I love to travel, but I usually do it with my best friends in tow. Travelling by yourself is a completely different ballgame. It pushes you out of your comfort zone and you have to face your fears head on. It is something I believe everyone should do at least once in their lives, even if it’s just for a weekend. It forces you to meet people you would normally never speak to, it gives you confidence and a different perspective on the world. If you are reading this and thinking, it sounds terrifying and there is no way I would dare to do that: then I say that’s exactly why you should do it.
“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.” ~ Judy Blume
If this post has awoken a smidgen of a tiny little urge to go travelling solo then you need to book a plane ticket and pack your bags. Some people I speak to say they do not have the money; but money can be earned back. People are also desperate to secure their dream job; you have 40 years of your life to work up the career ladder. Finally people say they have a bf/gf they do not want to leave; absence makes the heart grow fonder and FaceTime obv. When have you heard of anyone saying that they regret going travelling?
So what’s stopping you? Here are some tips once you have decided to start your adventure:
1. Get a great playlist. Music is life and having songs to accompany your travel can make a trip. Sitting by yourself in the airport is a whole lot different when you have some feel-good songs to keep you company.
2. Keeping with the music theme, have one record downloaded that is super chilled and relaxing. Then anytime you are trying to nap on public transport put this song on repeat. Honestly this works!!! By the third replay you will be asleep Tom Odell – Sense got me through some horrendous night buses in Vietnam.
3. Buy a decent travel guide, I would recommend the Lonely Planet guides. I enjoy reading travel blogs and using the world wide web when looking for inspiration for adventures, but I think it’s nice to have something physical with you too. This especially helps when the wifi is so poor you cannot load your safari. Also in years to come you have will have a copy of every place you have visited sitting on your bookshelf.
4. Bring with you a happy and positive mindset. Things WILL go wrong, that is just how travelling goes. However when you are by yourself when you miss your flight/bus/ferry you are the one you has to work it all out. Be patient, smile and everything will be just fine. Acceptance and willingness is key. Trust me, these experiences will make great stories later on.
5. Be outgoing and talk to everyone and anyone. Travelling has led me to meeting the most incredible people. Just say hi, what’s the worst can happen?
Hope some of these ideas help. Travelling is liberating. Go see the world!