Before I married, I used to love being a solo traveller, having the freedom to go where I wanted, when I wanted worked perfectly for me. As we grow older, I find we become less dependent on others to find out happiness and instead we’re more determined than ever to explore and make our own memories.
If you haven’t travelled solo before, then I must admit it can be a little daunting at first, but there are plenty of options for those looking to see the world on their own. There are even dedicated forums and companies who are experts at helping you to plan the perfect solo traveling trip so you don’t miss out on a thing and will never be lonely.
When you first decide to travel solo, you literally have the world at your fingertips and narrowing that down and finding a handful of places you really want to visit can be tough.
If you’re worried about making friends and meeting fellow travellers, either get on forms beforehand or simply step out of your comfort zone. I often found that as a solo traveller, you seem far more approachable than if you were to have travelled in a group so therefore other travellers will be more willing to talk to you. This is a great opportunity to make some new friends, join in on their adventures and change up your plans. Without the ties of a fellow traveling companion, you really are free to join and mix up your travel plans as much as you wish.
If you’re still worried about not meeting anyone, book onto tours for the places which you’re visiting. You’ll certainly meet other like-minded individuals and you’ll find that solo traveling is actually very common. You can leave tours at any given time so don’t feel too pressures to stay with the group and maybe branch off with a few individuals if there is something more pressing you’d like to do or see.
Another worry for solo travelers is safety, as you don’t have someone to watch your back or help you out if you ever get into tricky situations. What I would advise here is to simply be aware, be cautious and use your common sense. If you ever feel like you’re in a situation which doesn’t feel right or that you feel uncomfortable in, get yourself out of it immediately, your safety is paramount. Further to this, always ensure that someone knows where you are, this can be a family member back home, hotel or concierge member or even a fellow traveller who may be staying in the same hotel. Don’t disregard safety but also don’t let it interrupt and dampen your travels, just be cautious and be aware.
Traveling solo can be one of the most inspiring, eye-opening and uplifting experiences in your life, and one which I strongly urge you to enjoy.
Since retiring, myself and my wife have loved going on adventures together so it really does depend on what you’re looking to get out of your traveling experience. Are you a solo traveller? If so, what advice do you have for those thinking of going it alone?