I didn’t expect that I would have my first solo international travel in 2016. Heck, I didn’t even expect it to be in a different continent. Flashback to 2015 when I didn’t have a stable job because I resigned from my job in Flight Operations due to too much stress. After a few months of doing some freelance work, my depression kicked in, but I could not force myself to go back to the corporate world. Just thinking about having to deal with a stressful work added with office politics gave me some chills. That’s why my dog, who was still a puppy then, and I had only enough money to live by. I could say that traveling was the farthest thing on my mind.
That was what happened until December 2015, when someone broke my heart, and I decided I had enough. I needed to have a new perspective and to move on, and I could not have these just by staying in the same place. Luckily, my sister, who was living in Dubai and was about to give birth, asked me if I wanted to stay with her for a few weeks until she had the baby. As she was working in an airline, she could help me book my ticket to another destination before I went home. So I sold some of my investments and decided to go to Seychelles for a few days.
Back to 2018 with 11 countries visited (with some I traveled solo), I could now say it was one of my best decisions. Seychelles would always be special because you can’t really just forget about your first. Traveling solo also taught me a lot of things and made me better in budgeting/Math (I took up Communications to avoid Math haha).
Another thing, if my heart gets broken again, I’d probably end up being a nomad. 😂