Here I am… In transit, in the airport and on my own.
As it happens, I was invited to a friends’ wedding in Helsinki. How cool is that? I’m feeling very excited as I never visited Scandinavia before. (note: a friend of mine just pointed out that Finland is strictly speaking NOT Scandinavia. Anyhow, I’m still excited 🙂 )
The truth is, I have never traveled solo before. I always wanted to give it a try. It’s one of those things that make it to every bucket list you can get your hands on. Sofie was aware that this was something I really wanted to do. I’m very glad she let me 🙂 Thank you!!!
Lately I’ve been trying to stay away from burgers and other fastfood. I just finished nice fresh wok at Schiphol (HotWok I believe). Being in transit also means you have some time to kill, so let’s write! I found myself a nice little spot with a grand view on the tarmac, popped on my noise-canceling Sennheisers – #nowplaying Mythology by Delerium, should you want to know… And woosh, everyone around me disappears. All I need now is the iPad with my little keyboard and we can write!
Contrary to most people, I don’t mind being alone for extended periods of time. I love observing people and getting away from it all from time to time. Actually, traveling is one of the few activities that allow me to recharge my energy and reshuffle my priorities.
Do any of you share my unexplainable fondness for airports? Many people tend to get nervous before checking in, I tend to get über-relaxed. I do my share of stressing at home, during the prep-phase. Why should you stress at the airport? You’re going on holiday remember? You are lucky enough to live new experiences, you’ll get the opportunity to solve problems, meet people, see things you never saw before. What’s not to like? And as a cherry on top: you get to be your real self for a while! Make sure you enjoy every second because before you know it, your 9-to-5 job pulls you back in.
Just the other day I following advice for traveling solo caught my eye:
“Over-prepare everything… then go with the flow.”
That’s me! As much as I love to travel and improvise, I love preparing a journey just as much: reading up on the highlights and activities in a new country or city make me feel like I’m already there. Cherry-picking your favorite things to do and putting together your customized itinerary is wonderful. It’s time-consuming, I’ll admit, but totally worth it.
In case you wonder: I’m not talking about hopping-on and hopping-off buses desperately trying to cross off as many landmarks as humanly possible… That doesn’t cut it for me… I’m quite a slow traveler. When people claim three days is enough to see a city, I’m sure I can easily fill eight days there. Keep striving to find the perfect balance between landmarks, history, culture, nature, architecture, shopping and last but not least: culinary experiences. Don’t be afraid to sneak in some guilty pleasures from time to time or one good old-fashioned day at the pool. I know I do!
Of course, during trips, I end up taking thousands of photos, which I have to edit afterwards. Taking forever! I keep telling myself: less is more. In vain. I promise I’ll put some up more regularly. Keep an eye on the Nomoremovies instagram page. I’ll put up some #latergrams. If you don’t find the page, you can always look for any photo with #nomoremoviesblog.
Anyway… It’s almost time for me to board my plane.
I’m excited and curious for what Finland has in store for me. I won’t be completely alone there. I’m going to a wedding of a friend / ex-colleague of mine so there will be other old friends too. A high school reunion! We’ll hang around Helsinki for a few days.
After that, it’s really solo-time: I plan on visiting Savonlinna by train and from there on, check out Suomenlinna island and visit one or two national parks by car. One is only reachable by boat taxi, so very curious about that. Sounds like an adventure!
I’ll keep you posted.