Travelling solo is not as scary as some may think. Our travel writers have tried it and come back to tell you how they managed.
Irina Kvashali thinks that travelling solo is a great way to see that you can be your best companion: “loneliness may introduce you to your true self, allowing you to eventually become comfortable enough to become your own life-long friend. This would eliminate further fear of wanting to go on a solo holiday.” Travelling solo enhances your responsibility, teaches you how to use your intuition, and gives you precious moments on your own with nature.
Bernice Saliba suddenly found herself without a travel companion in India. In challenging situations, she suggests forgetting your habits to be polite and tell the truth – safety may be more important: “People’s outwardly friendliness might make you feel bad to be rude, but if you are not feeling comfortable, it is far better to be safe than sorry, even if in reality many times there might have been no real danger.” For those who think that one must always leave their comfort zone while travelling, she adds, “Don’t feel bad if you’re paranoid.”
Lyndsey Grima thinks that travelling light is key to enjoyment of solo travel. On the other hand, you might want to make space for a book or tablet to keep you busy during a flight. Solo trips may also take more effort to plan – which is not a bad thing.
But if you’ve tried it all and understood that solo travelling is not for you, you can always find a travel buddy online.