Solo travel is probably one of the most exciting, yet nerve-wracking things you could ever encounter. Anyone can solo travel, mainly because it is easy to do, you just have to develop a sense of confidence first! Which I promise will arrive as soon as you step through security.
My first steps into Solo Travel:
I remember the first holiday I took by myself. I flew all the way from New Zealand to the Netherlands. Now, as half of my mum’s family lives there, I did spend time with various Aunts/Uncles/Cousins. But I also did a bit of travelling around by myself.
That really gave me a taste of freedom. A taste of travelling solo.
My love of solo travel escalated very quickly, as the next time I went overseas solo I was moving country.
Solo Travel is either the best or worst thing you could have done:
Now, let me explain myself here. Travelling solo is addictive. It is exciting and it can be both the best and worst thing you could possibly have chosen to do.
The reason why it is the worst:
Like I said before; it is addictive. No matter how much travel you may do by yourself, you will have wanderlust. You will want to keep travelling, and you will, most likely, be organising trips (that you may or may not do).
Why I love solo travel:
Travelling solo is definitely my favourite way to travel, that is until I find a travel buddy! The reason why I love to solo travel is because it means you can be selfish. I know, I know. That sounds terrible, but in reality what does it matter? You have no one else to upset or worry about. You can do whatever you like, whenever you like. One day you might decide to sleep in and have an easy day. Another day you might decide to wake early and spend the whole day exploring. One can visit as many museums, shops or galleries as one wants!
There are no rules when you travel by yourself.
Is solo travel risky?
Some people tell me that I am very brave to be travelling around by myself. I believe that if you are aware of your surroundings and if you are being sensible with your choices, then there really is nothing to worry about. I have never felt threatened or scared when travelling.
The only time I ever felt worried was when I got to one of Oslo’s airports (Rygge), and the taxi i had pre-booked wasn’t there. The airport was shutting down for the night, as it was a small one, and my Ryanair flight was the last in (it had been delayed). So, there I am, waiting for a taxi at midnight. The buses were leaving and I didn’t know what to do, as I had no local currency. Luckily, a business man who had just flown in from London had called for a taxi and we shared a taxi, first to his place to drop him off and then on to my hotel.
That was my first little weekend away since I moved to England. Luckily the next few holidays were a lot smoother!
Well, why should you solo travel?
As I have mentioned above, solo travel is fun. You can do what you want, whenever you want, and you can make a lot of new friends who are also travelling around. One of my best friends was made on a holiday!
Travelling is an experience that really opens up your world – it makes you see the ‘bigger picture’, so to speak. Travel is an experience of other cultures, lives, and food!
There are so, so many reasons to solo travel.
If you want to solo travel, but have some concerns:
Do a tour. Tours are a great way to meet new people. I recently did a Contiki tour through Italy, which was fabulous. There were a few other people who were travelling by themselves, however, everyone was really friendly and I made some life-long friends on there.
I have personally been on Intrepid and Utracks tours, both of which I found fantastic. UTracks has more active tours e.g. biking, hiking etc.
The most important thing to have whilst travelling, is fun. Don’t sweat the small stuff – be prepared to go out of your comfort zone!