Solo traveling! So many people cringe at the idea of doing things solo. I have found that one of the most meaningful things about traveling solo is getting lost while finding yourself.
They say that “travel is the best form of education” which rings true to me who has learned more in the past two years of travel than in the four years of university. Those who travel learn exponentially more about themselves and the world around them than those who plant themselves in one location for their whole lives.
After I graduated University I bought a one-way ticket to Europe with no plan and no idea how or when I would return home to San Francisco. Often people thought I was a little crazy; they were amazed and surprised that a young woman like myself would venture off into the open world solo.
And to be completely honest I would be lying if I didn’t say I had moments of panic. But I would tell myself, “I had all of the power and I could be strong enough to handle anything.” And I did.
In travel, you will inevitably come across some bumps in the road. Things will happen that put your abilities to the test. While I was in Barcelona I arrived at the apartment I was renting at 3 am only to realize I was locked out and had to find another place to sleep for the night. Since all of the surrounding hotels were booked I didn’t find a place to sleep until 5 am and had to pay € 300 for a few hours worth of sleep.
Sometimes I have to ask 50 people about which train to get onto makes sure I’m in the right place at the right time headed in the right direction. I’ve had an undercover German policeman pull me off the train because I didn’t purchase a ticket for the underground tube.
As a solo traveler, I had to figure things out as I went along. I couldn’t be afraid to put myself out there and ask for help. I almost had no other choice but to go up to strangers see if they spoke English and ask for assistance.
I rarely came across unkind people, in fact, most people were more than helpful and some of them even became good friends. A solo traveler should always err on the side of caution, but don’t imagine everyone is a bad person.
I proved to myself that I can do anything, and I can get through anything. I am a brave, headstrong, young woman who is capable of doing what she sets her mind to. You’ll cry in the crazy moments and then laugh at them later.You’ll feel yourself growing as you travel. There is nothing more valuable in life than to have adventures.
You’ll cry in the crazy moments and then laugh at them later.You’ll feel yourself growing as you travel. There is nothing more valuable in life than to have adventures.