Solo Travel: How to Overcome Morning Jitters
When traveling solo, you really have no one to report to, no one to check in with, no one to be on time for and no one to be accountable to – except yourself. This can sometimes be really easy or really hard. When traveling on your own, some days will be easier than others. Some days, you’ll pop right out of bed, get ready for the day and be off! You’ll explore all day and come back late, still energized.
Other days, it’ll be really hard to just get out of bed. You’ll want to snooze, you’ll eat breakfast really slowly and deep down, you’ll actually debate with yourself whether or not you should go out for the day.
When traveling alone, since you have no one you are accountable to, no one counting on you to be ready and to spend the day with him or her, you can really spend the day as you please. That means you can wake up at 6 am or 12 pm. Of course, when you’re traveling, your plan is probably to spend the most time outdoors, exploring, sightseeing, eating, and experiencing new things.
The truth is, you will get a little nervous every morning before going out for the day. If you come back to your place midday to drop some bags off or to take a break, once you’re ready to go back out again, you will experience those jitters again. I can’t explain it. But the nerves are real. They aren’t crippling – you won’t feel unsafe or in danger. It’s subtler but you can definitely feel it.
But the moment (and I mean the moment) you step outside, there is an instant relief. It’s beautiful out there (even if its raining or grey). You feel instantly soothed and captivated by all that is around you – the sounds, the sights, the smells, the people.
Know that when you travel this will happen. And more so when you are on your own. Every moment is unknown – and that can be scary. But it doesn’t have to be.
How can you deal with it? For one, just go outside. But remember to be patient and kind with yourself. You can carry stones (an article on stones for travel is forthcoming). Bring a book you enjoy with you – books are the best travel companions.
If you haven’t booked a museum or tour, have at least one or two things in mind for the day ahead. For example, plan to spend a few hours exploring a particular neighbourhood, park or island. Visit a market; know where you’d like to stop for lunch. This way, you have somewhere to be, for yourself. There will be something you want to see, something you want to experience. You will probably stumble upon some great places on your way but have something etched (in pencil) in your agenda (or brain).
It’s beautiful out there – you won’t regret it. I promise.
How do you overcome morning jitters when traveling?
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