Solo travel is something that everyone should experience at least once in his/her life. There. It was so simple. It might seem daunting to some people, but I am aware of it. This is my solo travel manifesto.
Traveling is something we can all agree on. Traveling allows you to meet people from all walks of the globe, experience other cultures, and try out authentic street food from different countries. Solo travel is not something that can be explained rationally. To truly understand what I am talking about, you must actually experience it.
The most frequent question I get when I tell people that I love traveling solo is “Why?” Is there anything more amazing than solo travel? Why do people write books about it. It is amazing that people travel all alone.
Continue reading to discover why solo travel is so appealing to me and many others.
Do I need to travel solo?
The short answer to your question is “Yes.”
The short answer is yes. Solo travelers are more likely to pay attention to the world around them.
You can enjoy the views and take in less distractions by avoiding people asking about Game of Thrones or what you think of their new shoes.
You will also get to know more people if you go on a solo vacation.
Solo travelers make it easier to make friends because they are more approachable than backpacking buddies in a hostel. Even if they are just trying to help, people will still talk to you.
Last but not least, you are independent.
There is nobody who can answer your questions or guide you in making decisions for the future. You can do anything you want.
You want to enjoy a few beers at the hostel bar? Do you want to visit all the tourist hotspots in your area? You don’t have the money to travel by bus so you can walk to your next attraction.
Do it. You won’t be stopped.
These posts will help you get comfortable with solo travel.
- How to select the right travel companion
- First group tour? Here are 10 things to know about your first group tour.
How solo travel changes you
Travelling solo changes you. Travelling alone can lead to disaster.
You are the only one you can blame, and you are the only one who can fix the problems you face.
This might sound like a bad thing but it’s not. When you don’t have anyone to help you, that’s when the learning begins.
You get out of your comfort zone.
You become more independent and solutions-driven.
You will discover the beauty of the world and the many places you can visit. Your life won’t be complete if you don’t travel solo.
How to prepare yourself for your first solo travel
There are steps to follow if you decide to travel alone. These are the most important.
Set a budget first.
Solo travel is possible. However, you can spend as much as you like on it. It’s important to know how much before you even step on the plane.
Second, choose your date and destination.
Continue reading: Top Solo Travel Destinations in Europe
The time and place you travel will impact your budget. You should choose a destination that is affordable if you are looking to travel with a tight budget.
Tip: Travel in shoulder season to get the best deals and great weather conditions.
Third, book your accommodation and transport (at least for the first 2 nights).
Before I start my flight search, I use Cheapflights and Google Flights. Then I look at other websites such as Momondo, Skyscanner, Expedia, and Skyscanner.
Hostels are an excellent alternative to hotels for solo travelers. They allow you to make new friends and won’t cost a lot of money.
Hostelworld is my favourite website for booking hostels.
You might still need to mentally prepare for the trip after you have dealt with most of the logistics.
It can be difficult to overcome your fear of being alone. However, it is important to remember that being alone doesn’t necessarily mean you are lonely.
Do not be afraid to eat alone. You can sit at the bar to chat with the bartender or you can take a seat at the communal table to have a conversation among fellow travelers.
It’s amazing how easy it is for solo travelers to communicate with people.
Be light and pack as little as possible. You will need to take all your luggage with you if you are travelling alone.
As you can see, traveling solo is not as easy as travelling with others. However, there are many differences.
Solo travel is a beautiful paradox that you must experience before you can begin to grasp it.
Isn’t this the beauty of it all!