I’d always wanted to travel but never had the courage to do it. I was worried about safety and money, and I didn’t think I could handle being alone in a foreign country. Then one day, after reading an article about solo travel, I decided to take the plunge – and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. After backpacking across Europe, Asia and Australia over the last three years, here are some tips for anyone else thinking about embarking on their own adventure:
The world is a huge place, so where do you start?
The world is a huge place, so where do you start?
The first thing to note is that there are no hard and fast rules for where to go. However, there are some guidelines that can help you find the right place for your trip. The main factors I consider are:
- A country/city that’s not too far away from home;
- A place that isn’t too expensive;
- A place with relatively low levels of danger and risk; and finally…
Some things are too good to rush – take your time.
Don’t rush. Take your time. Don’t feel like you have to see everything in one go, or even in one day. Remember that backpacking is about exploration and getting lost in the unknown, not just ticking off the sights from a list on your phone app (although booking tickets for museum exhibitions can be a good idea).
Plan and research, but let the journey be about exploration and spontaneity.
There is no guarantee that you will have the time of your life, but it’s certain that if you don’t plan for your trip and research like crazy, you won’t.
However, planning and research are only a small part of what makes a successful trip. The best advice I can give as an experienced traveler is not to be afraid of spontaneity. There’s nothing more thrilling than exploring new places with an open mind and trying things out for yourself—even if it means changing your plans on a dime!
- Don’t be afraid to meet new people: If someone strikes up conversation with you or invites you over for dinner, don’t hesitate! You never know who will become one of your lifelong friends or maybe even future travel companions (and everyone has their own story). Even if they’re not interesting enough for long-term companionship (eek!), they might know someone who is! So take every opportunity presented to learn about other cultures through talking with locals—because there’s nothing better than getting lost in conversation with someone who knows their city well enough to give insider tips on where all the good food spots are located 😉
Make sure you have the right gear.
You’ll want to make sure that you pack light, and make sure that your gear is right for the climate, activity, safety and comfort.
- It’s important to remember that when traveling alone for long periods of time (many months) it can be difficult to carry around heavy equipment. There is only so much space in backpacks, so if the item isn’t useful or necessary bring something else instead!
- Bring along a rain jacket or some sort of waterproof clothing if there is a chance it might rain while out on your trip. If you’re going somewhere cold then don’t forget warm clothes such as thermal underwear and jackets too!
- It could get dusty while hiking through jungles or sandstorms while trekking through deserts; therefore ensure all electronics are protected with waterproof covers/bags before leaving home 🙂
Get used to the foreign food.
The food in foreign countries can be a little different than what you’re used to. Try to find the local cuisine, try eating it, and be adventurous. Eat at local restaurants and don’t be afraid of trying new things on your plate. Be open to trying new food and enjoy the culture!
You may find that some people think that you won’t like their country’s food. They might even say “Americans eat McDonalds all the time.” Even if this is true, Americans also eat steak, sushi and filet mignon every once in a while too! So don’t let anyone discourage you from eating something because it’s not Americanized enough for them–you go ahead and order what sounds good!
Don’t be afraid to be alone.
I know, it can sound scary. You’ll be in a foreign country with no one to turn to when you need help, but that’s why it’s important to choose a destination where there are plenty of other travelers around. You will make friends along the way and even if they don’t speak your language, they will understand what it’s like. Traveling solo forces you out of your comfort zone and allows you to learn things about yourself that you never knew before!
You’ll also get a chance to explore new places without anyone telling you what sites are worth seeing or how long it should take for each activity. Have fun with this—it could be the best vacation ever!
Traveling can be daunting, especially when you’re alone, but it’s a great way of learning about the world around us
Traveling can be daunting, especially when you’re alone, but it’s a great way of learning about the world around us. It allows us to meet new people and make new friends. It gives us time to reflect on ourselves and see things from a different perspective, which helps us better understand our own culture as well as others’.
I hope this guide has helped you feel more confident about your upcoming solo adventure. Traveling is something everyone should do at least once in their lifetime, and there’s really no better time than now! With all the advancements in technology and transportation options, it’s easier than ever to get out there and explore. You don’t need much money either – just some savings for food and lodging (which can be found anywhere) plus some common sense about safety precautions when exploring unfamiliar places on your own.