2) Get firsthand accounts. There is only so much a travel guide can tell, and the fact that it was written much longer ago than one would hope, they might not always be correct. Track down blogs of people who have been there and see what they have to say. The more one knows in advance, the less there is to be surprised about later on, and that alone can take the fear out of solo travel.
3) Participate in group activities. What better way to meet people with similar interests then to join a group?! Test your hand at a language course, volunteer to help build a house, or just sign up for a tour. All of these options provide a way to make friends, and possibly future travel friends, as well as the opportunity to not feel alone.
4) Stay in a hostel. Hostels are havens for travelers. They provide a cheap place to sleep, and they also provide the means to meet others just like you! Stay in a hostel for a night or two and most people will find new travel plans, location insights, and even travel buddies. Choosing to stay in hostels can easily take the fear out of solo travel because you are not coming back to a lonely hotel every night.
Solo travel does not have to be a scary thought. Seeing the world on one’s own and on one’s own schedule can be a truly liberating experience not to be overlooked because of a little fear.
Brooke is a solo female world traveler that has been globetrotting since September, 2007. She lays down the truth about traveling alone in her article, “The Good and Bad of Solo Travel“. Read about Brooke’s own adventures on her travel blog: http://brookevstheworld.com.
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