I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard this, “Travel alone?! Are you crazy?! You’re gonna wind up just like that movie Taken!” To which my response is usually something like, “haha, um, naw, pretty sure I’m not and I’ve done it a lot. It’s fantastic!”
I remember my first trip alone was to Ireland. I didn’t know anyone and was going solo. International travel as a young woman can be incredibly intimidating. I remember my parents dropping me off at the airport and starting to panic thinking “what am I doing? What have I gotten myself into? Is it lame if I just go back home and pretend I didn’t plan this?” I think I may have even cried a bit saying goodbye to my parents and them looking at me like this could be the last time they see me. Ahhhh the drama of being me and headed on a big adventure. The continuation of that story is I met someone very nice on the plane and then was so excited I couldn’t wipe the huge smile off my face even if I’d stubbed my toe on a metal table. We all know how bad that hurts!
I landed in Dublin, Ireland and managed to make it to my hostel without any majors problems. Thus began the adventure of a lifetime. I ended up driving a manual car on the wrong side of the road, dancing traditional Irish partner dancing until I couldn’t stand anymore, meeting long distance relatives who quickly became family to me, and meeting so many fun people along the way that I was forever hooked on solo travel. Don’t get me wrong I love traveling with other people too but there will always be space for me to travel solo. It’s rewarding and refilling like nothing else I know of. Next time you see a place you wanna go and no one else can afford the time or money, consider taking the adventure on your own! I bet you’ll like it!
And don’t forget! Booking a tour is always a great way to meet people and make new friends!