I often get told that i am crazy for even thinking of travelling alone. Family and friends think that it is unsafe for me to travel alone, that I’d be bored without someone to talk to and that I’d probably get lost and be a victim of crime.
Thankfully, none of that has happened and i always end up having a great time- alone. Exploring, doing new things and living life!
Here is why you should try it:
1. You can live on your own schedule
There’s no need to worry about when everyone plans to get up, agree on a time for meals or decide on a time to go out and then get angry when someone lags behind and you lose time. You are the boss. If you want to sleep in, stay out late, or grab a bite on the go in lieu of a sit down meal, you can. You don’t have to live by anyone’s schedule.
2. You can go anywhere you want to
Not only do you not have to worry about other people’s schedules, you also don’t have to worry about their preferences. Traveling with friends or family means a lot of compromises. There isn’t always the time or interest in going where you want to. Going solo means you can visit anywhere that your heart desires and you don’t have to spend time doing anything you don’t want to do.
3. Solitude is nice
I’m all for good conversation and fun company but it’s nice to be alone sometimes too. When you are in a new city, there’s so much to take in: the noises, the smells, the hustle of daily life, the ladies, the architecture, and all the little things too. You are given the chance to really take in everything happening around you without the distractions of a companion.
4. It’s good to be independent
When traveling with loved ones or with tour groups, there is always someone there to help you navigate your way through a new place. It’s really great to be able to do it all on your own with no assistance. You get to see things at your own pace. Much more fun doing it this way.
5. Meet new people
It is always great to meet new people and to experience the different cultures and way of life that is very different to yours.
As you set off to enjoy a trip to wherever, take the time to consider a solo trip of your own. It may be scary and intimidating at first, as new things often are, but you’ll be surprised how relaxing and empowering it can be when out there on your own.
I am so proud and happy for our new Miss South Africa, Liesl Laurie! She called it, she knew that she would take the crown and she did and its all because of her positive outlook on life and her faith!
The Twenty-four-year-old Liesl Laurie walked away with the crown at a glitzy ceremony at Sun City this evening.
The B.Comm graduate from Eldorado Park (my hometown) in Joburg has been a firm favourite from the start of the competition.
Well done, Liesl. Here’s to prospering and living your dream.
With a number of modelling jobs under her name and now the recognition as one of the finalists in the Miss South Africa pageant, Liesl Laurie proves that dreams do come true. Not only is she extremely stunning, but she’s smart too and an inspiration to many. I sit down with her for lunch and here is what she has to say.
On her journey so far with Miss South Africa:
My journey has been a beautiful blessing! I have grown into a strong well rounded woman and I have met so many people that had sowed into my life. I cannot believe that we have almost reached the big day, I will definitely miss all the ladies and the fun we have whilst travelling. We’ve become great friends and I trust that we will be a part of each other’s lives for years to come. The Miss SA journey is a great one and I encourage all young ladies to enter.
Besides modeling, what else are you passionate about?
I am passionate about the youth of my community and also SA. I founded an NPO called The Pearl Project that aims to be a beacon of hope club for young girls in and around the Eldorado park area. I hope to sow into their lives and be a blessing to them in every way possible. Being able to help where I can, gives me great joy!
How does it feel to be a role model to many young girls?
It’s a wonderful feeling but also comes with alot of responsibility. I feel truly blessed and honoured that young girls look up to me. I hope I inspire them to reach their goals and to always stay true to who they are. They are our future and they should never forget that they are special and favoured.
What else would people be surprised to know about you?
(Giggles) that I am really 24 years old. People tend to think I’m 19 because of my tiny frame. I guess it will come in handy one day when I’m much older.
Your Social Media usage has increased as of late. What do you enjoy about being online now and which platform do you like best?