Finding Strength in Solo Travel
“Travel can be one of the most rewarding forms of introspection.” – Lawrence Durrell
Hi Joriki Lovers!
Hilary from Life of Travels back for more.
Kevin and I fell in love through travelling, and needless to say it is a shared passion that we enjoy doing together. I am very grateful for adventures with my favorite travel companion, but our travels haven’t always been together.
We’ve each gone out on our own to see new places and have new experiences. I can only speak for myself, but I have often found these journeys difficult. Just like in yoga, your travel experience can teach you a lot about yourself. So, over the years I’ve learned a few things to help me on my way and I’d like to share those tidbits with you.
Solo travel doesn’t have to mean a grand trip. If you’re skeptical about whether solo travel is for you, then start small. Try exploring a new neighborhood of a city or go on a solo hike in a nearby park. You can work your way up to driving or flying to domestic destinations and spending a weekend, to eventually flying to a new country for a private getaway.
Building yourself up over time can give you the confidence you need to become the solo traveler you want to be!
On my way to Guyana in South America I decided to stop over in Trinidad for a quick trip around the island. I packed and planned the whole trip myself and in the weeks leading up to my first flight I was definitely ready to go. That being said, when I got to the airport I became super nervous.
This anxiety continued through my flight and by the time I arrived at my hotel in Trinidad I was in a full on panic. I had to calm myself down and did some reflection on how I got to this point. Taking the time to breathe and center myself left me in a better place. I continued this exercise throughout my trip and still put it to practice whenever I’m flying solo.
Prepared for morning hikes and a trip in Baja, Mexico
Photo Credit: Kirstie Ruppert
There is a difference between packing for a vacation with a companion and packing for a solo trip. On a solo trip there’s no one to turn to and ask if they have an extra something or if they remembered to pack an essential. You’re accountable for bringing what you need and then lugging it all around with you throughout your trip. There is some fun in finding a place to pick-up forgotten items, but often you’ll save yourself time and money by being prepared!
Try a packing list and conducting research on the activities you’ll be doing and the area you’ll be staying in so you know what to bring!
Pausing to enjoy the sites of Budapest, Hungary
As a woman who lives in an urban area I am always watching my back, and this definitely doesn’t stop when I travel, alone or in a group. This isn’t meant as a warning or in any negative way, just a general reminder.
Think about where you’re going, who will be there, what time of day it will be and how you’ll get home.
I know it seems silly, we’ve all heard this on repeat throughout the years, but I cannot stress it’s importance. Having had several scary experiences abroad, I am more alert than ever. Your experience is important, but your safety is even more imperative.
Don’t forget to have fun!! Of course this sounds simple, but it is easy to become wrapped up in prepping, packing and moving about. Remember why you’re travelling and challenging yourself. There’s so much to learn and see out there, and you don’t need anyone but Y-O-U to start your journey.
So get out there! Have fun and be safe!