No matter who I am speaking to, wherever I am in the world… when I tell them that I am a solo traveller I always get looked at like I’m crazy! I also always get the same response “But your so young!”, “Your so brave!”, “Your so crazy!”, “Aren’t you scared walking around on your own”, “That’s not safe!”… these statements really annoy me and to be honest I get most of these from my family whenever I tell them I am going travelling!
Honestly, I love travelling on my own! I enjoy the freedom, the ability to do what I what when I want and not having to wait around for someone or debate where we go and what we do. If I want to go somewhere I can just hop on my bike and go. I have only really travelled with other people twice, the first time didn’t go so well but the second time was quite recently and I ended up having an incredible experience! I don’t think it has quite converted me away from travelling solo though.
My first ever solo trip was when I was 19, I needed to undergo some work experience for my college course but instead of doing something close to home and boring I decided I wanted to really push myself and go outside my boundaries. At this point in my life I was stuck in a rut. I hardly had a social life and I had really bad anxieties about going outside and meeting new people but I knew that this was not how I wanted to live my life. I wanted to be more outgoing and confident, I just needed to get out of my comfit zone that I had locked myself into. So I got onto the internet and found an volunteering opportunity in Thailand. Thailand was never really a place that I had ever considered visiting but the more I looked into it the more I got excited, so I booked it!
I had an incredible time in Thailand and since then I have not stopped travelling! I caught the travel bug! Since then I’ve travelled solo to Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, France, South Africa, Malawi and I’ve been back to Thailand four times. I can’t stop, nor do I want to. I love meeting new people, it terrifies me but I love it. I love immersing myself in other peoples cultures and trying new things. Sometimes It can get lonely but I enjoy my own company and I am most happy when I’m exploring beautiful places with my camera and finding new sights. I feel that everyone should travel solo at least once in their lifetime, it’s an incredible experience and you learn so much about yourself during this time. You learn how to be strong, independent and what your really capable of. Yes, it can be dangerous but so can walking around your local town. Life is short and you don’t know what is going to happen so that is why I am trying to get the most out of my life as I can, and that is why I love to travel solo!