For as long as I can remember, I have dreamed of traveling to different places around the globe. However, life happened and setbacks were inevitable but lets face it, I’m not getting any younger. In the past I had let relationships, work and at times, dwindling finances hold me back from really going to all the places I have dreamed of going. Ok, ok so to be completely honest, I always thought it would be nice to have a travel buddy. It became apparent that wanting your significant other to go travel the world and share the experience of exploring new places, was a total fairy tale. For me, at least. So…for those of us who aren’t able to trek the globe with a travel buddy, we must make the decision to go alone.
The thought of traveling alone, can be extremely scary.
Let me backup for a minute and add that, I’m not saying I have never traveled or seen other parts of the United States (and a small part of Canada), but there is still a longing in my soul to just go exploring. Call it the travel bug, wonderlust, or longing for a nomad lifestyle. Whatever the case, that feeling lives in my soul. So, I have decided to face my fear and plan a trip, alone…eeeek!
I’m learning that there are certain parts of the world that may be unsafe for a solo 30-something woman traveler. However, is any place really 100% safe? Traveling alone is, in itself, is taking a huge risk. For me, it is about facing a fear. It’s about healing and stepping outside of myself so I can learn more about other people and places. Ultimately, for me personally, it’s largely about growth. Growth is my goal. (However, growth for me, is always a goal.) #goals
Below I have put together a short list of things my newly solo traveler brain thinks you should consider before taking the plunge. (I’m 99.9% there will be more added to this list later.)
- Don’t let fear hold you back. Once you make the choice, just stick to it. Sure it’s going to be scary! Face the fear and believe in yourself!
- Do your research. There are so many informative blogs, sites and books out there to offer information on the best places to go, what to expect, how much certain things cost, etc.
- Pack accordingly. This involves a bit of planning if you’re anything like me.
- Most importantly, let someone know where you’re going. (Duh, no brainer. But it happens.)
My next solo trip is still in the planning phase but I will be updating my blog periodically on my progress. So stay tuned!
I’m listing a few informative blogs/websites for those who are looking for more information and tips on traveling solo: