If you have seen some of my other posts, you’ll know that it has been 7 years since I took my first solo trip. I find it so interesting to hear about people’s perspectives of solo-travel, and also get amused by some myths which seem to permanently stick around. I just had to share my thoughts on it all! This is all in good humour so not to be taken overly seriously haha.
Other Backpackers Who Don’t Understand The Concept Of A Shared Room
As a backpacker, you’ll get over the less glamorous side to travelling real quick. Now, I love nothing more than forming friendships with other backpackers however that doesn’t mean I need to see you walking around the room naked. Yup it happens. Nothing will ever prepare me for this, not even having a shared room as a student.
Constantly Hearing ‘It’s Not Safe’
Having to put up with the gasps and shocked faces when you tell people you travel alone can be exhausting. Concern is care, but when we already have our tickets booked filling us with fear is not ideal. No matter how many times someone has travelled solo, there will ALWAYS be an element of the unknown. Face the fear and do it anyway, or whatever the saying is!
Not Feeling Brave In Moments You Want To Feel Brave.
Oh boy. I’m sure at some point we have all accepted that we will miss out on some activities because you don’t want to be alone. That cute and fancy restaurant overlooking the water? Wouldn’t want to sit there alone. Yeah I’ll just take a sandwich to go lol.
Hearing Creepy Comments From Locals
Self-explanatory, especially if you are a female solo-traveller. I’m always torn between cussing out the individual or pretending I didn’t hear anything.
Occasionally, Not Having Someone By Your Side For Certain Moments
For me, this statement rings true when I see something funny and end up acting the idiot giggling to myself all day. What can I say, I’m a cheerful person. In this moment, I would love nothing more than having someone to share the joke with.
Regrets From Not Paying More Attention To Languages In School
Sure, I know a few languages comfortably but why didn’t I listen in French class all those years ago? The regret literally stings! It makes solo travel more difficult than it should be where language barriers are present. Also, not having that *insert any language* speaking buddy can prove tricky which links back to the above point.
Hearing Your Phone Buzzing All Day When You Don’t Reply To A Message
WIFI is inconsistent. Some days I just want to hike without stopping every minute to reply to a text. Usually I can’t find a socket to plug my charger into. There are endless reasons why someone won’t reply to you on the dot but friends and family will assume something has happened to you. Period haha. Although, if my friend went solo-travelling I would also be THAT person to fill their inbox with frantic messages asking if they are ok every hour.
Do you agree with any of these? Let me know in the comments.
See you in the next post!