Travelling is a real passion of mine and one which I could talk about endlessly. This passion of mine is a solo one; so, I want to inspire you to travel and make these solo journeys less daunting, more thrilling and ensure that you and I get so much out of these trips we take.
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So, tomorrow I head off on a 6 day trip through Latvia and Lithuania. I've got my Lats and Litas, my passport is out and the holdall I'm stuffing full of clothes sits on my bed open, like a basking shark ready to swallow its prey...in this case, my socks and underwear. But something is bothering me. I know this feeling; I've had it before...I get it on every trip I've ever taken alone to a foreign land. It's the one where my stomach is turning knots at the thought of arriving in a country where not one single person knows me, where I fear I'll be wandering aimlessly bored out of my skull wishing I was back in sunny Leeds. Looking back, every time I have had this feeling, the trip itself has smashed any notions of fear about the solo travel experience out of the water. I've yet to travel on my own somewhere and not meet fantastic people. I've always tried to be brave enough to throw myself into social situations where I can try to make friends and sample the place I am visiting to its fullest (see my post 'My First Time...'). So, I'll be looking for the free tours on offer, the chance to get to know the people in my hostel and most of all enjoy myself as I explore exciting and interesting places I have never visited before. So, here goes...Riga and Vilnius, I embrace you and all that you have...I'm sure you'll look after me!
By the way, if anyone has any last minute Latvia and Lithuania tips they are very muchly appreciated.