Solo travel is one of the most rewarding, challenging and liberating things you could do for yourself. You’re solely responsible for your actions, you’re resolve is tested during stressful moments when travelling, and you don’t have to answer to anyone because you’re absolutely free to do whatever you want. You learn so much about yourself and (it may sound a bit cliché) but you truly feel like your eyes have opened and you grow as a person. Well those were my experiences anyway.
People have many reasons for wanting to travel solo. Some crave adventure, some prefer their own company. Some people might want to escape from their home life or, like me, no one else had the time or money to tag along so you thought ‘screw it I’ll go by myself’. Once you’ve booked that plane ticket theres no going back. You’re excited and nervous however the reactions from your nearest and dearest aren’t always encouraging, especially if its your first time. I get it, they love you and they just worry but you’re about to have the time of your life and that is the most important thing. So here is a list of some of the most common reactions you get when you say you’re traveling solo.
1. Wow you’re brave
This could be taken two ways. There’s the people who are supportive and positive that are genuinely in awe of your decision to go it alone. Then there’s the people who say this with sarcastic undertones especially if you’re going somewhere a bit off the tourist trail.
2. I could never do what you’re doing
This reaction is usually followed by ‘because I would just be too scared’ or ‘I’d rather travel with friends’. You know what, I like travelling with friends too but sometimes it just isn’t possible to get the same time off work so if I want to see a place I go and see it anyway. Besides, the beauty of traveling with or without a companion is that you can meet so many new friends!
3. Aren’t you scared?
The first time traveling solo can be a bit daunting for some. You may be nervous but you’re also excited. But are you scared? Probably not. You’re going to be traveling to some beautiful parts of the world and any fears will soon be overcome once you realise just how easy it is to travel solo.
4. Have you seen Taken?
By far the most bizarre and funniest reaction that I’ve personally received. Some people will list a bunch of scary movies that involve someone being abducted or gruesomely injured while travelling and they ask if you’ve seen them as preparation for your trip. I would say Liam Neeson’s character is a pretty unlucky guy so yes, I have seen the movie but no, I am not worried at all.
5. You’re going by yourself again?
This one is for those repeat solo travelers. I went to Europe on my own and upon returning I started planning a solo trip to New Zealand. But the thing is I went to also visit some friends I had made during my Europe trip. I may be traveling to a place on my own but the truth is you are never on your own. Whether its striking up a conversation to the person next to you on the plane, meeting someone on a tour, or asking a local for directions, you’re constantly meeting and interacting with new people.
7. That sounds amazing you’re going to have so much fun
This is my favourite reaction and is usually heard from my close family and friends. They know I love to travel and encourage my adventures!
If it’s the first time you declare that you’re travelling on your own you might receive a few mixed reactions. But I say just do it anyway because you’ll have a blast! Have you had any similar reactions? Comment below I’d love to hear from you!