Every guy who turns the age of 18 in Singapore has to undergo a mandatory military service which is a 2-year long training. It is a rigorous one which is about 12 hours a day. You start your day at 5am and the day ends about 10.30pm. Learning how to defend the country, building one's stamina by being physically fit, following commands by our platoon sergeant and learn to work together as a team. But this training probably will prepare us for the war and triumph, but will it prepare me for the real life ahead?
There can be thousands of things to do before the National Service, but I chose to travel. And I travel alone. I got to see the differences in culture, stayed in a local's house, hostels. Learn a new foreign language. Being a solo traveller, you will eventually step out of your comfort zone. I was an introvert back home. Being all shy and I did not have much to talk or share about, because I was a boring guy. I stayed home most of the time playing video games.
I know very well, I got bolder, more courageous and adventurous. I started to initiate conversations, make new friends and started doing things I would not have done living in Singapore. Such as, buying a scooter in Vietnam and doing a road-trip, jumping off a cliff, learn scuba diving, hiking and trekking up mountains without a guide.
I have been travelling for 3 months now as we speak, lots of my friends ask " Even if you saw that beautiful mountain alone, don't you feel lonely? Because you can't share the same experience telling the stories back home." No, I don't feel lonely at all. In fact, I feel accomplished. At the peak of the mountains or getting from country to country, and haggling for cheaper tours/souvenirs/transport.
Why I'm writing this? I encourage every who is reading, GO. PACK your bags and travel while you still can. Life is short, and its not about working and saving money. I would rather not spend a $1000 dollars on a 5D4N resort and do nothing, go back home yearning for another vacation. Can you believe I spent a month in Vietnam and only spent $S688? This includes food, accommodation and transport. In the upcoming blogs/guides I will write on how I did it.