Solo Travel; Escaping Your Comfort Zone

Congratulations! You are ready to escape your comfort zone and you have booked your flight abroad.  You are now ready to take on the world as a solo traveller. Wait! Hold on! Not so fast! This would be a great idea if you were an experienced solo traveller.

For those of you who have never travelled alone, remember you have to learn to walk before you can run. Solo travel is much like training for a marathon. One step at a time.

“Good girls go to heaven, bad girls go everywhere.” – Mae West

TIPS ON HOW TO ESCAPE YOUR COMFORT ZONE

Solo travelling can be intimidating for those of you who have never tried it before.  My first recommendation would be to start small. The following are the baby steps that you should take before stepping out on your own to far.  The more often you take that step on your own, the easier it will be to escape your comfort zone.

  • visit your favourite local weekend destination. You may even already have a favourite hotel or B & B that you like to stay at. This is even better, as the fear of solo travel is the unknown, so book it!
  • do your research to determine what your destination has to offer. Whether it be cute little shops, wineries, cycling tours along a river, be sure to create an itinerary. If you don’t do this, you will find yourself sitting in a room alone trying to figure out what you want to do, all while feeling sorry for yourself. This defeats the purpose of travelling solo.
  • If you don’t feel comfortable stepping out on your own, book a tour with a group.  This is also a great way to meet other travellers.
  • I still find meal time the most intimidating.  There are ways to get around this.  If you don’t feel comfortable eating at a restaurant alone, grab some food to go (make sure that it’s healthy), of hit the nearest grocery store and pick up some snacks.  If you really want to escape your comfort zone, the following can make it easier for you:
    • sit in a corner of the restaurant against a wall.  This is also a good idea for safety, so that you can see what is happening around you;
    • bring a book or newspaper with you to read while you are waiting for your food;
    • scroll through your phone
    • this is a good time to journal your travels
  • Keep telling yourself that nobody is paying attention to you (and usually they aren’t).

Solo travel is all about discovering your inner strengths, connecting with people, nature and culture, as well as getting out of your comfort zone. Feel the freedom of solo travel and get out and explore your surroundings. You deserve it.

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Sometimes we all need solitude in order to reflect and find ourselves. This is one of the many great benefits of solo travel.

I hope you enjoy your first solo travel experience. If you are anything like me, you are probably hooked now and ready to move on to the next step. Remember, escaping your comfort zone requires just one step at a time.

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To gain more insight into solo travel, you might like to read The Good, Bad and Ugly Truth About Solo Travel, and Let’s Get Ready for Takeoff

I can’t wait to hear all about your first solo experience. The good, the bad and the ugly  I want to hear it all!  Leave a comment letting me know how successful your experience was, or send me an email. I can’t wait to hear all about it.  I would also love to answer any questions or provide any encouragement that you may need.

HAPPY TRAVELS!

Kelly xoxo

25 thoughts on “Solo Travel; Escaping Your Comfort Zone

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  3. Beth Ann Borchers

    Hi Kelly, Getting ready to START solo traveling and while I am slightly trepidatious I am more excited! I found you on Instagram when you commented on one of TheglobalGlutton’s posts. Noticed you are older and I’m 61. Feeling great though and so ready to see the world for the first time.

    I’m InnerChildReboot on Instagram. Following you everywhere I can on social media.

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    1. Just One Passport

      Beth Ann what you are feeling is completely normal but solo travel is the most liberating thing you’ll ever do. I’m here to help ever step of the way. I can’t wait to here about your 1st solo adventure!

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  4. Sage Scott

    My biggest (maybe only) hang up with solo traveling is eating out at a restaurant. In addition to your awesome suggestions to combat that I’ve tried two other things: 1) If food is served at the bar, sit there. Not only will the bartender chitchat with you, but there are often other solo travelers/diners sitting there, too. 2) Get carry out and eat back at your hotel/hostel. 🙂

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  5. Michelle

    These are great tips. Eating alone has really never bothered me. I just sit there confidently and people watch usually, lol. I can see where this is intimidating for many people though, so your tips are great!

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  6. trekkiehousesitting

    These are some great tips for solo travel. I travel with my boyfriend full-time, but now I’m itching to break away once in awhile to experience this.

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  7. whatilearnedis

    It used to be so easy to pick up and travel with people, I was always blessed to have a big travel squad. Now, as the squad moves onto other big adventures like having children and buying houses, it’s super hard to have them commit to bigger trips, and even sometimes small ones. I know I’ll have to embark on a solo trip at some point if I want to see more of the world, and I’m SO damn nervous! I really love your point about starting out at a place I already know and love, I think I can handle that. It’s like you say, one step at a time!

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  8. Jim Jones

    My wife and I are getting more used to the idea of each of us (occasionally) taking a trip on our own. I love photography, she doesn’t. She loves sleeping in, I’m an early riser. And so on, and so on. She’s my favorite travel companion in the whole world – but sometimes, a guy’s just gotta go their own way for a while.

    Great article packed with very good tips on getting outside your comfort zone. I know the “eating alone” thing is hard for some people – that was my biggest challenge at first, too.

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