Solo travel can be scary, but it can be exhilarating at the same time. It is a chance for you to “find yourself”. Yes yes, we know the phrase “finding yourself” is so overused lately that we don’t even know what it means anymore. When we talk about finding yourself, we’re not talking about knowing who you are and what you want in life.
“So what then?”, you may ask.
First, it is about finding yourself being independent. When you travel on your own, there is no one to contribute to discussions and offer advice, so you need to rely on your own judgement and make decisions for yourself. You may panic and say, “I can’t even decide what to eat for lunch from day-to-day.” Well, that is one of the life lessons you’ll learn through flying solo.
To find yourself also means gaining a new perspective of the world. When travelling with a friend or in a group, you are in a bubble of your own because you are surrounded by the people you know. On the other hand, when travelling alone, you will be more open to meet new people who will show you other sides of the world that you’ve never seen before. You begin to see how small you are in comparison to its greatness. Your senses are open to our surroundings since you have to survive on your own.
Lastly, in finding yourself, you’ll experience absolute freedom. You can do whatever you want, go where you want to go, and decide when. There is no one to slow you down or argue with. Basically, whatever your heart desires and whatever makes you happy.
Ahhh, how amazing solo travel is, right? You should try it some time.
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Among the Indonesian Christian community, Sidney and Etha Mohede are extremely popular. Sidney is best known as an award-winning gospel singer-songwriter and one of the pastors of a Jakarta-based megachurch, while Etha is a social media influencer. This Christmas season, we had the opportunity to talk with The Mohedes about their Christmas tradition, how they're going to spend this year's Christmas, and the importance of photography for their family.
We think our family's Christmas is just like any other family's. When we're in Jakarta, on Christmas morning we'd wake up and open our Christmas presents. But, since these couple of years we spent our Christmases traveling overseas, we'd open the presents before we fly off.
Also, we like to think that the trip itself is the present for the entire family, and we are happy to enjoy the trip together, just us and our three children.
Our family's Christmas dinner usually happens on the Christmas Eve, with simple dishes and no special table decorations. We always like to finish up all the hassle before Christmas Day itself. On Christmas Day we'd usually just eat simple take outs and just enjoy our time together.
However, we think that our family's dinners–be it Christmas or not–is a tradition in itself. We want to make sure that every family member sit around the table at dinner time. We see nowadays in modern families, at dinner time everybody's still busy with their own things; the kids watching videos on their tables, the parents still busy with their gadgets... We don't want that in our family. We make sure that everyone sits around the table and really enjoy our time together, including on Christmas dinners.
This year we'll be going to Europe, namely Italy and the Netherlands. This would be our first time in Italy, and it's a 3-families trip. We're flying off to Dusseldorf, then we'll travel to Milan and meet the other 2 families there. Then we'd spend 7 days in Italy and 7 days in Netherlands, so in total it would be a 14 days trip.
As for the detailed itinerary, we honestly have no clue, but we've already booked a car to drive around. We want to try a road trip-style holiday this time around, and we think it would be fun! It's going to be an adventure!
Of course! For me (Sidney) personally, I love photography because it is a way I can express my passion easily. I was an art major in university, and my first passion was drawing and painting. But drawing something takes a lot of time. With a camera, I can capture the beauty of what I was seeing wherever I go with a single snap. I can still use my brain and eye for the compositions and colours, and I can express my visual arts passion in an easy way, without having to spend more than 30 minutes to draw one picture.
Which is why, we also love SweetEscape very much, because the idea of not being the one who takes the photographs and actually being photographed once in a while is really fun! Honestly, I'm (Sidney) not a big fan of being photographed, like most guys, I believe. But for a family photo, it's always nice to have, since most of the times we'd have to take turns taking pictures with the kids, or resort to selfies. With SweetEscape, we don't have to worry about this, and all five of us can be in the picture together!
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