Are you ready for a solo trip? Here are 3 ways to test it out
I recently traveled to Guatemala solo. Guys- I hopped on a plane all by myself and went to my 40th country! I was a bit nervous at first, but I realized I had already taken some steps to help me feel more comfortable traveling alone. I'm here to share with you 3 ways how to gauge if you're ready for a solo trip.
1. Pick an activity in your city to do totally by yourself
This may seem pretty obvious BUT you'll need to make sure you're comfortable with being by yourself. Take yourself out to dinner, take yourself to the movies, go on a tour alone in your city. Feel out how it is to have fun by yourself and really think- is this something you're comfortable with? Do you feel safe?
I'll be the first to admit that eating a 4-course meal alone on a Tuesday night does not feel magical, but it's a feeling you'll want to get used to.
If you answered yes, I think you may just be ready to leap!
2. Go on a weekend trip locally....alone
It's staycation time. Take yourself on a weekend trip alone to your city, or a city close to you that you're familiar with. Staying at an Airbnb can be a bit lonely at times (unless you're renting out a private room butttt I don't recommend that). Opt for a friendly bed and breakfast, hostel, or a hotel that feels pretty secure to you.
When it comes time to find things to do, opt for a group tour. It's a great way to meet and connect with people, you may even run into another solo traveler!
Even if you just stay in the hotel the entire weekend, getting out of your comfort zone and traveling somewhere alone is a win in my book.
3. Dip your toe in solo traveling by arriving to a trip early
Going on a trip abroad with friends? Maybe a family trip to the islands? Take this an opportunity to test out solo travel. Fly in a few days before your friends or family and explore by yourself. Again, opt for a safe accommodation like a hostel or small hotel, and solo travel. Take part in group tours to branch out and meet new people.
The best part is, if you hate it, your friends/family will be arriving the next day. I call that a win-win.
All in all, I believe solo travel is magical. I have never felt more confident in my decisions. It was nice to be able to travel without needing other people's opinions or takes on where we should go and most importantly, what we should eat. But, I also recognize that solo travel may not be for everyone.
So, if you're considering a trip, but are a little nervous try these three things out beforehand. You'll be surprised how much you learn about yourself.