Preparing For My Solo Travel Adventure

Earlier on in the week a friend of mine asked: "Aren't you afraid to travel the African Continent alone?!"

Before I answer that question, i've been doing some research about my choosen route. From the weather, to the local customers (which most of them are not far off from my home country),and dresscode. Reason being that I just want to know the basics of what to expect.

My plan is to stay with as many of the locals as possible. I want to get the real feeling of wherever I am. And what better way to do so than couchsurfing it up on random, yet friendly, stranger's couches.

The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before.
— Albert Einstein

I've seen how traveling solo can be an amazing and exciting adventure for many people and it can also be very empowering and life changing experience. It's all about facing your fears and coming out of your comfort zone.

So, with that said, the answer to my friend's question is a resounding NO!

Have you seen how magical and fascinating the world is?! Then why would i even think of letting fear stop me! This is not something I should be intimidated by because travelling is all about braking boundaries and growing beyond my own self-set limits. I'm not even going to let my fears of safety, thoughts of being lonely, or concerns of getting stranded stop me from discovering myself and the world. Yes, there are things that I'm still not sure about. But I'm doing this because I know that taking this leap of faith will expound my outlook on life and grant me a renewed sense of self.

Although i may not be certain of a whole lot of things, one thing i am certain of is that every country I'll visit i am sure to find people with the same skin colour as mine. Which, to some extent, puts me in an advantageous position because they will just see one of their home girl (well, at least I hope so. Lol). Language and cultures will definitely be the two major contributors to my journey since I don't speak any of the languages nor understand their culture. Nevertheless,  I look forward to learning and appreciating all of our differences. I also look forward to meeting and catching up with some old friends and making new ones whilst i am at it. But most of all, i look forward with much anticipation to being introduced and reintroduced to Gladys more fully.

Loving life is easy when you are abroad. Where no one knows you and you hold your life in your hands all alone, you are more master of yourself than at any other time.
— Hannah Arendt