Batu Ferringhi, Penang – and what I’ve learned in two weeks of Solo Traveling

As you know from my Solo Traveling Post, I planned to go to Malaysia on my own. My first stop was Langkawi, two days later I went to Georgetown, Penang.
Although Georgetown is a really nice city with great food an amazing street art, I was not able to enjoy it as much as I wanted to.
Why? Because I did not give myself the time to settle in, to deal with my culture shock and to calm down.
I have always been very enthusiastic when I came to another country.
When I arrived in Langkawi I wanted to do everything at once and totally forgot to care for myself and to listen to my body.
Please do not get me wrong, I really enjoyed my time, but there were two days in Penang where I felt really lost, lonely and overwhelmed. Even though I have never suffered from homesickness before, I started to miss the people around me.
I met really nice people in Penang, but it just makes a big difference if you are traveling alone or with a friend.
These two days I was afraid to walk around alone.
Many people will talk to you in Malaysia, since they are really friendly. But it also happened to me that groups of men were asking me where I was staying and if I was traveling alone, which made me feel quite uncomfortable. I always answered that I am traveling with my boyfriend and smiled. Fortunately they just smiled back and said „Okay, good bye!“.

Do not get me wrong, I do not think that every stranger might be dangerous, but it is still very important to be cautious and do not take to many risks when you are alone.

The next thing that caused a little bit of trouble was transportation.
Personally I feel that it is so much easier to take busses, planes, taxis or an Uber with a friend. At the beginning it really scared me to do all these things on my own but you know what? I got out of my comfort zone and now I know that you can also just walk to a hostel and ask if they have a bed for you, I can take busses, planes, ferries and Ubers on my own because I got used to it.
You will learn to deal with new situations every day! The moment when you realize that you have spent a certain time completely on your own, that you met new people and went out with them and that nobody but you makes the decisions is simply amazing.
After a while you know how to negotiate and how to deal with weird taxi drivers. It is an adventure and you are doing this challenge completely on your own.
If you go on a trip on your own, you will not regret it! Embrace the moment, be aware what you are doing and what you have accomplished.

Additionally, traveling alone does not mean that you will be alone. I recently talked to a friend from the UK about this. People are not the same when they are traveling. They make friends within minutes and behave like they already know each other for years.
When I was in Penang at the beach, Anna from Langkawi texted me and gave me the number of a girl from Holland. We met in Penang and had a great time. She showed me that I do not have to me the highly organized girl from Germany, but that I should be more spontaneous and enjoy the moment. While I planned my whole trip, she just decides from day to day what she wants to do and where she wants to go, which is really cool.
Now I slightly regret that all my flights are already booked and that I will probably not be able to go to Vietnam or Myanmar this year, even though I would love to go there!
On my next trip to Asia, I will just book my long distance flights from Germany to Asia and back. This can save money and you can actually go wherever you want.

Anyway, after having explored Georgetown, I went to Batu Ferringhi, which is located at the beach. The beach in Penang is nice in general, but it also depends on the weather.
I can highly recommend watching the sunset there!
Hope you enjoy the pictures, my next post about Penang will be published very soon!

xx, Sophie


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Autor: Sophie B.

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12 Kommentare zu „Batu Ferringhi, Penang – and what I’ve learned in two weeks of Solo Traveling“

  1. Ich denke, dass ist eine ziemlich gute und ehrliche Beschreibung von dem, was man erlebt, wenn man ganz auf sich allein gestellt ist. Der Abschied von Menschen und netten Bequemlichkeiten zu Hause werfen dich auf dich selbst zurück. Damit klarzukommen ist eine Aufgabe, die man erst bewältigen muss. Mit diesem Text hast du gezeigt, dass du es geschafft hast!!!
    Weiter so!

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  2. Schön davon zu hören, dass du dich langsam an die Umstände des Solo-Travel gewöhnst und lernst und dich immer mehr wohl dabei fühlst 🙂 Ich denke auch egal wie weit man das im voraus plant und sich mental darauf vorbereitet und es vorher weiß, es ist trotzdem immer schwierig sich daran zu gewöhnen, wenn man sowas vorher noch nie gemacht hat und dann auch noch in einem anderen Land mit einer anderen Kultur usw.
    Ich finde es sehr spannend deine Berichte zu lesen und Fotos von diesen unglaublichen Orten zu sehen! ❤
    Liebe Grüße ❤

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    1. Ja, da hast du vollkommen recht, das Leben was ich hier lebe ist nicht mit dem zuhause zu vergleichen.
      Das freut mich wirklich total zu hören, es ist toll, dass sich wirklich Leute für solche Artikel interessieren, danke ❤❤!!

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  3. Good on you for stepping out of your comfort zone! It can be a lot easier to travel alone in particular places as a solo woman traveller and in other places it can be quite unbearable with street harassment. However, it also presents the opportunities for spontaneous friendships and other magical moments with strangers to come out from nowhere! Your pictures in this post were beautiful, by the way. Safe Travels 🙂 x

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    1. Es waren insgesamt zwei Wochen, aber zwei Tage in denen ich manchmal echt an meine Grenzen gehen musste 😄
      Jedoch bin ich sehr froh um meine Erfahrungen 🙂
      Sehr gerne, freut mich wenn sich jemand dafür interessiert 😊

      Liebe Grüße 💕

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  4. These photos are absolutely stunning! I recently went travelling alone as well (although definitely not as far as you) and can totally relate that it can be overwhelming at times – I didn’t get bored or lonely because I made sure I always had something to do and made a real effort to talk to people, but I also felt uncomfortable when men asked me strange questions, and only used taxis as a last resort. I felt bad questioning other people’s intentions but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry! Loved reading this – thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    Maria x

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    1. Wow that’s cool! Where have you been? Yes I guess everyone will experience situations like these, but be honest, travelling alone is pretty cool. I loved meeting other people, although it is sometimes not easy to go to a group of people and just talk to them.
      Happy you loved reading this :)!

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