Have you ever wanted to know how to travel alone? Do you sometimes feel you’re in a state of limbo and would love to spice up your life with something totally out of your comfort zone? Have you ever contemplated doing what Julia Roberts did in the movie ‘Eat, Pray, Love’?
Well, my friend, you are reading the words of someone who did exactly what Julia did in the movie. But, in my case, it was Eat, Play, Love. LOL. Having so much fun, I had no time to blog or indeed write back then. And proudly, my Eat, Play Love movie has actually been 16 years.
I cannot emphasize enough the pure pleasure and exhilaration of traveling by yourself. Despite many people thinking it’s weird or lonely for a bunch of sad people, trust me, they couldn’t be more mistaken. As lifestyles change and so too the desire to live life to the full, I’d be bold enough to predict the planet is going to fill up with nomads.
There has never been a better time to live life the way you want. The freedom to be you, doing what you want and a have a blissfully happy time along the way.
Solo travel the easy way?
Well, before I dive in, and to put you at ease, let me begin with the good news! Firstly, you don’t even have to look on the internet for hours and feel frustrated as you navigate thousands of websites. I’ve don’t it all for you! All packaged up with a pretty bow and ready for you to unwrap and savor. You will get lifetime access to my one-of-a-kind, never been done before Solo Travel Masterclass, a labor of love created from my 16 years on the road.
I write blog posts typically for the 40+ woman. However, this post and Solo Travel Masterclass are for anyone. Put it this way, I’ve done all the hard work so you don’t have to. Not only does Solo Travel Masterclass teach how to solo travel for the first time, but it also teaches how to be happy under any condition. Imagine having the know-how to be happy 365 days a year and never feel lonely?! Now, that’s freedom.
In the meantime, I am keen to share some ideas to help get you excited about solo travel and to get the inspirational juices flowing. Truthfully you’re going to have the time of your life, even if you don’t know it yet. And best of all, I handhold you every step of the way. Think of me as your virtual PA but in this case, your virtual solo travel SIRI. LOL. (I am so excited to let you know more about this exclusive offer later on – watch this space!)
Here are just a few tips and questions to ask yourself:
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Why do I want to solo travel?
One of the most important questions to ask yourself is why do you want to solo travel? Is it to run away from responsibilities, a bad relationship or post-divorce? Maybe you are tired of always putting others first and simply want to try something new for that much-needed ‘me-time’. You may well have decided to travel alone so you can do what you want without any compromise.
Whatever the reason, try to clean up any emotional baggage before you go and you’ll enjoy the whole experience far more. Solo travel yes, can be a well-deserved pause and give you time away to switch off.
Tip: write down this question and leave it for a few days. This technique opens the mind and the answer will come with clarity.
How much time do I plan on traveling?
I never planned or even imagined I’d be sitting here with 16 years in the solo travel bank. Being an adventurer to my core, it’s not really surprising. When you feel the best you’ve felt and experience a way of living to the full, you just don’t want to give it up.
For any newbies reading this post, I highly recommend a short solo travel trip at home for a week or two. This will let you see how comfortable you can be on your own. If you are very curious, you will most likely go for longer. It’s all a question of how comfortable you are in your own company or do you ‘need’ to be with people often.
You can also consider asking a boss for a 12 month sabbatical. Even better, ask him if you can work remotely from anywhere. This will then allow you much more flexibility to decide your agenda.
Tip: be flexible in planning! You may want to stay longer in a city or even find a job.
Where do I want to go?
You may have a dream destination you have always wanted to visit? Or perhaps you just want to see many places. But whatever the reason, pick a soft option for the first trip. You could even be your own ‘Emily in Paris’ instead of watching it on Netflix. Click here to read my top 3 destinations for newbies.
Tip: consider doing a one-week intensive language course when you get there. It’s a great way to mix with the locals and ease in gently.
What is my budget?
The question of money and how much of a budget you have is vital. Women 40+ usually want to rent apartments by themselves and have much more luxury. Decide on the style of trip eg simple accommodation or comfortable.
Focus TODAY on ways to start a solo travel fund. An example could be if you spend 10-20 USD a day on coffee trips to Starbucks, think of making coffee at home and putting the cash in a cookie jar you can see. It’s exciting to see the USD bills fill it up and know you are saving money wisely.
You may also want to stop that gym membership you started in Jan 2022 (LOL) and don’t enjoy. You can run for free outside or dance to Youtube for some fun home workouts. Put the monthly gym payments you would have spent in the cookie jar and pop a smiley face on it. Add a post-it with ‘my dream life is beginning’ if you like.
Tip: begin to think about other ways to finance the trip. You’d be amazed at how quickly ideas begin to flow as well as excitement.
When do I plan on going?
I think this one is easy. Allow yourself a maximum of 12 months to go. Of course, I’m a big advocate for spontaneity. But there is a lot to plan. This gives you time to adjust emotionally (and build the cookie jar too). Besides, you get 12 months to feel exhilaration). Time will fly. You could even go in a month’s time if you can get organised quickly. Make it a test run by doing a 2 week stay somewhere near home.
Tip: create a mood board and place it somewhere in the kitchen. This will help you focus and keep you on track.
Who can help me?
Of course, when you solo travel, you are on your own. But be calm knowing wherever you go, people are mostly kind. They will help if you need something. And for those who choose to do Solo Travel Masterclass, you will have access to my own personal WhatsApp for me to help you whatever the question. Think of me as your comfort zone, your SIRI!
Tip: don’t mention too much to loved ones at this stage unless you know they will fully support your dream. Don’t forget they want you to stay at home. It’s normal. But you have to live life to please you. If you are happy, they should be happy too.
These are just a few general comments I want to share with you to help you decide if you want to know how to solo travel.
In addition, I want to emphasize solo travel is a discipline and mindset activity. As a happiness and mindset coach, you will have expertise in Solo Travel Masterclass. Once completed, Module 3 will give you the mindset to accomplish anything. I couldn’t be more thrilled to hear how this part evolves in the Solo Travel Masterclass community. And who knows, we may well cross paths at some point and share a glass of wine.
There you have it sweetie. As time rolls on and lifestyles are changing, you couldn’t be in a better place than here to get that helping hand you need to get you on the way. There are no words to describe the feelings experienced. You must go and feel them yourself.
What happens now?
Well, why not sign up and get the ball rolling and learn how to solo travel from a pro. Time waits for nobody. Besides, you have an exceptional life to live. xo
If you’re asking how do I start traveling alone and experience the benefits myself, and want to know how to plan your very first solo travel adventure, please click here on my new Solo Travel Masterclass to find out more. This solo travel course is one-of-a-kind and a lifetime of knowledge and wisdom in one easy-to-follow course.
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