Traveling alone is a freeing experience. There’s no one else you have to worry about, and you can do whatever you want, whenever you want. Of course, traveling alone can also be daunting. You’re more vulnerable to pickpockets than if you were with someone else, and there’s no one there to share the cost of meals or hotel rooms. But even with these issues in mind, traveling on your own has its advantages. In this guide for solo travellers interested in travelling to Paris alone. We’ll explore everything from the various ways people choose to travel alone (from hiring tour guides to simply going it alone) through tips for staying safe while abroad, as well as how best to prepare yourself before leaving home!
You’re never really alone when travelling alone to Paris.
I know that sounds like a cliché, but it’s true. You are always with yourself, no matter the circumstances. Travelling alone is a great way to get to know yourself better and to enjoy some time for yourself without distractions.
However, besides being “with yourself” you can also be “with other people” during your travels – even if it’s only briefly! Whether you decide to join a tour group or meet up with friends or family members who live there already, chances are good that you will come across someone else on your journey abroad in time. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you won’t have any opportunities for quiet solitude—it just means that there will be times when talking is necessary (or even preferred).
You decide your schedule and priorities.
When you travel alone, you decide your schedule and priorities. You can spend all day at the Louvre if you want to, or go to the Eiffel Tower at 10 pm if that’s what feels right. There is no need to worry about coordinating with anyone else; it’s all on you!
One might not think this is much of a perk when travelling with a friend because they’d probably be cool with whatever you decided anyway, but for me personally, I’ve found that this aspect of travelling alone to Paris has been one of my favourite things about going alone: being able to go wherever I want, whenever I want without having to check in or ask permission from anyone else first is such a liberating feeling!
I’ve also found it helpful when travelling by myself because sometimes during these trips I don’t feel like doing anything in particular (like on those days when nothing seems interesting). In these moments when my desire for adventure is low and I’m just looking forward to relaxing somewhere quiet by myself (and maybe reading some books), knowing that there are lots of options available as far as activities go, helps give me confidence that even though today may not be an exciting day, we will still find something fun to do together 🙂
Travelling alone to Paris makes everything a learning opportunity.
There are so many ways to learn new things and grow your mind. You can learn from your own experiences, by observing and learning from other people, or even by reading. In my experience of travelling to Paris alone, I learned about myself, others and about the world around me.
It was an important lesson for me to learn because it helped me to realize that everything is a learning opportunity. If you make a mistake, it doesn’t matter because the most important thing is that you try again and never give up on yourself!
Connecting with others on a deeper level.
When you’re travelling alone, you are in charge of your own itinerary and can decide where to go and what to do. This means that if you want to see the Mona Lisa, then you need to get up early and be ready by 8 am so that you can see her before everyone else. However, if there is a place that interests you but isn’t on your list—say an art event or artisan market—then keep an open mind, as it might just be worth exploring!
The experience of being alone allows us to connect with others on a deeper level. Whether it’s striking up conversations with strangers at bus stops or talking with the shopkeeper down the road when buying bread for breakfast; connecting with other people is one of those things that makes travelling solo more enjoyable than travelling in groups or couples (or even worse: families).
Meeting new people from all over the world.
You can meet people from all over the world. This is a great chance to learn about different cultures, which is something you might not get elsewhere. You may also find that you share similar interests with some of these people and can use the time to make new friends as well.
On top of this, it’s possible that you’ll be able to meet some locals who will show you around their city and provide insight into what it’s like to live in Paris. If they don’t speak English or your other language very well, this could be a good opportunity for both parties involved!
You could also meet someone who has lived in Paris for years but has never travelled outside of France before; this person will have plenty of stories about their life here so far (and perhaps even more advice).
The art of balancing freedom and structure.
Travelling is all about finding balance. You need a bit of structure, but you also have to be flexible and spontaneous. Plan, but being open to the unexpected is equally important. Be independent and adventurous at the same time.
The best way for me to explain this concept is through an example: I was in Paris with my best friend Ryan, who was travelling alone too. We both had plans for the day, but they were flexible enough that we could change them if something else came up (like if we met someone on our walk). For example, we were originally going to go see Notre Dame Cathedral together, but then Ryan said he wanted to go visit Sacre-Coeur instead because he’d seen it before and would rather do something else instead of doing another cathedral tour (he didn’t want us walking around inside another church). We agreed it was better for us both if we each did what we wanted separately rather than sticking together most of the time just so that one person wouldn’t feel left out or bored by themselves!
Travelling alone can be a truly amazing experience.
Travelling to Paris alone is one of the most transformative experiences you can have. It makes you more confident; it gives you an opportunity to make new friends, and it opens your mind up to a world of possibilities.
But travelling alone does not come without its challenges. The first time I went solo involved getting lost in Amsterdam and having to take a taxi back to my hostel with all my luggage on board. On another occasion, I ended up stranded at an airport because they had cancelled my flight because of bad weather—and when I finally got out of there two days later, my suitcase was nowhere to be found!
Travelling alone requires guts and courage, but if you’re willing to put in some effort before taking off, then there’s no reason anyone should stop themselves from doing so.
So, what have we learned? Well, first, travelling alone can be a truly amazing experience. Second, you’re never really alone — there’s always something new to enjoy or learn about. Third, there are many ways you can go about this kind of trip; some people prefer structure while others like their freedom. Finally, it’s important not just to stay with friends and family in your home country but also to meet new people from around the world!