Solo Travel Advice: Travel With Confidence

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I’ve always been a huge advocate of solo travel because I strongly believe that it’s one of the best ways to find out exactly what we’re all capable of. It can be easy to rely on someone else or bounce ideas off someone, but having the courage and sense of adventure to go it alone is such a special feeling. In this post I want to show you a few different ideas for solo travel destinations, as well as helping to answer some of the more common questions that come up around the subject

Solo Travel Destinations: First Timers

If you’re brand new to solo travel it’s totally understandable that you might want to start somewhere relatively within your comfort zone, which is why European city breaks make for the perfect first step. My first solo trip was to Rome and it was definitely comforting to know that there would be plenty of people, a familiar currency and loads to stay busy with. Here are some of my top recommendations to fit the bill.

Rome

One of the best things about Rome is that the main sights are conveniently located within walking distance of each other, allowing you to immerse yourself in the city’s rich history and vibrant atmosphere without the need to navigate a complex public transport system. Strolling through the charming streets, you’ll discover hidden gems at every turn, from ancient ruins to magnificent landmarks. And let’s not forget about the culinary delights that Rome has to offer – the delectable food scene will surely satisfy your taste buds and add an extra layer of delight to your experience!

Barcelona

This is an absolutely fantastic place to be if you’re seeking a relaxed and laid-back vibe that’s just a stone’s throw away from home. With its stunningly beautiful beaches, there’s no shortage of breathtaking natural scenery to immerse yourself in. Moreover, you’ll find an abundance of exciting activities and attractions to keep you entertained throughout your stay. And let’s not forget about the impeccable public transport network that ensures your travels are not only convenient but also safe, clean, and reliable. This place truly has it all, making it an ideal destination for those in search of a perfect introduction to solo travel

Dubrovnik

A little further afield but still very accessible, Dubrovnik is one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, nestled along the stunning Adriatic coastline. From wandering through narrow cobblestone streets of the picturesque Old Town, to discovering impressive landmarks like the iconic Dubrovnik Cathedral and the majestic Lovrijenac Fortress, there is no shortage of things to explore. The locals, known for their warm hospitality, add a special charm to the experience, making it thoroughly enjoyable and unforgettable. Dubrovnik promises an enchanting journey that will leave you with lasting memories

Solo Travel Destinations: Road Trips

If you’re a bit more experienced when it comes to travelling solo, or looking for somewhere slightly more challenging, road trips can be a great way to see more of a destination but still retain control over what you’re doing. This does of course require being comfortable driving in another country, but honestly within an hour or so it’ll feel completely normal. Here are some of my favourite suggestions for solo road trip destinations.

Iceland

The quiet and scenic roads, surrounded by breathtaking landscapes, combined with charming and cozy accommodation options, make Iceland the perfect candidate for an unforgettable and epic road trip. Immerse yourself in the peaceful tranquility of this magnificent country, where you can explore majestic waterfalls, stunning glaciers, and vibrant geothermal springs. Experience the unique beauty and serenity that Iceland has to offer, making it an ideal destination for an adventure-filled solo journey on the open road

Scotland

One of the most breathtaking and picturesque counties in the entire world, Scotland boasts an unrivaled natural beauty that is simply awe-inspiring. Located right on our doorstep, this enchanting country is best explored with the freedom and flexibility of a car. And if you truly want to immerse yourself in Scotland’s stunning landscapes, the renowned North Coast 500 route is an absolute must. This iconic journey takes you through a mesmerising tapestry of rugged coastlines, majestic mountains, and charming villages, allowing you to witness firsthand the diverse and captivating beauty that Scotland has to offer

Virginia

The Blue Ridge Parkway is an awe-inspiring route that meanders through the picturesque Appalachian Mountains, offering breathtaking views at every turn. With its charming and well-maintained rest stops, this scenic highway has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of America’s safest and most enjoyable solo routes. Whether you’re a nature enthusiast seeking tranquility or an adventure seeker craving the thrill of the open road, the Blue Ridge Parkway promises an unforgettable experience that captures the essence of Virginia’s natural beauty

Solo Travel Destinations: Long Distance

Are you an experienced solo traveller or maybe you’re new to it all but ready to jump straight in at the deep end? Some of the most enlightening experiences we can have as humans are those where you’re out of your comfort zone but still manage to make it work. Backpacking is a perfect example of this and the backpacking community is so supportive that you’ll never find yourself stuck for very long. Here’s a look at some of the most famous backpacking routes across the world.

East Coast Australia

The brilliance of this region is perfectly captured by its beautiful weather, stunning beaches, and a relaxed atmosphere. From the iconic city of Sydney to the tropical paradise of Cairns, this stretch of coastline offers an unforgettable experience for backpackers. Explore the vibrant cities, immerse yourself in the local culture, and embark on thrilling adventures along the way. Discover hidden gems, encounter incredible wildlife, and create lifelong memories in this captivating destination that has captured the hearts of solo travellers from around the globe

Cambodia

There is an abundance of history and natural wonders to explore when visiting this breathtaking country in South East Asia. From the awe-inspiring temples of Angkor Wat to the lush landscapes of the Cardamom Mountains, every corner of Cambodia is filled with captivating beauty and rich cultural heritage. The warm and friendly locals, along with the affordable living costs, make it an ideal destination for budget solo travellers seeking an immersive and unforgettable experience

Inca Trail, Peru

An incredible and awe-inspiring 40km hiking trail that takes you on a journey through ancient history and offers unbelievable views along the way, this trail is a real favourite among solo backpackers. As you trek through the spectacular yet rugged terrain, you’ll encounter remnants of the ancient Incan civilisation, including ruins, terraces, and stone pathways that will transport you back in time. Every step you take is a step closer to the grand finale, where you’ll be rewarded with the captivating sight of Machu Picchu, the ancient architectural marvel perched high in the Andes Mountains

Debunking Solo Travel Misconceptions

There are absolutely loads of solo travel myths and misconceptions around the internet, and I think it’s awful because someone could easily get themselves down a rabbithole reading these theories and be put off solo travel for life. Travelling alone can be genuinely one of the most incredible experiences you’ll ever have, so please don’t let someone else opinion detract from you having your own experience

I wanted to debunk some of these myths, so here are the top three I found online and my personal response to each of them

"You'll end up being lonely"

By our very nature as travellers we have to be open minded, so it’s a valuable skill to be able to sit quietly with your own thoughts and be comfortable in your own company. And you’ll always find like-minded people to connect with if you’re yearning for some social interaction. Sam Wilson at Camera, Coffee and Cabernet has written a brilliant article about learning to embrace the solitude, I definitely recommend giving it a read!

"Travelling solo is so expensive"

It’s no secret that solo travellers do get the rough end of the stick compared to couples when it comes to accommodation, but that’s rapidly changing as more and more hotels are offering solo rates or single supplements to put your stay on par with that of a couple sharing. You also have the option of staying in shared accommodation if you’re looking to keep costs down, and this is a great way to make friends

"It's dangerous travelling alone"

You wouldn’t walk down a dark alley alone at home, or walk around with your money on show so why would you do that abroad? Yes you definitely need to be more aware of your surroundings when you’re travelling solo, but as long as you apply common sense and take any additional destination-specific precautions, you should be able to enjoy a safe and pleasant trip

My Top Tips for Solo Travellers

Believe in Yourself

Travelling solo can be daunting, even for experienced travellers, but you’ll surprise yourself with how confident and capable you are when you need to be. Travel strips away our home comforts which can be such a positive experience once you learn to embrace your own abilities

Stay Safe

You’ll no doubt hear scary stories about traveling alone, especially as a female, but a good amount of common sense and an ability to trust your instincts will generally keep you safe. Avoid situations which make you feel unsafe and take any normal precautions you would at home, and you’ll be fine

Embrace the Experience

For some people it can be very off-putting to ask for a table for one at a restaurant or sit quietly with their thoughts, but travelling solo can be a great opportunity to put yourself first for a change and give your heart the chance to guide you, rather than be lead just by your brain

Learn Some Local Phrases

A little bit of language knowledge often goes a long way, and can sometimes be the different between someone treating you as a tourist and treating you as an equal. It can also be a good way to strike up conversations when you want to ask questions or build connections with those around you

Don't Over-Plan

You might think that you need to plan every last detail so that you're not left with "wasted" time, but it’s really not necessary because you’ll always be drawn to things you wouldn’t have imagined in the planning stages. Give yourself the opportunity to do something spontaneous every now and again

Start Somewhere Easy

Easy is of course a relative term, but when you're deciding on your first solo travel destination, make sure you choose somewhere that is used to welcoming tourists as it will be easier to communicate, and will mean you have an enjoyable first experience travelling solo

Conclusion

Although solo travel can seem quite daunting if you’ve never done it before, the reality is much less intimidating as long as you know what to expect. I think the biggest factor to consider when planning your first solo trip is the destination, because your experience will be so much more enjoyable starting off in a country which feels relatively familiar and it’ll give you the confidence to gradually push further outside of your comfort zone for future adventures. By travelling solo you’ll experience the world differently and form your own opinions on what you see, and it’s this skill which will help bring you great personal growth away from travel as well, it really can be life changing!

Hopefully the advice here has answered some of your questions or concerns about solo travel, but if there is anything else you’d like to know just send me a message and I’ll be more than happy to share my advice and experiences! And of course if you’d like our help making a booking for your solo trip, just hit the button below and fill in the enquiry form, then we can have a chat to make sure everything is 100% right for you

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