London Love — Joys of Travelling Alone

By Maasi Muna

I’m currently visiting London, a city I love a lot. My visit was a spur of the moment decision, encouraged by my mum who was ready to babysit my kids. So I jumped the bandwagon, booked a fight… and here I am!

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This is my first time after marriage that I’m traveling on my own, if not my hubby then the kids would always accompany me. My hubby was of the view that I would be bored out of mind because I wouldn’t know what to do with my time & of course I wouldn’t have the kids to keep me busy. At some point I believed that it would definitely be the case since my life revolves around my kids 24/7. But it was not so…ย I’m kind of a person who gets anxious before a journey even though I have done it hundreds of time, wondering if I have all the documents, photocopies, enough clothes. Now especially with kids you need to make sure that one is well equipped. So this time no anxiety,surprisingly! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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The “missing my kids” part surprisingly never dawned on me. I actually was not missing my kids and the ruckus which tags along with them. After the peaceful flight into London and a day or two visiting family & friends, I was ridden with guilt that I had not once missed my kiddies & that started a whirlpool of emotions as to why I was not missing them… After much contemplating however, I realised that it’s the fact that they are in safe hands and well looked after.

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Now coming back to the joys of travelling alone, I am able to do a lot more in a short span of time, visit places I’m interested in & not worry about entertaining the kids. The things which I enjoyed and which took a backseat once the kids started coming. Like enjoying the English afternoon tea, one of my favourite pastimes, in peace. Visiting the museums, the ones the kids were not interested in. Taking a leisurely stroll through the the beautiful parks & gardens London has to offer. And,of course shopping. No one to rush you, no one to monitor constantly, no sudden & urgent rushes to the toilets…… taking my own sweet time trying out things and browsing.ย Having said that, I did realise that I was looking at certain things through the kid’s eyes like “oh! Zohaib would have loved this”, “Zoya would have wanted this……”. Being a mom is never far off after all!!ย 

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With all the different aspects & experiences I enjoyed being on my own but at the end of the day I’m looking forward to being with my family. Us moms work hard throughout the year,ย we definitely need a break to rejuvenate… I guess this was mine๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Weekend Gateway!

With our busy lifestyle one looks forward to relaxing and de-stressing on the weekends. One of my favourite ways to relax is traveling….ย 

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PC Muzaffarabad, a 4 hour drive from Islamabad via Bhurban is one of the best options for a weekend getaway, especially of you’re looking for something not very far away from home. A relatively small but refined property perfect for large groups and families. Situated in the picturesque valley of Kashmir, it boasts a rustic ambience appropriate to its physical surroundings. The best part of this location is that one can take a day trip to numbers of local attractions, one being Pir Chinasi, a tourist spot on top of hills at an elevation of 2900m!

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Another attraction is an hour trip to Chakothi, a border village on the bank of River Jhelum. One can also enjoy the different cuisines offered by PC overlooking the valley. Hence a peaceful & tranquil surrounding away from the riffraff.