The ups and downs of Solo Travel… is it worth it?
The short answer in my opinion, is yes…
Solo travel is worth it.
But my opinion of solo travel is one of thousands and my experiences are totally unique to me.
Of course solo travelling isn’t for everyone, but i’ve never heard someone say they regret doing it. Whether it went swimmingly, or went tits up – you learn, you grow and you’ll be thankful for what it taught you. You will never be the same again after Solo Travelling and for most, it’s the pinnacle event in their self development.
For this post I’ve asked some of my travel girlfriends (faces you may recognise) to share their experiences of solo travel with you, in hope you obtain a a better idea of what challenges and personal journeys may lie ahead for you…
Other Solo Travel posts on my blog that may help you…
- The BIG solo travel chat. Your questions answered… – read post here
- Lesson I learnt and ways that solo travel changed me – read post here
- 9 ways to become a spontaneous traveller – read post here
- How to choose the best hostel to stay in – read post here
- Tips on making friends when travelling solo – read post here
Wanderlust Chloe (Chloe Gunning)
I’ve travelled both as a couple (with my ex) and single and what I really loved about going solo was discovering exactly who I am and what I’m capable of. There’s nothing like being confronted with vast amounts of total freedom to make you realise exactly what kind of person you are and what you want to do!
What did you find most difficult about solo travelling?
I’m naturally very shy and can get very uncomfortable in social situations, especially around new people. It’s still so scary to me to arrive at a hostel where I don’t know anyone and try to make friends.
How did you overcome it? Did you overcome it?
Honestly, it’s all just down to practice. The more times you do it, the more you know you can do it. I still get scared every time I have to meet new people or step out of my comfort zone, but I just remind myself of all the times I’ve done it before and how well it’s always worked out.
What’s your number one tip on staying safe when travelling solo?
What’s your number one tip on making friends when solo travelling?
Be prepared to say yes to anything. Just keep an open mind and try to be ready for anything. If someone asks you to dinner or if you want to go on a tour with them, just say yes. My instinct is often to say no because I like to avoid awkward situations like going out with someone I just met… but if you say yes you may just wind up making an amazing friend or having a crazy adventure!
Why has solo travelling been important on your personal journey?
The freedom to do exactly as you please every day and not worry about anyone else.
Having the same conversations with new people over and over again. Not having someone around who really knew me and who I could share in jokes, or history with.
I travelled solo for two years but in my third year I mixed it up with travelling with friends and actually travelling to places where I knew friends would be.
If the situation doesn’t feel right don’t be afraid to leave, however much it might cost you financially or by looking disrespectful.
Join a tour for a day or two and be the first person to make a move. Look up from your phone and get chatting!
Travelling solo helped me to get through a difficult break up. It also helped me to see more of the world than I ever thought possible, and to make many friends along the way. It also taught be a lot about myself and to be perfectly happy in my own company, which I think is a very important lesson for anyone to learn.
Silverspoon London (Angie)
Though my experience was minimal, I really did enjoy the opportunity to go at my own pace.
What I found difficult was being a little lonely, having lunch on my own, having no one to have a drink with and no one to appreciate beautiful experiences with.
Incase you missed the BIG solo travel chat that went live on my channel last week…
Have you been on a solo adventure?
What did you think? Do you have any tips? I’d love to know! ?
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Other Solo Travel posts on my blog that may help you plan your next adventure:
- Travelling Solo – Tips on making friends
- Lessons I learnt and ways that solo travel changed me
- 9 ways to become a spontaneous traveller
- Overcoming pre travel nerves and goodbyes
- A beginners guide to hostels, your questions answered…
- 10 reasons I prefer hostels to hotels…
- The importance of taking risks and being spontaneous
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