Hello and welcome!
Last year I decided to fulfil a dream and travel solo to a country I’d often dreamt of going to: Iceland. I’ve always wanted to travel the world, whether alone or not, and I knew that I needed to test the water a little bit in terms of actually doing it. Iceland isn’t particularly far away, nor is it the most outlandish in terms of culture, but it was somewhere that I had a feeling I’d really enjoy and it seemed the perfect time for me to leave the UK and see if I could get by in a foreign country.
Of course a lot of this ‘getting by’ is to do with having Type 1 Diabetes. When you’re around people, even people who don’t fully understand it, you’re constantly reminded to check your blood sugar or asked if you should be eating certain foods. Although this is quite annoying (as I’m sure most diabetics will agree) it does keep you somewhat grounded. I knew when travelling solo that unless I told anyone I was diabetic, or someone saw me injecting myself, no one would have a clue. The problem with this is that if something were to happen to me no one would know what to do.
Luckily I’ve always been quite an independent person anyway so the idea of spending a week alone wasn’t out of the ordinary; it was more the organisation of travelling alone that was different. The booking of flights and accommodation, where to stay, what to do, insurances, how many supplies to take, what if this happens and so on. The first time you organise a solo trip, no matter how big or small, is quite daunting. I’ve been on trips with friends and helped organise accommodation, transport, what to do in case of emergencies etc. but when you’re with friends, or family for that matter, you always have someone to fall back on in case you get a bit stuck or make the wrong decision. Little things like checking in at airports and hotels; you know that if you don’t have your booking info someone else probably will. When you’re alone this isn’t the case; you have to make sure that you have it all in hand.
A lot of people I know would genuinely struggle with this amount of personal responsibility. I loved it. There’s a certain satisfaction on knowing that everything is down to you. So after my first official solo trip I knew that travelling was what I wanted to do. Since then I’ve been planning and saving with the intention of leaving at the end of this year with nothing more than a rough plan and a one way ticket (so to speak).
I’ll be sharing my experiences of new cultures, new food, new people, and how to cope with diabetes in countries where things may not be as easy to handle. I’ll be doing this through blogging, pictures, videos, and any other way I can think of. There is no doubt that mistakes will be made and a few odd situations entered, but that’s all part of the fun! Before I leave I’ll be sharing how to prepare, how to save, and how to finally take the plunge into a life of travel. I hope you’ll find it helpful and if not at least entertaining!
–Type 1 Traveller