Getting Into Solo Travel
Solo Travelling: Getting into solo travel can be one of the most terrifying and unnerving of experiences, yet it will be one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. Many people would sum up a solo traveller as perhaps a bit of a loner – you might be thinking, “do they not have any friends to go with?” But they couldn’t be more wrong. Getting into solo travel for me personally has been a journey, I get to experience a place through my own eyes, I can have my own agenda and can change my mind on things to do frequently. Getting into solo travel is an experience you will not forget.
Why would you waste your time waiting for someone to join you on your travels? You could be waiting for years to see the temples in Indonesia, to work with the endangered Orangutans in Borneo or to swim with the dolphins off the coast of Zanzibar.
Solo travel isn’t about having no friends to travel with, it’s about experiencing the world from your own perspective. For me, solo travel is becoming consumed within an environment. It’s to learn not only about the country but about yourself. Solo travel pushes you out of your comfort zone. Asking residents for directions, getting lost and stumbling into the local’s hotspots is what solo travel is all about. It’s about trying to communicate in a different language and dealing with unlikely situations. Solo travel is having an open mind about the world and the people around you.
Whether your male or female (check out my open letter to female travellers), 17 or 70, take the plunge and experience a different way of travelling. I urge you to take the solo plunge at least once in your lifetime. Trust me you will not be disappointed. Being outside your comfort zone when it comes to travel can open up so many opportunities. It’s a chance to meet people with stories and an opportunity to witness some of the wonders of the world.
After stumbling upon Lonely Planets Solo Travel book, for the month of October, I will be launching a solo travel series for those wanting advice about solo travel.
In the meantime for inspiration, have a look at the best locations for female solo travellers.