If you had asked me 2-3 years ago what I thought about travelling around the world by myself my first reaction would have been “NO FU*CKING WAY!”
On so many occasions I had tried to convince my family/friends to travel with me. Whether it was a small vacation, or a trip around the world I am always up for a new adventure. Whilst a few people have joined me along the way, more often than not when it comes down to booking the trip something always comes up or they get cold feet and change their mind.
After finally doing something about my anxiety in April this year (read more about that here – The lady who changed my life) I decided to take a massive leap of faith and book my first solo adventure to Europe for August 2017.
The day of my departure I was feeling like a big ball of nerves. Many questions were going through my mind, Have I packed enough? Have I packed the right things? What if I feel lonely travelling on my own? What if I get sick? What if my flights are delayed or cancelled and I get stuck? What if I’m not built out for solo travelling? What if i struggle with the language barriers? What if, What if!!!!
Upon boarding the plane I promised myself that I would take each day as it comes and if any challenges arise I would face them head on and that is exactly what I did. Eight weeks wandering around Europe by myself was hands down the best decision I have ever made in my life. I visited a total of 17 countries, I met some of the most amazing people, I ate some of the best food I have ever eaten in my life and seen some of the most beautiful sights I could have only ever imagined to see in this lifetime. Summer in Europe is literally 10/10. The greatest reward I got from solo travel was my own personal growth. Coming home from Europe I felt like a new person. I felt that I’d become a little more independent and confident within myself.
I have no doubt that the thought of travelling alone to some people can be scary, especially when you have never done it before but to me growing old without experiencing everything you want in life is scarier.
Solo travel gives you ultimate freedom. You can wake up and do what you want, where you want, when you want. Want pizza? Get pizza. Want to leave? Leave. Want to try sky diving? Try sky diving. This also works at the other end of the spectrum. Want to relax in bed all day? Then go for it. There’s no one to pull you in any direction or override your decisions.
If I have any advice for my blog readers it would be to not wait for people or hold back from living your dreams. There’s only now – If you don’t go, you could regret it.
Keep your eyes peeled for my next post – Hotel vs Hostel