Two small words that scare a lot of people.
They used to scare me too. I let a lot of travel opportunities pass me by because I had no-one to go with. Friends were either busy, broke or simply not as ‘wanderlusty’ as me. And I am perpetually single.
But turning 25 and graduating from University made me reexamine my life, my goals and how I would spend my meagre paychecks.
I decided it was time to be bolder, take more risks and go after the things I wanted. To get the hell out of my own way.
But what will I do all day?
Well, whatever you want! Travelling alone provides the ultimate freedom. You have no one to answer to, no one to consult and the world before you. Whether you want to go sight-seeing, hiking, lying on a beach or stay in and read a book, everything is up to you. You decide what to do, what to eat, where to go.
But don’t you get lonely?
The beauty of travelling alone is that you are automatically more open to meeting other people. People are more likely to strike up a conversation when you’re standing alone. Sure, it feels a little awkward to approach others, but once you get over that initial hurdle you’ll see how friendly and open others generally are. Locals are often happy to talk about their city and give you tips. And these days there are so many young people travelling the world alone that you are bound to meet some. And they’ll be happy to hang out and exchange stories, share a meal/drink or go explore with you.
If you’re new to the world of solo travel I would recommend starting with a short trip, like a weekend away in a city. There will be plenty to do and see and you are likely to meet others. Or go on a Workaway. That way you’ll save some money by working for room and board and you’ll be with other volunteers (depending on the work).