Traveling alone can be a huge step for anyone but it can also come with some huge rewards. If you are self employed, you may enjoy travelling, it may be something you want to branch out into. Perhaps you could sit working in a beach bar in Ibiza, or travel to Bali and work at a Bali co-working space. It can assist you in your confidence levels, your ability to self-care, become independent and have a taste of true freedom. Some of the feelings that may enter your mind first could be:
1. There is no security of being another person
2. I would be far too lonely
3. I would feel awkward wandering streets alone.
4. I struggle with flying/travelling with another person yet alone.
5. It could be dangerous without anyone.
6. I would be bored. What’s to do?
Research Is Key To Banish The Fears
The most important thing whilst travelling alone is to firstly make sure that you are going to a place you have researched. Use TripAdvisor to your advantage, make sure you research the best areas and the worst areas in the city you’re going to. If you are travelling on a budget, and are going to be looking at hostels and not hotels, then again, researching to the maximum is important but those of you travel savvy kids, will know that going to hostels can be the best place to make friends for life and build up conversations and future travel buddies! Keep active and make friends!
You Don’t Have To Be Lonely
As long as you have a reliable phone on you, contact is there. Find places with good WiFi. Most hotels and hostels do offer it free, but if you’re unsure, drop them an email and just ask if it is free for guests. Travelling doesn’t have to be lonely. The chances are if you take a guided tour, or research into what excursions are available, there will be other lone holidaymakers or small groups, students etc who you can get talking to.
Make sure that you have all the numbers you will need, including reputable taxi firms, and a bank card that works abroad too because running out of money whilst on holiday can be nothing short of a catastrophe! Make sure you stick to the touristy areas if you are on your own, or that you make sure you know where the landmarks are.
It’s the twenty-first century and thankfully, most large cities have a very good knowledge of English, so good that you can even have a solid conversation with them about their life and history, again, super intriguing! However if you are going somewhere a little more remote, then naturally bring a dictionary along with you, write some choice phrases and of course make sure you have google translate on your phone so you can whip it out and ask Siri!
Take the plunge and start to live that life you have always dreamed of.
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