WHAT GOING ABROAD ALONE TAUGHT ME
I went abroad this month, on my own. Well, technically I wasn’t alone since I was with Pedro for the entire time, but I flew there and back alone and paid for the flight and my accommodation myself, but this was the first big thing I’ve done independently, and here’s what it taught me.
Sometimes a whim is a good thing
To be honest, I came up with the idea to go to Lisbon on my own completely on a whim. I just thought about it one night, and decided I was going. I had been asked to go multiple times and was always adamant that it was no way happening, but I just got thinking about it and made up my mind there and then. It was telling my parents that I was going that I found the hardest part, but after I had booked it all up and I knew that I was definitely going, I started to look forward to it, and it gave me a lot of joy knowing that I was going. Once I was there, I had the type of trip that suits me best. Sight seeing and shopping. No beaches.
To be honest I would say anyway that I’m quite an independent person when it comes to going out and doing things on my own, less so when it comes to asking for help, but getting myself to Manchester Airport, getting myself on a flight and into Lisbon was something that nobody had to convince me to do, I figured it all out myself. Obviously when in Lisbon, I had Pedro with me and he did a lot of talking to waiters and shop assistants in my place, but the whole getting to Lisbon, working for the money to get there and booking it all up was something that I felt taught me a little bit more about being independent.
Lisbon gets cold too
So, a debacle that Pedro and I often get over on Skype is when he says, “It’s so cold,” and me being a total Brit, I respond with “No it’s not!” – well, it does get cold. More so at night, I was freezing in our Air BnB and had to borrow his onesie one night because my legs were freezing cold.
So, I have to give it to Pedro: Lisbon does get cold. We were also treated to a little bit of rain, but it wasn’t loads and I didn’t mind since we got back without getting drenched.
I like to travel
I generally always thought that I didn’t like travelling. I actually just don’t like Spain, or where I’ve been in Spain. I enjoyed the plane journey on the way to Lisbon (even though there were screaming babies), I enjoyed exploring the city and I had a lot of fun. So, I do like to travel, which is something that I didn’t think was true about myself. I also fall tragically into my star sign cliche.
The right company makes all of the difference
I flew out alone, I didn’t spend my time there alone. I had the right company, it made such a huge difference. It was convinient that yes, he talks the language and has lived in Lisbon for all of his life, but we get along, so being in a city, in a country that I’ve never been to before could have been a complete travesty had I done is completely alone or with someone I didn’t gel with.
Lots of Lisbon facts, actually
Pedro has a brain full of knowledge, and he told me a lot of facts about his city. I made a joke at one point saying that if he came to my city, I couldn’t tell him a thing. So, I left Lisbon with a little bit of knowledge about the city which is always a sign of a good trip anyway.
Planes aren’t as scary as I thought
I genuinely thought that getting on a plane on my own was going to be one of the most horrific experiences ever, but I don’t think it was that bad. I was sat next to someone wearing the exact same outfit as me on the way there, which was pretty funny, and on the way back I tried my best to just sleep. I thought I’d struggle being on a plane, but I think I did alright to be honest.
Going on a plane and flying out to a country that I’ve never been to before without my mum at my side was a big thing for me, and I’m so very glad that I did it. I’ll be going back, sooner rather than later as well. I couldn’t believe how quickly the time went once I was there, Lisbon is very pretty to look at and there is a lot to do once you’re there!