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7 Fantastic Tools That will Have You Solo Travelling with Confidence

Some people solo travel to escape their 9 to 5, get a break from reality, family or the simple difficulty in gathering friends to go away with. Whatever your reason is. I believe everyone should travel at least once in their life. Solo travelling is an exciting topic for many reasons.

So What is Solo Travel?

Solo travel is where you go somewhere alone. This can be anywhere you want. Wherever you go, you spend a significant chunk of time alone once you get to your destination. Now, as I said before, I never actually feel like I’m alone when I solo travel. And it’s real, just because you travel alone doesn’t mean you’ll always be alone during your travels. Unless you really want to be.

I absolutely adore solo travelling, but I don’t feel like I do it enough. This year I solo travelled to Singapore, Bali and Ireland. You can go wherever you like, whenever you want. It’s incredible how you are entitled to do exactly what you want when you want. 

However, I do understand that booking the first solo trip can be quite a daunting experience. That is why I’m going to give you the tools to schedule your first trip with real confidence.  

How to Travel With Confidence as A Solo Traveller 

1. Take Baby Steps…

This is advice from someone that has travelled solo for over 5 years. Please don’t do your first solo trip thousands of miles away from home. It might be a shock to the system, and you don’t want it to go to waste. Instead, start small. I recently went to Ireland for the day. It was great and was only a 55 min flight from home. Why not go for the day by yourself ? Or even do a one-night stopover in a city close to you. It doesn’t have to be a huge jump! Make it easy and start off small. 

When travelling alone, you have to feel so comfortable in your own company.  

You don’t even have to actually leave your city. You could go to the park alone. Or maybe cinemas/movies. Perhaps even think about heading to a restaurant alone. Whatever you do, do something that you are comfortable with. When solo travelling, you have to feel so comfortable in your own company.  

Me sitting on the steps at Trinity College.

I’m someone that enjoys my own company – a little too much in fact. Travelling solo pushes, you to be by yourself most of the time, so think where you want to go first. You will always feel nervous wherever you go (I still get worried, and I’ve been going solo for five years!!) but the more you practise going sooo and test your limits the further you can go.  Trust me. 

2. Get yourself booked onto a tour  

As cheesy as it sounds, it’s actually a good idea and a perfect way to make friends when travelling solo. When I was in Bali this year, I booked an Instagram tour

Me and Sandra.

Now if I didn’t book that tour, I would have never met another traveller and experienced another side of Bali. Going on tours and meeting with other travellers is an excellent way of sharing stories and tips, too! 

3. Do a little you know research   

I say this quite lightly because you can do all the research in the world and still be shocked upon arrival! I would say make sure you go with an open mind ready to learn and eager for a new experience.  

4. Plan the first couple of nights’ accommodations for your solo travels

This won’t be necessary if you’re only staying for a day.

However, it is essential if you have never travelled before to book accommodation. It’s just so you know where to go upon arrival. I’ve done solo travelling and have booked my accommodation on the day to my destination. This is fine, but I wouldn’t suggest it on your first solo trip. I want you to enjoy your first solo trip, so making sure you have everything planned is key to having to a smooth experience. I would suggest and Airbnb.

5. Stay active on social media  

This doesn’t apply to everyone, of course (not everyone has social media) but if you have a phone, I would suggest keeping your friends and family aware of things you are doing while travelling solo.

When I travelled solo to Las Vegas last year, I was always checking in with friends and family to let them know that I was okay.  

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6. Carry cash and a credit card and keep your money safe – In several places 

I tend to use my credit card everywhere I go. However, I do understand that this might not be an option in some areas. In Ireland and Singapore, this was and is fine. Countries like Bali or Malaysia you may want to have some cash with you – don’t carry massive amounts but enough for you to get by. 

My advice to you is, only take what you need for a day’s spend, you will know what to take through lots of planning. And if you have to hide some money in several places and only carry one plastic and have one at home.  Do so. Travelling solo you always need back up.

7. Present yourself with confidence hunnie when solo

After all these tools I have stated above, you should have NO problems with travelling solo. Walk with an air of confidence everywhere you go. You’ll give off a self-assured vibe, rather than a vulnerable one, and be less likely to attract unwelcome attention. 

Final Thoughts…

It can be hard to not look like a tourist, or a solo traveller, but never tell people where you’re staying unless you feel safe to do so. Although I was solo travelling in the States last year, I never once said to people where I was staying. In fact, I always made out that my boyfriend was at the hotel. 

If you ever find yourself lost, which can be fun sometimes (not always) go into a busy local bar, a restaurant or a hotel. Worst case scenario is you will have to pay for a taxi to get you home. I’ve done this before and felt no shame about it! 

Never worry about coming across as dismissive if you reject a seemingly kind local’s offers; your safety always comes first. Trust your instincts; they are your best defence. 

Use these tools, and I can assure you that solo travelling will be a smooth and one to remember.  

Thank you so much for having a read. If you have time, read on my other solo travel posts: 

Have you ever travelled solo? When was your last solo trip? What scares you the most if you haven’t gone solo before?

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50 Perfect Travel Quotes For Your Instagram Posts..

Have you taken an amazing picture and have been stuck for a good decent caption?!?! To me words and images are extremely powerful. They have the power to shift perspectives and ignite change in not only your character but your view on travelling.

Here is a collection of 50 travelling quotes to not only inspire you to travel, but to also give you a caption for your pictures when exploring the world!

These quotes are from old to modern-day sayings which I have caught on the net. Let these words inspire you to live the life you’ve always wanted. If you like these quotes, please do not hesitate to use or share them around.

1.TRAVELLING. It leaves you SPEECHLESS, then turns you into a STORYTELLER. – IBN BATTUTA

2. To travel is to discover that everyone is wrong about other countries. – ALDOUS HUXLEY

3. Take a tripe ALONE don’t miss the opportunity to learn SOMETHING about YOURSELF. – Anonymous

4. The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page. -Saint Augustine

5. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than by the ones you did do. – Mark Twain

6. Who lives sees much. Who travels sees more. – Arab Proverb

7. We travel not to escape life, but for live not to escape us. – Anonymous

8. Once in a while, it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to. – Alan Keightley

9. Walk your own path and be yourself. – Joanne Nussbaum

10. I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. – Susan Sontag

11. Life is a great adventure or nothing. – Helen Keller

12. Travel makes one modest. You see what a tiny place you occupy the world. – Gustauve Flaubert

13. Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell not stuff to show. – Anonymous

14. Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and sufferings can the soul be strengthened ambition inspired and success achieved. – Helen Keller

15. Travel… the best way to be lost…and found… all at the same time. – Brenna Smith

16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before. – Anonymous

17. You don’t have to be rich to travel well. – Eugene Fodor

18. When overseas you learn more about your own country than you do the place you’re visiting. – Clint Borgen

19. Since life is short and the world is wide, the sooner you start exploring it then better. – Simon Raven

20. Investment in travel is an investment in yourself. – Matthew Karsten

21. Then you will go safely on your way, and you will not hurt your foot. When you lie down, you will not be afraid. As you lie there, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:23-24

22. You do not travel if you are afraid of the unknown. You travel for the unknown, that reveals you within yourself. – Ella Maillart

23. Not all those who wander are lost. – J.R.R Tolkien

24. I read; I travel I become. – Derek Walkott

25. Collect moments not things. – Anonymous

26. It’s good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end. – Ernest Hemingway

27. I meat a lot of people in Europe. I even encountered myself. – James Baldwin

28. Everyone needs an opportunity to discover, or rediscover, what God gave them. – Russell Simmons

29. Take one memories, leave only footprints. – Chief Seattle

30. People take different roads seeking fulfilment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road does not mean they are lost. – Dalai Lama

31. Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. – Socrates

  32. Travel far enough, you meet yourself. – David Mitchell

33. Constantly think about how you could be doing things better and questioning yourself. – Elon Musk

34. If your goal does not scare and excite you at the same time, the goal is probably too small. – Bob Proctor

35. The life you have led doesn’t need to be the only life you have. -Anna Quindlen

36. Every exit is an entry somewhere else. – Ton Stoppard

37. If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal. – Paulo Coelho

38. A great way to learn about your country is to leave it. – Henry Rollins

39. Most of the time, beauty lies in the simplistic of things. – Winna Efendi

40. Adventure is worthwhile. – Aesop

41. You’ll never know unless you go. – Rob Lloyd

42. People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home. – Dagobert D. Runes

43. Ones destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. – Henry Miller

44. If you come to a fork in the fold, take it. Yogi Berra

45. Travel is never a matter of money, but if courage. – Paulo Coelho

46. Refuse to let the world corrupt you. James 1:27

47. I don’t think of all the misery but the beauty that still remains. Anne Frank

48. Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul. – Jamie Lyn Beatty

49. The world awaits you.

50. God created the world and I choose to see it. Adebola Showemimo (me)

Have a travel quote you want to share with everybody that isn’t listed above? Share it in the comments below.

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