Advice for your first solo trip from 17 travel bloggers

Advice for your first solo trip from 17 travel bloggers

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Thinking of taking a solo trip? Each year more and more people take the leap and go on their first solo adventure.

Making the decision to travel solo often isn’t an easy one. Many people are put off by their family and friends or just worry about safety. In this post, I have rounded up 17 of my faviourite travel bloggers to offer those new to olo travel a little Inspiration.   So here is some advice for your first solo trip from 17 travel bloggers to inspire you to take your first solo trip.

Advice for your first solo trip from 17 travel bloggers


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.
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 




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



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




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!

Heather – Wanderlust Wayfarer

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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






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.

Alison – Inspired Wanderess 





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.

Claire – Claire’s Itchy Feet

Well, I hope we have inspired you to book a solo trip! If we have or if you have any advice for future solo travelers then please do leave me a comment below!
Advice for your first solo trip from 17 travel bloggers


Looking for more solo travel inspiration?

Traveling solo in New York City | How to make friends in NYC

What I Learned Traveling Solo in Colombia as a Woman

What It’s Really Like Traveling Solo in Cuba as a Woman

Solo travel in the Philippines

3 Personal Safety Tips for a Solo Female Traveler

Safety Advice for Solo Female Travelers in Guatemala

How solo travel helped me overcome my fears

Inspirational Solo Female Travellers | Michelle Hardman

Staying Safe While Traveling Solo | Top Tips From 8 travel bloggers

5 things not to say to a girl who travels solo

How to stay safe as a solo female traveler

 to be Culturally Respectful When Traveling Solo

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This post was proofread by Grammarly


Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • – I LOVE especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

This Post Has 28 Comments

  1. nisha

    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 🙂

  2. Corinne

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

  3. amanda

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

  4. Amanda Williams

    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.

  5. Fiona Mai

    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

  6. Megan Indoe

    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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. Lynne Sarao

    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!

  10. Anita

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

  11. Maxime

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

  12. neha

    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. Danni Lawson

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

  14. Maja | Mexatia

    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. SindhuMurthy

    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. Elena

    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 |

  17. Chantell - Adoration 4 Adventure

    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. Gemma

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

  19. Marge

    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. Jean

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

  21. The Travel Ninjas

    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. Me-An Clemente

    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. ERICA

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

  24. 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.

  25. Louiela

    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. JuliaSan

    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 🙂

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