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Travel as a Single Person in the World

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Take a dose of preparation, confidence, excitement, and a quantity of great attitude, and go on that trip you have been dying to experience BY YOURSELF! You can wait for that special someone, but that person may never come along for this special event, or maybe your partner cannot get away or is not interested in this vacation. Time flies by quickly, as we all know, and you are putting your life on hold by waiting. It could be much more romantic with another person, but who knows what can happen? You are great company alone and opening a whole new world of possibilities. You may meet some wonderful new friends. Best of all, you will be empowered by doing something alone.

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can be a significant accomplishment! Also, you may want to experience something a partner would not enjoy. I say try it! You have so much to gain from experience. I feel the memories and the confidence are unbeatable. Pick the trip alone wisely for you, and be prepared by knowing all you can about your adventure. I was a travel wimp. Yes, a wimp. I could hardly drive my car across town. I was weak and dependent as a person in my twenties. Oh, what I missed, but I didn’t have the confidence to seek the adventure of going alone. After divorcing in my thirties, I committed myself to rent a cottage with friends on the outer banks of North Carolina. I planned on driving my two children out to meet the other family and stay for a week. I had a new minivan, and I thought it all sounded like fun until I realized I had to drive with an eight-year-old and a ten-year-old- just the three of us. I hated to drive. I was scared. I forced myself to go since I had already paid for my portion of the cottage and couldn’t let my friends and children down.

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I was committed, so the three of us headed out. Wouldn’t you know it? My new vehicle broke down twice!! My daughter became ill. The temperature was in the high nineties. Somehow we made it to the Outer Banks. I was frightened driving through Washington D.C. at high traffic times. I panicked at finding my way with two children in my charge. I was lost a few times; the trip was much longer than planned, but I made it happen. That minivan pulled us through, and my children sensing none of my worries, were troopers. I was determined, and we had a memory maker. The trip gave me confidence, and we had a great time. This was my growing uptime, and now as the children are
on their own, and so am I.

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I “hit the road” often, mostly since I have recently retired. My son lives in Washington State, so I frequently go there alone. The main thing I realized in traveling alone is being prepared. Like a good boy scout, know where you are going and how you will get there. Line up a great travel agent, look in the local newspapers for local traveling groups, or hit the internet, which offers any place you want to visit. Line up your singles cruise ( I just found tons of single trips on Google), go biking in France, fly fishing in Montana, rafting in West Virginia, to a spa in Arizona, or a motel on the other side of your state. Plan it well for yourself. Figure it all out. Do you need a passport? What do the brochures tell you? Have you researched all of the information? What do other people say about the place? Talking to friends, travel agents, and online blogs will get you all your details.

Think about you in the place.

How much will everything cost? (It always costs more than we think with tips, taxis, fees, and food) Look at maps, and line up your hotels or camping sites. I still feel the best bet for a single person is a tour with people. You are guaranteed time with people, so you will have someone to dine with and places all set for you. On tour, you do not wait in long lines, and your day is planned for you. This is all a great start for being on your own. You will design and execute the trip but have people in the wings waiting to make new friends and do the same wonderful things you are. Single accommodations are more expensive, but you can enjoy a room alone at night. If you are not the “tour” person, be even more prepared for growth and fun.

I like to look my best when I travel because t feel my best. I plan my packing for efficiency, weather, and the trip needs. I start early and write down what I will take. I think hard about where I will be and what can be coordinated. I figure I can buy what I forget most of the time, but usually, it is preferable to have it. I travel with too many clothes, so I work on paring down. I always have a comfortable pair of walking shoes that are clean and attractive. These clothes mix and match and are wrinkle-resistant, with a collapsible umbrella, a fold-up raincoat, and a sweater and jacket for layering. I pack small samples of cosmetics and toiletries and never forget my camera and a small case with a neck strap I use as a handbag.

I always take books to read, a notebook to write down my experiences, water to drink, and snacks. I need my laptop, and you may need other items: music, handheld games, magazines, crossword puzzles, whatever. Take what you need: things to amuse yourself and make you happy. You may be stranded somewhere. Make the best of it by having materials to entertain you. Check in early if flying and leave if driving. Know flight details, research your map, and be aware of problems. Have two credit cards. One may give you problems. I carry some cash and take a debit card to access funds. If you choose travelers’ checks, be aware that they are very safe, but it is inconvenient to cash them. Have change for tips or treats on the road or in the airport.

So you have planned your trip, packed, and it is time to leave. Here is the time for a great attitude. You may be tempted to forget the whole trip, but don’t. You may feel worried, scared, and uneasy. Feel the feelings, then plow through them. Look the part of a confident traveler, and you will be the confident traveler. The best advice I received when I planned my first long flight to Hawaii is, “There are many things that can go wrong, and somehow you need to live with whatever happens. Be ready to experience some bumps in the road, and do not let these bumps spoil your trip.” This is such great advice, and I live by it. Flight delays, traffic jams, lost luggage, and rain does not get me down. My attitude is such that I can work through these things. They are minor in the scheme of things.

It is time to enjoy every minute of this trip. Remember, you may have some lonely times because we humans like little company, and our society points to coupling as the way to go. Fight it, and enjoy yourself. ( Again, a tour is an easy starter for the single traveler.) Mealtimes may be hard for you but face this head-on. If you are on a trip with no one to eat, take a book or magazine to fill in the vacant times. Please do not sit there watching couples and envying them. They may have their issues. Read your book, watch the overhead TV, and write in your journal. Make yourself comfortable. This may not be easy for you, but I guarantee growth.

Go ahead, reach out, and be open with others if you are comfortable. Open yourself to new opportunities. Talk to some new people. Learn from them, listen to them. Share your experience. I traveled abroad for the first time two years ago. My significant other was to go with me, but he felt two weeks away from his business was too much time. A few friends wanted to go, but none could work out the details, and frankly, not everyone was compatible with me for two weeks. I booked a grand tour of Italy and France through a travel agent. She suggested I pay a little more due to the higher quality of buses and hotels, and I felt it was worth it. I felt safe and secure. I also had to pay more for single accommodations. I was nervous but excited, and it was the best trip of my life! For the first few days, the people on the trip took pictures of me alone, and I felt a little sad heading to a room alone. By day three, I was making new friends with everyone.

I was not limited to just my traveling partner. I “hung out” with everyone. When I wanted quiet time, I had that too. On tour, there was always an option for everyone to eat with and laugh with. I did the extra terms and enjoyed myself. I never listened to the day’s directions because no one was in my room to back me up. I was still so tired; I never had time for loneliness or sadness in my room. I wanted peace. I ended up with a busload of new friends from all over the world. What a fulfilling reward.

I hope you, too, have fulfilling rewards as you travel. Please take lots of pictures, write about your daily events, band uy little souvenirs unique to where you visit. You will have this trip forever in your soul, and you will feel empowered that you can go anywhere and do anything! Lovely luggage, handbags, travel bags, garment bags, and laptop cases. Look at the part of the savvy traveler and have even more fun. ( I love carrying my green laptop shoulder bag with travel accessories inside. ) My bags have lots of organizational pockets, and some even have detachable travel accessories. Great colors and design make the travel bags even more appealing.

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