I still remember the first time I decided to go on a solo trip, and how scary it was for me to take that step into the vague. At that time I was in the process of recovering from a psychological trauma, and I wasn’t sure if this was the right decision to make but I did it. I booked my first flight to a destination I had never visited before where I didn’t speak the local language, staying in shared accommodation (hostel), something I had never done before. This was by far one of the best trips I have ever done in my life, and I am so grateful to have made that decision as it has inspired me to make the commitment to visit a new destination two times a year whenever I can.
There is a reason why the internet is full of articles on why you should go on a solo trip at least once in your life, and this is not to tell you “5 things you should know about travelling” or “10 things I have learned after travelling alone”; I want to share with you some of the feelings that you will get from a solo trip and then hopefully encourage you as to why you should do it. So here they are:
You will be scared at every stage of the process, starting from the thought of taking a leap of faith, until booking the flight and realizing that there is no way back. But that’s not just it! You might also get comments from the people around you that might make you doubtful. If you face such things, don’t let them make you overthink! Start small! When I went on my first solo trip, I chose a small capital city that was fairly cheap as a starting destination. This ensured I wasn’t tight on time to explore around all at a reasonable price. Another benefit was that it didn’t take long to plan the trip. Planning a trip like this will make you more confident about your decision to leap into the world of solo travel.
The good news is that once you’re on the plane, you’ll start to realize that “this is it”, that there is no rewind button, and that it’s totally up to you now to enjoy your own company, so you’ll do whatever you can to prove to yourself that you’re capable of it.
As soon as you arrive, you’ll strive to make things work. Assuming that you did your homework and dug up all there is regarding sights and activities on the internet, now is the time to keep busy with your to-do list. Explore a little and be flexible! Don’t forget to ask the accommodation’s receptionists if they do group tours as tours can be an opportunity for you to bond with new people.
Because as humans connecting with one another is unavoidable in life, you’ll find yourself having the best conversations with complete strangers. As an introvert, I usually find comfort alone or with a couple of close friends; However I can’t forget how amazing and liberating it was when I stepped outside of my comfort zone and met new people from different cultures and countries with whom I made some unforgettable memories!
When you’re solo-traveling, you discover hidden potentials about yourself because the usual expectations placed on you from the people in your world does not exist; that is, a space that is free of judgement, thus you tend to be more natural and outgoing than in your daily routine. You will be amazed how much your self-confidence is boosted and how proud you are of yourself for taking a worthwhile leap of faith.
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