They’re not lying when they tell you that a sunrise volcano trek to the top of Mount Batur is a definite highlight on any Bali bucket list. Even for those of us who are allergic to mornings, hiking to the top of an active volcano is an experience that’s worth dragging your ass out of bed for.
For many people, the mere thought of travelling solo is unimaginable. In such a connected world, we are so used to associating our favourite travel memories with our friends and loved ones that we’ve conditioned ourselves to think that travelling alone would be an impossibility. We associate solo travel with those who are brave, confident and fearless… forgetting that they, too, had to step outside their comfort zones at some stage.
When I was 23, I quit my job and moved to India. It was a job that I had had for an entire week, and the thought of leaving it came to me by lunchtime on my first day of work. All it took was a ‘Go on, do it!’ from a friend and, a couple of weeks later, I found myself living on the Subcontinent after a teary departure from Dublin Airport. I wasn’t entirely sure what I was doing, but I was doing it anyway.
Insta love has you flying-high with self-gratification,
And this world has you tricked into chasing a fake vacation;
You know, the one with the sunsets and the jungle swings,
Never knowing the emotional expense that the ‘gram life brings.
If you’ve ever wanted to have your mind blown by an ancient tribe living in a modern-day society, then a trip to Opuwo in Northern Namibia is a must. While the city itself is not much to look at, we ventured up to Opuwo purely to meet and learn more about the Himba people living there. It was a cultural excursion that definitely didn’t disappoint, so I’m sharing a handful of my photos and a few insights for the wonderers and the wanderers out there…
Siobháin Spear’s first post on Away With Words.
Just making myself accountable. Write here, write now.