Thinking of solo travel? It can be very daunting to start out on your own, it doesn’t matter if you are a female or male – solo travel can be scary when you first start out. When I stepped off the plane, 5000 miles away from the safety of my family and friends, it was the scariest moment of my entire life. I had no idea what the hell I was doing, I didn’t speak the language – I honestly wanted to turn around and go right back home: to my cat, my parents, my own bed. Forget about my dreams of solo travel. Forget about adventure. But then, as I was on a 3 day hike to Trolltunga in Norway, I remembered the reasons I chose solo travel in the first place.
1. I Hate Confinement
Sitting in a classroom, in a tiny desk, always drove me crazy – up the wall crazy! I am a girl that loves to constantly be on the move, which I have my grandmother to blame for. While I am a graduating college this semester, I find myself thinking of my next adventure. The thought of being stuck in one place for moths or years causes my heart to stop every time. While solo travel always scared me – mostly due to the thought of being away from my family and going outside the box of normal society – the thought of confinement scares me more.
2. Dreams are Possible
5 years ago I was sitting at lunch, in high school, writing about my plans to travel Europe after graduating high school. My ex-friend caught what I was doing and started laughing at me. she said I would never accomplish this. Not even 3 months later I packed my bags and left for Europe. Suffice to say we aren’t friends anymore and you can imagine why. She was not the only one that would laugh at my dreams for wanting to travel the world. I even had a few high school teachers saying the same thing. They just thought it was a ridiculous dream. Solo travel not only proves to me that dreams of traveling the world can come true, but proves and shows others that their dreams can come true. No matter what it is do not let others laugh and tell you different. Since that day, 5 years ago, I have traveled most of the United States, all of the Caribbean except 2 islands, over 6 countries in Europe, 2 countries in South America, Mexico, and am still planning places to go.
3. Solo Travel Saved Me
Solo travel helped me find myself when I was at rock bottom. Not even 5 months before I left for my solo travel adventures I was laying in a hospital bed fighting for my life, fighting to live for a world that I thought turned its back on me. I told myself that if I fought to live I would see this beautiful world that’s full of life – which I never saw before. I will fight my illness to bring happiness not only to myself but to others as well. Do not let anything hold you back. The world can cause pain sometimes but there is more good in the world than most see.
I hope that I gave you all the ambition to get up and solo travel just as I have. I know that it can be scary when you first start out. Trust me I was there but every time I return to the States I find myself thinking of the adventures that I could be on rather than sitting at home!
Safe Travels my beauties,