Solo Travel – Bursting That Bubble

Planning as a Solo Traveller

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:

FFind/Determine if the fear that you  have is “real” or “perceived”, making sure to write them all down.  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.  It is imperative that you are completely honest with yourself throughout this step.

E Educate/Evaluate.  Fear is 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 destiny.  When evaluating your chosen destination, it is important to learn as much as you can about the destination, including culture, religion, language, etc.

A Assess.  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.  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.

RReady.  You are now a wealth of knowledge about your destination and you are now ready to burst that bubble and join the world of solo travel.  Go with confidence.

If you are still hesitant and I haven’t yet convinced you, then see Solo Travel – Escaping Your Comfort Zone and Solo Travel – The Good, Bad and Ugly Truth

Female Solo Travel
There is no doubt that solo travel can be intimidating, but once you burst out of that bubble, there is no turning back.

It is true that I have been travelling solo for almost 9 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 that 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 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.  Leave me a comment and let me know where your 1st solo travel adventure will be.  If you are still hesitant and have any questions about your 1st solo trip, shoot me an email.  I am always MORE than happy to help!

You can do this!

SAFE AND HAPPY TRAVELS!

Kelly xoxo

Related:  Surviving Airport Chaos and Carry-On Essentials

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20 thoughts on “Solo Travel – Bursting That Bubble

  1. Sage Scott

    I love solo travel and always appreciate other experiences and views, both from those who love it (and those who hate it). Thanks for sharing your thoughts and approach!

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  2. Eric Gamble

    I remember when I left for Barcelona & Pamplona on my first ever Solo Trip. I was like okay here we go! For me, I went solo because I just got tired of waiting for any family or friends to get their act together so we could have adventures! Often we don’t go exploring because we are waiting on someone else and then we miss out and time flies by us!
    So by just going, you are living! Plus, in this world, you are never truly travelling SOLO unless you want to be alone. I think a great tip for solo travelers no matter what their age, is to stay in hostels. Don’t get me wrong, you don’t have to stay in a giant dorm style room in a horribly uncomfortable bunk bed, (unless that is your thing!) But get a private room in a hostel. Why? Because usually hostels are hubs for activities! They often organize group tours with other guests, they generally have a kitchen or restaurant where you can meet & greet, and usually they have a really cheap yet fun bar were everyone wants to interact with each other even just for a minute! We have always made friends in hostels and to be honest, many were some of the nicest places to sleep especially for the price!

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  3. Cynthia Mackintosh

    I’ve traveled solo at certain events & places, but never on a plane or long distance car ride. I think it would be freeing and that I could explore a lot more! I love all the benefits you listed!

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  4. Teresa Dembek

    Thanks for the insights. While Iusually travel with a large group, i also travel solo for business quite a bit. It allows me to spend some time really seeing a destination. Thanks for the good read.

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  5. jordinjordinsjourneyscom

    2019, I’m making a goal to solo travel! I’ve never solo traveled before, but with your tips and advice, I’m making a point to this year! What type of a solo trip would be best for a first timer?

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    1. Just One Passport

      That all depends on how out of your comfort zone you are willing to go, as well as how much of your time at home is spent solo. When I first started travelling solo, I was married, so I began by going on weekend getaways a couple of hours from home. My 1st solo abroad was to St Lucia, where I stayed at an all-inclusive. I then began to branch out by renting places. It is all entirely up to you, keeping safety in mind always!

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  6. Freya

    Well articulated Kelly! It’s been a few years since I’ve travelled solo (apart from the odd weekend). When I first started travelling, getting over the fear of going solo really changed me as a person and did wonders for my confidence.

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  7. Terri

    Thanks for the pep talk! I have camped in state parks many times on my own, but never really thought of that as Solo travel, but it was! I want to go so many places, to see so many things, and I don’t know when I let fear get in my way, but I did.
    In my 20’s, I left Louisiana in a clunker of an old car and drove to Vegas, in my 30’s, I went to a weeklong conference in Reno. I don’t know how I had forgotten that I used to just get up and go!
    I will be making a list, and planning a solo trip, or two, or three! Thanks for the great idea, my confidence is already coming back!

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