When it comes to solo travel, the trend is most certainly on the rise. The statistics are hard to pin down (probably because the people doing it are too busy off on an adventure for surveys), but according to Top Deck travel’s extensive poll of around 31,000 people, that number is around 30%. Despite there being no wholly representative data, we know one thing for sure: both men and women are doing it, despite a lot of advice aimed at women to try and put us off. Is it lonely? Hell no. Just think of all the fun you can have with exploring the world. Not convinced? Here’s how you can make it work for you!
Choose a Travel Type You’ll Love
Guess what? When you travel alone, there’s no more of that annoying “pleasing other people” business. You can do whatever you want, whenever you want.
If you feel like backpacking Asia for three months, hitting up full moon parties by night and exploring temples by day, you can do exactly that. Prefer meeting new people on the job while learning to surf? Well, a working visa in Australia’s got you covered. Don’t worry about all those creepy crawlies – you’ll see far fewer than people tell you that you will (but besides, you’re a strong independent woman now)!
via Bernard Spragg
Perhaps you don’t even want to venture too far out your comfort zone at all? Well, just over the border, Vegas might be calling your name. Don’t forget, there’s nobody there to laugh at your skills (and besides, you can just practice online before you go). Look, the better you are, the better the service you’ll get in the casinos! Total newbies can check out CasinoGames.ca to explore the different online casinos offering the games you’ll be up against. You’ll get hints, tips and guides for playing the common games like blackjack and roulette, which will translate pretty well for when you’re playing in real life.
You know what? Sometimes all you want is a good old-fashioned vacation. Lazing by the pool, tanning on the beach, with a cocktail in hand. Solo travel doesn’t need to be about learning new skills, it’s just about enjoying your own company. That’s often enough of a lesson to learn!
Don’t Be Put Off
It’s annoying, but you’re almost certainly going to face negativity. There are so many myths when it comes to solo female travel, most of which are well-intentioned – but they come across as highly patronizing.
Women traveling alone face stigma. It’s often recommended that we don’t go anywhere alone, don’t go out at night, and wear fake wedding rings to keep strange men at bay, but it’s unfair, as the same advice is often not given to men. Be sensible, obviously, but remember that bad things can happen anywhere; and you still need to live. There are communities out there these days on Facebook geared especially for you – Girls Love Travel is a shining example, so there will always be virtual advice available if you need it.
You will meet people – if you want to. But you don’t need anyone else to make you complete or to validate your experiences. Yes, you can go away on your own, it’s not just for people with no friends. Yes, you can eat at that place you’ve been looking in the window all by yourself, and yes, nice people exist. Fake some confidence, and in time, it will grow.
So go! Think of how jealous everyone you know will be… or on second thought, just worry about yourself!