Thursday 6 July 2017

My Solo Backpacking Stories : Part 1 [How it All Started]

Don’t tell me you don’t like to travel. Most people do.
These past few years (since 2013) I have grown inclined to the concept of solo backpacking.

Yes, I still travel with a few close friends every now and then but travelling alone has really been my passion.

Side note, I am so thankful for my mom and back-then-boyfriend who understood this passion I had and allowed me (no matter begrudgingly) to travel alone abroad.

It all started when I was sent to Germany for a student exchange program.

Well, ‘sent’ has a negative connotation to it. Like I was forced, unwillingly.

When the true story was I worked hard for the opportunity.

A bit of background… my university decided to send students for an exchange program with a German institution. For this pioneer project, they chose some sponsored students (from Khazanah and TNB) to be candidates for the said program.  The reason being they wanted good students with financial backing from their sponsors.

A-whole-lot-of-paperwork-and-approvals later, I made it through.
The Dean approved my application and Khazanah agreed to sponsor me.

Plot twist, the other sponsors backed out. And I was left alone.
The Deputy Dean asked whether I’m certain I still want to go there.

Heck yes!!

So that's the backstory.

When I was in Mainz, I had 3 close friends. Ania, Michaela (both are Polish) and Mariana (Portuguese).

They all had visited the famous places in Europe MANY times, so that lead me to the new world of solo backpacking.

Plus the tickets were very cheap once you start your journey from inside Europe.
Heck, my return tickets to Rome cost only 75 Euros.

When I was there, I had the opportunity to visit Rome, Amsterdam, and other parts of Germany. I also visited Paris (that was part-solo as Ashee met me halfway through).

And this was the start of my solo backpacking story 

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