In my opinion, travelling is one of the best things you can do in life. It educates you, it opens your eyes, it makes you grateful for everything you have and most of all, it challenges you in many different ways.
This week I faced my biggest challenge whilst travelling to date – I was robbed on a bus in Java, Indonesia.
As I sat revelling in what a memorable morning I’d had trekking Mount Bromo, somebody was crouched underneath my seat, rummaging through my belongings and helping themselves to my tablet with all of my travelling photos on as well as, my Go Pro Hero 4 and new, rather pricey Go Pro stick.
Ironically, I’d spent the morning bounding around the volcano with both my Go Pro products reiterating to my new friends just how much I was loving using my Go Pro out of the water – BACKFIRE.
As you can imagine, I was devastated.
Not only because of the huge financial and sentimental loss of my belonging but also, because I knew that there was no way the person could have done it without anyone seeing. I felt betrayed and humiliated that it was likely that some of the people who still surrounded me could have stopped it from happening.
Indonesian people are some of the kindest and friendliest people I’ve met whilst travelling and I was upset that this experience was now going to taint that opinion (at least temporarily).
As well as this, the frustration of ‘if I’d done something differently’, ‘if I’d been on a different bus’, ‘if I’d moved my leg a little more to the right’ (you get the idea) is almost more rattling than the loss of my precious items.
I’m an over thinker and have been kicking myself ever since.
However, I’m a big believer in karma and that everything happens for a reason. I’m very lucky that I wasn’t hurt physically and that I still have my passport and money.
It could have happened on a bus in London, on a five-star, luxury holiday in Europe or in my quaint countryside hometown, it’s simply bad luck.
I understand the desperation of poverty and I hope my belongings will at least go towards helping a family in need – I just wish I’d been able to be the one to make that decision.
Luckily, at least 3/4 of my photos are backed up and I have the photos on my blog and social media platforms to replace some of the others.
Stay safe peeps, make sure you back up all your photos and keep your bags close! I’ll be hugging my backpack tightly from now until I return home.