Travelling Solo

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It may sound a little strange to some of you, but I love to travel alone. I have been fortunate enough to travel frequently for work, but sometimes that meant spending several weeks abroad on my own. I will admit it was a bit strange at first, but I ended up loving it and now do regular solo trips. Here are my top tips!

Preparation is everything

The slightly anxious aspect of travelling by yourself is that you are responsible for your own safety. Planning properly takes care of so much issues.

Book a nice and reliable hotel or guesthouse, I prefer the latter because it usually means more personal service and a nice chat at breakfast. The owners can also give you some great local insights.

 

Be sure to prepare your transfer from the airport before you leave. You can either prebook a taxi or plan your route via public transport, just as long as you know what to do when you get of the plane. That makes all the difference in the stressy environment of the airport.

Finally, be sure to check out your destination and more importantly how safe particular areas are. There are always tips for tourist on the safety of neighbourhoods and what to avoid in your travel guide and online. It rather depends on where you are going of course, but it is especially smart when you will be spending time in big cities that always have rough areas.

 

Bring a Book

Always bring a book, a magazine or even better a kindle if you are an avid reader like me. It is absolutely the best way to get over the weird feeling of dining on your own that you have the first couple of days. Trust me, you get used to it quickly enough. The book can still be useful though, if you want to avoid lengthy conversations with weighters or other diners.

Do Whatever You Want

The best part of travelling solo is that you decide what you will be doing. You can visit things that interest you at your own pace and you can pick whatever food you are in the mood for. I personally love to visit museums or libraries and take long walks, not something everyone wants to spend time on. No more compromise.

 

#Selfies

Be sure to take some selfies during your trip. You are not going to be in anyone else’s shots after all and the home front appreciate seeing one pop up on social media to show your are doing fine. It feels a little awkward at first, but everyone does it these days. Other travellers are often very helpful and will offer to take your picture and if not, just ask them too. I have never had anyone turn me down or react strangely.

I honestly think everyone should take at least one solo trip in their lives. I have learned so much about myself by travelling on my own and have grown a lot because of it. I realise it can be a bit daunting, so why not start with a city trip?!

Have you ever travelled alone? Would you like to or does it sound horrible to you? Do let me know!


 

 

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Het klinkt misschien een beetje raar, maar ik vind het heel fijn om alleen op reis te gaan. Ik heb gelukkig veel mogen reizen voor mijn werk en dat betekende soms langere tijd alleen in het buitenland. Ik moet toegeven dat het in het begin wel raar en een beetje eng vond, maar dat veranderde snel. Ik ben er nu dol op en ga geregeld zelf op reis.

Voorbereiding is Alles

Alleen op reis betekend dat je helemaal zelf verantwoordelijk bent voor je veiligheid. Goed plannen helpt daarom veel.

Boek een leuk en betrouwbaar hotel of Bed&Breakfast, ik vind de laatste zelf prettiger omdat de service veel persoonlijker is en je vaak een gezellig praatje hebt met ontbijt. De eigenaar heeft ook vaak goede tips.

Zorg dat je de trip van het vliegveld naar je verblijfplaats vantevoren regelt. Boek alvast een taxi of plan je route via het openbaar vervoer, zolang je maar weet waar je heen moet als je van het vliegtuig stapt. Dat maakt echt veel verschil in de stressvolle omgeving van het vliegveld.

Als laatste, lees voor je vertrekt een reisgids door over je bestemming en check welke regio’s veilig zijn. Er staan altijd tips in voor touristen over veilige en minder veilige buurten en waar je beter niet kunt komen. Het maakt natuurlijk veel uit waar je heen gaat, maar de meeste grote steden hebben nare plekken waar je niet alleen doorheen wilt lopen.

Neem een boek mee

Neem altijd een boek, tijdschrift, of nog beter een E-reader mee als je net als ik een lezer bent. Geloof me, dit is de beste manier om over dat vreemde gevoel van alleen eten heen te komen. Je raakt er snel genoeg aan gewend maar een boek helpt je erdoor heen en kan ook nuttig zijn tegen ongewenste gesprekken met mede eters of serveerster.

Doe wat je wilt

Het allerbeste aan alleen reizen is dat je zelf kunt kiezen wat je gaat doen. Je bezoekt de dingen die jij wilt zien in je eigen tijd en kunt eten waar je zin in hebt. Ik ben zelf dol op museums, bibliotheken, en lange wandelingen terwijl niet iedereen dat leuk vind. Geen compromissen meer.

#Selfies

Zorg ervoor dat je tijdens de reis wat selfies neemt. Je staat tenslotte niet op de foto’s van iemand anders en het thuisfront vindt het leuk om af en toe via social media te zien dat alles goed gaat. Het voelt in het begin wat raar, maar iedereen doet het tegenwoordig. Andere reizigers willen vaak graag helpen en bieden vaak aan om een foto voor je te nemen en als ze dat niet doen: vraag het gewoon. Ik heb nog nooit een rare reactie gehad.

Ik denk echt dat iedereen ten minste een keer alleen op reis moet. Ik heb zoveel over mezelf geleerd door alleen te reizen en ben er echt door gegroeid. Ik kan me best voorstellen dat de eerste keer wat eng is, dus begin met een makkelijke city trip.

Heb jij wel eens alleen gereisd? Klinkt het super of helemaal niet leuk? Laat het me weten.

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23 thoughts on “Travelling Solo

  1. fivezero January 19, 2016 / 9:20 pm

    I wouldn’t mind trying it! I’ve never really had the opportunity to do it alone.

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  2. Talking About Beauty January 14, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    I’ve never gone on holiday by myself but i did do a 3 month exchange – does that count? 🙂 I think a solo holiday is a fantastic idea. A great opportunity to relax and unwind. Keep it up 🙂

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    • Anne January 15, 2016 / 11:39 am

      Oh were did you go on exchange? I did threw months in London myself but I cheated and went with a friend

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    • Anne January 15, 2016 / 11:43 am

      I have to admit I am always a little self-conscious as well and try to find an out of the way corner. Spotted loads of people with those irritating selfie sticks though so it must be just us

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  3. Amelia Vesper January 13, 2016 / 8:29 am

    I love this post!! I used to think traveling solo would be lonely, but now that I’m a bit older (and hopefully wiser) I think I would enjoy the independence. What’s your favorite place that you’ve traveled on your own?

    xo Mil
    https://southbynorthwestblog.wordpress.com/

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    • Anne January 15, 2016 / 11:48 am

      The only downside is that you can’t share your excitement with someone but otherwise is love it.
      I would have to say Washington DC. It was a work trip but I loved wandering the city in any spare time.

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      • Amelia Vesper January 16, 2016 / 1:52 am

        I love DC too! My best friend used to live there so I would visit all the time…but I haven’t been in ages. Maybe I need to schedule a solo trip back…

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        • Anne January 19, 2016 / 8:58 am

          Oh it is such a lovely city! I am trying to get one of my friends to move there just so I can visit more often 😉

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  4. Icy Sedgwick January 12, 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I like travelling alone and I enjoy getting to see what I want to see, but I think the novelty usually wears off when I have no one to talk to about what I’ve been up to, and the evenings get very quiet.

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    • Anne January 18, 2016 / 8:54 am

      That is very true! The evenings can be a bit quiet, although I tend to be so worn out from all the sightseeing I don’t really mind 😉

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  5. stashmatters January 12, 2016 / 10:08 pm

    I love travelling alone too! I visited Ireland alone. 🙂 I saw so much of the country – more than the locals even. I also don’t mind going to restaurants alone. The only downside is not having someone to take pictures with haha.

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    • Anne January 18, 2016 / 8:54 am

      Oh Ireland is so high in my wishlist! What was your favorite spot (if you can pick at all)?

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      • stashmatters January 18, 2016 / 3:14 pm

        Oh man, so many places! Galway is really nice – a laid back seaside town. Definitely see the Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway – amazing natural landmarks. Others: Newgrange, Rock of Cashel, Blarney Stone and Blarney Castle (very touristy but ah well, I was a tourist!). I honestly have visited more of Ireland than local Irish people lol.

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        • Anne January 19, 2016 / 8:53 am

          Oh this all sounds so wonderful. And that is the whole point of being a tourist right! Thanks for all the tips.

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  6. Lauren January 12, 2016 / 4:34 pm

    Fab post Anne! I would love to travel on my own sometime!

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    • Anne January 18, 2016 / 8:55 am

      I think everyone should try it once Lauren, teaches you a lot about yourself 🙂

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      • Lauren January 18, 2016 / 3:08 pm

        Definitely! I can imagine! I am sure it will be something I look to do in the future 🙂

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  7. ingrid January 12, 2016 / 12:43 pm

    I’ve never travelled alone !!! Something I should definitely do … Small steps : I’ll start by going to see a movie or a concert alone 😛 xxx

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    • Anne January 18, 2016 / 8:56 am

      I think it is a nice experience 😀 Movies are a great way to start!

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