|Misconception 1: You Have No Friends (indeed, I just gathered these random's for a photo- what? There needs to be a sarcasm font)|
Travel is addictive, and once you've been bitten by the bug you want to see and do more. Undoubtedly if you read my blog, you read other's and rarely do you hear about the days us travel blogger's sat at home and wanted to be there (for a long period of time at least). Some of us go with partner's, or friends and some of us go alone. It's those of us, The Solo Traveller's (particularly the female ones, but that's for an entirely different argument), who get singled out. So here are some common misconceptions about Solo Travel.
You Have No Friends
WHY? Why do you want to travel alone? Don't you have any friends who want to go with you? Surely it's better to share these experiences with someone instead of going alone. Some of us aren't willing to wait for "someone". Some of us want to go now. I almost never ask friends if they'd want to come on a trip with me because personally, I enjoy travelling alone. That confuses people, and is always met with a blank stare and the above question, "Why?". I can make friends along the way, in my hostel, on tours, wherever, once I work out to just smile and go with the flow.
Travelling Alone is Lonely
There is a difference between being alone, and being lonely. For me, there is nothing better in the world than setting foot in a new place, smelling it's air and discovering new things alone. Maybe it's because I spend waaayy too much socialising for work (I'm a waitress, I have to appear sociable at all times) and need time alone. Plus, when you're travelling you meet new people all the time. In some places I've managed only to be alone when I sleep, it all depends on where you are. Chances are there's always someone in the hostel common room or bar waiting for someone to strike up a conversation.
It's Dangerous for Women to Travel Alone
|Bled, one of the most beautiful place's I've been!|
Travel is as expensive as you want it to be. I mean, I even came back from Iceland having spent less than I was expecting, and it's a place known for being expensive. These days travel isn't for the rich and the elite. You can, of course, travel 1st class and stay in 5* hotels, or you can backpack, stay in hostels and use budget airlines. If you really need a private room, then look for hostels that offer them! Most hostels offer breakfast in their price, or you can find a bakery to get a pastry & a coffee. You don't need to buy what a friend of mine calls "dust- collectors", take photo's and let them be your souvenirs.
Eating Alone is Scary
If this is your main worry, then I promise you're gonna be fine! I have no problem eating alone, I do it all the time! At home I eat breakfast and lunch alone- everyone else is at work, and I work split shifts so I'm home alone for these things and it's not a problem, so why should it be a problem when you're out? I've got a favourite brunch spot at home, a friend of mine and I used to go every second Monday when we worked similar jobs & had the same day off. Now she works somewhere else, and I no longer get Monday off. If, however, I find myself at a loose end, I'll head there for brunch alone & snuggle up on their comfy chairs with a book whilst I'm eating- it's GREAT! I promise, just try it, you'll love it!
The truth is that travelling is a pretty enlightening experience, not only do you learn, you grow. You might learn about a new place, or a new language, or simply how to read a map. You might meet someone who's from that place at the top of your bucket list, or somewhere equally interesting. You'll see incredible things, like the Northern Lights, or Gaudi's architecture, or hike a WWI front line, or ride in a soviet tank. Life is out there, and you only get one shot, so go and grab it! Sure you'll be nervous- even I get nervous at the beginning of a new trip, that's normal- but you won't regret it. In fact, I'll bet you enjoy it!
|Life is Out There!|
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