Ups and Downs of Solo Traveling

Hey you guys!

Solo traveling is sure fun! Though I know some people don’t like it and prefer to do it with friends/family. Which is perfectly fine! I have posted a post about solo traveling before (insert link here), do check it out if you are still thinking whether you should do it or not!

Every type of traveling, of course, has their own ups and downs. So what are the ups and downs for solo traveling? Oh yea, I’m talking about this based on my experience so some people might agree or have the same experience as me and some might don’t.

There is, somehow, this illusion of traveling solo being sooo dreamy

Whenever I tell people that I went to this or that place alone, their reaction always “wow how can you do that?” “Oh I always want to try it” etc etc. Some are somehow worried, some are finding this exciting. There is, somehow, this illusion of traveling solo being sooo dreamy. But, of course it’s not always full of ups right? It’s not always as sweet or dreamy as it sounds.

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So this is my first destination back in Australia. I arrived at Aussie at 1.30pm ish and waited for shuttle for 30-45 minutes to go to my hostel. Since I got tired waiting, I decided to take the train there and apparently my hostel was only couple of meters from Kings Cross Station. At first I wanted to take a rest, you know being all "tired" and "jet lag" (I didn't get any of those hence the quotation mark). After I took a shower, I decided to actually go to this famous Bondi Beach. I could take the train to Bondi Junction Station but hey, when I checked Google Maps, I thought "Ah it's only 6.4 km from here. I'm gonna walk there. Easy" Being impulsive and stupid as that's what I am, I decided to walk there with only 30% of phone battery, a camera and wallet. Oh, and a pair of sandals. Left the hostel. Walked there. Got lost. Didn't expect those uphills roads. Forced myself to actually walk there though I could take the bus instead. And I was completely alone. So what did I do? Laughed on my stupidity and kept walking.⠀ ⠀ Moral of the story? Don't be stupid, Kem (heck mate, I was being stupid everyday when I was in Australia hahaha).⠀ .⠀ .⠀ ⠀ 📷: Fujifilm XA-2⠀ ⠀ #Australia #NewSouthWales #Sydney #BondiBeach #Sunset #Beach #Sky #Skyscape #Landscape #Travel #Fujifilm #FujifilmXA2 #terfujilah #fuji_id #SeeAustralia #visitAustralia #Wow_Australia2018 #ig_discover_australia #ilovesydney #visitAustralia #travelphotography #photoshop #lightroom #instatravel #ig_sydney #sydney_insta #unlimitedsunset #instabeach #sydneybeaches #iloveaustralia

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Bondi Beach, Australia

So let me tell you the truths about traveling alone…

It’s not because I want to do it all the time, but because I need to!

“I’m free next week” “But I’m not! How about this week? That would be cool” “But I have errands to do this week”

Sounds familiar? Face it guys. When you are going to travel with other people, for example your friend, you have to match your and your friend’s schedule or budget. And even your traveling style. Some people like to shop during traveling some dont, some like the city better and some dont. Right? For me, i find it hard to find someone who has the same style as me.

It’s not like I want to be alone guys, I just dont want to wait for someone to actually go and do something that I want. It feels better when you go to somewhere unfamiliar to you and you have a companion no? But again, do I want to wait for someone to travel and wait for God knows how long?

Bruno Mars Concert

But, it can be scary…

Of course it’s scary to be alone in a place that you are not familiar with. It can be intimidating to walk alone here and there in a new place, especially if we cant speak the language. You might think what if A what if B and so on. But hey! It’s okay! Just keep calm it’s mostly just you overthink things. I always try to keep calm and think things throughly and just go with it hehe. I just need to take my first step and the unfamiliarity will develop into sense of familiarity bit by bit

And also liberating at the same time!

To be honest guys, whenever I want to go somewhere alone i always have this insecure feeling. Just like what I said before, traveling solo can be scary. But right after I take my first step, i feel so proud of myself. Like, hey! See you can do it!

However, sometimes you feel like there’s no one to share your incredible experience

I walked for hours to Bondi Beach, Australia right after I arrived there. With only 30% phone battery and no apps to tell me which public transport should I take. The maps on my phone kept showing the wrong route so I had to walked for a long time. For me, it’s an unforgettable experience and a good lesson learnt as well. But hey, if there was someone with me during that time, we could share that experience together and laugh it when we remember the story, no? But because I was alone, I have no one to share it though I can tell other people the story it feels different.

But… It is soooo easy to plan everything (or not to plan anything!)

Well, you are free to plan anything you want! If you wanna visit certain place or landmark OR if you dont wanna visit it. It is all up to you! You wanna go where your feet is taking you? Consider it as done! See? It’s making everything simple to plan or not to plan, to go or not to go. Everything is all up to you 😀 You could go to wherever you want!

Though, you may, sometimes, worry about your safety or feel self-conscious

When I’m alone at the restaurant or even just strolling around alone, sometimes I get self-conscious and overthink things then get worried about my own safety. What if my wallet got stollen, what if this happen what if that happen. Oh so many what ifs guys. But again, sometimes it’s just your mind trying to mess you up hahaha. Just keep calm and stay vigilant 🙂

You could get to know yourself better and even train yourself when you are in trouble

For me, it’s easier to get to know myself better when I am alone. Because you get to know and to think about yourself more thoroughly without any intervention from other party. After traveling alone couple of times, I realize that I am rather clumsy and dont pay attention much to my personal belongings. Which is a dangerous thing no? I dropped my phone back in Australia (luckily the girls were kind enough to look for the owner phew), I lost my wallet back in Northern Ireland because I didnt pay attention to my bag (you could check my post on travel safety here) aaaand so on. Traveling solo also train me to stay calm when I am facing difficulties. I mean guys, I was basically alone there and barely know anyone except those that I just met hahaha

London, United Kingdom. Strolling around the city on my second week in the UK

Well, on the other hand, you could feel a bit lonely sometimes

When you’re traveling solo, it may make you feel lonely. Eating alone, strolling the city alone *all by myself playing in the background*

All byyyy myseeeellff, dont wanna be all by myseeeelf anymoreee

And sometimes, it’s hard to meet someone. No matter how hard you try somehow you just cant click with anyone somehow

But the truth is, you are never really alone

Yea it may be hard to meet someone sometimes, but you could always meet other people in other places no? Maybe you cant click with anyone right away, but you are never really alone 😀 I dont always make friends in every place that I have visited. If I dont make new friend in this place, then I could always make a new friend in other place (I’m just a happy go lucky kind of person I guess hahaha)

So, is solo traveling worth it? Of course it is! Leave all your fears and insecurities behind. Dont wait for someone if you wanna do something. Just trust yourself but always be mindful and careful! It will be worth it! You could try it once, it does not have to be abroad or somewhere far far away. Then see if you like it, if it’s not your style then of course it is okay too! Just like what I said in my previous post here, everyone has their own traveling style 😀

Cheers,

Kemmy

Travel Safety: Mind Your Belonging

Hey you guys!

It’s been a long time since the last time I updated my blog hahaha. So recently I just went to the UK (yeaaaay). I just fulfilled one of my bucket lists! Anywaaaay I’ll talk about it later. Yea yea I have at least 2 posts that I haven’t posted

Alrighty then let’s talk a bit about your safety. Yepp travel safety. No no, this is not because my background is from health and safety. Well maybe just a little heee. But this is also from my experience.

So during my travel to the UK, I lost my wallet. I lost it in Belfast, until now I’m not sure whether I dropped it or someone stole it. After I finished my GOT tour, I decided to dropped by Tesco and bought some food. I’m pretty sure I put my wallet in my rucksack as I put the change, 17 pence, in my pocket.

Anyway, I walked to the hostel, around 1 km from Tesco, then went to the kitchen. At first it was only me in the kitchen and I just put my bag on the table. Then I saw my roommate and waved frantically hahaha and by that time there was another person in there beside me and my roommate.

So anyway I still left my bag on a table (stupid right) and talked then cooked with her. The other person then went out. Then when I grabbed my bag, I realize I lost my wallet. But then I still try to act calm. I went to my room and searched my wallet. I let out all of my belongings from my bag and hope that I could find it. But no. Nothing. I went back to the kitchen and ate the dinner. Still trying to act (or look) calm. Then I went to Tesco again and asked whether I left my wallet anndd noooo there was nothing as well.

By that time, I started to panic a bit. I still tried to calm myself down and thought of any possible solutions. Then I thought, okay I still have my e banking and so I could just send the money to my roommate and asked her to withdraw it. TIDAK SEMUDAH ITU FULGOSO (Not that easy, Fulgoso; Fulgoso is the name of Marimar’s dog – a telenovela that showed on TV when I was a kid haha). She doesn’t know her bank account number. Yep. Dead. I needed to go back to London the next day and I needed at least 8 pounds for the bus.

She does not have much money either BUT she is soooo kind to actually give me 16 pounds :”””” FAITH IN HUMANITY IS RESTORED! Because of her I could go to the airport. But then, another issue was not solved yet. How can I go to London from Stansed?! What about food and everything?

I asked my friend’s friend, let’s call him Nuel, to store my luggage in his place before I went to Belfast. Becauseeee I flew with Ryan Air and bought no storage. I can’t call him and asked for a help because I don’t wanna bother him and I just met him once. And i was afraid that he will tell my friend, then it would cause an uproar back at the office. So, I hopelessly called my friend who studied in Newcastle. She apparently was in London that time but will fly to Paris the next day.

Miraculously, she knows my college friend who is currently studying her Master in London. And guess what, SHE WAS AT HER PLACE! I totally forgot that my college friend studied in the UK. LIKE WHOA. So she gave the phone to my friend, her name is Tita and Tita, if you’re reading this, I love you :”) thanks for saving me. So she told me that she would order an Uber for me to go to her place ah I am so relieved.

I actually already booked a room for my second week in London but the hostel canceled my booking on the day of my flight back to London. So I asked Tita if I could stay at her place. Luckily she has this nice sofa in the living room where I could sleep :”) I then decided to cancel all of my plan to go around South East England because my mood was kinda ruined and I had to spend more money than my actual budget

So guys, traveling is not always full of the joys of spring. Some bad things might happen, in my case I lost my wallet. Again, I’m not blaming anyone or anything, it’s pure because I didn’t pay enough attention on my surroundings. So please, be careful and stay alert during your travel. DONT ever leave your belongings unattended. I was lucky I separated my ID cards and other important card on separate wallet. I was lucky my passport was still with me. If it lost then I would definitely panicking.

Cheers

Kemmy

Pengalaman Mengurus VISA Inggris (UK) Sendiri

Hey you guys!

So I’m going to talk in Bahasa again since it’s related to VISA Application. Bahasa in 3.. 2.. 1..

Yak, mari kita obrolin cara urus visa Inggris. Urus VISA Inggris gampang apa susah? Ada minimal tabungan ga? Syaratnya apa aja? Berapa lama? Daaaan banyak pertanyaan lainnya

Kalau ditanya urusnya gampang apa susah sih menurut gue gampang gampang aja. Sama kayak urus VISA Australia kemarin (cek Mengurus VISA ke Australia Sendiri: Gampang gak sih? untuk post tentang VISA Aussie yaa). Ya memang ada beberapa perbedaan pasti, tapi urusnya gampang kok.

Dulu pernah baca di internet kalo urusin VISA UK itu ribet bet ribet, banyak yang ditolak, lama pula. Katanya kalau mau cepet, 2 minggu kelar, harus pake layanan prioritas kalo gak ya 12 minggu. Wassalam kan gue baca begitu pengen pergi April biar nonton Game of Thrones di tempat shootingnya (impian gue emang dangkal geng) tapi harus beburu buat visa. Oh waw.

Demi impian (dangkal) gue untuk ke Winterfell, gue pun niatin diri untuk ciao ke UK (iya gue tau, orang mah pengennya ke London gue mah cuma nonton GoT iya dangkal iyaaaa). Kita mulai dari awal mula gue mau urus yaa sesudah gue baca baca sana sini

1. Form Online dan Pembayaran VISA

Naah kalo misalnya VISA Aussie, kalian download form nya terus diisi pake tulis tangan atau edit PDF kan, kalau U.K. beda geng. Jadi kayak kalo kalian lamar kerja gitu, isi pertanyaan-pertanyaan yang diajuin online yang nanti nya itu akan jadi form kita.

Register dulu akun kalian di GOV.UK terus ikutin aja step-stepnya. Nanti setelah kalian selesai isi form onlinenya, kalian akan disuruh untuk bayar VISAnya. Berapa tuh? Tergantung kalian apply untuk berapa lama, gue kemarin apply untuk 6 months visa jadinya gue bayar 125 USD.

email bukti pembayaran

Abis itu, kalian bisa download file yang isinya adalah pertanyaan dan jawaban form online (ini ga perlu kalian bawa ke appointment ya tapi boleh dibawa aja untuk jaga-jaga), checklist documents yang harus dibawa saat appointment (dokumen ini juga harus dibawa ya), bukti bayar VISA (ini gue bawa juga sih ke VFS).

Nah disini kalian bisa buat appointment dengan VFS, gue kemarin di VFS Global Kuningan City karena gue tinggal di Jakarta. Kalian bisa reschedule sampai H-1 kalau ga reschedule terus ga dateng, itungannya kalian udah apply VISA jadi uang ga bisa di refund. Gue kemarin sih reschedule berkali-kali hahahah karena gue belum siapin dokumennya hahaha. Gue selalu ambil appointment paling pagi karena dua hal, biar sepi dan gue harus kerja juga sih hahaha

2. Dokumen

Inget yaaa dokumennya harus dalam bahasa inggris

a.) Paspor yang masih berlaku (mandatory)

Kalau dari checklist kemarin, dokumen yang harus kalian bawa adalah paspor yang masih berlaku sisanya cuma dokumen pendukung

b.) Dokumen pendukung lain

Sebisa mungkin bawa aja selengkap yang kalian bisa, kemarin dokumen pendukung yang gua siapin itu:

  • Paspor Lama – karena gue pernah perpanjang paspor dan disitu ada VISA Schengen. Pas disana sih yang diminta cuma fotokopi VISA Schengen sama halaman depan
  • Informasi tentang kunjungan kalian – gue submit itinerary yang super singkat (haha), bukti booking hostel dari Booking.com (di site ini bisa book tanpa bayar by the way)
  • Bukti pekerjaan saat ini – bukti kalau gue lagi bekerja yang filenya sama kayak pas gue apply ke Aussie (cek disini ya)
  • Keterangan tentang keuangan kalian – kemarin gue submit surat referensi bank. Cara dapetinnya tinggal dateng aja ke Bank terus bilang mau minta surat referensi. Kemarin gue pake Bank BNI dan biayanya 150k IDR. Kalau bank lain gue ga tau ya. Gue juga kasih rekening koran gue 3 bulan terakhir (walau yang ini BNI cuma ada bahasa indonesia)
  • Kartu Keluarga, KTP, dan Akte Kelahiran – gue juga masukkin 3 file ini (in English ya) kemarin tapi kayaknya ga terlalu penting. Di checklist ada data pendukung tambahan yang bisa kita masukkin sih yaitu keluarga yang masih tinggal di home country kita, jadi gue masukkin KK gue juga. Kalo kalian mau masukkin file ini, harus di translate sama sworn translator ya. Kemarin gue pake Indo Lingua yang ada di Cipete (emailnya: info@indo-lingo.com).

3. Appointment

Nah abis gue ambil nomer antri dan tunggu dipanggil, gue cuma perlu kasih semua dokumennya. Ga perlu kalian steples sih karena nanti nya kayak cuma di scan gitu terus semua filenya dibalikin lagi hahaha. Iya kemarin gue juga bingung kok.

Nanti kalian akan difoto dan ambil sidik jari disana, jadi kalian ga perlu bawa foto (gue bawa sih haha).

Daaaan selesai!

Abis itu tinggal tunggu aja email dari mereka. Kalau udah jadi nanti di email kok. Punya gue selesai dalam 7 hari kerja (appointment 16 Jan, jadi 25 Jan). Tapi ini variasi ya untuk kapan VISA kalian selesai, misalnya temen gue dulu 2 mingguan.

Kalau untuk minimal uang yang ada di tabungan sih ga ada pastinya ya karena di web mereka pun tidak meng-state itu. Terus perlu asuransi travel ga? Untuk apply visa tidak perlu yaa tapi baiknya kita tetap punya asuransi saat kita traveling 🙂

Nah, gampang kan buatnya? 😀 Do let me know if you have any question yaa 🙂

Cheers,

Kemmy