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Solo Travelling: Let's talk about myths, benefits and things to know!

Updated: Oct 19, 2023

So lets talk solo traveling. For those that are curious and want to do it but have not quite gotten around to actually doing it, my hope for you is that this can get you one step closer to taking that dive. While the idea of traveling alone might seem daunting at first, it's actually a very rewarding and empowering experience that I believe anyone seeking to travel in general should do. I personally have done a lot in my life and despite its growing appeal, many myths and misconceptions still surround the idea of traveling alone. In this blog post, I want to bring light into the world of solo travel, sharing tips, insights, and inspiration to help take that leap to embark on your own solo adventure and also to debunk some of the most common myths about solo travel.

Myth 1: Solo Travel is Lonely

Reality: By definition of solo traveling where you are traveling on your own, solo travelers may experience moments of solitude, however loneliness is not a constant companion. Traveling alone often leads to more meaningful interactions with locals and fellow travelers. It encourages you to step out of your comfort zone and engage with people, often creating new friendships and connections that can be even more profound.

Myth 2: Solo Travel is Dangerous

Reality: Safety should always be a priority whenever you are traveling whether alone or with a group. You should always research your destination, ensure that the area that you have your accommodations is one you would be comfortable with. Stay informed about local customs and laws, and take common-sense precautions. Most solo travellers return home with stories of adventure, not danger.

Myth 3: Solo Travel is Expensive

Reality: Solo travel can be as budget-friendly or luxurious as you choose. Without the need to compromise with others, you have the flexibility to tailor your trip to your budget. You can find affordable accommodations, dine at local eateries, and take advantage of solo-friendly discounts and deals.

Myth 4: Solo Travel is Only for the Fearless

Reality: Solo travellers come from all walks of life and have varying levels of confidence. Solo travel is not reserved for the ultra-adventurous; it's for anyone willing to step out of their comfort zone and explore the world on their own terms. It can also boost your confidence and self-reliance.

Myth 5: Solo Travel is Boring

Reality: Solo travel is anything but boring. Without the need to compromise on activities or itineraries, you can fully immerse yourself in your interests. Whether you're a history nerd, foodie, adventurer, or culture or sports enthusiast, solo travel allows you to focus on what excites you the most.

Myth 6: Solo Travel is Only for Singles

Reality: Solo travel is not exclusive to singles. People of all relationship statuses, including couples, friends, and even families, embark on solo adventures. It's a chance to gain independence, pursue individual interests, and return with enriching experiences to share.

Myth 7: Solo Travel is Selfish

Reality: Solo travel is an act of self-care and personal growth. It provides an opportunity for self-discovery, introspection, and expanding one's horizons. The personal development and insights gained from solo travel often contribute to a more empathetic and culturally aware individual.

Myth 8: Solo Travel is Only for Extroverts

Reality: Introverts can thrive in solo travel settings too. Solo travel allows introverts to recharge in solitude when needed and engage socially when comfortable. It's a journey tailored to your personality, preferences, and pace.

Okay so hopefully now that we have cleared up these myths, let's talk about the benefits, tips and things to remember when traveling solo.

1. Embrace Independence:

Solo travel is a unique opportunity to discover your independence. You are the captain of your journey, making every decision from the destination to the daily itinerary. Embrace this freedom, as it allows you to explore your interests fully, no catering to the group's decision. You can truly do whatever you want, whenever you want to.

2. Stay Safe and Informed:

Safety is a top priority when traveling alone. So again, research your destination thoroughly, familiarize yourself with local customs, and keep important documents secure (having a lock box or suitcases with passcodes are convenient). Share your itinerary with a trusted friend or family member, and stay connected via mobile apps or local SIM cards.

3. Choose Accommodations Wisely:

Opt for accommodations that suit your comfort level and budget. Hostels and guesthouses are great for meeting fellow travellers, despite their media stain. While boutique hotels and Airbnb can provide a more personalized experience. Remember, your solo trip, your comfort, your choice.

4. Meet Locals and Fellow Travelers:

Solo travel doesn't mean you have to be alone all the time. Engage with locals through language exchanges, cultural activities, or guided tours. You'll gain a deeper understanding of your destination and might even make lifelong friends. The best stories come from the random people you meet half way across the world.

5. Pack Light and Smart:

Packing efficiently is essential for solo travelers. Pack versatile clothing, essential toiletries, and important documents in a compact, carry-on-sized backpack. The less you carry, the more flexible and mobile you'll be.

6. Trust Your Instincts:

Your intuition is a powerful travel companion. If something doesn't feel right, trust your instincts and remove yourself from the situation. Solo travellers often have a keen sense of awareness that can keep them safe.

7. Savor the Moments of Solitude:

Solo travel offers precious moments of solitude for self-reflection and self-discovery. Use this time to journal, meditate, or simply soak in the beauty of your surroundings. These moments can be some of the most memorable and magical.

8. Try New Things:

Step out of your comfort zone and try activities you've never experienced before. Whether it's sampling exotic cuisine, embarking on an adrenaline-pumping adventure, or immersing yourself in local traditions, solo travel encourages personal growth through new experiences.

A photo of my solo trip to Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam.

I was the only solo traveller within the group, I went with the intention to not really be social however the group embraced me and always checked in on me, ensured that I was good and and always offered to take my pictures. Imagine if I didn't go because I had no one to go with? I would truly miss out and what a beautiful landscape!

Solo travel is an empowering and enriching experience that can change your life, and it has definitely changed mine. It's an opportunity to see the world through a new lens, gain self-confidence, and make lasting memories. If you are reading this and you have ever contemplated embarking on a solo adventure, this is your sign to give it a try. I have personally never found a solo traveller that has any regrets. I am not here to tell you what to do but I know life is too short, if you are able to, absolutely go for it!

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