Women are often warned against traveling alone, but it’s actually one of the most freeing and enlightening experiences you can have. However, there are a lot of things that can go wrong. Before setting out fora solo adventure, it’s important to be prepared for all these things — and for all the things that can go right as well, because you don't want to miss any opportunities.
"It’s perfectly normal to be anxious before any trip you go on," Hostelworld’s head of product and design and travel expert Breffni Horgan tells Bustle. "You are, after all, traveling into unfamiliar territory. But that’s part of all the excitement and one of the reasons why I want to encourage women to embrace not just traveling, but traveling alone." Research shows that people who travel alone appreciate not having to compromise with anyone. Another plus? Being by yourself leaves you open to meet new people.
"I think a lot of women are afraid to travel solo because they’ve been told it’s not possible or it’s not safe," says Horgan. "Don’t let that stop you. If you’ve done your research, planned wisely, and set your mind on traveling, you will succeed and it will change your life. Everyone tells you that traveling will make you more confident, that you’ll find yourself, that you’ll be creatively inspired. That’s all true, but only if you take a chance on solo travel and embrace the challenges that will inevitably pop up along the way."
Here are some ways to make your solo adventures freeing, enlightening, and occasionally scary... but in a good way.