Solo travel can seem like such a scary concept. To travel alone to a foreign land and be completely out of your comfort zone can feel intimidating, but will also one of the best things you’ll ever do for yourself. I’ve been on several solo trips over the past 12 years and each experience taught me something new about the world and myself.
I can’t recommend solo travel enough!
Myself, Nadine Sykora of Hey Nadine and Raya Encheva of Raya Was Here sat down and shared our experiences with solo travel. If you’re thinking about going on your first solo trip and have concerns and questions, this video is for you!
There are different ways to travel solo. You can book a flight and wing it, meaning you book your travel plans and just go. There’s also the options of joining a pre-planned group tour, working or studying abroad. Whichever way you decide to do it, these options all have one thing in common – you’re making that delicious to get up and go on your own!
My first experience travelling solo was when I spent a semester studying abroad in high school. I was 18-years old and spent four months living with a host family in Paraguay, learning Spanish and teaching English. While I flew to Paraguay with 13 of my friends, we were all placed in different cities throughout the country far away from each other. I remember how both scared and excited I felt. I was alone in a foreign land where I didn’t speak the language, living with a family I didn’t know and no friends near by. However, it didn’t take long for me to adapt to my new home and completely immerse myself into the experience. I made so many new friends, learned a new language, gained a family, developed new skills and developed a deep love for travel.
This experience was the start of a life filled with adventure that I continue to live each and every day.
Five years after my experience in Paraguay, I found myself booking a one-way ticket to India (with a one week stop over in London). I had no plans and all the freedom to do as I wished. I spent three months travelling from the south to the north of India on one of the most epic adventures of my life. I grew so much as a person and a traveller during those months.
This experience really shaped the person I am today!
Whether it’s for a weekend, week, month or year, solo travel is something I highly recommend everyone experience at least once time in their life.
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Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.