Hi friends! I’m here today to help guide you along on what is bound to be an exciting and life-changing first solo journey! And trust me, after you travel solo once… you’ll wanna keep doing it!
I started traveling solo because, as a freelance TV producer, I’m lucky to get a decent amount of time off in between projects. But unfortunately, a lot of that time off doesn’t coincide with that of my friends or non-existent significant other. I wanted to go to cool places and see new things and explore the world… but had no one to go with. Until it dawned on me, why not just say screw it and go by myself?
So that’s what I did. I booked a plane ticket to Japan on a whim. Luckily I’d been there in college and have studied the language, so I kinda knew what I was getting into. But this was my first time going out of the country totally alone for three weeks. I knew it was going to be a challenge. And I was scared. But more than anything, excited!
With each solo journey I’ve been on, I’ve done basic research on areas to stay in and have prioritized the most important things I want to do and see when I’m there. Thanks to so many online communities, Facebook groups, and even random people’s Instagram posts, I’ve gotten some great advice! Don’t be afraid to ask others for help. People love talking about their travels and sharing tips, so seek them out if you’re confused!
When I tell people I travel solo, the main thing they always ask is, “Don’t you get lonely?” Honestly, I don’t. Part of that is due to hostels! I looooove staying in hostels. Sure, you’re jammed in a room with a bunch of people you don’t know who most likely snore and probably leave their stuff everywhere… but you’re never alone! I’ve met some incredible people from all around the world who I’ve explored with because of hostels I’ve stayed at. Sure, it isn’t a private room in a hotel, but for me, roughin’ it a little bit is a whole part of the travel experience. It’s cheap, exciting, and a place to sleep… and that’s all I need. (Pro tip: bring sleeping pills or headphones if you’re a light sleeper!)
Another great thing about traveling by yourself is the fact that YOU get to pick whatever YOU want to do whenever YOU want to do it! You can do as much or as little as you want in a day without anyone to hold you back. If you want to eat exotic chocolate for lunch, take an afternoon nap, or go for an evening run… you can. The world is your oyster!
All in all, traveling solo is amazing. It’s difficult. There are highs and there are lows. But you learn SO much about yourself. You learn about a new culture and get to reflect on your own. It’s scary going somewhere new that you’ve never been to, but nothing in life comes without taking a risk! You’ll come back a stronger person.
Get out of your comfort zone for a little bit and go somewhere alone. I promise it’s worth it!