I know I am not the only one out there who has missed travelling but dang its been tough! In this business we usually travel three, four or five times a year so I should have returned home at least two or three times by June. I was lucky enough to get in one trip this year, with my sister and my friend. Usually I am a Solo traveller, but I have had some medical conditions pop up and I just was not overly comfortable travelling alone. Now, I’m not saying that I haven’t enjoyed travelling with others it is just different from how I travel and it is different from my normal life so it does take some time to get used to having people around and in my space.
Travelling Solo it is all about you! You look after your own bag, you look after your own passport, you look after when you want to eat, you look after transportation, you look after checking into a hotel or start of your own tour, you decide when you want to shower, you decide if you want to sleep naked, you decide if you want to have room service, you decide if you want to go out, you decide if you want to be brave and meet new people, you are responsible for your own security, you decide what you are wanting to do for the day, you are the one who may feel lonely some of the time, you decide if you are going to have a great time and see everything that life has to offer or are you going to stay in and sulk and miss the best day of your life! I have always been of the mind “if you are not happy alone how can you ever be happy with someone else”. To be a Solo traveller I don’t think you have to be the most outgoing person or the most confident, there are times you have to fake it to make it😊 Yes, there will be times when you are terrified, but do you know what, life is terrifying sometimes but you just take a deep breath and get on with it.
When I travelled to Thailand and Hong Kong on my own, I just could not believe the freedom that I felt. The hotel staff at all three hotels that I had stayed at were aware that I was a Solo traveller and really looked out for me. I was even given the managers personal cell number in Hong Kong in case I got lost and could not find my way back to the hotel. This did not happen but it sure could have 😊. I do book excursions before I leave home and do research on what I want to see and do in destination.
I have met some great people while travelling Solo, one family from India that I met in Thailand pretty much took me in as family and we had the best time while we were visiting James Bond Island. There are so many people that I have met when I travel. One evening I was on the shuttle on my way to dinner at my all inclusive resort and I met a guy who was on his honeymoon solo, his husband was a doctor in Toronto and because of a flu outbreak was not able to leave on their honeymoon so we had a great dinner together.
There are always things that may not go as you planned but that can happen even if you have others with you. There are a few great companies that are solely for Solo Travellers so if you have ever thought you would like to take off an go somewhere but would still like some structure we can make that happen for sure. If you are a little braver and just want to take off and travel to Japan (or anywhere else) on your own just let me know and we can for sure make that happen for you.
If you want to start talking about your dream trip, I’m ready and waiting to help get the ball rolling. You can call me at 306-934-3400 or email email@example.com.