I’ve been travelling over a month now and have seen quite a transformation in myself. I always knew the first few days / weeks were to be tough and that there would be periods where I just wanted the security of home, but I wasn’t quite prepared just how tough the first fortnight would be. A mixture of nerves, home sickness, jetlag and the altitude all combined to make the first week thoroughly unpleasant and I was ready to give up and return to the UK. I combatted it by writing about it here on this blog and also emailing / chatting to my parents, combined with a bit of stubbornness (I kept saying to myself “I will NOT give up”) meant that I persevered in Cusco.
The Inca Trail was much tougher physically than I imagined (again because of the altitude), but it did boost my confidence and got rid of some of the nerves. After the Inca trail I moved on to Puno, again with much trepidation due to it been my first bus ride, a new town and no hostel booked. I was exhausted on that trip as at the time I was still stuck on UK time (the bus left at 10pm which was 4am for me), but I endured and found a hostel and fell into my next adventure.
It was in leaving Puno that everything seemed to fall into place as I met the first group I’d travel with. Initially unknowingly, the people in the group were probably the saviour of my trip as they helped transform my outlook. Following them, talking and listening to their stories really helped as they showed me the ropes (perhaps unknowingly) and were great company from the get go. The group dispersed in La Paz initially as we went out separate ways but thankfully I bumped back into Alex and Jenny and made the best decision of the trip so far – throw away my ticket to Sucre and travel to Uniyi with them. We’d split again in Tupiza, meet in Sucre for a couple of days before finally saying “toodle-pip” over drinks and some of the finest Pasta I’ve ever eaten.
I’ve been travelling over a month now and have seen quite a transformation in myself. I always knew the first few days / weeks would be tough and that would be periods where I just wanted the security of home, but with all the initial nerves I wasn’t quite prepared for just how great travelling can me. There have been loads of tough times and challenges that I’ve needed to overcome and it takes plenty of endurance, oodles of perseverance and lots of hard work. But I’m still here, I’m still enjoying it and am looking forward to the next month!