Solo Travels are the best travels. Thailand here I come!
Won't it be hard to leave for that long?
I know there will be some challenges along the way both mentally and physically. I have thought of a million things that 'I will miss out on' or that I want to be attending at the same time I am given this opportunity of a lifetime. Throw in the fact that I'll miss Christmas and New Years and I am sure that will add to it at some point. My family is incredibly supportive and I am very thankful for that. Reality is, there will never be 'the perfect' time to go on this trip of a lifetime. Things have kind of fallen into place just right to allow me the chance to chase my dreams.. the biggest concern right now is that I hope to have a job to come back to - I have pled my case and now I wait to hear if a LOA is approved or not. (If not, I am still going, it will just make for a stressful return!)
How can you keep in touch while abroad?
I'm gonna miss family. And friends. As for missing people, I plan to keep in touch- whether it be phone calls, texts, email, GPS based location updates, social media, or What's App. I plan on checking in often via the satellite GPS tracker which w will share my coordinates. It also allows me to preprogram messages like 'staying here for the night' ...or "Check out this place!" and there's an SOS button which also notifies the contacts I enter prior to leaving. There is also a button for real emergencies- which when pushed, goes straight to nearest "911 response team" and also alerts persons on my list.
As for health - there's travel insurance which I have purchased already. It has $50k coverage plus another $1mil for search and rescue and medical evacuation via helicopter/plane back to MN. Plus trip interruption funding. That's all on top of what my Heath insurance already covers.
I've registered with STEP traveler - where I enter my destination (country) and my ER contacts as well as my passport info for tracking. That program will alert me of anything of potential danger while there- weather, pandemics, war, etc. The travel insurance I got also covers those reasons for trip interruption- I'll get reimbursed some travel costs if I need to leave due to those alerts.
Aren't you afraid to go alone?
What about your safety as a solo female traveler?
As for traveling solo- I'm "good" at traveling alone- but I'm not naive to not think ahead about the 'worst case scenarios' and try to plan ahead in some ways. I am always aware of my surroundings, by nature. I know there's serious health threats there- hence the optional vaccinations and meetings with the travel specialist at the hospital. I also know there's potential for major safety threats- I have researched where not to go- both as an American, as a female, and as a tourist. I've researched safe methods of travel, scams, muggings, and crimes in general. I have an idea of where not to go, though I must say they are few and far between and nothing compared to large areas in the USA. I have the contacts and numbers already programmed for the US embassy in N and S Thailand, the local "911" numbers, and know how to say "I need help" in Thai. I've looked up how to use my phone in Thailand (its unlocked which is a bonus)!
What's next? Learning/figuring out how to pack for 2 months of travel.. and how to do so lightly so I can carry it all!!