How to Prepare Yourself for Solo Travel
Prepping for travel is always a process that requires your full-attention, but when it comes to prepping for solo travel, you've gotta pay attention! People often ask me how I do it, and I love sharing my advice when it comes to solo travel – I'm a huge believer and I implore everyone (specifically young females) to undertake this incredibly self-explorative and liberating journey… if you can travel alone, you can do anything, darling.
Since traveling solo can be an emotional challenge, I encourage anyone daring it for the first time to prepare themselves emotionally, as well as financially, logistically, and geographically. Here's how to prepare yourself for solo travel, tried and true!
Eat alone in a restaurant. At least once.
If you can master this entire process all by yourself – from the entrance, to the "just for one" exchange with the hostess, to the seating, ordering, chewing, and paying – and enjoy every aspect of it, rest-assured, solo travel was made for you darling! Often, however, that's not the case; people in our society just don't eat alone in restaurants, and consequently, most folks just feel weird doing it. So, just do it, and get comfortable... you'll be doing a lot of it.
Sit in a public place and read a book.
If you can silence your mind in a public place like a park or a beach and read without the worry of people watching you, pointing at you, or calling you a loner, you'll be just fine. I highly recommend partaking in these solo-amongst-crowd activities to prepare yourself for solo travel, allowing yourself to ease into the big chunk of "quality time with me."
Put together a stellar playlist.
Music. Words cannot describe how truly thankful I am to have this amazing trick up my sleeve during my pro-longed period of solo travel. Solo travel, does at times, get lonely (I can't lie), but having some music to put on in your lowest of times can instantly change your mood – and make you remember how truly fortunate you are to be where you are. Make a BRAND NEW playlist before heading out on your trip, and be sure to collect some new songs on your journey. Brand new is imperative; leave the old music that might harbor some bad memories back home.
Start smiling at strangers.
When you're alone, you tend to be much more aware of everything that's going on around you, which is one of the reasons solo-travel is so amazing to begin with. This means you're going to be noticing a lot of smiles coming your way – so get into the habit of smiling at strangers before your trip, and watch how this energetic love flows back at you when you'll be needing (and noticing) it most!
No matter how cold your hometown is, just say hello! This little dose of confidence will work wonders for you on your trip.
Do something on a whim.
Getting into the habit of spontaneity and complete openness to the universe is pretty essential to ensuring your solo trip is as wonderful as it aught to be. Do something on a whim!
Write it out.
And last, but certainly not least, be sure to write it out. I mean everything. What do you wish to accomplish with this trip? How do you want to feel? Who do you want to be? Who do you want to meet? How do you want to grow, change, transform?
Congratulations, you're about to experience a wonderful, life-changing journey with you. Don't forget to write, journal, snap, and take it all in – beginning to end.