For anyone who has just arrived here on World of Wanderlust, Hi! My name is Brooke. In December 2013 I sold all my things and packed everything I had left into a suitcase to travel the world… solo. I was 22 years old when I left home, had just completed my university degree, and despite not knowing where I was going with my life, I knew I was at least going in the right direction.
But there comes a point where you realise that is exactly what life is about – not doing what is right, what is acceptable, what is expected of you and knowing where your life is headed… instead, it’s just about going in the right direction. Besides, believe you can and you’re half way there.
So let me tell you everything I know about Solo Travel
A crash course:
Lets start with the obvious but complex question, Is Solo Travel Safe? This question is asked expecting an answer, but considering how elusive this question is, it is not entirely possible to answer without considering a number of factors. Generally speaking, there are few countries in the world that are considered completely unsafe for travellers – not just solo travellers – which should be avoided. Any country with an established tourism market is likely to be safe for solo travellers.
Will I Enjoy Myself? Of course this totally comes down to the individual. However if you have been brave and bold enough to make the decision to go alone, chances are pretty high that you will enjoy yourself on the road solo. It will be a rollercoaster ride of good and bad, highs and lows, but this is all a part of the experience.
I booked my ticket. Great. Now How Can I Calm My Nerves? A few handy hints to remember: The worst that can happen is that you hate it, turn around, and go home. But if you don’t try, you’ll never know. Ask a stranger to take your photo (just learn how to pick a good one!). Pack light and buy what you need as you go… you’ll be surprised how little you can live with when forced to. Dress & act like a local. Use your judgement… if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Still want more? If you’re after specific solo travel tips and would like your questions answered or just need a few words of reassurance, please leave a comment in the section below! I’d love to hear from you!