Planning your First Solo Trip

If you’ve been catching my sporadic tweets over the last week, you might have picked up that I’m planning my FIRST SOLO TRIP! It’s a very exciting time, but also incredibly terrifying!

My usual travel and real-life partner is jet setting off to sunny Sydney for the Summer and I don’t know it’s a severe case of FOMO or just the realisation that I’m not overdrawn for the first time at uni, but I’ve had the urge to take myself off to somewhere new and take on the world, quite literally.

I wanted to put my research to good use and ensure that it wasn’t just wasted on my own frazzled brain, I hope that these pieces of advice help you to plan your own solo trip and give you the guts to take the road less travelled. I’ve taken the advice from some lovely gals over on Twitter too to give you the same motivation I received on my timeline this morning!

 

Seek motivation, find your support system

 

It’s so important to believe in yourself, even if you aren’t in the best headspace as you read this, know the moment will pass- we all have good days and bad days, after all the world would be so boring if we were all monotonous robots! Don’t get disheartened by shortcomings, use them to push you further. As humans, we all know we can’t entirely rely on ourselves support our minds 24/7, so investing in a support system will not only make you feel at ease before you start travelling, but give you somewhere to go if you have a bad day on the road.

For me, my mum has always been my biggest supporter, no matter what I’m doing (because I do make plenty of bad decisions), I know she will tell me to dust it off and remind me I’m doing something worthwhile. I live 350 miles from her right now and the distance over the last two years has only brought us closer, which I love! But not all support comes from our nearest and dearest, sometimes speaking to the experts really helps to get facts in check and reassure us. Twitter is full of them. Although people may not believe they’re experts at travelling, but we all learn from each others advice. I’ve found the #traveltribe community on Twitter to be a really welcoming and encouraging place to ask questions and almost all my trips this year have come from bloggers I never knew about!

It’s okay (better even) to have everything planned out!

 

My problem is, my boyf is the ‘go with the flow’ guy and I’m the one that researches the sh*t out of the trip, down to the directions to the airport and what restaurant trip advisor recommends. It’s usually an ideal balance and without the security of another person to keep me company, I’m all the more conscious of my safety, health and budget- taking my OTT planning to a whole new level! But I have realised that this isn’t a bad thing. I’m not the kind of person who can just take off and go where the wind takes me (well, sober) o why should I change that before I start my trip? It. literally. makes. no. sense. and. I. will. just. stress. myself. out.

Decide where to go and learn about the city beforehand

The world is so big, and it is a luxury to see even a small part of it. When planning where you’re going it’s important to do your research and make sure there are no hidden surprises. It’s worth checking the Government Travel pages to see what the latest advice is, especially with Brexit and conflict emerging in Western societies, you don’t want to be in the wrong place simply because you didn’t fact check. Places like New Zealand, London and Iceland are renowned as backpacker havens and might be a good place to start to grow your confidence. Personally, I know I would feel safe in most European countries, as they aren’t too far away from home and have similar transport systems. Use what you know from previous trips and plan around what works for you and your budget.

Stay safe, for god’s sake!

It really does pain me to write this. I wish we lived in a world where we didn’t have to think about all of this nonsense, but alas, we must consider safety. This is really where your planning and support system will come in handy too. If something doesn’t feel right, make sure you’ve got a way out and keep your wits about you! As female solo travellers often say, we shouldn’t have to feel like we can’t drink or wear what we want but sometimes it’s the safest option. Don’t put yourself in vulnerable situations so you don’t have to stress about it.

Get snappy happy and release your inner #livingmybestlife gram!

Finally, don’t forget to enjoy yourself and share your journey with others! It’s always a pleasure to read new posts about solo travel, it inspires others (not to mention makes everyone super jealous). Please please share your journey, or at least take some photos for yourself. Your trip, no matter how far or insignificant will be something that you will look back on. I have thousands of photos from Australia, excessive, yeah but unnecessary? definitely not! I like to have something to look back on when I’m stuck in a rut and remind myself of not just where I’ve been but how I feel. And when I travel, I’m at my happiest. So enjoy my lovely!

 

Catch you later, I’m off to book my first solo trip!

I only share this with you as I don’t think I’m the only one out there who feels like this, I know so many people that would never dream of travelling on their own for any reason, never mind at such a young age. But sometimes you’ve got to push your own boundaries and do something that yeah, is really f*cking scary, but it WILL be beautiful. Sometimes you need faith and a push to change your life and who knows, it could be the best thing that ever happened.

1300 words and a lot of tweets later, here we are. My support and faith came from Twitter, of all the places. Asking for advice is always difficult, but we do forget the internet has a real human answer and the compassion and inspiration of others is helping me to get through the ‘what ifs’ and replace them with ‘whatever’. I hope that you can overcome whatever fears you have to and do this trip for nobody but you.

Good luck x

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2 Comments

  1. April 5, 2019 / 4:37 am

    I love how you’ve curated the tips you received in Twitter and have woven them into your article. It makes for a great read and it’s an idea I’ll definitely be borrowing! Thanks for the shoutout too. I hope you have an amazing trip and can’t wait to read about it.

    • sxphialauren
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      April 5, 2019 / 12:07 pm

      I’m so glad you liked it, thanks lovely! x

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