2017 the year of solo travel – Inspiration from 17 travel bloggers

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Thinking of taking a solo trip in 2017? This year is set to be the year of solo travel (According to Lonely Planet a new survey by BookYogaRetreats).To help inspire you to book your first solo trip I’ve done a roundup of some great advice from 17 solo travel bloggers to help inspire you to take your first solo trip.

 

Traveling alone is one of the most liberating things you can do for yourself. To me it meant confronting fears and anxieties – turns out meeting strangers isn’t scary after all! I found myself more open and approachable while on a solo trip, and it resulted in really memorable experiences.

Ana – World Untamed 

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Even though I was a bit nervous the first time I traveled by myself (to Italy), it turned out to be one of the best trips ever. I had all the time and space to myself and learned how to be comfortable with and enjoy my own company. It also pushed me to get out of my comfort zone and connect with strangers, making friends along the journey.
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Tip: for those who get bored being on their own, Couch Surfer is a great place to meet up with locals or fellow solo travelers.

Svetlana – The Stylish Voyager

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 Traveling solo will give you the chance to the journey of self-discovery. When you are out here, you will realise how amazing the power of the human soul is. We are capable of anything! I was so scared when I first started backpacking South America by myself but when I learned that we can endure everything if we try, everything will fall into place. Trying will give us the best memories of our youth.

Trisha Velarmino – P.S. I’m On My Way

 

 

If you want to step outside your comfort zone and see what you’re made of, then solo travel is for you. Try it, you might surprise yourself!

Tom – The Travelling Tom

 

 

 

Be curious – curious about the different people you’ll encounter, the different places and sights you’ll see, and the different cultures and customs you’ll experience.  You’ll get the most out of your travels this way, I promise.

Diana – MVMT Blog

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When you’re approaching someone to start talking with, make your accent as neutral as possible and speak slowly. If people can understand you from the get go, generating conversation is a lot easier.

Jub – Tiki Touring Kiwi

 

 

If you’re thinking of going, just go. Regret is way worse than fear. This should tell you everything you need to know: I left on a six-month trip. Next month I’ll have been gone three years. I don’t think I’m halfway through my trip yet.

Nathan – Foodie Flashpacker 

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Going away on your own takes a lot of courage but it is also very rewarding. You are your own boss, you can go with the flow and not care what everybody else thinks. You learn how to be alone, learn things about yourself and how to trust yourself – it will boost your confidence. Re-invent yourself and go on a solo adventure.

Eve – Evas Foot Prints

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Think good thoughts! If you’re familiar with the Law of Attraction, you know that thoughts help create your experiences. Visualize yourself enjoying that solo trip and meeting all sorts of people.

Katherine – Tara Lets Anywhere

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Embrace it! Traveling with friends can be stressful and difficult. When you travel by yourself, you can develop the itinerary exactly the way you want it and see as much or as little as you want. Plus, you’ll meet great new friends on the road.

Alison – Eternal Arrival 

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You will never have “enough money,” you will never have “enough time.” If you make those your barriers to travel then you will never make your dreams come true. Stop everything now and book your flight. You can figure out the rest.
Jack – Jack is an avid traveler and virtual assistant for hospitality, travel, and tourism you can follow him on Facebook

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My piece of advice is for people my age – 47. Don’t be afraid to stay in hostels full of twenty-somethings! You’ll learn a lot and it will give you a boost of energy seeing how excited people are who are just starting their own journeys. Plus, hostels are great for people my age because I never have to guess at what to do – someone is always doing something interesting!

Michael – Round The World Guys

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Worried you’ll get lonely if you travel solo? Simply strike up a conversation with the person next to you in line at a coffee shop or museum. You’re never truly alone!
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My biggest tip for your first solo adventure is to join a group tour. Generally, there are many other solo travellers in the group and not only do you get the safety of a semi-organised tour, you get to meet so many amazing friends for life. 

Sally – Travel Blog Squad

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Just GO! It’s easy to think of ‘what ifs’ and postpone your trip, but I promise it will be the best thing you do! Say yes! Take every opportunity!

Lily Travella

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The best advice for any solo traveller is to avoid outside influence.  Your parents won’t be too happy about you running off overseas; conservative friends may try to persuade you that it too dangerous. Don’t let their fears guide or stop you from doing what you really want to do.

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And my advice?

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Make a plan, but stay flexible. You never know what opportunities might present themselves on the road. I like to book my first nights accommodation so I know where I’m going from the airport. But I’ve booked too many places that have been in the wrong area or just not been very nice. This way you aren’t tied down and can move on once you decide the best place to be.

Claire – Claire’s Itchy Feet

Well, I hope we have inspired you to book a solo trip in 2017! If we have or if you have any advice for future solo travellers then please do leave me a comment below!

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Thinking of taking a solo trip in 2017? This year is set to be the year of solo travel (According to Lonely Planet a new survey by BookYogaRetreats).To help inspire you to book your first solo trip I’ve done a roundup of some great advice from 17 solo travel bloggers to help inspire you to take your first solo trip.

 

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28 Replies to “2017 the year of solo travel – Inspiration from 17 travel bloggers”

  1. What a great post! I totally agree with Sally from Travel Blog Squad. The first couple of times I travelled on my own, I joined a group tour. It’s a great way to start if you’re unsure about solo travel. I have met some great travel buddies that way too.

  2. I love this idea and already follow and love alot of these travel bloggers! They give some great tips, I especially agree with what Jack had to say about never having enough time or money! You just gotta go for it!

  3. Perfect list to follow and get inspired 🙂 . I know most of them too 🙂 Wish you a happy new year full of travels. Hope our paths cross somewhere 🙂

  4. I really appreciate Nathan’s suggestion. I’ve always found solo travel really intimidating so this advice is great!

  5. Very cool to see all these solo-travelers getting out there and seeing the world. I’ve never traveled solo.

  6. I’ve travelled solo to many countries in Europe and I really enjoy it. Reading others’ similar experiences gives me a very delightful feeling 🙂 Thanks for compiling this inspirational list

  7. What a great idea for a post! I love that you got advice from a lot of other solo travellers as well as providing your own advice. It makes it seem much more possible if many others are doing it!

  8. Some great blogs features here and some great advise. Thank you for putting this together. It makes a really interesting read. I agree with all of the advise given. All the best for 2017.

  9. Love all the inspiration here!!! So glad to see so many people taking solo trips. Thanks for the feature 🙂 Happy New Year and happy travels in 2017!

  10. Thank you for this inspiration! I am now about to take a step traveling solo and I really need somebody to kick me!

  11. Thank’s for the list!
    There was a few bloggers that I didn’t know!
    Time to read their blog 😉

  12. Wonderful list and great read. Really inspiring. One thing that I have not done so far is traveling solo. Hope 2017 will see me do a solo trip 🙂

  13. Very inspiring! I liked tips of flexibility in your itinerary and communicating better with locals. 2017 is set to be fabulous riding solo!

  14. I took several solo trips, but I can’t help it – I just don’t like it. I always admire to the people who are doing it, but in 2017 I will continue to travel in a couple 🙂 happy and safe travels to all of you guys, no matter the way you travel!

  15. Such an inspiring list. Though I prefer to travel with my family much, I have always admired the solo travelers who have taken that big step of traveling and exploring the world on their own. I enjoyed reading this post, especially the various tips they have provided, some of them we follow even when not travelling solo.

  16. So inspiring! 2017 is the year I decided I will take my first solo trip abroad! My friends and family think that it’s way too dangerous, but I just can’t let fear keep me from doing what I want 🙂

    Elena | http://www.inspiredtoexplore.com

  17. Great list! I definitely feel inspired after reading this 🙂 I liked Jub’s comment about making your accent is neutral as possible when meeting new people. I have definitely toned mine down (Australian) a lot, especially when meeting people whose first language isn’t English. It helps make conversation easier!

  18. What a great source of inspiration! I definitely think everybody should travel solo at some point, it’s so liberating.

  19. These solo travelers are oh so inspiring. I am friends with Trisha Velarmino and she has always been my travel hero. That girl is amazing. I’ve traveled solo before and in the beginning it was scary but once I’ve done it, I realized that there is nothing to be afraid of really. And now I’m excited to go on my first travel this 2017 and it happens to be a solo trip in Taiwan!

  20. I love solo travel. Even though I’m in a long term relationship it’s still something I do all the time.

  21. Thanks for sharing such a great list filled with inspiration. I’ve heard of some but not all so will check out those that I have missed. Wishing you the best this 2017!

  22. That’s a great round up of travel bloggers. This inspires me to travel on my own too. Hopefully, I get to do it this year and I’ll inspire others too next year.

  23. This is such an inspiring blog post. I’ve been backpacking around my beautiful country, the Philippines for almost 2 years now and just like them, I really enjoy and have learned a lot as well along the way. They’re truly an inspiration for me and would still see myself backpacking around my country and hopefully outside the Philippines in the near future as well. I’m learning a lot from their travel experiences.

  24. was totally inspired! it’s amazing how like-minded people can inspire us to do more! thanks claire!!! happy new year!

  25. Thanks for this post Claire… you just made my feet more itchy as well 🙂 but I don’t want to find a cure for it :)))
    More travel or solo travel to all of us this year…

  26. Very inspiring collection of advice. I especially agree with Katherine from Tara Lets Anywhere about the Law of Attraction. (although not only with respect to solo travel…) 😀

  27. These are some really inspirational travel blogs for solo travel this year! I know many people are scared/wary of travelling solo, and these blogs will give those travellers inscription and motivation to take the leap and go for it! Thanks for this post 🙂

  28. Tara Let’s quote hit me up hard. I would love to travel solo because I control my time and everything!

    xoxo,
    Julia Antoinette
    http://juliaantoinette.com

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