If you have a read through my blog posts from last year, you’ll notice I was pledging I would travel to Australia. I had a slight issue though, no one could go with me. I asked everyone and was really disheartened by the fact I felt like I couldn’t go. I had a few let downs and then decided to take the plunge and travel alone.
Since then you’ll notice I have gone to China and Japan too. It was one of the best decisions I made and have never looked back. So why do it? Well flying solo isn’t always easy but there are things which you can do to make it better. I would begin by making a list of everything you need, all your essentials and make time to get everything sorted. Even checking whether you will need a Visa or immunisation are important before you travel. Also look at accommodation is it central? How safe is it? Read other blogs for recommendations and experiences.
Be confident, if you are on your own chances are you may stand out. I had a lot of people staring at me in China. If you are lost ask someone who works at a hotel or for public transport. Maps are great, but try and be a little discreet about it by having a newspaper covering it or a book. There are so many things I hadn’t thought about prior to travelling alone. The Internet may not be easily access or social media you’re used to using so check beforehand. It is also worth getting words translated just in case you do get lost and need to ask someone local for help.
When I was in Australia, I did have to take a lot of Selfies. The best travelling investment was receiving a Selfie Stick for my birthday. It meant I was able to take better pictures and not rely on other people.
You will always meet people so don’t be afraid to venture out on your own, if something doesn’t feel right then get yourself out of there. If you go out in a group understand where you are going and how you will get back, chances are people may have other plans to stay out later.
Have you got any tips for travelling solo?