The thought of solo travel can be scary at first. The idea of travelling around the world on your own, with no back up and no safety net to fall back on can be intimidating. But just because something is scary, that doesn’t mean there is actually anything to fear, and here is why you should feel the fear and do it anyway!
Solo travel, or at least the idea of it before you actually get out there and do it can be scary, I get that. There is a lot to worry about after all. You have the self doubt that you will be able to deal with situations. You worry about your personal safety. You are nervous about who you will be sharing those dorms with or how you will manage.
I get it, I really do. I get it because almost everyone feels the exact same way before they travel solo for the first time. Even me. Everyone has nerves. Everyone has doubts. That is completely normal.
But here’s the thing, that fear, that nervousness, is just a sign that you are about to embark on something pretty damn epic.
Just because something is scary, doesn’t mean it is the wrong move!
Facing those fears is not an easy thing, feeling the fear and doing it anyway is a nice slogan but it is a lot easier to say than actually do, but facing those fears head on and making that choice to stick two fingers right in its face is the single best way to grow as a person.
Kicking the door of that comfort zone down and striding out into the big bad world as a solo traveller is one of the most bad ass things you will ever do, and the experience will turn you into a God damn superhero!
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” Eleanor Roosevelt.
And here is the big secret that every solo traveller discovers the second they actually get off that plane and start exploring. Solo Travel is actually not as scary as you first thought it would be. Solo travel is actually relatively safe. All of those problems you thought you may have, making friends, finding accommodation, doing activities on your own, all of these aren’t really problems at all, and you will start reveling in the freedom and the independence that solo travel gives you. You will find out that solo travel is pretty damn awesome!
And that nervousness you have is actually okay, because bravery is not the absence of fear, it is the full control of it.
“The secret of life is this: When you hear the sound of the cannons, walk toward them.” Marcel France.
The more you listen to your fear, the more you allow it to control your actions, the more power you give it. Don’t do that. Acknowledge your fear, respect it even, but don’t listen to it. Propel yourself forward, take that step, step outside of your comfort zone and travel the world solo!
You will not regret it.
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