Go Travel Alone; You Won’t Regret It!
Travelling alone is generally thought to be unachievable. Most people are afraid because they believe they will get lonely, they worry that they can’t afford it, or they think that it’s unsafe. Specifically for female travellers, safety can be a huge deterrent for solo travel.
When travelling solo, it is important to understand the difference between being alone and feeling lonely. Often, you will be alone throughout the journey, but not necessarily lonely. Alone refers to the state of being, as in taking a bus from one city to another by yourself. However, loneliness is the sad emotional state you feel in response to being alone and isolated.
When you’re on that bus alone, you might make a friend with the backpacker sitting next to you or the young couple trying to plan out their next adventure in front of you. New friends can be found just about anywhere: cafés, in line, waiting at a bus or train station, or getting to know your roommates at a hostel. These friendships might only last for a few hours where you share memories together discovering a new city, and some might become longtime friendships where many memories will be shared throughout a lifetime.
Being able to afford travel can also be an issue for solo travellers. Luckily, there are many different options to find accommodations. Traditionally, hotels and B&Bs have always been options; however, now in the modern-day world of Millennials, there are many new possibilities. Airbnb and Couchsurfing have become popular alternatives to hotels and B&Bs. With Airbnb, you can pay a fraction of the price of a hotel and have the accessibility to a kitchen so you can cook and save money on meals. Couchsurfing is an option for those who are a bit more adventurous as it entails meeting and staying with someone for free usually in exchange for friendship during your stay. Workaway and HomeExchange also are different options to consider as a solo traveller that works by trading some type of physical work in return for a place to stay and sometimes food.
Safety is another reason why people choose not to travel alone. However, when you make friends in different places, it changes the level of comfort tremendously. Of course, that isn’t always an option. When there is no other recourse, the advice is a bit clique but true: Stay vigilant of your surroundings, walk in well-lit areas, and make sure you know the phone number of emergency services.
At the end of the day, travelling alone is an amazing experience. It builds confidence in oneself and one’s ability to problem-solve. Travelling alone also encourages the understanding of different cultures and perspectives. Although overlooked by some people as not important, these life skills translate to other aspects of life including personal and professional life.
Plan a trip, prepare yourself, and enjoy!
Deterrent- something or someone that discourages someone from doing something
Millennial- the generation of people born between the early 1980s and mid-1990s
Alternative – different option
Exchange- the action of giving up something for something else
Tremendously- to a great extent
Recourse- help for a difficult situation
Vigilant- keeping careful watch in case of danger
Overlooked – failure to notice
- What are the reasons for which people tend not to travel alone?
- What is the difference between being alone and lonely?
- What are the benefits of travelling?
- Have you ever travelled alone? Where did you go? What was the best part? Discuss the trip with your tutor.
- If you haven’t travelled alone, plan a trip with your tutor with details of what you would do, where you would go, etc.
- Do you have any other helpful advice for solo travellers?