Sorry for the delay in posting. I got back from Australia at the end of April and have not really had time to post since returning home. Also, nothing too exciting has been happening so I haven’t had much reason to post. I met up with a few friends last week and there was talk of doing a trip to the United States which peaked my interest. It sounded like a great trip but an expensive one. After a few days of thinking about it I decided I wouldn’t get the opportunity again to do such a trip with a group of my close friends. It is hard to organise things to suit everyone so when an opportunity like this arises I have learned to take it with both hands.
The plan for the trip is to fly into Chicago and rent a mustang and drive down to the deep south. So we will start in Chicago and the main cities we are thinking of hitting are Nashville and then on to New Orleans and finishing up in Austin via Houston. So there is a lot of driving to be done and we only have 14 days so it will be very tiring and we also do not want to try pack too much into this time and end up just traveling for 2 weeks without enjoying much of the cities and sites.
We are having a meeting this evening to decide on the general route and want to leave a day or 2 to play around with depending on what places we like and don’t like as we travel. I will give an update after we make a concrete plan. In other news I have started using teeth whitening strips since being back on Ireland. I managed to get some online as I noticed I wasn’t looking after my teeth too well and actually need a few fillings. As well as that my teeth have stained from all the coffee I drank when I was away so teeth whitening strips seem to be doing a decent job. Talk soon.
So as much as I love traveling I do tend to miss a few things from home and one of those things is a bit of Irish TV especially around this time of year as the six nations rugby championship is on. I love watching the Six Nations on RTE as I can get more of an Irish insight to what is going on as opposed to BBC which is good but obviously not as centered on the Irish point of view.
So when traveling in Australia I picked up an android TV box from androidtvaustralia which allows me to watch RTE player with a VPN (virtual private network). The VPN gives me an Irish ip address so allows me to watch RTE player from Australia or anywhere with an internet connection for that matter. The VPN allows me privacy as well as doing this and can only be a good thing so you are not getting tracked (not that I am doing anything wrong anyway but it is nice to have a layer of privacy!). Also sharing WIFI with a lot of other people in a hostel I do get paranoid about people being able to access my computer via the shared network.
Anyway this android box allows me to watch TV from home and also the same can be done for BBC and ITV for your English travelers!
One of the things I get asked most about is what is traveling alone like. People often think I am lonely or have no friends (not true!) and they are often almost suspicious of why I am traveling alone. My reply is a pretty simple one. I like doing my own thing and even though there are times when I miss my friends and would like some extra company for the most part I think traveling alone is the best thing as you don’t have to worry about pleasing other people.
So with that said I have wrote out a quick post to get my blog going about tips on traveling solo.
Some of the Benefits of Solo Travel
Even today there seems to be a stigma attached with traveling alone especially if you are a female and especially if you are going to some notoriously dangerous countries such as in South America. Traveling alone definitely helped build up some more confidence and I am much more open with talking to people that I would have not before. Before I would be quite hard to to talk to unless I have met you a couple of times. Also you are the one in control of everything so it is your responsibility to make sure everything is booked and to know where you are supposed to be at a certain time.
You will also make more friends when traveling alone as I find big groups are reluctant to open up to strangers…understandably so as there is already a big enough group and no need to make the effort with others. So when alone you can skype family members of give them a call. I picked up a network unlocked refurbished iphone Ireland before I left so I can use it anywhere in the world.
Some other things to consider bringing are a laptop or small notepad as they are lighter and easier to bring around. I would also recommend a WIFI signal booster as some hostels don’t have a great WIFI range and this can be annoying if it does not reach your room. So this is my first post and I hope I have got the ball rolling! Thanks!