From someone who feared to trip solo — Part 1: Making the move
There are so many people talking and loving solo tripping in social media. However this article consists honest confessions and may be tips from someone who was reluctant to travel alone. This is for people who is and was reluctant about it.
I loved the idea about solo tripping and I have seen how so many people talking and loving solo tripping in social media. Yet I could not make my mind to it. There were times I felt brave enough yet was too numb to make the next move of making the preparations.
However this time, I was not at a point where I felt brave instead more like the opposite. When life gave me opportunity to travel more independently, I gave excuses to avoid tripping solo at all costs. I believe one reason was, I was in unfamiliar grounds hence I feared to get out except for my familiar locations and for my day to day tasks like grocery stores and bakeries close by.
Then there came a time where I sickeningly needed a break to refresh and boost myself up for the upcoming weeks of hectic work. Yet my friends were with their families and I had none to go with. And once again I was spending my time looking at places but trying my best to avoid solo tripping. I realized I was giving myself excuses and that it scared me to the core. Yet at the same time I was spending hours each day looking at places where I would like to go being absolutely unproductive.
On the third day I decided I am not going to keep doing this and give myself more excuses. So, I just went ahead and book the tickets for my stay and travel. The tickets for my stay was non refundable. I had no choice but to go. I felt giddy on the inside, still nervous and still so reluctant. Yet I felt some relief where I thought to myself — “Finally…!”.
So number 1 tip is to GO AHEAD AND BOOK THE TICKETS! Give less room for yourself to take a step back, so that you have no choice now but to go on that trip you really wanted but secretly feared.
This is the part 1 of the Traveling Solo article series.