Why I Travel

Hi Kiwi, why do you travel alone? This question is something I get asked a lot. So let me answer this once for all to you and all of my friends!

The reasons why I travel:

  • Experience the culture
  • Creating a journey to the destination
  • Meeting new people
  • Be more independent
  • Do things I want and not waste my time
  • Stories to share
  • Expanding my perspective
  • Be more present
  • Get inspiration

#1 Experience the Culture

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You get to see different cultures when you travel. As a Norwegian with Vietnamese parent, I have always been curious about different cultures.  I try always to understand people through how they are thinking and acting,  how they are different from my Asian and Norwegian cultures, and what similarity do we all share. I find it interesting since culture is one of the factors which impacts on the lifestyle.

#2 Create a journey to the destination

For me, the destination is not the important thing, but the path to it. I enjoy walking around. When I know that I want to see something, I prefer to walk to the destination. Because by walking it allows me to enjoy the view and see people around me. On the path to your destination,  you-you can experience things and meet people (which can help you or maybe become your friends).

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#3 Meeting new people

I am a person that gets a lot of energy when I am talking to people. I like to get to know people because people are different. They have differents backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences. I like the idea of sharing experiences and knowledge with each other. You get company by new people too! When I travel alone, I like to join other solo travelers.

#4 Be more independent

Yeah,  you read it right: I am a Norwegian-Vietnamese independent woman! When traveling alone, I have to be mentally strong, when facing challenges. You don’t have anyone you know right there to help you. You need to know where you are heading(sometimes I don’t), and you are the one in charge! I love that feeling because I feel free.

#5 Do things I want and not waste my time

I have traveled with friends, family, and classmates. It is fun too. You have company and photographers! But sometimes it can be a little bit tired because you have to do things you don’t like. But it is your friend/family you have to sacrifice your time since you care about them too! 🙂 You will also get a drama free vacation! PEACE OUT

#6 Experience stories that I can share

I am random! This means I do random stuff and I get into random situations. That is fine because from those situations or activities I got funny or random stories to share with people who cares.

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#7 Expanding my perspective

As I mention in #1 Experience new culture, this contributes to expanding my perspective because I learn from people and the cultures on how they see the world. Then I can take the ideas and the concepts that I like and applied in my daily life.

#8 Be more present

In the modern society of today, with all the digital technologies it is difficult to be present. You constantly get notification from Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram. I don’t have access to WiFi when I travel. This allows me to enjoy everything around me.

#9 Get inspiration

I am a person that sucks all the things around me. Do I find something I like, well I bring it back to Norway. For example, when I eat food I like, I always try to find a recipe on the food and make it in my way.

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My Story about Traveling

Hi, as you know I am Kiwi. I write on this blog about everything. This post will be my story of the seed of my travels. (Later I will tell more about my trips, why I travel, why alone, my plans and more).

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So here begins my story….

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I remember when I sat around the table with some exchange students, in Autumn 2012. My Korean friend was speaking, and she told us about the trip she was going to do in Europe. This made me curious! I have never been to other places in Europe, just only in Sweeden (to buy cheap food). So my questions to her were:

 

“aren’t you afraid travel alone since you are a girl? is not dangerous out there? What are you going to do when you are there? ”

(Well, it is funny when I look back. I get the same questions from my friends and other people about traveling alone. Now, I feel wiser about traveling. It can be dangerous to travel alone, but as long as you do some background research it will be ok.)

After that day, I went back home and couldn’t stop thinking about traveling around Europe. I was constantly daydreaming and fantasizing about traveling.  it seems so adventurous and also dangerous to travel alone. The only places that I have been in were only Vietnam and Sweeden and both time I was never alone.

A few weeks later, I saw an advertisement about traveling to Italy. This was it! I felt the rush and the energy when I saw how cheap it was to travel. So I was doing some research about the flight tickets. But as a person, I had a lot of voices inside my head (wait I am not crazy if you think so, or maybe?). You guys want to guess what they told me?

They told me: no you can’t, it will be dangerous, you don’t have enough money you are the only student, where to live etc…. So on that day, I did not purchase the ticket.

Well, they told me: no you can’t, it will be too dangerous, you don’t have enough money, you are only a student, and where are you going to stay? So on that day, I did not purchase the tickets.

But, I kept coming back to the website. 3 days later I finally bought a ticket from Trondheim to Venice, and from Milano to Trondheim. I got really excited. I felt just like a happy kid. A kid that is waiting to open a present. I needed to tell my friend all about it. I went straight to her and told her that I was going alone for the first time to Italy.

I remember that she said something about “wow, what are you going to do there alone, it can be dangerous”. I don’t remember well, but I think it was also another friend of mine that wanted her to join me because it could be dangerous for me to go alone. So no, it was not my first trip alone, but it was a seed that led to my passion for traveling alone.  Btw, I am glad she joined me haha… because well that is another story that I am going to tell.

After my first trip to Europe with my friend, I got more passion for traveling. I went after that trip to England and Spain (with my siblings), Gran Canary (with friends), then alone to Japan (met a friend there), but then I went to Nice in France alone where I manage to be alone by myself. Then I discovered that it was fun to travel alone. So after that trip, I have been traveling to other places such as  Latvia, North-America, Portugal, and Monaco.