So it’s 5 weeks until I leave on my Big Solo Adventure. I’m going backpacking alone through Central America. I’m starting in Guatemala, to Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and ending in Costa Rica. I have 4 weeks to make this journey and immerse myself into these amazing cultures and countries.
I’ve been through various stages since I decided to embark on this journey. First was the reading everything and joining every group phase.
I read travel books, and joined Facebook travel groups where I could ask questions and read posts. From there I became more involved in other forms of social media like Twitter. Follow me @SoloExplore There I could follow people and read posts from their travel blogs. I couldn’t get enough. I love taking pictures when I travel and every other day, Instagram (soloexplore). There I saw the beautiful places that I wanted to travel to. But the one that grabbed my attention was YouTube. I began to watch/follow people (Too many to mention but Kinging it and Superjab were my first) This was something I wanted to do. So I started practicing on my trip to Mexico, at home, on hikes and other adventures. I wanted to be comfortable in all aspects before my trip. www.youtube.com/channel/UCsYIEyIfUpAcfT40cpicVxw
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Stage 2: The over planning of my trip stage. Where I would go, What days I would travel, What to see, When I be at each place and how long I’d stay, what I needed to buy for the trip, what I needed to pack, gadgets I needed, What kind of backpack, homestays etc etc. I had papers, notepads, books, scribbled notes, saved websites and screen shots. I also decided I needed to learn Spanish before I went and downloaded the Duolingo app. 9 months later I know a lot of Spanish words , for various things. But in actual reality, I will not survive on this Spanish for more than 5 minutes, but am quite good at sign language and speaking loudly and slowly in English. Not that this has helped before. Only to make me look silly.
Phase 3: snuck in as the whirlwind excitement started to peeter with a little dose of real life and a lot less planning, realizing I actually had Plenty of time. I still looked online and did buy flights, but with a little less enthusiasm. Not because I wasn’t excited, it just took back burner to some other adventures at home that were more in the now. La la la la oh look at the pretty trees…
Phase 4: BAM! Trip is now just around the corner. All those things that I was going to do, buy, learn, look into, book, etc. Not Done! Not going to happen. Maybe next trip. But planning resumes none the less, just in a completely different way than it began. First thing, Less Stuff! Heard it many times but Learned it first hand on a recent overnight hike/camp out. Heavy backpack make for miserable travel. Less clothing, less accessories, packing cubes, less everything! Step 2 less planning. I know the countries that I start and end in. I haven’t even picked my first town or hostel, but I will soon. I know a few places I’d like to see in each country and an estimated amount of time for each country. But that’s about it. Will see what each day brings. I feel more relaxed about my adventure now in these aspects.
Phase 5: Picking away at trip prep while something tugs at the back of my mind. I do my dimes in a bottle challenge to save money for trip, I buy my USD and order in and purchase some Quetzals, I visit doc and get meds etc for trip, I organize travel insurance…..still something nags me. Aha
It come in little waves. Sometimes feels like excitement other times like anxiety. Questions that can’t be answered. A wait and see. Is this adventure totally cool like I think it is, or as completely crazy as others think? Will I fit in at the hostels? I am 50 yrs old. I don’t party every night(I’d die). I don’t look as sexy in a bathing suit as I once did. Will I meet people who want to travel with me or even talk to me? Will I be lonely? Will I get scared? Am I as brave as I think I am? Can I at least fake it? Will I get sick? Will I be able to eat the food? Why didn’t I learn Spanish? Will I survive there without it? Will I survive period? Will I be cold there? Will I finally pick a town and book a hostel? Will I be ready? This is where I am, 5 weeks from my adventure. It’s fine….it’ll be fine lol
Please follow to see if it’s all fine and or to see what I’ve decided to pack, where my first town will be, and what phases I hit over the next few weeks.