What keeps you from travelling solo? Or from doing anything solo for that matter? Fear? The majority of the time, the answer is fear, plain and simple! Fear of the unknown.
We are all protected by our little bubble and very seldom do we find the courage to step out of that bubble into the world of the unknown, no matter how strong our desire is to do so. I am here to tell you that bubble can be burst!
“There is nothing to fear but fear itself” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
Now that we have determined that it is fear, and fear alone that deters us from travelling solo, follow the recommendations below to see if you are able to burst your bubble, escape your comfort zone and enter the world of solo travel:
F – Find/Determine Your Fears
In order to determine if the fear that you have is “real” or “perceived”, write them all down. This will help you put everything into perspective. Review the list and cross off all “perceived” fears, which will then leave you with your “real” fears. It is my guess that there won’t be many, if any, fears left. If you want to escape your comfort zone, it is imperative that you are completely honest with yourself throughout this step.
E – Educate/Evaluate the Destination
Fear is often caused by the unknown. Determine where it is that you would like to travel (hopefully not in a war zone), and then educate yourself and evaluate the risks that might be involved in your chosen destination. When evaluating your chosen destination, it is important to learn as much as you can about the destination, including culture, religion, language, etc. During this step, it is also important to take your interests into consideration.
A – Assess the Safety
It is this stage of your solo journey that I believe is the most critical. You will now be armed with everything you need to know in order to make an educated and informed decision as to what destination you want to travel to. If, through your research, you have determined that your chosen destination has too many unknown risk factors, not including “perceived” risk factors, then choose another destination. Keep in mind that when travelling solo you are responsible for your own safety, and a little bit of self-defense knowledge can go a long way.
R – Ready to Go
You now have a wealth of knowledge about your chosen destination and you are finally ready to burst that bubble and join the world of solo travel. Go with confidence. You won’t regret it.
Are still hesitant to take that first step into the world of solo travel? If I haven’t yet convinced you, then Solo Travel; Escaping Your Comfort Zone and Solo Travel; The Good, Bad and Ugly Truth might help to convince you to take that first step into the world of solo travel.
It is true that I have been travelling solo for almost 10 years, but you might be surprised to learn that I continue to follow these 4 steps when I am planning
“Traveling alone will be the scariest, most liberating, life changing experience of your life. Try it at least once!”
Benefits of Solo Travel
Once you have completed your FEAR evaluation, the bubble has now burst and you are off and running. Well maybe not running, but you’re off! I can’t emphasize the benefits of solo travel enough. I guarantee that once you have travelled solo once, it will be in your blood. You won’t be able to wait to do it again. Solo travel has so many benefits most of which help you grow as an individual. They are endless!
- you become more dependent
- you become more extroverted, as you will open up to fellow travellers along the way
- you become more aware of who you are as a person
- you see the world in an entirely different light, with much more appreciation
- your stress level is lower
- you learn to make decisions and solve problems on your own
- it is completely liberating
- you gain a sense of total freedom
- you realize “hey, I can do this”!
You have conquered your FEAR and you are now armed with all of the tools you need to burst out of your bubble and into the world of solo travel. I would love to hear about your solo adventures.
You can do this! It is time to escape your comfort zone, burst that bubble, and step out into the world of solo travel.
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do” – Henry Ford
For more tips and tricks on solo travel and adventures, please join me on my travels as we travel the world solo just one step at a time.
SAFE AND HAPPY TRAVELS!