Not all of us are ready to waltz out the door, suitcase in hand, and take on the world! The great news is that you can build up your confidence to independently take the journey of your dreams by following the suggestions below.
The more you practice the more confident you will get. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes on your practice journeys as this is great training for future adventures.
Not sure that you can travel alone? Here are some small steps to get you started.
Plan a solo day trip close to home.
Be a tourist in your own town or city. Make a list of the type of things that you would like to do and see when you travel and scout around your local area for similar activities such as museums to visit, theatre productions to attend, outdoor activities, car shows, open gardens, national parks, cooking classes, or join a local tour and find out more about your home town.
The places you visit and the events you attend may not be a grand as those on your wish list, but they are great practice for enjoying your own company, starting conversations with like-minded people, setting your own pace, and making your own decisions.
Try an Overnight Getaway
We all love the comfort and security of sleeping in our own beds, but to grow personally we need to get out of our comfort zone.
Use your solo overnight getaway an opportunity to test out your planning skills by:
- Choosing a destination
- Setting yourself a budget
- Researching and booking accommodation on-line
- Planning and booking your mode of transport such as flights, train tickets, ferry passage, etc
- Planning how you will get from your home to where your transport departs
- Planning how you will get to your hotel from where your transport arrives
- Planning and booking things to do
- Researching great places to eat
- Practising dining solo.
Take a short break and visit a place you’ve never been before
Be adventurous and plan a short getaway and visit a region or city that you have never been to before. It is amazing how much you can see and do in a weekend if you put your mind to it.
Every now and then I like to book a short break just to escape the daily grind. It doesn’t matter if I fly to another city or simply drive to a spot on the coast on a Friday night and return home on Sunday. The chance to see and do something new always seems to revive me.
It is also a great way to build up to a longer journey with multiple stops. Which, when you think about it, is really just several short breaks all joined together.