Right of the bat, I have known I have always wanted to get out there and explore what the world has to offer.
Absorb cultures, see amazing views with my own eyes, not just through a magazine or a digitally altered Instagram post, taste enticing food and perhaps even meet a few male specimens that could not be found in my part of the world. Come on, now I know you have thought about that!
Oh the joys of the unknown, slightly forbidden parts of the world I long to explore, dive headfirst into the completely absorbable centre of all that has built and sustained mankind.
To this I ask you, have you ever just found yourself planning your next holiday having only just arrived back from your last one, or trawling through large numbers of articles trying to find your next destination, which will either end your travelling craze or fuel the fire within you to find more destinations to which you yearn to visit?
Now many people, some of whom I know very well have either questioned my choice to explore what the world has to offer (really?) or they have wholeheartedly supported my decision and have asked the million dollar question – How did you travel alone?
Travelling alone is daunting but incredibly liberating and empowering
Travelling alone is something we are all capable of, however we have come to believe that in order to achieve something that could take us away from our loved ones and home is something no one can do. Oh how wrong they are!
If someone told me not to travel alone (my first experience of going to a destination alone was Canada, I was 17 years old) Then I would have never forgiven myself for letting an opportunity pass by, one that I could have grabbed with both hands and thrown myself into, which I did!
Enjoy your own company, immerse yourself into the country you have decided to wander
If you have the desire to travel, whether it be backpacking over a considerable amount of countries with nothing more than a few hundred pounds and a scrunched up Lonely Planet guide, or something more standardised such as an itinerary and a
rough guide to budget, location and hostels, so be it!
The world is open to anyone who wants to visit. The question is are you willing to go alone or are you going to depend on that friend who will probably promise you they will come then end up letting you down with a viable excuse?
I know this as I had originally planned to go with my best friend (we had it all planned in secondary school, we were both going to go travelling across the states) needless to say that did not happen. Luckily for me, from that moment I had it embedded in me that in order to fulfill what I had once imagined doing I had to just go. To cut a long story short, please do not count on your friends or family who say they will come with you.
This small thing I like to call ‘life’ gets in the way and plans do fall to the side. Of course you can plan to go with someone but be aware plans do and will change.
The way I look at traveling abroad (backpacking, solo travel for holiday, you name it, I have done it) is that you will undoubtedly make friends, a lot of them will be in the same position as you.
They will be friendly and open and you will find you actually have a lot more in common with these people then you do with your friend back home.
You will create long-lasting friendships and memories some can only dream about.
Grab this opportunity with both hands and explore the part of you that is currently unknown
Have you decided to bite the bullet and travel solo? I would love to know all about it!