7 Myths Busted About Travelling As a Solo Female
Solo travelling isn’t for everyone, but I’m of the opinion that you’ve got to try it at least once. Not in a YOLO kind of way, but to give yourself the chance to experience something that could be life-changing. Despite the initial trepidation, lots of travellers have found something magical about travelling on their own. There are also stories of solo female travel that cites the good, the bad and the ugly—emphasising mostly on the bad and the ugly—but here are 7 myths you might want to reconsider before believing in them completely.
1. It’s Dangerous
This is probably the most common response you’ll get when you tell family and friends about your solo travel plans. Our media is littered with tales of dangerous places and the people that inhabit them. We live in a world where we are taught to be fearful of everything we don’t know or don’t yet understand. That simply limits our experiences. Danger is always around us, and yes, some countries are dubbed as more dangerous than others due to higher crime rates. There are precautions you can take if you are new to solo travel, but don’t let fear-mongering stop you from discovering a city for yourself.
*Related Post: How To Gain Confidence While Exploring An Unfamiliar City
2. You're a Loner
No, traveling solo doesn’t mean you hate people or your friends. It doesn’t mean you’re anti-social or a loner. Travelling with company has its merit, but so does traveling alone. You get to greet the world on your own, learn to enjoy your own company, and sieve through your thoughts without being clouded by the opinions of others. It’s refreshing. In fact, Anywhr travellers have raved about being able to meet so many new friends and interesting people when they travel alone without the constraints of following any plans!
3. It Probably Won't Be Like 'Eat Pray Love' (But Still An Adventure!)
Solo travel has been happening all over the world way before 'Eat Pray Love', the book and movie, came out, but this cult-favourite has spurred many women to go on solo journeys outside the comfort of their homes. My solo travels have not looked one bit like the journey Elizabeth Gilbert took and later wrote in her book, but the adventures we take are our own. It may not look like a scene from a movie, but it’ll be precious and meaningful to you. Find your own way, we say.
4. You’ll Be Bored
To be honest, this was the one that bothered me the most. So much so that before going on my solo trip, I planned each day and filled it to the the brim with activities so that I wouldn’t feel bored. However, on my trip, as life would have it, things didn’t go as planned. But I learnt that it was okay to be bored, to simply sit at a park for a while after your tour was cancelled at the last minute. It’s okay to not know where to go or what to do. Just be still, observe the surroundings, and allow time to pass without chasing it.
If you’re going on an Anywhr trip, your Travelogue will have recommendations on what to do and where to go, so you can choose whether to take up an activity (or try a little boredom for a change)!
5. You’ll Be Lonely
If you’re not used to being alone, this can hit you like a ton of bricks. There will be times where you may get homesick (oh, the food back home!) or miss company and simple conversations when traveling alone. Especially when you walk the streets and everyone else seems to be coupled up or in a group, you find yourself yearning for someone to experience the sights with you. Being in a maze full of people all alone can be hard, but take this chance to do some personal reflections, or find human companionship by motivating yourself to meet new people and making friends. Open yourself up to new experiences and the rest will be history.
6. Your Travel Photos Will Only Consist of Selfies
If solo travel has taught me one skill, it is perfecting the art of taking my own photos. I tend to shy away from asking strangers to take my photos (but if you need to, just ask! People really don’t mind. Just don’t request for 10 shots of the same pose). I’m also not a fan of selfies, so I learnt to get creative with my photo-taking techniques. Tripods are great, and so are flat surfaces, swivel-ready camera screens and remote triggers.
Related Post: Documenting Your Travels, Why and How You Should Do It
7. You Won’t Be Able To Manage Everything On Your Own
Missing trains; walking around in circles because you couldn’t find that apartment you booked; leaving things behind at the bus station—all things I am guilty of. There’s really no one to watch your back when you’re travelling solo. You can lose your way even with a map in hand, messing up sucks, but it’s part of the adventure. Don’t beat yourself up about it and don’t let it bog you down. We learn from our mistakes; we become better travellers.
After all, you just have to find your own way and everything will work out in the end - both physically and spiritually.
*Cover image source: Huda