Traveling on my own is not one of the things in life that scares me. I've left for a summer exchange to London on my own when I was 16 and two years ago went to New York on my own for a few days. I'm also traveling on my own for a week in less than a month. I realize it is something I enjoy because 1. I'm an introvert 2. I have the freedom to decide everything and 3. It makes me feel independent. So today I wanted to share with you some of the tips I try to keep in mind when I plan a trip on my own. I also want to say that my trips are mostly in big cities so it would be completely different if you are planning on doing a backpacking trip or something a bit more adventurous.
Choose a place that makes you feel comfortable
When I was planning my summer trip, I knew I would spend a week on my own, and for a brief moment I considered Paris. It ended up not being the destination I chose for a few reasons but one of my arguments for going to London was that I am "used to" the city (but also that I love it so much there). I think I might have felt less comfortable going to a place where I don't speak the language, or like California, where the car is the primary mode of transportation.
Plan everything thoroughly
Feeling prepared is ultimately what will make you feel confident when traveling to a new city. I keep a list on my phone of the cities I want to visit and the cool places in those cities. When it's time to start my trip I create a map on Google Maps with all the places I want to go. This way I can see the distance between things and plan my days accordingly. If I was to just show up in a new city and decide what to do on the same day I would probably feel lost.
Don't worry too much
I remember the time I had to stay awake for a whole night at the Stockholm airport because my train from Copenhagen had arrived the night before and my flight was only the next day. I was tired and extremely cold but I couldn't bring myself to sleep because I didn't want anything bad to happen as I was on my own. I think just being mindful of what could happen is important but there is no need to worry about everything. You can always sleep on the plane!
Have you ever traveled solo?