New to Solo Traveling? How to decide where to go first.

I belong to quite a few travel groups and the one question which seems to come up often is… “how do I decide where to go on my first solo trip?” I’m here to help you figure out that very question.

Are you comfortable spending time with yourself?

Solo traveling is great. It may not be for everyone and that’s ok. The number one thing you need to consider before you go anywhere is are you comfortable being on your own. Solo traveling is a chance to get to know yourself. The reality is that you’re going to be by yourself, eating meals on your own and doing things on your own. Don’t look at this as a negative. When you have the chance to get to know yourself better with no influence from your friends and family, you can learn to love yourself even more.

Start Small

I cannot stress this enough. Don’t bite off more than you can chew. What I mean is, make it easy on yourself. Your first solo trip doesn’t have to be a week-long trip to Zimbabwe. Keep it simple. Pick a place you’ve been before or just go somewhere for the weekend. Somewhere local. The idea is that you want to eliminate any additional issues. For example, if you don’t know the language save it for another trip when you feel more confident traveling by yourself.

What’s your solo travel style?

You want to take the first solo trip as an opportunity to learn more about yourself. Do you prefer beach vacations over city vacations? Do you want to learn more about culture or just explore a new place? I don’t care what anyone else has told you, solo traveling is only about you. What you want to do. It’s about what your interests are. Think about that when planning. Don’t think about what other people might think is cool because then you’ll wind up on a trip unsatisfied and reluctant to travel on your own again. Do what you want to do.

Take a hard look at yourself. What are the things you love? What do you enjoy doing? If money wasn’t an object what would you do and where would you go. These are the questions you should ask yourself before booking your trip.

Find an activity you love to do.

Find something you love to do and go do it. If you don’t know where to go for your first solo trip take an interest and build a trip around it. Are you the only one of your friends that loves impressionist art? Take a trip to the MET in New York City and see some of the masters.

Instead of squashing those interests use the solo trip as an opportunity to explore your loves. I have been in the CrossFit community for over 10 years now and I’ve traveled to California and Wisconsin for the CrossFit games on my own. Use your solo trip to explore more of what you love.

Lastly, talk to someone who’s solo traveled before

Everyone who has posted that they need help deciding where to solo travel to is already ahead of the game. Talk to people who have traveled on their own before. Get their advice. Make sure that you know what to expect. If all else fails, send me a message. I’d be more than happy to share my experiences with you. Until next time.

 

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