Greetings from New Zealand !

The idea for today’s post came to me whilst sat in the airport reflecting on my journey so far and what an amazing experience it is to travel the world, and even more so to do it all on your own. So if you’re considering a gap year, a long trip away or volunteering abroad, but can’t find anyone to come with you, please take on board these words of wisdom from a fellow solo traveller.

Travelling on your own is an extremely scary and daunting idea, trust me – I was a nervous wreck on the way to the airport, but once you do it you’ll see there is nothing to worry about and the amazing experiences you’re about to embark on will make you forget all about the fact that you came alone. Granted, there are times when you will feel lonely or homesick, but this is normal and it will pass – your friends and family are right on the other end of the phone if you need them!

It’s also important to remember that you will meet people when you’re travelling; it’s practically impossible not to, especially if you’re staying in hostels or taking part in tours. You will meet people from all walks of life, and you’ll probably be surprised by how many people were in exactly the same shoes as you and packed up their lives in pursuit of their dreams alone.

And let’s not forget about how liberating it is to be well and truly independent. Travelling on your own means you can do what your want, eat what you want, see what you want and go where you want, when you want. For once, it is all about you, and this is a pretty great feeling. It’s also great being able to look back at how much you’ve grown as a person in independence and maturity or maybe just confidence. If one thing’s for sure, it’s that you won’t come back the same person as you were… but that’s a good thing!

So if you think you want to travel but can’t find anyone willing to come with you, don’t let fear stop you – just get up and go !
Live your dreams, fly solo and share the world!

Nikki