Profile picture of Kiss From The World
Profile picture of davide puzzo
Profile picture of Neha Singh
Profile picture of Lilly
Profile picture of Sara
Profile picture of Keith Kellett
Profile picture of Maria
Profile picture of Dharmendra Chahar
Profile picture of Shane Cameron
Profile picture of Subho Das
Profile picture of South Africa Tours
Profile picture of Krishnakant Vishwakarma
Profile picture of Pandorasdiary
Profile picture of Tracy A. Burns
Profile picture of Camel Trip Morocco
Profile picture of Aditi Roy
Profile picture of Maite González
Profile picture of Anirban Chatterjee
Profile picture of Tara
Profile picture of Meg Stivison
Profile picture of sakrecubes Cubes
001_Multi_country__Travelling_Solo__can_you_do_it__Kiss_From_The_World_travel_and_people_magazine

Travelling Solo: can you do it?

For me, travelling solo is no biggie. I love it and I’m totally used to it (having done most of my travel abroad alone). I’m not saying it wasn’t scary at first, it absolutely was! I remember the first time I travelled solo. I planned to spend 2 months in South East Asia (Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand). I flew into Bangkok late in the evening and got a taxi to the hotel I booked – usually I’ll book a hotel for 1 or 2 nights at the beginning of a trip (to ease into things), and 1 or 2 nights at the end (to sleep in a comfy bed and have an amazing shower or bath after being on the road for a month or two!). I woke up the next morning and looked out the window onto the bustling streets of Bangkok and my stomach dropped. I’d been to Bangkok before a couple of years earlier and travelled around for a month or so, but I wasn’t solo then. I thought “Fire truck! I can’t go out there by myself! You idiot, you have 2 months of travelling solo, what were you thinking?!” … then I thought “suck it up, get out there, and enjoy it” – and I never looked back. Of course I still get nervous sometimes travelling solo, but for the most part, I absolutely love it.

So do you think you can travel solo? Here’s five things to consider before travelling alone

Are you comfortable and happy in your own company? Or do you generally need lots of people around you? Whilst one of the things I love about travelling alone is that you meet loads of new people, there’ll be times when it’s just you. Do you think you’ll be ok with that?

If you need to have lots of people around you, are you up for “putting yourself out there”? Travelling solo sometimes means walking up to a table of people (or even just one person) and starting up a conversation. Is that something you’re cool with?

In those times that you’re alone, all you’ve got is time to think. Sometimes your thoughts might drift off into some new and unchartered territory in your brain. It can be a bit confronting at times. Have you got the strength to deal with what might come up?

Being a woman travelling solo can be a bit more of a challenge (than for you menfolk). A single woman travelling alone will generally get more attention – from men (especially in Latin America) and sometimes other women think you’re a bit crazy! Have you got some tactics in mind to deal with that?

When you’re travelling solo, it means being much more vigilant with your belongings because you don’t have a mate to keep another set of eyes on things. Sometimes this means for example, going to the bathroom with eeeeverything you’re carrying! Another reason to travel light, especially when you’re going alone.

Now I’m not saying the points above are pros or cons of travelling solo, but they’re things you need to think about. I’ve inspired and encouraged a lot of friends to try travelling solo. For some it’s worked, and some it hasn’t. For me it’s the perfect way to travel:

I can do what I want, when I want – it’s the ultimate feeling of freedom;

if I don’t feel like talking to anyone, I don’t have to – perfect for those days you feel like being anti-social; and

it’s such a great way to build confidence – the first solo trip I did, I felt like I could conquer the world! I could do anything and I didn’t need anyone!

But of course, the only way you can really find out whether travelling alone is for you is to try it! So get out there and explore this wonderful world we live in!



Profile photo of Penny de Vine

Penny, or Travelling Penster as she's better known, is a thirty-something Australian currently living in Panama, with a serious travel addiction. Since her first trip abroad with a high school friend at 17, she developed an insatiable dependence on travel, and has since needed a fix every year or two. To feed her addiction, she has at times, sold her belongings, quit jobs, and left friends and family to travel unplanned and independently through almost 20 countries. She founded travellingpenster.com to share stories, tips and pics from her amazing experiences across the globe … pssssst! She wants to get you hooked on travel too :)



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Skip to toolbar