So in my last blog, I VERY casually mentioned that I was intending on camping everywhere. There were two reasons for this, and one of them was absolutely a rebellious reaction to the cooped up’ness I had been feeling. In 2016, I had spent my tax return on buying a ton of camping gear. My ex and I had both been thirsty for the great outdoors and had booked three camping trips for the summer, but… you already know how that summer went. So when I thought about backpacking, I figured why not go for the gusto and do this ‘real’ backpacker style.
Right around the time when I was starting to wonder if this whole thing was a terrible idea, I seriously started to question whether camping was the right fit for me. I adored the cost-efficiency of it and the opportunity to sleep with the grass as my bed and the stars as my ceiling, but just as India felt like I was biting off too much, camping did too. Thank goodness for REI’s amazing return policy!
Now I was back to the drawing board. I wanted to spend as little as possible because I don’t have an end date, so that meant to me that I had to pinch my pennies on the regular, everywhere possible. Hostels seemed like the next best option. I found a wonderful app, Hostel World, that lists hostels in every city, nearly all over the world. I finally started to get excited again. It felt like this was my opportunity to have the college experience that I felt I missed out on (I lived at home for my undergrad experience). I began to have day dreams of staying up late with other travelers, exchanging adventurous stories, cooking meals together, and dragging each other home at 4 am after a night of partying.
About a month before I was set to leave the States, I checked out Air BNB for the hell of it, and I was shocked to see the amazing and affordable options. Now Air BNB in the states for a solo traveler, isn’t worth it in my opinion; you can actually find better deals through hotels. But outside of the States, Air BNB is at least comparable and in some instances, even cheaper than hostels.
The biggest advantage to a hostel is meeting other travelers. This, I definitely know. But what I also know is that if I’m trying to get comfy with being alone, I should do just that. Be alone. So here I am, alone, and my oh my, what has come up…