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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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!
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
And my advice?
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.
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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!