Ten Truths I tell My Friends about Solo Travel
I know. I write about and encourage — you could even say that I promote, solo travel. I think it is an important, life enriching experience. But, it is not necessarily easy – even for those of us who travel solo on a regular basis. So, I share with you these ten truths, secrets if you will, about my own anxieties or hesitations when I travel solo.
- I’m nervous every time I enter a new city. I’m not scared, just a little anxious as I get the lay of the land and understand how things function.
- I’m not a great researcher and I’m definitely not a big planner. While I always know where I will stay (this I plan for at least the first night if not more) I don’t necessarily have a lot of other plans.
- Solo travel stretches me. People find it hard to believe that I’m on the shy side because solo travel has built my confidence and helped me shed inhibitions.
- My Achilles heal is managing my documents. I’m getting better but at the airport I still check for my tickets, boarding pass and passport over and over again.
- I may appear free spirited but I am cautious. I’ll chat with anybody in public but go with just about nobody in private.
- I don’t really enjoy flying. I”m not afraid of flying I just find it frustrating to spend so much time waiting. My favorite means of transportation is train. It’s social and relaxing and I get to enjoy the country I’m traveling through.
- My favorite accommodation is a small inn or a B&B that operates like one. I enjoy sharing breakfast with people but I like having my own space as well.
- I’m not keen on tourist offices. I may go to the tourist office for a map but that’s about it. If I arrive early in the day, my first stop is a cafe where I can likely chat with locals. (See my post on finding were the freelancers work.) If I arrive later in the day I go to a neighborhood bar. My objective is to learn what locals would recommend rather than what the tourist office wants me to do.
- I admit that I can get frustrated when I see or experience something amazing but don’t have someone to share it with.
- I don’t always travel solo. I travel with friends and family as well.