Congratulations! You are ready to escape your comfort zone and you have booked your first 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, you have to take it just 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 daunting and intimidating for those of you who have never ventured out on your own before. My first recommendation would be to start small. The following are the baby steps that I recommend be taken before stepping out on your own to far. The more often you take that step on your own, the easier it will become to escape your comfort zone and you will then be ready for that first big trip abroad.
- 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 and a familiar place is a good place to start, 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 you 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.
- Even after a decade of travelling solo, 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), or hit the nearest grocery store and pick up some snacks. If you really want to escape your comfort zone, the following can make eating alone 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
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.
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 and venture further abroad. Remember, escaping your comfort zone requires just one step at a time.
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 🙂