I recently wrote a post called ‘Why I travel solo’. In it, I talk about being scared, lost, uncomfortable and vulnerable — and how important this is for living fully.
I continue to hear from budding travelers saying they’re thinking about taking off on their own but are too afraid, or that they recently booked a trip alone that they’re now dreading.
Over the years, I’ve figured out how to ease the discomfort and minimize the vulnerability — never banishing either, but finding small ways to feel grounded so I can make the most of being in a new place alone.
Below is a summary of my responses to the various questions and comments that were sent my way. While they don’t guarantee complete sanity and safety, I’m sharing them here in case they’ll be of use to other solo travelers—first-timers and veterans alike. And I’d love to hear your tips — scroll down to leave a comment.
First up: some super basic, ‘just-do-this-if-nothing-else’ safety groundrules. Because part of being happy is being in one piece.