Today i am super excited to welcome Katy Colins to The Love of a Good Book. Last month I shared with you my review for Destination Thailand and today I am delighted to share with you an exclusive guest post from Katy!
I was pretty hapless when I booked my first ever six month solo backpacking trip. Carried away with visions of casually strolling through the streets of Bangkok, lazing on the white shores of Goa and maybe managing a trek through the Himalayas all on my own, meant I had little time to think about what the reality may be like.
Like the fact that unless you take ear plugs and an eye mask there’s no way you’re getting any shut eye in a dorm full of snorers or late night revellers. Like the fact that being a solo female traveller will mean A LOT of male attention, some of it very unwanted and irritating. Like the fact that a stupid amount of time will be spent planning your next steps, booking transport and reading reviews of hostels where you can sleep the following night that don’t resemble Bates Motel.
I now know that being classed as an ahem slightly older traveller (anything over 25 years old and you suddenly feel like an OAP at a teens disco) meant I couldn’t hack it like the young ‘uns. Just saying young ‘uns already shows my age. My liver, already knackered after my carefree uni days, stubbornly refused to let me get down with the kids, or if it did then I would pay for it the following day. Being hungover in scorching clammy heat with no Netflix or greasy all day breakfasts to cure this self-infliction is not big or clever.
I now know that you will develop an alter ego who bursts out of you Hulk-style during frustrating situations. Being meek and mild mannered most of the time will only get you so far, but a feisty new you will emerge when you’re haggling fares with tuk tuk drivers, putting your foot down as politely but persistently as you can telling your tour guide that no you don’t want to visit his second cousin’s jewellery shop, and sticking to your guns that you’re certain you don’t want to buy a naff souvenir from an insistent beach seller.
I now know that style goes out of the window when on the road. You can forget your matching outfits, pretty hair accessories and *gasp* even makeup, when you travel comfort is king. That and finding confidence in leaving your room with unwashed hair, unshaved legs, a wet wipe shower and a spritz of eau de mozzie spray knowing that no one will judge you.
I now know that you need to enjoy the actual travel time. The process of getting from A to B can be full of delays, cancellations and uncomfortable crossings but you’ve just got to sit back and try to enjoy the ride.
Destination India, the second instalment in The Lonely Hearts Travel Club series by Katy Colins, is published by Carina UK
Thank you to Katy for an incredible guest post and to Alice at Carina for inviting me to be part of the blog tour!
Destination India, review coming NEXT WEEK
Read on for more information about Katy and Destination India.
About Katy Colins
Katy Colins completed her first novel A Dogs Tale at the age of 11 which received rave reviews… from her Grandad and English teacher. This was just the encouragement she needed to carry on writing.
As a qualified journalist with articles published in Company Magazine and The Daily Star she crossed sides to work in Public Relations before selling all she owned to backpack solo around South East Asia and finally put her thoughts into words, writing as she travelled.
After living in Normandy (where she was on a one woman mission to educate the French about the and technicalities of making a good cup of tea), Katy is now back in the UK finishing the third novel in The Lonely Hearts Travel Club, although she already has itchy feet for yet more travel adventures.
When she is not writing about romance, travel and adventure, she loves travelling, catching up with family and friends and convincing herself that her croissant addiction isn’t out of control – just yet.
You can find out more about Katy, her writing and her travels on her blog www.notwedordead.com She is also on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook – just search Notwedordead – and she is also a little bit addicted to sharing her travel adventures via Snapchat (TheNotwedordead).
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