Fear #1: People will talk; people will judge!
As mentioned earlier, there is still a lot of stigma attached to traveling solo. People will talk, people will judge, but what you need to keep in mind is that this is what people do! They talk and they judge, but your experience is your own, not theirs. Explore the world and don’t give critics the time of day, by listening to what they have to say! Let them talk, but make sure you’re having the time of your life! Travel solo at least once in your life and see for yourself how easy you will overcome fears and judgments!
Fear #2: It won’t be safe!
Out of all the fears on our list, this one is the least irrational. It’s good to be aware that there might be risks when traveling, but try not to limit yourself by only seeing the risks and safety issues. There are risks at every corner, but if we lived in fear, we wouldn’t get anything done, much less travel to our heart’s desire. As with anything, prepare in advance, do your research and choose safe hotels, cities and locations to make sure your adventure is nothing less of spectacular, but also safe.
Fear #3: I won’t manage!
The fear of not managing, of not handling a situation is such a common one in people and it’s not restricted to solo traveling! So many of us fear that we won’t manage at our new jobs, or in a new relationship, so when it comes to traveling on our own, it’s only natural that this pestering thought pops up into our mind. But what you need to know is that it is not an irrational fear, and it is good to doubt yourself from time to time, just make sure you don’t overdo it. If you don’t doubt yourself just a tiny bit when traveling, you could get cocky, make mistakes and ruin the whole trip. The only way to overcome this fear is to prepare in advance as well as possible and also be prepared for everything to not turn out exactly the way you want it.
Fear #4: I’ll get lost!
Unlike the fear for your personal safety, this one is a bit on the lighter side. Sure, there is always the possibility that if you aren’t careful, you will get lost. But in this day and age, when smartphones rule the world and there’s Wi-Fi at every corner, surely getting lost doesn’t sound like such a threat to your safety. And if you do get lost, how about enjoying it instead? Enjoy the feeling of letting go of control and enjoy the landscape or the new city you’re in! How about trying the off the beaten path before you ask Google how to take you back to your hotel?
Fear #5: I’ll get bored!
Ah, boredom! This little chap can sneak up on you even when you’re traveling with friends and family, so it must creep up on you when you’re traveling on your own, right? Wrong! Traveling solo is exciting and liberating. You rely so much on your own skills and instincts, that you don’t have time to get bored. There’s always something happening around you, something to be seen and someone new to meet; so if you fear that traveling solo is boring, think again! Even if you’re the life-of-the-party type of person, who needs constant stimulation, being along in a new country is enough to entertain even the fussiest folks. If you do feel boredom sneaking up on you, grab a map and start setting points of interest. Grab your smartphone and start to Google the wits out of the city you’re in! You are bound to find something exciting to do!
Well, are you at least a bit inclined to give solo traveling a chance? Come on, go for it! If you do plan to venture out on your own, make sure you check out our extensive and exciting solo travel packages and offers right here! Book a trip with us, you won’t regret it!