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Not sure about solo travel? You should read this

Published November 17th, 2017

Just picture it: you, your backpack and the whole crazy amazing world at your feet, just begging to be explored. Amazing, huh? But kind of scary at the same time... We get it. 

Travelling is the biggest mesh of unforgettable adventures, FREEDOM, fun, random discoveries and all kinds of amazing experiences you’ll remember for the rest of your life – plus so much that you don’t even know is even possible yet. And while that sounds super inspirational – and it is (believe us, IT IS!) – it can also be kind of daunting. That whole: not knowing thing.

The trick? Well, let’s put it this way. Travelling solo for the first time is like anything else you’ve never done before – you’ll wonder and worry and torment yourself with “should I?” and “shouldn’t I?” – but at the end of the day, you just have to do it. Like that book that says “feel the fear and do it anyway!".

The beauty of solo travel lies in exactly that – setting off on adventures that’ll take you on an incredible journey and bring you back thinking “wow – I just did that!”. And you’ll be amazed and changed forever. We promise. You got this.

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Doing Europe solo? You won't regret this.

Still thinking about it? Here are a more few points to prove why a solo Europe adventure is more than just a good idea.

You get to make up the rules

You can do what you want, when you want, as you please… no arguments, no compromising, no missing out on fulfilling your own needs and wants. Want to lay on a beach sipping on fresh coconuts for days on end? Want to get up early for sunrise yoga? Want to skip a planned stop altogether and change plans at the last minute based on a whim? When you travel solo, the choice is all yours. Plan or go with the flow all to your heart’s content.

It’ll make you brave (and maybe conquer a few fears)

When you’re surrounded by strangers (and new buddies alike!) you so often find yourself doing things you’d probably otherwise not even consider for a second. Simply because a) they have completely different interests to you and/or b) you just plain don’t want to admit that you’re too scared to do it too!

So next thing you know someone’s asking you to jump off huge waterfalls in Croatia and you're like, "Yeah sure!", or you're nodding up and down at the mention of paragliding in the Swiss Alps or you're right by their side as they wander into the old, secret streets below Edinburgh on a spooky ghost tour. 

Or maybe you just realise all on your very own, that if there was ever a time to conquer your fear of heights it's while gliding through the treetops like tarzan on a zipline through the Dolomites in Southern Italy. Because for for that view, it's suddenly worth it.


 

When you've earned this view...Cap Dramont, France captured by @iamgda #neverstoptravelling

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It teaches you independence

Travelling solo teaches you how to be happy in your own company and trust yourself more. Without your parents or your besties to fall back on, you’ll find yourself stepping up to the plate and showing the world what you’re capable of… which leads to our next point:

You’ll realise how damn capable you are!

It’s not until you’re pushed to the limits, made to be resourceful on the road and find yourself stepping outside of your comfort zone that you truly begin to understand what you’re made of. Whether it’s simply getting lost in a maze of winding cobblestone alleys in Croatia (and having to find your way out), bargaining for a great price on textiles in Greece or climbing all the way to the top of some huge mountain in the snow-dusted Austrian Alps, you'll soon be proud as punch of what you've accomplished beyond your wildest dreams.

You’ll quickly discover you’re never truly alone

You’ll quickly realise you’re never actually ‘alone’ when you travel solo – unless you choose to be. When you’re staying in hostels and doing the backpacker thing, you are constantly meeting people along the journey – on the bus, in your dorm, at the hostel lobby.

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You'll make new travel buddies everywhere.

There’s even a nifty little app called Travello that helps you connect with people anywhere in the world. It's a game changer. Even better – join our awesome Student Flights Group and meet other like-minded people who want to Never Stop Travelling!  

On the app or in person, there’s always someone up for an adventure nearby. 

Your new friends will make everything better x 10

That saying about how people come into your life “for a reason, a season or a lifetime” is no truer than when you’re travelling. There’ll always be fleeting – but fun – friends on the road who’ll give you heads up about some cheap as, tasty food joint down the road and 'round the corner, help you break the lock on your backpack when you forget your own pin code, or show you a fun night out (and then leave early the next morning never to be seen again).

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Friends for the journey and friends for life!

There’ll be awesome travel buddies who you’ll find yourself spending days travelling with and want to tweak your plans a little just so you can hang more and keep exploring in each others' company (another benefit of travelling solo - you can change plans as you please depending on who you meet!).

And then there’ll be the new friends you stay in touch with long after the adventure ends – the forever kind that you have an honest connection with that supercedes distance and time. There's just something uber special about that. 

It doesn’t have to be hard!

Travelling solo doesn't have to be a huge thing. It can actually be as easy as it is rewarding. How? On a hop-on hop-off trip around Europe with Busabout! 

Busabout is the perfect intro to solo travel – they make everything straight-forward, suggest where to stay, provide awesome travel routes and guides full of tips on the buses, the buses have Wi-Fi and there are tonnes of extra side-trips to tack on from sailing Croatia to island-hopping around the sun-soaked bliss of Greece.

But you can still do what you want and decide on your plans as you go. It's flexible to suit you. Still need convincing? Here’s why you should do a hop-on hop-off Euro trip by yourself at least once in your life

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Some things in life you've just got to do on your own!

It’s an experience that’s yours and yours alone...

At the end of the day, travelling solo leads to your own special experience to remember in a way that means something to you and you alone. This one we can’t explain… it’s for you to do and find out!


 

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Tijana Jaksic

After some hardcore scrimping and saving, Tijana’s first backpacking trip confirmed she was onto something good. She hasn’t stopped since. Fave memories to date include dancing with locals in the streets of Havana, bartering for too many scarves in the markets of India, getting lost in the bustle of Hong Kong, sipping cocktails in the Greek Islands and jumping off waterfalls in Croatia. Now she gets to write about travel for a living – the best way to satiate the wanderlust between adventures.