Though travelling with a group of friends is super fun, solo travelling gives you a whole new perspective about your own life. Safety concerns do hold us back from having the fun of setting out on our own adventure, meeting new people and discovering a new connection with our own self. Your first Solo Trip is always a big hurdle, clouded with concern over security and loneliness. Only when you get over that hurdle, will you realize the personal benefits of Solo Travel and soon it becomes your preferred mode of travel.
As I am gearing up for my next Solo Trip in a matter of days, I decided to revisit those petrifying scenarios that clouded my mind when I was planning the trip. If you are an introvert and socially awkward like me then I am pretty sure you might relate to the below thoughts whenever you had to travel alone. There are always those bizarre ‘What-if’ situations bugging a First Time Solo Traveler.
What if I get Scammed?
You can get scammed even if you are traveling in a group. Every tourist destination has its share of scammers waiting to prey on you. Moreover a noisy group of tourists will attract scammers than a solo traveler who can easily blend in with the crowd.
What if I have to eat alone?
If you are new to the place and have not met anyone to hangout with, then you can find yourself in this situation. The answer for this one is to always carry a book. I already purchased mine for my next trip. But if you are staying in a hostel. then it is quite rare that you will be eating alone.
What if I lose my luggage?
As if to be stranded at a new place alone not a good enough reason to lose your cool. Losing your belongings is more than one single reason to scare the living shit out of you. If you are reckless like me, get a travel insurance. That should get you covered.
What if I miss my destination?
You sleep on a train and miss your destination. Or even worse, you get on a train in the opposite direction and end up in a place called ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch’ (This place exists). Well that could be a disaster or a start to new adventure. Always confirm before you hop on any ride in a foreign land.
What if nobody understands what I say?
There are many places where you might have to face the language barrier. That is a truth you need to travel with. Trust your sign language. There are many language translate apps you can have in your phone. They may come in handy.
What if I am not brave enough?
You think you are not. Staying in your comfort zone is not brave either. Humans are adaptable, it might take time but you always adapt to new places, food, weather. Remind yourself of those reasons that made you take the Solo Trip in the first place.
What if go broke?
Losing your wallet while on a trip along with your credit cards. Nightmarish !!! Well you did not travel this far to sleep on a bench. Stop stuffing all your cash in the wallet. Keep some in your backpack, stuff some in your socks(kidding…), it might stink but not when you are broke. Or try making money on the road.
What if I get sick?
When you are traveling you may have to eat food which has never been introduced to your system before. You will be subjected to a different weather. You will fall sick initially before your body adapts to the sudden change. If you are someone who has got allergies or prone to getting sick frequently, then you better carry your prescribed medicines with you.
First time solo travelers tend to treat their trip like a ‘Man vs Wild’ episode. It is way easier than you think. Time to kick away the ‘What-Ifs’ and set sail.
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