Saturday, 28 May 2011

Going Solo

I'm off on holiday.  Alone.  Not particularly out of choice, but because it's my half-term holiday and Rob couldn't get time off this week.

I've been surprised by the fact that many people have said I'm 'brave' for doing this - but people holiday on their own all the time, don't they?  I don't think it's too big a deal...

I'm going to Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand.  It's a city I've been to before (my brother lived there for a few years and I went to visit him there in 2005), so I know it's a lovely place.  I'll be there for 5 days, and my guesthouse has free wifi, so 'virtual contact' with home should be easy (how ever did we manage before Skype and Facebook?!)

I'm hoping to spend a day doing a Thai cookery course, and am looking forward to browsing the markets and doing lots of shopping.  I'm also taking plenty of things to read so am planning to spend time sipping watermelon juice (or cold beer...) in cafes, immersed in a good book.

But I'll be honest, despite my excitement I am a little nervous.  I have 4 flights and 3 airports to negotiate on my own, and I arrive back in Brunei next Friday a mere hour and a half before a dinner we're attending, so I'm worried about delays. 

Hopefully I'll have plenty to blog about on my return, but in the meantime - wish me luck!


At Anna's kitchen table said...

Well I'm one of those who'd say you're 'brave' too!
Have a wonderful time, it sounds idyllic!

nic @ nipitinthebud said...

sounds like a real adventure. I think there are a lot of people who miss out on doing the things they want to do because there isn't someone to do it with them. It's good to go your own way sometimes and come back with wonderful tales to share. Have a fabulous time x

Foodiva said...

Well, I have 3 kids, a husband and a myriad of pets but I'm happiest when I'm traipsing off somewhere on my own! You're not brave, you're living! Have fun and don't worry about what others think.

My kids are on half-term too, but I'm stuck at home this time...aaargh. Wish me luck.

spontaneous-euphoria said...

enjoy!! i've heard chiang mai is beautifulll

Sarah Canada said...

As you know, to me- and from the looks of it Foodiva too - travelling alone, without children is the ultimate luxury. I love it. I find as we get older it is so easy to stop doing things. As a result I think we should push harder to try new things and explore. I think it's fantastic. The only thing better than travelling alone of course would be travelling with you! ah well, when we're in our sixties and we've ditched Rob and Paul that's something to look forward to! Sx