Growing up I was fortunate enough to travel every year with my parents and I’m extremely thankful to them for opening my eyes to the world. Travel is one of the best things in life, not only because you can visit beautiful places but also because it teach us so many things about ourselves & the world we live in.
Three weeks ago I went on the biggest adventure of my life so far. I went to London alone. It was terrifying to enter that airplane at 6:40 in the morning, leaving my parents behind and knowing there was no one waiting for me in the other side. I was completely on my own. Watching the sun rise from the little plane window made me remember why I was there. After all, I was about to make a dream come true. It was real, I was actually doing it.
WHY I WENT ON A SOLO TRIP
I had tried to make travel plans with friends but was faced with answers like: “it’s not the best time” or “I can’t afford it at the moment“. I had also graduated from uni a while ago and struggled to find a job – I wasn’t even sure about what I wanted to do. But I hoped to find a job soon and knew that making travel plans would be even harder then. Inspired by Brooke, I started thinking about going solo. The idea was scary but exciting at the same time and I wanted to prove to myself that I was capable of ignoring that fear and doing something I wanted.
IT’S EMPOWERING TO OVERCOME A FEAR
There are few things better than overcoming a fear. Fear can paralyze you and keep you away from achieving your dreams. It happened to me way too many times and I was determined to not let that happen this time so I pushed the negative thoughts to the back of my mind. On this trip, there was no one I could rely on but myself. I had to figure out how to read a map, order my meals in my weird accent and make sure I was catching the right tube – every tiny victory was celebrated.
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO TODAY?
It felt great to be in charge of everything I did. From the time I set my alarm in the morning to what I wanted to eat or which monuments to visit. This sense of freedom was one of the best things about travelling alone.
I FELT LONELY, TOO
Even though I appreciate my solitude moments, I would be lying if I said I never felt lonely. To be completely honest with you, I even had a little meltdown at the end of the first day. I blame my tired feet, PMS and getting to my tiny hotel room, realizing I was actually alone. Sometimes I also missed having someone by my side to discover that amazing city with.
IT TAUGHT ME A FEW THINGS ABOUT MYSELF
Spending so much time in my own company taught me a few things about myself. I realized that even though I have been building a good relationship with myself over the last year, there’s still a lot of work to do. I also learned to trust more in myself, realized what I’m capable of and and that I can complete the journey of life on my own.
ONE MORE THING…
Before I go I want to share with you a little video I made from my trip to London. It took me a lot of work but I had a lot of fun creating it and am really proud of how it turned out. Hope you enjoy it!
Fun fact, this is actually the second time I wrote this post since I accidentally deleted the first one. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading about my first experience travelling solo and felt inspired to do the same or simply do something you’re afraid of. “You can conquer almost any fear if you will only make your mind to do so. Remember, fear doesn’t exist anywhere except in the mind.”
Have you ever travelled alone?
Or are you planning on going on a solo trip in the future?