Solo travel is an experience you have to try at least once. As they say, you grow when you move out of your comfort zone. What better way to test that comfortability by taking a step outside all on your own?
But before you do, let’s make sure you know what you’re getting into.
1. You’ll get nervous
And it’s natural! Getting nervous is your body’s way of Fight or Flight, making you ready for whatever life gives. Embrace it and take deep breaths. Solo travel, here you come!
2. You’ll Spend A Bit More
From flight to finish, you’ll be spending on everything all on your own. No one to share the accommodations with, the food with, the transportation. The good thing is that a lot of accommodations are cheaper for solo, you’ll have only one person to feed (you) and public transport basically is paid for by the person. There ARE apps to keep track of your spending. I don’t have a particular favorite, but so long as it records it in the currency you’re using, I’m good to go.
3. Sense of Freedom
You want to go someplace? Go. You want to stop and go back to the hotel? Done. You don’t want to eat that? Don’t! You get to do whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you want. Eat whatever, sleep wherever, and do whatever! You get that absolute freedom!
4. Feel Relief
You don’t have to answer to anyone but yourself. Ridding yourself of a responsibility of taking into account not only your wants, but your travel companion’s too is a such a big burden lifted. This relief comes from the freedom of being able to do your own thing without anyone’s approval. No more going home when you don’t want to or arguing where to eat.
5. You’ll Over Prepare
It’s a nerve wracking day, especially those that lead up to it. You can’t be sure what will happen, and without anyone to lean upon when trouble brews, you’d want to be prepared. So you’ll overcompensate. It’s not a bad thing. Cover all your bases but don’t forget that this solo travel is supposed to be fun for you! I particularly like using Trello to plan itineraries now.
6. You’ll Get Paranoid
Surrounded by strangers and potential dangers, you’re sure to get a bit paranoid. Don’t worry. You know how to take care of yourself. Keep your wits with you and enjoy the sights and sounds of this foreign place. Make sure to keep your belongings with you even if the place is safe. Not everyone has good intentions! But remember, before you go all crazy, not everyone has bad intentions, too!
7. You’ll Have to Decide Everything
No one to turn to and ask opinions of. This extremely independent move taught me how to think for myself. And literally FOR myself. It’s time to be your own person completely. No one to hold you back, but also, no one to help you decide. Indecisiveness
8. You’ll Get Lost
Not irrevocably, but maybe just a tiny bit disoriented on where you’re going. It’s not a bad thing. It’s a chance to explore the area a bit, take in your surroundings, and even an opportunity to talk to the locals. At least for directions. If you have anxiety, the best fix is to load Google Maps on your phone. Not only will it show you where you are, it’ll give you accurate directions, too!
9. You’ll Want to Solo Travel Again
Addicting is a word I’d use for someone who thinks that this is a must to do as much as you could. Even if you don’t get addicted, the feeling of freedom and complete control is engaging. Solo travel gives you that sense of independence that you can’t find anywhere else.
Have you tried solo travel before? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear in the comments section below~