Solo Travel: What Emotions to Expect and How to Deal
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.
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.
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.
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