Travelling alone can be a magnificently liberating way of seeing the world but it can also be a somewhat daunting prospect.
If you want to travel and don’t have anyone to do it with then all hope is not lost. There are some easy ways to lose the fear of solo travelling that are well worth looking into.
Start Off Gently
You aren’t planning a year-long backpacking expedition on the other side of the world as your first ever solo trip, are you? The best way of losing the fear of travelling along is to start off gently and take it one step at a time.
For a start, why not make a day trip to a nearby city on your own? Even a short and easy trip like this will act as an introduction to some of the pleasures and challenges of solo travelling, as well as letting you work out what it is best to take away on trips like this.
If all goes well you can then ramp up the level and maybe go on a weekend trip somewhere a bit further way. In this way, you can become ever more comfortable with situations such as eating out alone, finding a room and generally making the most of your solo travels.
Before too long you should be ready to take on any sort of trip alone. The joy of solo travelling is something that you won’t ever want to lose once you discover it and realise how much fun it is.
Go On a Charity Challenge with a Group
There is also a way of arranging a trip on your own but with the comfort of going with a group and having everything well organized for you. By looking at the current list of charity challenges you can choose a trip that suits you without the fear of doing it alone.
These events are terrific for adventurous people who want to travel and do some good for the world at the same time. Because they are organised on a group basis there is nothing to fear from the idea of doing this even if you don’t have anyone to go with you.
This makes it a safe and secure way of visiting exotic places such as the Great Wall of China, Vietnam and the Sahara Desert. The fact that these challenges offer treks and cycling challenges to destinations all round the world means that you should be able to find one that is perfect for you.
Stay in Busy Hostels
Choosing the hotel to stay in can be one of the toughest parts of arranging your first solo trips. However, it becomes a lot easier when you realise that the best move is to stay in a busy hotel with other travellers.
This is the easiest way to meet other people rather than being stuck in your room along at night. The best hostels will typically have some sort of communal TV room or even a bar, where you can relax and enjoy some company.
This isn’t the type of place where only young people can stay either. No matter what age you are, you can find a nice place to stay and some company in a good hostel.
Even if you don’t speak to many people there, the knowledge that you have other travellers around you should help to make it a better spot for you to spend a few nights than in a hotel.
Organise Your Trip Well
One of the great things about a solo trip is that it gives you a huge level of flexibility. When you only need to worry about yourself then you can take things as they come and make up your plans as you go along.
Having said that, it is also worth taking the time to organise your trips well, especially at the outset when you may have some fear. By having a well thought out itinerary to fall back on you can take some of the weight off your mind and not stress too much.
When you become an expert on solo travelling later on then you may no longer feel the need to do so much planning. However, it is definitely worth taking the time to do this in your early adventures.
If you follow these simple tips then before too long you should be comfortable heading out on solo trips to pretty much anywhere in the world. This will open up a whole new world of possibilities and action for you.