Traveling alone can be a daunting and scary experience, and at times seem like a completely inconceivable option. But the truth is that traveling alone is not nearly as scary as people make it out to be. If you do your research, stay well-informed and alert, then there’s absolutely no reason to worry.
Traveling is fairly simple if all the arrangements are made pre-hand. So that you know when you need to get out of one place and reach the next, with emergency protocols planned out in your head. However, mustering up that courage to travel alone isn’t always that easy. You need that push to get going, which is why it’s important to clear out all negative thoughts that are blocking your way.
If you’re anything like the average person then you’re probably delaying your vacation due to a lack of company and endless second-thoughts which we’ll be addressing today.
1.What if it’s lonely?
Many people think that the idea of going on a holiday alone sounds very depressing. But honestly, it’s not. Just because you’ll be roaming new avenues all by yourself doesn’t mean you’ll be traveling like a lost, purposeless hippie.
In fact, solo trips are actually much more insightful. You’ll be the only one there so you do things at your pace and the way you like it, focusing solely on your likes and dislikes and enjoying complete independence – The feeling is liberating.
2. I don’t think it’s Safe to Travel alone…
If you’ve made the mistake of even remotely mentioning the idea of traveling alone with your friends and family then I am sure they’ve completely dismissed the idea due to their overwhelming concerns.
Like I said, travel safety is always an issue whether you travel alone or in packs. But certainly, solo travelers are much more vulnerable. So you have to make an extra effort to play it smart. Pre-book all your hotels, understand the logistic of your destination, and never reveal too much information to strangers. You can never trust anyone and must always have a backup plan in case of an emergency. The more prepared you are the more relaxed you’ll feel.
3.How will I Navigate Alone?
Realizing that you’re alone in all your adventures can be an unsettling feeling because you fear the thought of not having anyone to fall back on. Again, this can be overcome by planning ahead. Plan a comprehensive itinerary with a local map, learn how to navigate through google maps and enroll in local tours for company.
4.What if I Need Help?
Make up a list of all the things that can possibly go wrong– Losing your luggage or passport, getting mugged, or having an over-booked flight. Then make a list of the solutions and emergency contact numbers to have on your phone – Doing this will really calm your nerves since you’ll always have a go to plan if absolutely ANYTHING goes wrong!
5.What’s the Point?
After stressing over how to manage the hassle of traveling alone, many solo travelers find themselves pondering over whether it’s even worth it? And trust me it is!
In our entire lives we only have a few years in which we can direct our attention to ourselves, alone. It’s very important to make proper use of this opportunity by getting to know ourselves better, and traveling is a brilliant way to do that.