I’m 21 and I have been solo travelling on and off during the last past 3 years.
I was very lucky to have some of my first travelling experiences with school. Although my friends and I had talked about travelling together it never happened.
I went back on my own to visit my old exchange students and I guess that is how I got my confidence and I realise that world wasn’t that bad and that travelling wasn’t that hard and all you had to do was have the confidence to take the first step.
Is solo traveling really dangerous?
Nowadays most people think that solo travelling is dangerous but it’s probably because they have been watching too many blockbusters such as “Taken’’ where they get kidnapped, sold on the black market or worst murdered.
But I can promise you that this is just purely for entertainment purposes and it is one of the safest times to go traveling alone.
Technology has allowed us to connect with people all around the world, they can help guide us in foreign countries and help us feel safe.
The world has seen an increase in solo travelling in the last couple of years as it has become a massive trend, visible on various social media via blogs and photos, it is estimated that over 80% of millennial travellers are going solo.
Who can blame them?! Solo travelling is all about adventure, freedom and self-discovery, many surveys and my past experiences have proven that solo travelling is more relaxing and enjoyable than with friends.
Don’t get me wrong, travelling accompanied can be nice especially during long flights, but you must remember that you are two different individuals.
It’s ok to take some time apart so you can both do exactly what you want, if not tensions will start to rise and that’s when things start to go south.
You start to argue and get on each other’s nerves and before you know it your friend is drunk, pissed off and has locked you out of the house at 4 am! Believe me, it can happen and you would never have that situation solo travelling.
Why going solo?
When you travel alone you free yourself of other people’s preconceived ideas about you, the second you step on the plane you are free to create your new identity.
Whilst travelling in Australia a few years ago, a couple whose house I was staying at, kept mispronouncing my name, saying “Kareece” instead of Carys and after a while, I just went with it.
For an entire month and a half, I was known as Kareece. Kareece was so much more outgoing and adventurous than Carys. She would spend her day using discounts for various fun activities such as surfing, theme parks, shooting etc and then spend her evenings meeting up with people she’d been chatting to on dating sites.
Life was amazing I didn’t have to work as I had saved up money and everywhere I went I would meet new people and discover new things.
Travelling solo is always about you, not about what others think
The two things people always say to me before I leave on an adventure are: “Aren’t you scared?” and “Won’t you be lonely?”.
I always reply: scared of what?
Scared that I might enjoy myself and realise that there is more to life than the little town that I grew up in and was lonely?
Every day you meet someone new when you travel: when you ask for directions, at your hostel or when you do an activity.
I still talk to a lot of the people I have met travelling and some of them have become close friends. There are thousands of people from all around the world that have taken the same leap as you, they are all on the same journey of self-discovery and they are all looking to meet new people.
Even if you were to you go to a very small town in the middle of nowhere, where people have nothing, there will still be people there who will welcome you into their home, show you their country and ask for nothing in return.
It is so easy to read, watch, dream or make excuses re time, money or lack of companions to go with, but travelling doesn’t have to be expensive, time consuming or something you need to do with someone.
The hardest part about travelling is having the courage to buy a ticket. A ticket that will take you into the unknown, push you out of your comfort zone and teach you how to depend on yourself.
No one will ever be able to fully explain to someone who has never travelled before how travelling can change them.
Travelling is a very personal journey and like most things, you only get out of traveling what you put in.
Travelling helps you realise that your life isn’t a box and that you are the creator of your own life, you are free to go anywhere you want, whenever you want and sooner or later you will realise that you also have that choice during your everyday life.