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The Underrated Joys of Travelling Alone & How To Do It

To travel alone is to truly know yourself. You can indulge in exactly what it is you want to do. No itinerary, no guidelines, no haste. Whether it be a couple of days or a year, pack up your bags and hit the road solo-style.

Why do it?

You have absolute freedom to do as you please. Sure, your mistakes are your own, but your triumphs are so much greater. You can spend endless days at the beach reading, take courses you’ve always wanted to try, spend a couple of hours at a museum with your favourite painting – all without the fret of wondering if your travel partner is having a good time.

In these blissful hours spent doing just as you please, you will learn so much about yourself. When you don’t have to stick to a plan or a compromised itinerary you’re able to discover what you like, what you dislike and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

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How to do it?

Probably the main concern about solo travel is safety. Of course, you won’t have a friend to keep an eye on your bag while you walk through crowded streets, but being by yourself has its benefits. You won’t stand out as being part of a tourist group – the main target for pickpockets and scammers – and depending on where you go you’ll be able to blend in more easily.

The fear of being lonely is another key reason why people hesitate before clicking that ‘1 ticket’ button. If you’re staying at a hostel you’ll easily make friends with fellow travellers, some of whom are probably going solo too.

Try meeting up with other solo travelers through social media. Like-minded individuals can find one another on Meetup, whose worldwide members welcome visitors to huge range of events such as photography walks, happy hours, and weekend skiing. Also consider joining a hospitality-exchange network, such as Servas, or CouchSurfing, its more relaxed alternative.

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Where to go?

Obviously big cities are a good choice for safety and a plethora of things to do and people to meet. The top ten safest cities for women to travel alone have been rated by Escape Here, as being:

  1. Copenhagen, Denmark
  2. Ottawa, Canada
  3. Aukland, New Zealand
  4. Helsinki, Finland
  5. Hilo, Hawaii
  6. Perth, Australia
  7. Oslo, Norway
  8. Setubal, Portugal
  9. Malmö, Sweden
  10. Marseille, France

To find out more amazing benefits of travel head over to Positive Health Wellness to learn 8 amazing ways why travelling is good for your health

Here’s a list of useful sites and blogs to check out for more information…

I went on vacation by myself and it changed my life – Ashley Ross

Tips for travelling solo – Rick Steves 

Solo Traveler Blog

Nomadic Matt – Why I travel alone

Girl About the Globe

Adventurous Kate – the solo female travel blog

And some books to get the travel bug biting…

Eat, Pray, Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

The Alchemist – Paul Coelho

The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

The Beach – Alex Garland

In a Sunburned Country – Bill Bryson

 

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