Excuse Buster Series Part 6: I Have No One To Go With!

solo female traveller

Is being on your own really an excuse not to travel the world? This latest article in the excuse buster series argues that it isn’t.

In the previous article in this series I talked about the excuse of the relationship. How people say they can’t go travelling because they have a boyfriend, a girlfriend or a family. But as soon as people complain they can’t go travelling because they are with someone, then the next person will complain that they can’t go backpacking because they are on their own! I can’t win! It’s like people are making up contradictory excuses to cover all bases now!

So now in the sixth article in the excuse buster series I want to talk about the ‘I’m on my own’ excuse, and why it isn’t really an excuse at all.

Many people almost have an innate fear about travelling alone, it is as if their fear of the unknown, fear of change and following their dream is somehow magically suppressed if they have someone to go with, so they fall back on the excuse, ‘I can’t go, I’m on my own’!

Well so what?

Backpacking by yourself is in my opinion one of the best ways to travel. That’s what I did the very first time I went away on an extended trip and it was one of the best experiences of my life!

Travelling with someone can be good, don’t get me wrong, but travelling alone can be great.

When you travel solo you have nothing or no one to worry about except yourself. You can do what you want, when you want to do it and the only person you have to worry about is you. You are essentially your own boss, if you want to do something, you can do it. If you fancy changing your plans at the last minute to go hiking up a mountain just to see what is at the top, you can. If you want to have a lazy day and sit in your hammock to finish that book, you can do that too.

There isn’t anyone or anything to stop you.

There are countless people, both male and female, who go travelling alone every single year – sometimes for extended periods of time – without any problems arising from the fact they are travelling alone whatsoever.

Of course many people do get concerned about inevitable loneliness if you are travelling alone, but you will always find that there are other backpackers to talk to, many of whom may be travelling alone too, and it is easy to simply have a chat or ask for advice, or even team up for a day or two to share costs of transport or accommodation.

This is especially true in the type of places backpackers tend to frequent such as hostels or  budget accommodation, internet cafes (although much less so now with the ubiquitous free wifi and smartphones and pads everywhere), or bus, coach and train stations.  Of course there are always the locals you will meet along the way to chat to as well, so you will find that loneliness really is not an issue.

Saying that, to do this you will need at least a degree of confidence and a slightly extrovert nature, striking up a conversation with a complete stranger will be much more difficult if you are the shy, retiring type. There is no getting around that. But just because something is a little more difficult, that doesn’t make it impossible! In fact solo travel may even give you the confidence you needed to do just that!

Travelling alone is absolutely no reason not to go backpacking or travelling the world. The level of confidence travelling alone gives you cannot be understated. You will develop more as an individual, learn more about yourself and become ultimately self sufficient. You will have the adventure of a lifetime and achieve something that you can be proud of.

So stop making excuses and go!

stop making excuses that ruin your travel dreamsTravel excuse buster series

What did you think of the article? I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments section below or on my Facebook or Twitter pages and please feel free to share it with any or all of the social media buttons. If you want to get more great backpacking tips, advice and inspiration, please subscribe to updates via email in the box to your right.

 

Related Articldes

Excuse Buster Series Part 5: I’m In A Relationship.

Excuse Buster Series Part 7: Taking Time Out To Travel Will Ruin My Career!

Is Solo Travel Ever Truly Solo?

Solo Travel Makes You A Superhero!

Top Tips For The Solo Traveller.

Why Solo Travel Is Awesome!

Advertisements

Michael Huxley is a published author, freelance travel writer and founder of Bemused Backpacker. He is also a charge nurse by vocation with an interest in emergency nursing and travel medicine, but his real passion is travel. Since finding his wanderlust a decade ago in South East Asia, he has bounced from one end of the planet to another and has no intention of slowing down.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Travel Advice

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Hi, I'm Michael! I'm a published author, qualified nurse and world travelling professional adventurer! I have spent 15 years travelling over 100 countries and I want to inspire you to do the same! Want to know more about me? Just click here!

Get notified about all the latest travel tips, advice and inspiration as well as amazing competitions and exclusive discounts!

Join 16,689 other followers

Copyright notice.

© Bemused Backpacker and the gecko logo is owned and copyrighted by Michael Huxley 2017. Unless stated, all blog and website content is owned and copyrighted by Michael Huxley 2017.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Michael Huxley is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Michael Huxley and Bemused Backpacker with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Protected by Copyscape DMCA Copyright Detector

%d bloggers like this: