Is Solo Travel For You?

By Hand On The Hip - 12/01/2018

If the itch of wanderlust needs scratching, the chances are that you are looking for your next adventure overseas. The idea of leaving your job and taking some time out to travel, see the world and immerse yourself in new cultures can be irresistible. You might fancy a trip to see the northern lights in Iceland, a jaunt to Kenya to see lions in the Masai Mara or a trek across the Inca Trail in Peru. There are many options when it comes to organising a trip abroad. You could go with pals, book yourself onto an organised tour or embark on your adventure alone. The latter is the most exciting, but it’s not for everyone. Read on to see if solo travel is for you.


Whereas an organised tour will plan the itinerary for you, so all you have to do is rock up, solo travel is entirely different. You will need to book your flights, sort out all of your accommodation and look into excursions. However, this can be half of the fun. Organising the details yourself means that you won’t be paying someone for the privilege saving you some much needed money.

If you are embarking on some solo travel, you will have more freedom to be spontaneous. You can plan a skeleton itinerary and then fill in the accommodation gaps along the way. You can even change your plans along the way; something you cannot do on an organised tour.

Before Your Trip

If you are planning on taking a long jaunt overseas for more than six months or so, you will need to consider storage for your belongings from a company like Chess Moving. While you might be able to continue renting out your pad, this could be wasted money. Instead, surrender the long term responsibility and opt for a cheaper storage option. Units are fully secure, lockable and safe from trespassers.

Before your flight, you should also ensure that your paperwork is in order. You may need to apply for a visa, renew your passport, and show proof of vaccinations. Get this sorted out with at least a month to go so that you won’t be fretting or leaving everything until the last minute.

The Trip

Travelling solo doesn't necessarily mean travelling alone, unless this is what you want. You will meet many like-minded people along the way, who have also chosen to travel alone. By teaming up with fellow wanderlust seekers, you can make lifelong friends, and share travel experiences. This can enrich your jaunt abroad, and can see you grow in confidence and self esteem. You could end up with a wide circle of friends from all over the globe. Returning home, you can enter back into your work life feeling fulfilled and ready to take on a new chapter of your life.

Don’t think that you can’t organise your own trip; you can! All it takes is a little organisation. Take a break, consider your wanderlust options and hotfoot it overseas.

P.S. This post is a collaborative post and not written by Hand On The Hip.

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