Solo Travel: What Emotions to Expect and How to Deal

August 7, 2015,

The first time you decide to travel solo you are sure to experience an overwhelming amount of conflicting emotions: excitement, fear, delight, regret and then excitement again. It’s important to acknowledge those feelings and experience them – and know that they are completely normal and okay. In fact, they are to be expected.IMG_0809

You are doing something very special and giving yourself a very valuable gift. You are giving yourself the gift of you – without distraction, without the comfort of being in your own city or town, without the pre-established “personality” you have created to co-exist with the people closest to you. Instead, you are taking yourself on a long stroll, filled with challenges, emotions and surprises (and yes, self-discovery).

Sometimes (I know that for me), the beginning of that stroll can be a little challenging. You might want to leave; you might convince yourself that you’d be happier at home or somewhere else. You might tell yourself “I chose the wrong city, yes that’s it – that’s why I feel uneasy and nervous”. Again, remember that all of these feelings and experiences are normal. Listen to them but don’t let the fear consume you.

Acknowledge it (the fear) and thank it for showing up and trying to protect you. But let it know that you are in charge and you are safe.IMG_0512

There is a reason you decided to travel solo. There is a reason you decided on that particular place in the world (or those particular places). You do know what is best for you at any given moment. In times of doubt or fear, remember why you are doing this. If you’re worried about forgetting, write it out.

Write your feelings and reasons down on paper and carry them around with you, whether it is in a book or on a small sheet of paper. This way you can always find it and read it at a moment’s notice.Screen Shot 2015-08-17 at 1.36.07 PM

Just remember why you said yes and acknowledge yourself for following your spirit.

“[You] are a capable person and [you] can handle anything that comes [your] way.” – Louise L. Hay

Solo Travel Emotions and How to Deal

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8 Comments

  • Reply Celia August 8, 2015 at 1:18 am

    Nicely written:)

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring August 21, 2015 at 11:41 pm

      Thanks girl!

  • Reply Ilena August 8, 2015 at 8:23 pm

    You are so right…we have our own backs. We can trust ourselves and we are safe…I love that!

    One of my favourite books is The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery. The heroine in this story never does anything she wants to do because she is fearful. Because of a certain event in her life she chooses to trust herself and live…she is safe in her own hands.

    As always the photos are beautiful!

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring August 9, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      That is beautiful!!

  • Reply Jessie August 10, 2015 at 12:30 am

    WORD! You speak the truth girl. Amen!

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring August 21, 2015 at 11:37 pm

      HAHA love that you can relate! Thanks for your comment!!!

  • Reply Laura August 10, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    OH WOW, Erica – this was so great. I teared up. You are SO right about being in the right place at the right time and knowing what is good for you. I can’t wait to share this with everyone I know <3 thank you, thank you, thank you.

    • Reply Happiest When Exploring August 21, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      Thank YOU <3

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