My trip to Canada was a blast for many points of views. One of these is that I experienced solo travelling for the first time and I must say, it has been very interesting. I discovered a new perspective of travelling and new aspects of myself as well!
I’ve previously talked about the pros and cons of solo travelling in this post here and as specified at that moment I never travelled solo before. Now that I did and have had a first-hand experience, I definitely confirm what my fellow travel bloggers stated in that post!
So, instead of talking about those aspects of solo travelling I thought about sharing with you the 5 Statements I have often been told when people realised that yes, I was travelling solo, yes, from the other side of the world and yes, I am a female solo traveller.
1 | “So, just for one?”
Think about any travel you’ve made and think about how many times you’ve asked for something that required specifying the number, like tickets, for example, booking at a restaurant, sometimes even when ordering coffee. Now, imagine that nearly every time you did one of these actions the asked you back:”Only one?”/”Just for one?”/”Anyone else?” At the beginning, I nearly felt guilty saying “yes” but after I while I actually thought “hey, probably a
- “Only one?”
- “Just for one?”
- “Anyone else?”
And you’re there like “hmm…yeah..” At the beginning, I nearly felt guilty saying “yes” but after I while I actually thought “hey, probably a couple of years ago I would have never thought I could have managed to travel by myself and look at me now, I’m in the other part of the world handling a month trip alone! I’m actually proud of doing this! Why should I be scared to answer?!” And from that moment on my answer to the question was a straight and pleased “YES”
Probably the most fun question I received was in Kingston, the man checking the tickets for the boat tour I booked, while asking for my ticket, said: “So, who’s in the party?!”
I looked at him and I answered “Just me!”
He smiled and replied, “Oh, well…that will be fun as well!”
Kind of a memorable moment haha.
2 | “You’re very brave! I couldn’t do that!!”
When I first heard this statement I, of course, felt very pleased and proud. I mean, let’s admit it,
I mean, let’s admit it, travelling solo is not easy so, seeing that someone recognises it gives you a little boost to keep going and reminds you one of the reasons why you did it: challenge yourself.
But, immediately after this “proud of me” moment I thought “Well, is not that you’re born ready, I also wouldn’t have thought I’d be able to handle a solo month trip if you’d told me a couple of years ago…because you know what girl (or boy!) it’s up to you!!” It’s up to you to take the courage and do it! Maybe not a month and maybe not to the other part of the world but if you really want to try, start from a small trip and see how it is! Why limiting yourself without even trying? (right?!)
If I made it, there are no reasons why you can’t make it!
3 | “How come you came by yourself?”
I believe this is a spontaneous question you have anytime you see a person by him/herself travelling. But I also believe, that for many travellers the answer is “I tried to involve friends or other people but there’s always an excuse or we can’t manage to organise and I waited for enough time, it was time to leave!!” SO TRUE.
Travelling, especially organising big trips, is not easy and if other people are involved as well is even more complicated. If you find the right travel-buddy, amazing! But otherwise, are you really willing to wait an undeterminated amount of time or your curiosity to visit that place is bigger? Your choice!
Of course, this is not the only reason why one travels alone. Perhaps there are people that WANT to travel by themselves to spend some alone time or maybe because they didn’t find the right people who to share an experience like this with. Let’s admit it, to share an experience like an important trip you really have to be sure your two travel styles fit otherwise it could ruin the whole experience!
What about you, have you ever travelled solo? Were you also been told these statements or others? I’d love to hear from you!