It is perfectly understandable that people are hesitant when it comes to solo travelling. The world can be a scary place, and venture out in to the unknown on your own means that you might not have someone by your side to hold your hand when times gets rough. And I can assure you that there are gonna be times when you’re just longing for someone familiar, someone you know and can trust, someone to simply hold your hand. But let me ask you this, is fear a good enough reason not to pursue your dreams?
And the fear of loneliness…well the truth is that hardly anyone wants to be alone when they travel. Most people are just like you, they want someone to share all the fun with, because if you don’t have someone to share it with, it’s just not nearly as fun. Am I right? But staying in a hostel, sharing a room with 6 to 12 other people, it’s not exactly what I’d call lonely…
For me traveling has never been about the places I see, it’s more about the people I meet along the way. And so far I’ve met a bunch of really incredible people. And the truth is that I probably wouldn’t have met half of them if it wasn’t for the fact that I’m on my own. Because traveling solo forces you to interact with people, and that’s a great thing! It might feel a bit awkward at first. Just remember to put on a smile, say hello and the rest will just figure itself out…before you know it you’ll be chit chatting with everyone, share your life story to the barista and tell the bus driver about that time you rode on the back of a chicken truck in Vietnam.
I get that solo travelling might not be everyones cup of tea, but I’m sure that if you just gave it a try you’d love it is well. The boost of confidence that you get when you realize that you can actually find your way around a new city without a GPS to guide you, buy a bus ticket in China even though you don’t know a single word of Chinese and backpack around India on your own. Well it feels pretty damn amazing, and soon you’ll start believing that nothing is impossible!
Also if things go wrong you’ll have no one to blame but yourself. And in the unlikely scenario that you’re hating every minute of your Southeast Asia trip, well than you can always fly home, knowing that you at least gave it a try!