How to Embrace Solo Travel

Solo travel – it's either something you're completely fine with or would never even consider doing. But everyone should try it, at least once in their lives.

I totally understand why people find it so daunting. Hell, I've been there. Right before my first solo trip, I found myself having a small panic attack at Melbourne airport, before my 24-hour transit to Paris. It's incredibly scary taking off half-way across the world, to an unknown land with no-one you know. It really is. But let me tell you, the benefits are incredible!

So, here's how to embrace solo travel to help encourage you to take a chance and do it for you.

Accept the fact that you'll get lonely – and that's totally okay

There's something really special about being comfortable with being lonely. It's so natural to feel sad when you're alone, but instead of getting yourself worked up, pick yourself up and get out. Even if it's just to sit in a park or a beautiful street for an hour, people watching or reading book. It's all okay, and you will survive the lonely times.

Learn to enjoy your own company – because you're freaking awesome

Experiencing anything to yourself is special. It's something to be proud of. Take solace in being alone. Take the time to learn more about yourself and to simply be you. If you're not comfortable eating alone, just do it! Maybe take a book or pen and paper to distract you – or not. The more you step outside of your comfort zone, the more you'll get used to it. And suddenly, your comfort zone just got a whole lot bigger.

Become completely self-reliant

This is a very important lesson to learn in life. No matter what age you are, you're never too old to learn to be self-reliant. And once you've learned it, you see the world and your daily life through completely different eyes.

Stop being afraid of the world – and start being mesmerised by it

Honestly, the world scared me before my first solo trip. I had been programmed to think everything outside of my comfort zone was terrifying. But I was determined to find out if that was really true. And y'know what, it's far less scary than they lead you to believe. It's actually pretty fucking amazing out there. And seeing it through your eyes, well, there's nothing quite like it.

Don't let people hold you back from following your passions

If you want to travel, but have no one to go with, don't let that stop you. Because, at the end of the day, you're going to kick yourself for not going – for not exploring, for not taking a leap of faith, for not pushing yourself. And there's nothing worse than regretting what you didn't do. So just go for it, don't let fear hold you back, and take a chance, for you.

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I urge you and everyone you know to get out there and be comfortable with yourself and only yourself. It'll be one of the best things you've ever achieved – trust me.

Tell me, what are your thoughts on solo travel? How do you embrace it?