Solo Travel: 8 Myths about Solo Travelling Debunked
Updated: Jan 15
Solo travelling is one of my favourite things to do and I think everyone should try solo travelling even if it's just once, it's a great opportunity to get to know ourselves better. I was one of those people that was intimidate by the idea of travelling alone and never thought that I would do it since it was out of my comfort zone, until I was out in a situation where I had to do it. I met amazing people while travelling solo and had the best experiences and the memories are great. This is a great opportunity to see the world and have a good time and meet new people from different countries, you can do what you want whenever you want, you have full freedom which in my opinion is one of the best things.
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1. Solo Travelling is Dangerous
There is always some risk whenever you are travelling whether solo or with a group. You should always do your research and know how you can stay safe in the place you are visiting, so there is no need to let fear control. I went on many solo trips and I always make sure that I am staying safe but I don't let it consume me or let fear stop me from enjoying. Also, the more you travel solo, the more you become comfortable and confident, and the more you know how to stay safe.
So no, solo travelling isn't dangerous, and you will find many safe countries for solo travellers. So stop letting that excuse stop you from travelling solo.
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2. You Have to Be an Extrovert to Travel Solo
This is so not true because I am mainly and introvert. I would say I am 20% extroverted and 80% introverted. Because remember that no on is 100% introverted or 100% extroverted. I love spending time at home and not having to go out a lot is great for me, but I sometimes like to travel and leave the house, and go on an adventure and I still enjoy it, I simply find a balance.
So no you do not have be an extrovert to travel solo, because as an introvert myself, I absolutely love travelling solo.
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3. Solo Travelling is Only for When you Have no One to Go with
This is so not true, because I would always choose to travel solo even though I could travel with family or friends. The thing is, I love and enjoy the freedom of making whatever decision I want and not have to rely or ask other people. I get to choose which activities I want to do and when I want to do it, I get to choose what places I want to visit, where I want to stay...etc. You have the choice to do whatever when you are travelling solo. Travelling solo could also be simply because your friends and family can't go with you, but you can choose to travel solo because you enjoy your own company, just like me!
So if you want to travel solo that's great, but that doesn't mean that you have no one to go to, and even if you don't, it's not an issue.
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4. You Can Only Travel Solo While You’re Young
Age doesn't matter, yes I am young and I travel solo, but I have met many people who are old and still enjoy travelling solo. If you feel like you are too old to travel solo, think again. When you are older, you are much wiser, you have developed many skills and have a lot of experience, and all that will help you travel solo and guide you on your adventure.
Solo travelling is such a liberating experience, so why would age matter? It is never too late to travel solo!
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5. You Should Stay in Hostels When You Travel solo
Hostels seems to have become synonymous with travelling solo, but it doesn't have to be. I usually stay in an Airbnb instead of a hostel, but you can choose any type of accommodation when travelling solo. Hostels are great to meet people when you are travelling solo, but you can still do that doing anything else even if you are not staying in a hostel, and trust me I know.
So no, hostels don't have to be for solo travellers only, choose any accommodation you like or feel comfortable with. And remember that you can still meet people even if you are not staying in a hostel.
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6. You’ll Get Lonely if You Travel Solo
Here's the thing, there is a difference between being alone and being lonely, so when you are travelling solo, you are alone yes but you are not lonely. I find easier to meet people or make friends whenever I am traveling solo in comparison to when I am travelling with friends and family. It is great spend time with yourself and enjoy your own company, for some trips I just prefer to do things on my own, and then there are other trip where I enjoyed being with other people, and I have made a lot of great friends that I enjoyed my time with.
So do not worry, you might be alone, but not lonely, and trust me it is easy to meet people when travelling solo, so don't worry about being alone.
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7. It’s More Expensive to Travel Alone
This is something that I don't understand honestly, yes of course if you are with others you can split the cost of hotel rooms or transportations and all that, but still why would travelling solo be more expensive? You can stay in a shared room for example in hostel, or a cheap Airbnb and you are saving money, you can take public transport which I do and you are saving money as well, you can walk around and don't have to pay for transportation and I have done that. You can snag a last minute spot at a tour or any sort of activity because you only need one spot and you are solo, or you will even find discounts in some places for solo travellers. Point is, I find that it is cheaper to travel solo rather than with a group, it depends on what you do.
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8. It’s Awkward to Eat out Alone
Now I had the same idea before and I hated the idea of going out to eat alone. What I realised was people don't actually care! Yes believe it or not people don't pay attention to what others are doing - usually of course - because people go out to eat with a group and they are busy talking to each other and eating, so most probably people aren't looking at you. Start by a less formal restaurant like cafes and bars, you can use your phone or a book as a distraction at first, or you can go to a cooking class or go on a food tour, there are many things that you can do to ease you into it. For me I just simply went out to eat alone and that's it, I ripped off the bandage, and it was fine for me after the first time.
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