Travelling Solo? Why would you do that?
I hear this whenever I decide it’s time for an adventure and start planning. Yet anyone who has travelled solo will tell you it can be an amazing experience.
Of course, we all like company; someone to grab in excitement and shout “look it’s the Eiffel Tower!” however, there are times when you just have to go it alone or miss out. AND that is never an option for me.
One of the most rewarding things I find about travel solo are the friendships you make along the way. You go out on a cycling tour and end up in a Munich Beer Garden drinking beer out of a litre stein with a group from the tour. Yep this happened. Or ending up stuck on the side of the highway cause the bus blew a tire. Nothing else to do but chat. I am still friends with these people years later.
The freedom of solo travel means you can choose what you want to do when you want to do it. Sitting with a coffee watching the world go by is very entertaining. Sure, standing in a queue alone can be tedious, but you just start talking to those around you and hope they are friendly.
Ultimately, being a solo traveller will reward you with friendships, amusing stories, and amazing experiences. What are you waiting for?
Tips for solo travel.
Be smart and safe. Many express concerns over safety. I always say be smart and you’ll be safe. I mean, do I need to tell you to not walk down the alleyway on your own?
Keep in touch with family and friends. With texts, Facebook etc. we can let our loved ones know what we are up to.
Have a map for the city you’re in – either an old school folded map or use a mapping app. I love Maps with me
Talk to strangers. Don’t take rides from strangers but have a chat. If you’re in line for a gallery or castle good chance they are a tourist too.