My inability to find friends and family to accompany me on tours did not stop me from following my passion which is also a priority and ambition. I need to travel now and then to recharge myself. Being a married woman and mother to a young child presented a great challenge to travel at will, or even travel at all in the first place. But over the years I have managed to create support at home that enables me to fulfill my dreams.
Memories of my first solo leisure trip to Seychelles, predominantly a honeymoon destination, in December 2015 keep my psyche agile tingling my brain cells in a way they won’t forget. Strolling along the most beautiful beaches in the world at my pace, I remembered something we all knew as children: that many of life’s treasures are found in solitude and silence. The creole cuisine satisfied my everdemanding taste buds, along with meeting some wonderful locals, learning their way of life was all about exhausting those little moments.
If not with a likeminded buddy, solo travel gives me the level of flexibility that cannot be obtained through group trips which is more of a compromise of comforts and likes. My ultimate dream and hope is to do a month-long solo trip across north-eastern India exploring along the Himalayas.
Some of the pleasant memories that replay in my head and heart are:
– Watching a huge hawkbill turtle paddle to Cerf Island, lay its eggs and cover its eggs patiently with its flippers.
– Encountering a huge wild land tortoise while bicycling lazily through La Digue island and I quickly grabbed some leaves to feed it.
– A friendly local leading me to the right place as I got lost trying to find Anse source d'argent.
– Gazing into the sunset at the most beautiful beach in the world with a pina colada in hand.
– Being part of a customary Friday party at Tarosa beach-front restaurant and cycling back to the guesthouse, escorted by a few friendly locals under the moonlight.
“YOU ARE STILL YOUNG, FREE. DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR. BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE, WITHOUT THINKING TOO MUCH ABOUT IT FIRST, PACK A PILLOW AND A BLANKET AND SEE AS MUCH OF THE WORLD AS YOU CAN. YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT. ONE DAY, IT WILL BE TOO LATE.”