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 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.
R – Ready. 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.
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!