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Solo Travel – Should you do it?

Back in January 15′, even before I started this blog, I made a few goals. One of which would be to travel somewhere outside of the UK completely on my own. This may sound like nothing to a lot of seasoned travellers, but I’m a home bird and it was quite a big deal to me. I found this course I wanted to attend in Paris around the same time, and decided it was the perfect opportunity to achieve this goal.

I wanted to share with you all how I felt before, during, and after my trip. So that maybe some of you who want to take the leap but are a bit nervous, or have never considered it, or even gone loads of times can get a bit of insight into a first-timers head.

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Making Friends

I’m really glad I chose to go on a course rather than just book an airbnb and hope for the best, because it gave me the chance to meet people as soon as I arrived. I know that if I hadn’t done that it’s unlikely I would have plucked up the courage to go out and make friends on my own, and probably would have had quite a solitary time otherwise. Although I’m happy spending time on my own, the first night I spent there before I met anyone, I was quite anxious. I think just the act of meeting someone in the city was quite reassuring, even if I had only known them a few hours.

Not only does it make being in a different country from your friends and family a little easier, but meeting people is a wonderful experience on it’s own. I met some beautiful people from all over the world that I’m sure I will stay in touch with, even now we are back on opposite sides of the planet.

Accommodation

As I’ve already said I was nervous on my first night in the city. I was staying in a lovely ‘Chambe De Merde’, which is an apartment on the top floor of a block in Paris. Although the flat was lovely and clean I felt nervous being there on my own, I could hear other people walking around the corridor, and I couldn’t help but feeling like I was vulnerable being on my own. However, after a few days, I felt a lot more comfortable, but that was because the flat I was staying in was so safe. I think in the future, I would always make this a priority when booking accommodation – because feeling at risk in a place where you need to sleep is not an enjoyable experience.

Being Alone

I did really enjoy spending time on my own as well as with the people I met, I looked round museums, and shops on my own, and having the ability to do whatever you want to when your on holiday is a really rare and wonderful thing. I had some time to really think, and consider things that are happening in my life, and having that time, has led me to make some new decisions, that I feel confident of, because I was able to consider them without any personal distractions.

Would I do it again? 

The whole experience was really eye-opening, and put a lot of my anxiety into perspective. I don’t like the thought of missing out on things because I’m too scared to do them. I feel more prepared to travel further away in the future and for longer, now that I know I am actually capable of keeping myself alive.

 

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  • Carolanne K Minter

    I really want to do this. What do you mean by you did a course? Can you tell me a bit more? xx

    • I took a training course in dance and theatre (I’m an actress) but there are others I’ve looked into like Art History, and cooking etc. you can find a course in pretty much anything if you are interested in doing one! xx

  • Nicky

    I would love to visit a European city on my own, but I’d be soooo nervous! Thank you for the tips though, if I ever pluck up the courage to go for it…
    Nicky x
    teaandtakeaways.wordpress.com

    • I hope you do one day! You’ll have a great time, but similarly if it’s not for you, then that’s fine too! Thanks for your comment! x

  • Jennifer K

    I spent a couple of days in Liverpool by myself for a course, and will be heading to Edinburgh this weekend to do the same. I’d definitely agree that travelling someone knowing you’ll meet others is a good way to do it. I’ve booked to go to South Africa for a couple of months as my medical school elective, and although I thought I was going alone and was all prepared for that, turns out one of my good friends is going to be there too!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

    • Oh that’s so nice that you’ll have someone you know there. And yes, i think it’s reassuring just to know there will be someone you know in the near vicinity, even if you don’t see them, or know them that well! Have a great time in Edinburgh – it’s one of my favourite cities int he world!

      Milli x

  • Glad you had a good time! I think there are so many good options for solo travellers, companies like Contiki pretty much specialise in bringing solo travellers together which is good if you don’t want to do it alone!

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Ah that sounds brilliant, thanks Jasmin, will definitely have a look! xx

  • Jordan Courtney

    Wow that’s amazing! I suffer badly with anxiety so I know at the moment I could never travel alone – especially outside of the UK. However, one day this is something I would most definitely like to do! Sometimes when I travel with someone else I feel as though I miss out on things because I’m so conscious of if they’re having a good time that I stop doing things I want to!

    I would love to hear more about the course you did!

    Jordan | JordanCourtney

    • yes, it is so hard to get over it, but I think once you do it once the anxiety goes away! I hope you do it one day!

      I did a course in dance and acting – it was great!

      x

  • I’ve never traveled on my own because I worry about safety but I feel like it’d be really fun to manage my own schedule and plan things to my liking! Glad to hear you had a good time!

    xoxo Emily
    http://www.ditchtheheels.com

    • Yes, I think there are many places that are very safe though, and as long as you are careful you’ll be fine! Thank you!

  • reneejessome

    This sounds so exciting but I think I would be too afraid to go alone! haha Maybe one day!

    Renee | Lose the Road

    • I was too – but it’s definitely worth doing!

  • Ahh yes, but that is the beauty of google maps! x

  • I would love to solo travel soon but I’m a tad scared, I’d like to backpack around Europe for a start as its closer. Thanks for sharing this post 🙂

    http://www.zekalin.com

    • You should definitely give it a go!

  • Holly Ah-Thion

    Love this post – I’m thinking of travelling soon and there’s so much to think about. Thank you for the eyeopener!

    Holly | http://www.thekittyluxe.com

    • Thanks Holly, I hope you have a great time travelling!

  • Frey de Fleur

    I’m going on my first solo trip this May (eek) and I’m really excited. I think it will be a great opportunity to explore the world on my own and have some quality ‘me time’. Hopefully I even make some friends along the way! x

    http://www.freydefleur.com

    • Freya, that will be amazing! Where are you off to?