Everyone has a certain level of fear when they do something new. Travelling alone to a foreign destination can be a scary thing.
It can take a bit of courage to go on a journey alone. But the rewards are great too. Going on a trip by yourself can be a life changing experience. It is one of those things that if you do it one time you wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.
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But on a deeper level – if you have this fear of travelling by yourself it can mean something. It can mean that you want to experience it. Maybe the time has come for you to take the plunge and try it out. So will you listen to your inner voice? or will you keep searching for the answers.
Fear of Travelling Alone Abroad
I know some people have the fear of travelling abroad by themselves (it can be related to hodophobia). It is a fear of travelling alone phobia. Let me tell you what I realized: this fear is mostly in your head.
Once you start travelling a lot to foreign lands you will notice that it is not that big of a deal. People are taking trips everyday to exotic locations, and as contiki.com says “you will never really be alone“. Some people even go to dangerous locations – places with political issues. I met a solo female traveler on my previous trip who got a thrill from exotic locations.
There is no reason to be scared of solo travel. Just read up about the place, ask around and see who has been there. Do some due diligence on your part and you will be fine. Especially now, the internet, Youtube, and social media has made it so easy and simple to research on things. After travelling on your own for the first time things tend to get easier and you tend not be afraid anymore.
3 Ways to Beat the Fear of Travelling Alone
In this article I will tell you about my experience of travelling alone. I will also give some insight on 3 ways to overcome this fear, and actually embrace the new experience. The most important thing is to realize that many other solo travelers has had these feelings at some point. It just takes some awareness and some action on your part to overcome this type of anxiety. Here are 3 ways to do that.
1. Don’t Be Afraid of Social Pressures
It is best to forget about what society and people are saying about the fear of travelling alone. Start listening to yourself. Sometimes society and your peers can make it seem less than ideal to travel alone. They make it seem like it is unsafe, or even scary.
Society can easily influence our judgement on traveling alone, and make us more afraid of “being on our own”. Sometimes it can be easier if you know people who travel alone often. You can ask them for advice and there thoughts of the topic.
However, most people are used to knowing people who travel with a partner or in a group.
The best thing is to shut off the external pressures about the fears of solo travel Listen to yourself and decide what you want to do. If you fee like travelling alone and having a personal experience than you should seriously consider it. Travelling alone is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
2. Take a Trip on Your Own
One of the best ways to experience and face this fear is to take a solo trip. You will never know that you can beat something until you face it and rise above it.
I remember my first solo travel. Prior to that I was a bit worried. I had a slight fear of travelling alone. I wasn’t sure how it would all turn out. I had fear of being alone, or being bored. However, after that first trip I realized that all those thoughts I had were just silly.
That trip turned out to be the best trip or my life. I learned so much about travelling, and about myself. I learned to be independent, social, and organized.
When you travel alone, it actually forces you to come out of your comfort zone. This is actually a very good thing. It makes you more social. You learn to become responsible for your plans and for your enjoyment. Travelling alone can such a great experience.
3. Plan it Properly
The more that you organize your trip and plan it the less stress you will have. This will greatly reduce your worries of traveling. If you take the time to review your plans, and set forth a plan for the trip it will be much more enjoyable.
Do the following to reduce the fear of travelling alone:
- Take the time to book your flight tickets, and choose your dates carefully. Leave for a comfortable amount of time – don’t force yourself to travel alone for too long. Only do what you feel comfortable with.
- Make a list of all the places you want to see on your trip, and plan your trip around those places
- Book your hotel rooms in advance to make sure you get the place you want
- Read up on the internet about the cities you plan to visit. The internet is a wealth of info. Chances are someone just like you has done what you are planning. Read online to get the latest info about the fun things to do and see at your destination.
- Travel insurance can make you less fearful in case of emergency situations.
My First Solo Travel Experience
When I first took my solo trip I planned everything perfectly. It turned out to be the best trip of my life. I was away for two weeks in Thailand. I feel that amount of time was perfect for my first time traveling alone.
I remember before going I was reading up on all the cities I planned to visit. I booked all my hotels according to the places I wanted to see. I looked on Google Maps to get an idea of the streets and the places I would travel to. It helped tremendously. Even before travelling there I felt like I knew the place. It helped ease my pre travel anxiety
Use the tips I have given here to make you feel better about travelling alone. These things really helped me and some of the people I know. The more you are aware about it the better chance you give yourself to overcome it.
As you can see, there is no need to have phobia travelling alone. You should actually embrace the opportunity. It can be an amazing thing, and I am quite sure that it won’t be your last time doing so.