunk of your lomographic life.

    1
  • Weegee on News Photography

    written by Julien Matabuena on 2015-03-27 in #world #lifestyle
    Weegee on News Photography

    This short yet info-laden and fascinating interview from close to 60 years ago offers a glimpse at the thoughts and principles of the photography master.

    2
  • Stonerfairy is our LomoHome of the Day!

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-03-27 in #world #news
    Stonerfairy is our LomoHome of the Day!

    From everyone here in Lomography, congratulations to stonerfairy for winning Home of the Day!

    2