With 2021 well under way, increased safety measures in place and a vaccination giving us hope, it’s almost guaranteed that there will be an uptick in deals to encourage people to travel.
So, you’re thinking of flying solo … is it even possible to travel alone without being lonely? Absolutely! Off course, the world isn’t flooding with single globe-trotting travellers, but don’t allow traditional naysayers to discourage you.
Truth is, any form of wandering around this beautiful planet will bring changes and improvement to the lives of those with restless feet, but there’s something special about solo adventures. And, once you step out and start exploring the world, you’d want to see it all!
You’d expect a lot from your first solo trip. A suntan. Obviously. Getting to know the world (and yourself) a little better as well as an epic Insta account … all on the list. But the true bonus of solo travel is pure freedom. You can take the exact trip you want, and even if you’re not quite sure what that might be, you’ll have time to figure it out.
Flying solo means that you’ll be able to find your own rhythm. You’ll be able to change plans on a dime and you’ll have full financial control. You can go where you want, when you want while not having any restrictions on your route, destination or timescale. You can connect with people if you wish to, or avoid them completely if you want to be alone. Think about it, you’ll be able to focus more on your surroundings than on who you’re with.
Traveling solo will help you to realize your inner strength and will supercharge your confidence, but whether you do this in a group or on your own, it will be loaded with uncertainties from the minute you leave your house. So, if fear of the traveling blues is what’s holding you back, keep reminding yourself that this will be entirely your choice to travel alone.
And, even if you do feel a little lonely while exploring the world on your own, remember loneliness is temporary and can quickly be addressed by joining a day tour. Even if you’re not a group sort of person, a day trip can help you to meet other travellers.
Travel with podcasts and favourite music on your phone. Also, join social media groups – Facebook and travel forums feature an endless stream of people who are looking to connect with other travellers. Go to restaurants with communal tables or spend the morning in a coffee shop. Coffee shops are hubs for freelancers and by nature, very social places. Meet the locals and get their recommendations on the town. They also offer free Wi-Fi to stay connected with family and friends – there’s no shame in reaching out when you’re homesick.
Allow the planet to woo you, charm and entice you. Walk in a lush forest, watch the sunset under a tree or listen to the crushing waves. It’s hard to be miserable when surrounded by astounding beauty. Or go totally tourist. Hang out where tourists hang out to meet other travellers.
Remember to take care of yourself; don’t skip meals, hydrate, and be sure to rest. Treat yourself to a manicure or a massage. When your body feels great, your state of mind will follow.
Take the plunge. Try something authentic and rarely done.
Source: europeuntraveled.com, solotravelerworld.com, hostelworld.com, nomadicmatt.com, roughguides.com, wheresmollie.com, smartertravel.com, flashpack.com, theflashpacker.net, women-on-the-road.com, elle.com, hostelworld.com, wanderlust.co.uk
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