Afraid to Travel Solo? All it takes is One Moment of Insane Courage

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When I tell a person I’ve just met I’m a full time travel blogger, I’ll get one of two responses….


“WOW what a dream job!”
OR :
“A travel ‘blogger’? What do your parents think?”

…welcome to the digital age, my friend. Where blogging is the new black.

But I suppose what they’re really thinking is why am I fortunate enough to travel the world for a living? What did I do to land this job? Where do I sign up!?


It’s not because of my photography skills (that still remain amateur), not because of my incredible wit (though somewhat better than my photographic skills), nor because I am a genius with world history pouring out of my brain (though I did study world history in university). No, it’s none of the above. It’s because I had the courage.


All it takes is one moment of insane courage.


All my life I had been taught conformity. Stick the rules, follow the plan, don’t venture too far beyond the normal. Go to school to get an education that gets me a job which turns into a career that pays for the mortage where my family will live and one day finish paying it off in which case I will be rewarded by a vacation at the end of my life (assuming I make it that far and am in the physical condition to still do so).




On the face of it, through an instagram gallery, it all looks very glamorous – a different country every few days, gorgeous sunsets, stunning sceneries, smiles all round. Well it is that, of course. But it’s also a constant case of jetlag, a different hotel bed every two nights, absurd sleeping patterns, a terrible ‘diet’ (or lack thereof), and restriction of friendships due to time zones/crazy work schedules. But I’m definitely not complaining. I just think it is necessary to be upfront about the reality of travel blogging – it’s still not a perfect world or an extended holiday. I still have real problems and do really mundane things such as ironing, washing, and packing my suitcase is no longer a fun experience – I do it as often as I brush my teeth (which is of course daily).


But there’s still so much I haven’t done – I still want to visit Antarctica on a wildlife expedition, snowboard in Canada, wake up in an apartment in a foreign country, climb mountains, meet the love of my life, surf in South America… the list is truly endless. But the difference between my way of living and that of many others is that I will do these things, no matter what the barriers are – financial or otherwise. I will make it happen.


I don’t have a perfect life, not even close. But I do live in a fairytale world – however it is one I have created for myself. I have had my moment of insane courage and set out to see and experience of much of the world as it will allow me to. I’ll go home eventually, I’ll settle down eventually, I’ll have a family eventually. But I will never look back and wish I had have ‘done more’, ‘seen more’, or ‘been more’. At the end of my life I will have lived my life to the fullest, know people in every country of the world, and hopefully (most importantly) left a legacy.
So go ahead and ask yourself –


What will you be remembered for?


Whatever you’re considering doing in life – a career change, a move between cities, or a small change in your day-today life…. It’s never too late to make it happen. 

In the wise words (he had many a wise word) of John Lennon, “You don’t need anybody to tell you who you are or what you are. You are what you are!”

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    June 8, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    I turn 25 at the end of the year and I was thinking about heading off to Barcelona for a few days, I’ve never travelled alone before so I’m a little nervous to book it and be on my way. I don’t know how ‘safe’ Barcelona is for solo travellers or where about I should stay. I was thinking of maybe booking with Air BnB and doing it freestyle. I’m a worrier as well so I really don’t have the courage you’re talking about haha

    June 25, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    This made me want to book a pair of tickets off to a country I’ve never been.
    I’ve never actually traveled by myself, but reading this I’m really excited to try. I do have friends in other cities and places all over so I could probably crash on a few couches right?
    Love this post! Cannot wait to read more!

    June 23, 2014 at 10:40 pm

    hey brooke, it would be awesome to see a post on finances for travel. i’ve been wanting to travel but it’s so hard to truly gauge just how much money is needed for x amount of time and seeing x amount of places. if you could do a post on how to organize finances for a trip, or just tips you may have that would be truly helpful!

    June 18, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Love this post! I recently decided to backback through Europe as my first solo trip and as my first trip out of North America ever! It really does only take one moment of certainty…and then a lot of stress haha
    I would love it if you could give me some ideas on small interesting villages in Switzerland and Spain, it would mean a lot!

    Ike Tuffuoh
    June 13, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    You are really an amazing woman…I’ve done a few travelling here and there as a business person but trust’s not easy having sleepless nite due to different time zone, saying hello to tomorrow whiles your body system is far asleep. Looking at all this experiences in travelling… I think you are marvellous… Keep it up dear.. But try and meet the love of your love and experience that side as well..hahaha..!!!

    June 8, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Hi Brooke! You have a lovely blog. I am a solo traveler as well and recently started a blog to keep track of my wanderings, and I admire travelers who can successfully turn their blogging into a career…at the same time, I understand that it’s not all glamour and for that reason would probably not pursue it as a lifestyle for myself, but I’m hoping to take another route to allow me to travel while still earning a living, and keeping the blog will always be a part of that. Thanks for inspiring all us other solo travelers…keep on keepin’ on!

    June 7, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Love this write up Brooke!!! Keep it coming. I am the same way.. don’t care too much for packing/repacking suitcase over and over but luckily have figured out what works for my body regarding jet leg. However no matter the small issues, visiting and exploring a new place always makes it all worth it!!!

    Kimberly Gruber
    June 6, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    I found your site a couple of weeks ago and have enjoyed the information. I have shared your site with my oldest daughter (17), Shelby. It is her dream to travel the world. I am encouraging her to absolutely do this. She has written a book and has had it published and is chasing her dreams(since 11). However, I admit, as a mom, I am fearful, nervous, about her possibly traveling alone. Do you have any tips or advice we should be aware of. I appreciate the time.

    Thanks again, Kimberly

    June 6, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    This post is beautiful! 🙂

    June 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    I love that quote “all it takes is one moment of insane courage.” I have yet to find mine…. soon I hope

    June 6, 2014 at 5:54 am

    Such an inspiring post! It really is true that once you make that initial leap it all becomes much easier (and you wonder what you were so afraid of)!

    P.S. Love your new site design 🙂

    June 6, 2014 at 5:50 am

    You sound like my role-model. I’n trying take some courage now, by going to Africa for 4 weeks. It’ll involve a safari, helping a local community and climbing a mountain. I can’t wait!

    June 5, 2014 at 10:26 pm

    U’re my idol..u really inspire me to travel you

    June 5, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    This is very inspiring. You should be a motivational speaker! x

    June 5, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Hi! I stumbled across your blog, and absolutely love it! Congratulations for making travel blogging a successful career. Actually I have taken some months off work in order to travel recently, and many people do not see the “not-so-nice” side of travelling just like you mention in this post: jet lag, living out of the suitcase with permanently crumpled clothes, often not having the healthiest food, spending hours at airports… Still, travelling is the most enjoyable way to spend one’s time! I also started a travel blog recently (uniting my photography and writing), please have a look!

    PS wildlife expedition to Antarctica is also top of my list!

    Brittany Ruth
    June 5, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    You are so inspiring. I also feel that you shouldn’t wait for doors to open or the perfect opportunity to present itself, just go for it. Make it work. Great post!

    June 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    This is very inspiring. I am very fortunate to be given the opportunity to move to Europe and I plan on traveling as much as possible while I am here.