By: Ceri Sedgwick Instagram: ceritravelbug
This post originally appeared on ceritravelbug.com
Travelling solo is something most people would never think to do. Its the scariest yet best thing I have ever done and would recommend it to anyone. Step out of your comfort zone, meet new people, face your fears and at the end of it you’ll feel so much more confident in yourself.
In January 2016 I travelled to Asia on my own from the UK. It was the first time I had been that far across the world and first time flying on my own. I had a huge fear of flying before this trip and I even had to Google videos on how to get over my fear as I couldn’t sleep for days before the flight. I experienced the shaky, sweaty palms, paranoia from every noise on the plane, and heart racing out of my chest. And now after 9 flights in the space of that month, I get more anxiety getting on a bus than a plane. I was lucky enough to sit next to some of the loveliest, friendliest people on my flights who completely put me at ease about flying to the other side of the world on my own. If a fear of flying is what stops you travelling solo I urge you to face that fear because you 100% will get over it with time.
I’ve actually lost count of the amount of lovely people I met on my travels, and made friends I would happily fly to the other side of the world for just to see them again. When you’re travelling its normal to talk to strangers. Remember this. Even on boats or buses, people will start a conversation with you, or if you start one with them you’ll never get those looks as if you’ve just offended them for talking like you do back home.
A really easy way to meet people when you’re travelling solo is group tours like G adventures and Contiki
Hostels are also one of the best ways to meet people as some organise group nights out or activities.
Do what you want, when you want, how you want
Planning a trip is so much easier when you have complete control. One of the best things about travelling solo is that you don’t have to worry about pleasing anyone apart from yourself, you can do as much or as little as you want, and everything is your way. This makes your holiday perfect for you and leaves you feeling well and truly happy with your trip.
Don’t ever wait around for someone to do something or go somewhere with you. I’ve learned that if you did that, you would never do anything. People are either busy, have different interests, have different budgets, or are unreliable. If you desire to go somewhere, don’t let the fear of going alone stop you.