On Sunday we waved goodbye to Miss 19 as she walked through the departure gate for an amazing 3 week trip to Japan. The enormity of the situation didn’t escape me and there may have been a tear or two as all the worst case scenarios flashed before my eyes…the fear that she would lose her passport, the possibility of her luggage going missing, the chance that she may miss a connecting flight, the thought that she might get lost on her way to the hotel, the highly probable case that she will run out of money….and the list goes on!!
Miss 19 can find it confusing to read the bus timetable to get a few kilometres down the road to work, she can never decide between the chicken schnitzel or the burger and she cannot get herself out of bed in the morning when her alarm goes off….and here she is off to Japan on her own….cue me freaking out!!!!! But I know that she can do it. I know she is going to have the most amazing time. And I know that she will be back home with some amazing stories to tell in 3 short weeks.
Here are a few tips from Miss 19 herself:
- When booking accommodation try to ensure that it is as easy to get to as possible, for example, close to railway stations or only a short taxi ride. Paying more for a hotel in a convenient location can be well worth it as you may find that there will be greater costs associated in getting to a cheaper hotel that is not conveniently located.
- Book as early as possible for things like shuttle buses, especially ones that take you directly to your hotel, as from experience I have learnt that once they are fully booked the trip to your accommodation becomes considerably harder, like multiple train rides and a taxi trip harder!
- If you are travelling to Japan and require a Japan Rail Pass, make sure you book it as early as possible so as to avoid extreme stress wondering if it will turn up in time…especially because you cannot get the pass once you arrive in Japan without the documentation that you receive in Australia before you depart.
- If your time in some destinations will be limited like mine will, research things to do, the best attractions and places to visit, before you depart so that you can get the most from your stay there.
- Check the weather at your destination and try to travel as light as possible…well on the way there anyway…on the way home is a different story and is why I packed an empty overnight bag in my luggage!!
Seems she learnt a bit from my constant nagging during the trip planning process.
So she has only been gone less than 48 hours but I wonder non stop where she is and what she is doing, I was even tempted to text her this morning to make sure that she was out of bed in time for hotel check out….. I didn’t!
I am envious of her having the ability to travel alone at a young age. I am proud that we have raised this independent lady. I am so excited that she is out there having these amazing adventures. But most of all I cannot wait for her to be home safe and sound asleep in her own bed and me nagging at her that she is going to miss the bus to work!!
Linking up with Kylie from kyliepurtell.com for #IBOT
Have you been a solo traveller…don’t tell me any of the bad stories haha!! Have you been to Japan, is it as amazing as everyone says it is?