SIGNS THAT YOU ARE READY TO TRAVEL “SOLO”

How many of these signs describe you? Let’s explore…

Uma Krishanwal, Travel Writer, India

29 January 2018

Traveling on your own can be liberating- you decide the route, the itinerary, the budget but it can also be pretty daunting- romantic dinners for one, finding new friends, negotiating bus timetables alone.

You can sleep pretty much anywhere

On the train, on a bus, in the car, even at your desk (it’s called productive power-napping) you can catch forty winks wherever you are. This will stand you in good stead for those 15-hour bus rides, or sharing a dorm room with an impressive snorer.

Not afraid of getting lost

Not because you have an awesome sense of direction (although if you do, this is another sign that you’re ready to fly the nest solo) but because you don’t believe in wrong turns. There’s new adventure around every nook and corner, and sometimes the only way to find it is by putting down the map and heading off piste.

You know how to manage money

Rather than blow your month’s salary or your student loan on the latest ASOS look, you’re good at feeding your piggy bank. A thrifty shopper, you take control of your spending – this is important when you jet-off solo as you’ll be the one calling the shots on where and how you spend your hard-earned cash. Make sure you are super savvy!

You love not always having a plan

Sure, some things should be well thought out, like flight itineraries, but the most memorable moments of any trip, in your opinion, are those that are spontaneous and unplanned. You enjoy having the flexibility to change direction at any moment; from switching up that Starbucks order to climbing a mountain at a moment’s notice.

You will take a good story over a “selfie”

You prefer sharing travel tales to seeing the world through a camera lens. Selfie-sticks are not something you’ve ever been interested in and you’re much more eager to get out and experience places for yourself, rather than get awkwardly angled portraits taken next to clichéd tourist spots.

You keep a diary

Whether you’re happy, sad, excited or just bored, you turn to your diary to express this. You don’t need a face-to-face conversation; this way you can get it all out uninterrupted. Another alternative is blogging, but you can’t beat old fashioned pen and paper pals.

You never let fear get the better of you

There are days when you feel scared or frustrated, but those feelings will never override your passion for adventure and going out in to the world to experience something new. Instead, you prefer to turn those brief flashes of panic in to a positive energy that keeps you going.

You know how to handle yourself

We don’t mean you’re a fully-fledged karate kid, but that you keep your wits about you. You know not to wander off at night alone in to dark corners and not to go flashing that expensive camera for all sorts of unsavory characters to snatch.

Not bothered about personal possessions

Your home is not necessarily where your things are, but where you have the greatest number of friends and family. As a result, you don’t really care about material possessions and could survive quite happily living out of a box, or backpack.

Your gut instinct has never steered you in the “wrong direction”

You’re a rational person, weighing up the pros and cons of most decisions, but your biggest indicator is your gut instinct. It’s your strongest ally in making a right move; trusting your finely tuned natural reactions will be an invaluable guide on your solo expedition.

What are you waiting for? Go and explore yourself now…