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!