“Some journeys can only be travelled alone!” – Ken Poirot
There are places I want to go, experiences I crave, food I have to try, and besides so little time to accomplish it all, finding the perfect travel partner can be challenging. After missing out on one too many bucket list item because of a reluctant travel partner, I packed my bag and boarded a flight – alone!! And yes, it was scary, especially that first time, but isn’t growing old without experiencing everything you want from life, even scarier?
Solo travel is liberating, it gives you the ultimate freedom. It offers you ample opportunity for self-reflection and growth, it is eye-opening and daunting. When you wake up in the morning, it is all about you: what you want. Where you want. When you want…. In this kind of freedom and infinite space of possibility, you meet yourself. You hear your own voice. You reach the limits of what you like and don’t like. The only voice of reason is your own – you want to leave? Feel like mingling with people, reach out to the strangers. Leave. You want to bungee. Jump!
Maybe solo travel is not everyone’s cup of tea, but I would suggest you try it at least once. Each time you go away, you learn to become a little more independent, a little more tuned in to your own emotions and desires – a little bit more YOU.
5 Guidelines for first time Solo Travellers
- Safety first. Be sure one person back home knows where you are, and check in regularly.
- Make yourself available for local discovery and connections. A stranger is just a possible friend you have not met yet. Talk to the locals, hang out where they do, even if they all speak a foreign language!
- Get lost! My favourite thing is to get lost, mostly I don’t do this intentionally though! Having the confidence to just wander around and be lead by the invisible line leads to the best travel stories. (and lots of steps on your Fitbit!)
- Solo travel means ultimate freedom, embrace it and take things at your own pace. Don’t rush through “must-see” lists, the joy is in making the decision you want for yourself. Solo travel allows you to be whoever you want to be. Dive into the experience, trust yourself, and take the chance to express all aspects of your personality.
- Some solo travellers love the completeness of freedom, while others prefer a more structured option. Join a group of strangers that has the same values and interests than you. African Yogi tread a comfortable middle ground.. allowing you to kick back on your own, while with a group of like-minded people.
You will never be alone if you like the person you are with! Book your ticket, pack your bags and get to know the person you really are. There’s only now….adventure awaits!