I have to admit, I’m not all that adventurous. I’m sure some people would argue, considering that I moved halfway around the world to a place I’d never been to before and travel for a living. But in general, I’m quite paranoid and cautious. I think it comes from growing up in a neighborhood in a slightly less than stellar area and my dad telling me he wanted me to carry pepperspray.
Anyhow, I’m usually pretty happy to hit up the usual tourist spots on my layovers when it comes to exploring the city with other newbies, and usually only venture into obscure territory if there’s an experienced crew member or a local who’s nice enough to take the crew out rather than go home (or maybe home is too far from where we stay). Sometimes, if I have a friend on the flight, I’m more willing to expand those horizons, as well. That being said, I tend to shy away from sightseeing alone if I can’t find anyone to come out with me. I know, sad, right?
But aside from layovers, I see traveling as something you share with those you love. I fully admire those that can travel alone – especially women (I have that irrational “I’m a tiny vulnerable Asian woman” fear). And extra especially those that travel alone long term and can easily make friends wherever they go.
For me, I like to travel with a friend or family member, but not too many. Big groups are usually difficult to manage. I prefer to stick to one or two (mostly just one). When I worked for the airline in the US, I flew by myself pretty much all the time but I always went to stay with a friend or meet someone at the destination. When it comes to the actual traveling part, I do prefer to travel alone mostly because I travel on standby and it’s already stressful enough worrying about getting on yourself, and then there’s the added trouble of a second person, especially when they aren’t familiar with the procedures.
But the experience of the trip is what I want to share with someone I care about, and I’m looking forward to doing more traveling with Alan soon. I feel like it can be the best thing for a relationship to grow and learn together.. I think it’s a Sagittarius thing. We’ve done three trips together so far, once to my hometown in the US (plus LA and Vegas), once to him hometown in Guildford, UK, and most recently to his parent’s boat in the Mediterranean and Turkey. We have plans next year to some exciting places like Greece, Boracay (Philippines), and Maldives, and I can’t wait!
So tell me, how do YOU like to travel?