Preparing for My First Solo Travel Experience

I have always been interested in travel. Something about it speaks to my soul.

I am always planning weekend breaks, trips to explore a new city or country, and dreaming of the sights I’d love to see. Getting to experience somewhere new and unfamiliar is really energising for me. It gives me a new perspective, shows me what’s possible and helps me to feel much more connected to the world. It also helps that the places I have visited have been stunning and buzzing with culture. I just want to soak it all in!

It’s really important to me that I make travel a priority in my life, so part of my plan to live more mindfully, especially when it comes to my wellbeing, is to focus more of my attention on actually planning travel. Not sitting around or waiting for those opportunities to come to me.

I love wandering around new towns and cities with my friends and family. Some of these places (to date) have included: Bristol, Cornwall, Manchester, Leeds, Amsterdam, Berlin, Philadelphia, New York, Edinburgh, Brighton, Belfast, York, Tenby and Beddgelert.

However, 2019 is my year of focusing on ‘courage over comfort’. I want to learn more about who I am and what I am capable of if I trust my gut and go for it. So, what better time to plan my first solo travel experience?

I’m writing this because I really wanted to capture this moment (currently 6 days ahead of my journey). I want to remember that I was a little apprehensive, but mostly excited. I am completely aware that there may be times when I question what I am doing or feel anxious, but I am doing it anyway.

I’m doing it just for me, on my own and somewhere that I’ve never visited before. And I’m proud of myself. Even just booking the flights, the bus and the hostels (yes, hostels!) has been a big step in terms of recognising the anxieties I may face, but deciding that it’s not enough to stop me. It gives me hope that this is a feeling I can keep growing.

I’m going to share more about where I am going, what I’m doing and my thoughts/feelings during the trip over on my Instagram so feel free to follow me there!

I’m sure it’s also going to give me lots of inspiration to write about so expect more blogs from me about my first time travelling solo.

Let me know if you’re into solo travel, whether you’ve just recently started or have fully embraced the lifestyle. And don’t forget to share your tips and advice with me!

5 Comments

  1. Oh my, go you! I really admire people who go solo travel – I’m a wannabe solo traveler but I have this thing that I always want to have someone waiting on the other side. It’s a stupid thing because then I really enjoy doing all the exploring by myself… I recommend Canterbury to your list. New Castle and Durham too. I still call myself stupid for not having done solo travel and explored the UK more. Oh well! I’m going to rejoice with your adventures, pics, and stories instead! 😊

    1. Ahh thank you! It’s something I’ve always thought I would do and could enjoy so this year I just decided to do it. Once I’ve done it for the first time, I’m hoping it’ll encourage me to do it more! It’s always something you can work up to, maybe do little day trips or overnight stays first 🙂 Thank you for the recommendations! I love exploring the UK so I’ll definitely check them out. Thank you 😘 x

  2. It’s great that you take the courage and do your first solo trip! I can tell you it won’t always be easy but it will be so rewarding and enriching. You’ll learn a lot and you’ll also learn to accept that not everything always goes as planned 🙂
    All the best and happy travels!

    1. Thank you! Definitely – it was easier than I thought it would be but part of that was because I kept preparing myself for things to not go as planned and not be too hard on myself 🙂

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