21st Oct 21 – An introvert solo travelling

Make no doubt about it, I like my own space and I’d put myself more in the introvert camp than the extrovert. So, when my girlfriend suggested that instead of looking to Google for my next restaurant recommendation, I speak to fellow guests at the hostel and join them, I felt uneasy. 

It’s just not natural for me – it’s outside my comfort zone. As such, when I returned to my dorm room yesterday evening, it was to look through Google for places to go, not to ask my fellow guests where they were off to.

However, after chatting briefly with two other guests staying in my dorm, they asked if I wanted to join them for dinner. I accepted! 

For forward a few hours, and I was delighted I did! We had a great conversation, I learnt a lot about a lot of things, and it felt amazing to be asked! This experience has taught me so much.

Admittedly, if I was with my friends at a hostel, it’s unlikely I would ask others – I’m not rude, but for some reason it’s just not my ‘go to’. However, after experiencing yesterday, this has to be the ‘go to’.

When the shoe (or in my case, sandals) is on the other foot, it feels so nice to be asked – and that’s the perspective I need to remember.

That was yesterday … today I visited Ronda (about a 2 hour bus ride from Malaga). That’s me photobombing the incredible Puente Nuevo.

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20th Oct 21 – I’ve arrived in Malaga

It’s the first time since my teens that I’ve gone away on holiday without being constrained by time. Whilst working, I was at the mercy of my annual leave allowance. This freedom will allow me to take my time, and avoid having to jam pack my schedule.

It’s also my first time travelling abroad solo, so it’ll be interesting to see how I enjoy my own company. 

And in terms of packing – I’m usually lugging around the biggest suitcase I can find! Whereas on this trip, I’ve managed to squeeze everything I need into a 38L backpack weighing less than 10kg. Already I’m enjoying how freeing it is to carry less.

A Netflix documentary called Minimalism inspired this decision – check it out, it’s a great watch.

Finally, I’m usually a pretty obsessive planner (spreadsheets galore), but on this trip I’ve left it fairly open – with only the first few days planned. I guess that’s one of the benefits of having plenty time! 

Starting point on this trip is Malaga – I chose this location as my start due to the £15 one-way flight from Aberdeen, and the high temperatures at this time of year. A couple of days here before I head to the Canaries for a more active time …

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