Out of my Comfort Zone: Reflections on My First Solo Backpacking Abroad

Wow, you are travelling solo? And only with this backpack?” A middle-aged lady from Malaysia asked me, looking at me in disbelief.

But why going to places alone?

I nodded. I was in an unknown place overseas, outside my comfort zone and without a companion. I was totally on my own. Not even a luggage. What she didn’t know that I was feeling so nervous about this first solo backpacking. I could feel sweat beading on my forehead as I walked around the airport. My heart pounded, and my hand began to feel clammy. I began to pace back and forth, kept looking around without any focus. Butterflies were on my stomach. What if something does not go well as planned? What if flights get delayed, trips haven’t been confirmed? What if I couldn’t find my way to the sightseeing attraction or the hotel?

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Conwy & Llandudno: A Tranquil Stroll in North Wales

The turquoise waters, sun-kissed sand, secluded shorelines, little stalls selling seashells, and plates of delicious seafood have made me feel rejoiced since I was just a kid. After an exciting hike in Mount Snowdon, we decided to seize our another day in North Wales to the fullest. To my delight, Conwy and Llandudno all reminded me of those carefree, sunny childhood days on the beach.

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Snowdon: Conquering the Highest Mountain in Wales

You all are so lucky, today is a good time to come here.” Ben, our Airbnb host, told us while offering us a free car ride to the entrance of our Snowdon hike. “Usually, it is mostly blanketed with thick clouds, foggy sights, or light rain in early May.” Yet instead of what he described, bright rays of morning sunlight peered through our car window, greeting us with such a heartwarming glow. When the West Midlands in England was loomed with drizzle, it was the complete opposite here, blessed with such a pleasant weather. It is admittedly a joy to look above, and be surrounded by rarely cloudless, azure sky that we have long been dreaming of.

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Wandering through a Historical Bath

From the Roman bathhouses to the elegant Georgian architecture, the city of Bath enticed us from the moment we arrive and enriched our travels with its vast history, when the Romans first located themselves here centuries ago. Every brick of the city is still dripping with history, and the trip made us feel like stepping back in time, as we immersed ourselves in the grace of this city.

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