Why travelling solo might be the thing for you (or why maybe not)
Hello, my lovely fellows! Among the travel community, a lot of people love to travel alone, even more than travel with company. I never quite understood their excitement but I was eager to try it and to find out if I like it. So I booked my first solo trip. Just a short one so I could see if I like travelling solo.
So I flew to Krabi at a Saturday morning. From Kuala Lumpur it is only a 1,5 hour flight and I arrived at 9am at the airport. I was pretty excited and so happy to spend my whole day at the beach! And this was the point the problem kicked in.
What kind of problems will I have to face?
My first goal was to get some cash at the nearest atm. The problem was that the atm declined my card. So I stood there with no money to buy a SIM card I would have needed to get in touch with my bank. So far so bad.
I managed to use some Wifi so I could contact them (they still didn’t answer me.) so they could help me. After about 45 minutes of waiting I decided to give it another try and bought a sim card and it worked! So I knew I could order me a Taxi and get to my hostel.
Coming to the disadvantage: when you are alone, nobody can help you if you get in trouble. Nobody was there to lend me a few bucks. I had to try and hope that it somehow works out. And I was lucky that it did.
So my advice for travelling solo: bring cash.
And what was the part that you actually enjoyed?
After I arrived at my hostel and signed in there I was free to do whatever I wanted to do. I went directly to the beach and could lay there and write. When I got bored I could stand up and go to a café to eat some cake. I could go to a massage (went twice this weekend) and had no discussion on what I want to eat.
Maybe this feeling of freedom you get when travelling solo comes from the fact that our lives are still very determined. Especially when we have a job, relationship, apartment, kids, etc, it isn’t quite easy to do the things you like. These things are worth the responsibility that comes with them but from time to time a breakout is wonderful.
But what if I feel lonely?
So far I didn’t feel lonely. I enjoyed the time on my own. And if I looked for company it was never far away. I stayed at a hostel in a four person dorm and had a nice chat with one girl from Norway, now studying in Singapore. Later I met some girls at the beach when I asked them to take care of my backpack while I was swimming. One of them is coming to Kuala Lumpur and I offered to show her around. I even got in touch with two yoga instructors who invited me to do yoga with them! So you see I wasn’t lonely at all!
What if I get in trouble?
I as a person like to go to bed early, so I can get up early. Therefore I avoided one of the biggest sources of problems: getting drunk and/or being alone in the dark.
If you go out make sure not to drink too much and that you are not alone. Go out with some people from your hostel! Or if you go alone, get a taxi home, even if it is expensive.
In general, it is important to know the emergency numbers for the country you stay in and to have a working phone to contact them.
Always pay attention to your surroundings. Never wear headphones on both ears. It will distract you from possible dangers. Furthermore, it is very interesting to listen to other peoples conversations. Maybe it is a way to find new friends when you hear somebody speaking your tongue.
And never lose sight of your belongings (it would be very bad if you would lose your passport. Moreover, it is very stressful and most of the time we travel to have a good time right?
So could you get to the point..?
All in all, I can say I enjoyed travelling alone and I would recommend to try it at least once! If you don’t like it you don’t have to do it again but it can be a good lesson if you are able to face all the difficulties it might bring.
I will definitely do it again and as I speak (or write) my next solo trip is already booked.