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How I Am Preparing For My First Solo Travel Adventure

It feels kind of strange to be writing about preparing for my first solo travel adventure. To be honest it’s never something I imagined myself doing. No one in my closest circle has ever solo travelled but over the last few years, I have wanted to take the plunge and try it for myself. Then lockdown happened and life took a complete 180, so I had to put it on the back burner.

From all of the blogs and forums I read online, solo travel seems like a life-changing experience for many people. And I guess the reasons for wanting to go away solo differ for everyone. Before I moved into my own apartment the thought of being alone for large amounts of time was something I couldn’t comprehend. I’ve now come to appreciate my own space & company so it feels like the right time to give it a go.

It’s probably a combination of new travel measures and going it alone but I almost forgot how much there is to arrange when you go away! (First world problems I know). But here are some ways I plan to make the most of my time while I’m away on my first solo travel adventure.

Research

Depending on how long you are away, you are likely to want to plan your trip to some degree. That way you can make the best use of your time and fit in all the things you want to see and do. Thankfully I already have my flight and accommodation booked, so now I am scrolling the internet to conjur up some kind of itinerary for while I’m there.

If it’s your first experience I definitely think being organised will help you feel less anxious especially in the build up to going away. Think visas, where to stay, local culture, weather, etc.

Have intentions in mind

Before going away it’s worth taking some time to reflect on what you want to get out of your trip. There are intentions behind everything you do and a solo trip is no different. Maybe you want to build on your confidence and self-awareness, spend more time in your own company, or connect with other travelers. Remembering why you took this opportunity can help you make the most out of your trip!

Keep expectations at bay

As with anything in life, things are going to take unexpected turns and aren’t necessarily going to work out the way you planned. If you have too much attachment to how the trip will plan out and worry too much about the finer details you are taking some of the enjoyment out of the experience.

For me, I just want to enjoy the culture and have time away from the real world for a bit. There are a few things I plan to do, but other than that I want to go with the flow and see where things take me.

Staying connected

While it might be a solo trip, that doesn’t mean you have to be completely disconnected. I can imagine there are times when solo travel can get a bit lonely. Of course, there are other travelers you can interact with, but it can be tough to be away from the familiarity of your home. I plan on maintaining frequent contact with loved ones, and that way they also know that I’m safe and well.  

You could consider this blind advice seeing as I haven’t traveled yet but I’m hoping these things will help ease me into my first solo travel adventure.

I love hearing about other’s experiences so please do share any stories/tips you have for solo travel. I’m hoping this will be the first of many!

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6 thoughts on “How I Am Preparing For My First Solo Travel Adventure

  1. Girl, your life is about to change! I push all my girl friends to go out and try solo travel atleast once. It might not be for everyone but if it is for you, you are going to get a thrill unlike any other. Not only is solo travelling good for your soul, it also makes you feel so much for confident knowing there is nothing you can’t do.

    My tip – try to find (and book) a local guided group tour/walking tour – for your first day. This will help you see the place from a local’s point of view, you won’t feel overwhelmed or alone since you’ll be in a group and you might come across other solo travelers and find a buddy to hang out with. (also locals are able to tell you about offbeat places/good food places that not a lot of people know about)

    Have fun, Olivia! Looking forward to reading your stories!

    1. You are making me so excited for this and I am hoping it will be the first of many! Thank you so much, I will definitely look into a walking tour and it’s so interesting to get to see things from a locals perspective. Also I hope to have some stories to share but I don’t have a knack for telling stories like you 😂

  2. Traveling solo is so much more different than traveling with friends and family. It’s good that you are already researching what to do and trying to come up with an itinerary for yourself. One thing I recommend is do not be afraid to wander. Pick an area you’re interested in, find landmarks to lead you back to your starting point, and then wander the streets. Some of my best moments were getting lost in the back alleys, finding hidden graffiti/art pieces, and cute little cafes along the way.

    Excited for you, from preparation to departure!

    1. I definitely agree, by wandering you find things you weren’t expecting and that makes the trip all the more exciting! Thank you so much, have you done a lot of solo travelling?

      1. I’ve done it only twice, both times outside of the US. But I am constantly on the look out for the next time I am able to travel internationally again and feeling the excitement of being in a different country.

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