Should I Travel Solo?

The short answer? Yes!

Taking your first solo trip can seem really daunting and sometimes overwhelming – believe me I have been there. But there are so many rewards to going on a solo trip!

This was probably the most nervous I’ve been on a solo trip – I was about to start a 4 day solo hike! Everything worked out great!

Firstly, who do you need to compromise with? No one! When travelling as a group or even in a couple, compromise is defintely needed to make sure each person who gets the most out of the trip. When you go alone you do not need to compromise on anything – you can go where you want, when you want and you can create your favourite travelling style to do it.

I want to delve a little bit deeper on your travelling style. You might not know it yet but you have one and this depends on what you like. You might like to be up at sunrise and get the most of the day or you might like a slow morning to give yourself a break. You might want the most basic accomadation but splash out on fancy food. How you get around might be really important whether it be public transport or trying to rent a car. When you go on your first solo trip you can discover all of these things that bring you joy and you will not be able to go back!

I asked a stranger to take this one! I’d woken up at 4am to hike up with the sunrise

Just because you start alone doesn’t mean your trip needs to end alone. I have met some amazing people and made some brilliant friends when I have been travelling alone. I find travelling alone a great opportunity to get to know people from all over the world. I personally prefer to stay in hostels as they are a great way to meet people. Hostels can also be a great way to save some cash monies!

I am laughing at a joke of a friend I made on this trip – just because you arrive alone doesn’t mean ending alone!

Many people are really worried about safety for their first trip on their own and of course it is something to be really aware of. Advice on this really depends on your location. As a basic rule I would say don’t do anything you wouldn’t do because of safety at home. Do your research on specific dangers on where you are going and probably take extra care if you are going out in the dark. I have generally found people to be very kind if I have ever got into a tricky spot but it is always better to be prepared. Here are some simple things you can do:

  • Have the address of your hotel/hostel written down not on your phone in case the battery dies.
  • Know the emergency number to call in an emergency (911/999/112 etc)
  • Do not carry too many valuables and if you can avoid carrying your passport.

My final tip is to just have fun and enjoy the rollercoaster! Let me know how it goes I’d love to know!!

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