(Last Updated On: February 1, 2022)
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Hi everyone I’m delighted to share with you another exclusive sneak peak into the first travel story from the new travel memoir: ‘Backpacker to nomad’.

As many regular readers will no doubt know through 2021 while stuck at home in England through Covid restrictions I thought it was the perfect time to reflect and look back at my insane traveling life which span nearly a decade. In doing so I started to write a memoir of sorts.

A 1 year backpacking trip turned into a decade of roaming the world – Volume 1 highlights the incredible yet turbulant first 5 years of my comedic journey. From kamakaze pilots, jungle mishaps to opium addicted locals the evolution was anything but simple! This journey takes you beyond the events but shows how people influenced me, and how I turned from backpacker to nomad. 

Every travel memoir excerpt will be released leading up to the launch which as of speaking will be May 2022

I hope you enjoy Sneak peek post #2: Finally solo traveling! And of course sign up for the VIP newsletter for access to exciting FREEBIES, reveals, Pre-sale list and much more.

Finally solo traveling travel story overview

A new vibrant city, the perfect laid back atmosphere, just what Amit needed, finally solo traveling and it felt liberating. But a heavy weight grew bigger by the day, insecurities came out to play and he found out how uncultured he really was.

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Finally solo traveling

Melbourne felt like it had a much calmer vibe than Sydney, a slower pace and that helped feeling at ease in a strange new city. Another lesson learnt was to pay attention to the weather, it was true what they said, Melbourne was the city of four seasons in a day, the only thing missing today was snow. There were times I didn’t know if It was in the same city, walking out one street into rain, another with that giant ball of fire berating down then into Gail force winds.

A smile grew, a familiar baked smell wafted through the nostrils, it didn’t take long for the eyes to lock on. The traditional Australian eatery, that was Pie face.

               ‘No, not today, It’s getting dark get some proper food somewhere, not a takeaway pie.’ 

                ‘Yeah that means going somewhere to sit and eat alone. Never done that before.’ Replied the other inner voice a little concerned.

               ‘It will be fine. Gonna have to do it if I’m going to be traveling alone. Need to learn to eat and go into bars alone, especially if I want to see live gigs. Might as well dive in straight away.’

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It was something just not done. Not in England nor in my time in Sydney. For the most part I cooked in the hostel but whenever I eat out, it was either with others or bought food back to the hostel. Eating alone was just something not done where I was from.

Melbourne Vs Sydney

Darkness had replaced daylight and for now it remained dry, but temperatures had plummeted. Apparently, according to the black and white stunning graffiti mural on the wall this was Fitzroy. With the streetlights pointed towards it, the mural stood out more than it would have during the day.

Friends in Sydney had raved about this place, well those who fell in love with this city. Melbourne and Sydney divided a lot of opinion, there were staunch, almost tribal supporters for both. Those that loved Sydney hated Melbourne, and those who loved Melbourne hated Sydney.

After just a day, Sydney was still home but the appeal of Melbourne was evident especially with it’s calming vibes which were doing wonders from the way I felt in Sydney towards the end.

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Here I was A stranger in a new city, gliding through the mellow atmosphere which spread a calmness through me. Amazing how just being taken out of an enviroment can change a mood so drastically in such a short space of time.

The question is how long it will last. It didn’t matter right now though, I didn’t know a single soul, wondering the streets all day, getting lost from one ally way to another and it felt so freeing.

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Internal battle

Time had slipped by, but the music got louder down the main street. People had poured out onto the street from the many bars lining one side of the road. Live bands had started to play, gigs were going on, adding a student element to the bohemian flair.

Most the little open front bars, much like the cafes earlier were filled with a mixture of locals, students and backpackers chatting and laughing away. A rock band played in one of them, the music was quite alluring.

But…

My body froze up as I tried to enter. I tried again but nothing. As if an invisible forcefield was stopping me. Others walked in and out, some looked over as I tried once again but I couldn’t do it. Not to embarrass myself too much I stepped away.

               ‘What’s going on?’

               ‘Nope…not doing it. Not going into a busy bar alone looking like a loser with people staring at me.’’ Huffed one of the inner voices.

               ‘Oh fuck that nobody was looking and even if they were who gives a fuck, we’ll make friends inside come on.’

               ‘I do and Nope. Try all you want; I’m not letting us go in.’

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Insecurities come out

I laughed it off and headed towards another bar, I wanted a beer and to listen to some live music after such a great day. Again, I forced myself, but my body was just not playing. My inner voice had taken over control and wouldn’t let it go in. I tried another quieter bar, but just carried on walking by like there wasn’t any interest. That was a lie, there was an interest.

               ‘Come on we talked about this earlier, I need to do it, dive in get rid of the paranoia and fear.’

               ‘Nope – Not today, not gonna happen.’

               ‘Stubborn insecure fuck. Fine, let’s get some food. Find a place to eat in. Tomorrow though I am going to a bar.’

               ‘Sure.’ It didn’t sound convincing at all

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Messing with me

More of the city had been explored through the day with no hesitation, no hang  ups, what ever happened last night wasa mystery. There was however another realisation through the day. Turns out most touristy things were out of budget.

 The joys of being me. I had enquired about some tours and either they took one look at me and hiked the prices up or were only meant for tourists with loaded pockets. It seemed like only the Aquarium and exploring the city for myself were the only options.

It’s times like this I hated being in the financial situation I was always in. Broke! And looking for farm work wasn’t going too well either. Life was testing me, it liked to fuck with me when it was bored, and it seemed like this was one of those occasions. 

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Read the full finally solo traveling story in the travel memoir to find out how this travel story unfolds and what impact and significance it had on the evolution from backpacker to nomad. Remember this was just a snippet and nothing is ever straightforward so all is not what it seems.

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2 Comments

Sarah · February 3, 2022 at 7:11 am

Wow! Great post! I loved hearing your inner thoughts- made it that much more real.

    foreverroamingtheworld · February 3, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    Hiya,

    That makes e so happy you enjoyed reading it, I want to give readers a real insight into what ran through my mind at the time – This was just a little teaser for the main book – The inner voices develop through the book as well as the main people involved and the stories 😀 –

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