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A lot of people I have met that ask if I’m travelling alone have this shocked face when I say yes. Like it isn’t something a female can do on her own. They tell me I’m brave or very confident. When I’m actually really not, solo travel is nothing to be afraid of, in fact, I believe it is something everyone should do at least once in their life. It teaches you things you can not learn anywhere else.
So if you are reading this post then I am assuming you are about to go on a solo trip or you are thinking about it. If you are thinking about it then just bite the bullet and book a trip, you will not regret it!
This year I have travelled for almost 3 months on my own in total and this has been my first solo trip. In that time I have definitely learnt a few little tips and tricks to make sure I have the best possible time.
Pick The Right Destination
I spent 2 nights in a place called Bordeaux in the south of France while I was in Europe. I went there with Busabout and not one other person got off the bus. I had to stay in an apartment by myself because there were no hostels in this place. Now I knew this is what I was getting myself into and to be honest it was really nice to have a break from hostels and have my own space. I went to Bordeaux because it was the cheapest place to fly out of to my next destination however in no way was it a backpackers area and I didn’t meet a single person.
So the reason I am telling you this story is that you need to pick the right places to go if you are wanting to meet people. One day I do hope to have travelled to enough places to let you know which are the best ones but for now, I would definitely recommend Europe, especially during the summertime. There are so many solo backpackers around looking to meet new people too. Just stick to the main cities and you will be sure to find people.
Stay In Shared Dorms
A great way I met a lot of people was through sharing rooms with them. Staying in shared dorm rooms in a hostel means there are always people around to talk to. A lot of the people I have shared dorm rooms with were travelling on their own too so they were looking to make new friends.
Actually, Talk To People
Sometimes you just have to go a little out of your comfort zone and go up to someone and start a conversation. I find that travellers are really nice people and are usually up to have a conversation and meet new people too. I find the easiest question to start with is “where are you from?” just gets the conversation rolling and you’ll be able to have a chat at minimum about your travels and then you may even find you have something in common to talk about.
Realise It’s Okay To Be Alone
It’s okay to spend the day by yourself, that’s the best part about travelling solo. A lot of people ask me if its hard to meet people because they don’t want to spend time alone. Sometimes I have a little giggle to myself because honestly spending the day on my own is my favourite thing to do. You can really take in the scenery of wherever you are and spend as much or as little time in the same place as you want.
Talk To People At Home
One of the ways I have found to prevent you from feeling lonely is to always talk to your friends and family back home. Thanks to a free wifi connection you can facetime them as if they were right there with you. Doing this often means you will miss them less making you feel less alone and wanting to go home.
Enjoy It, Be Selfish
You are finally on your own, do whatever your heart desires. My favourite thing about travelling on my own means you don’t have to be waiting around for anyone else or doing something you don’t really feel like because other people want to do it. You get to be completely selfish and do anything and everything you want to. Feel like having a sleep in cause you were partying too hard the night before, do it. Feel like getting up super early to go catch the sunrise, do it.
That’s the best part about travelling on your own, you can do what you want when you want.
Pack What You Need
Seeing as you will be on your own you need to make sure you pack everything need. Unfortunately travelling on your own means you cant just borrow your besties hair straightener you have to bring your own. Make sure to write down a list of everything you will need before packing a check that you have actually packed it.
Not sure what to pack? Check out my packing lists!
I just had to put this little reminder in here so just always make sure you are aware of your surroundings. Try not to walk home down dark little alleyways late at night by yourself. Try to stay in busier areas so there are always people around if you are going to be walking around late at night.
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