Wednesday, January 30, 2019

How to Travel Solo as a Girl, Stay Safe and not feel Alone!

Hey guys,

as I mentioned in my last post I traveled to Lisbon by myself and I've been wanting to do this for a very long time now. My ideal would have been to travel to a country in another continent solo but that would be a big leap and I wanted to make sure I get the confidence in a country quite close to home. This solo trip has actually changed me as a person and I am so glad that I did it. When I got there I was still very nervous but I was not scared about getting lost. I was more worried about feeling lonely and not having a good time because I won't have anybody to talk to. It was nothing like that though. As soon as I got to the Hostel I got to know the staff and I took part in a walking tour where I got to meet people and continue the rest of the day with them. Something I really didn't think was that I would enjoy the time that I spent by myself. That was probably the best part. Sitting on a ferry or by the water and just watching the sunset and reflecting on life. It all sounds so cliche but it was actually the best experience.

During the new year I remember uploading blog posts about friendships and how I felt about life at that moment! My friend gave me the advice to take some time for myself and book a trip by myself which would help me heal and just take a break from everything and everyone. It was the best advice I had received and in that moment I decided to do it and the ticket was booked within 10 minutes. My impulsiveness has helped me to make a positive experience out of it.

Safety -- I really didn't feel watched and luckily didn't make any bad experiences. However, it could have gone both ways so I was lucky but I was also very cautious and didn't come across as vulnerable. I always had a safety alarm on me. I made good conversation with people without revealing too much about myself.
I would say that I had a good balance between solo time and being with people. I really wish I had been there for longer than a weekend, that's how much I enjoyed it and I really thought I would try to run back home from the experience but I really did not want to come back home. I wouldn't have minded setting into the world adventures all by myself and just keep moving to other places and countries. I was also pro-travel but this trip changed my entire mindset so quickly. I was high on life and it still hasn't worn off. I am ready for the next solo adventure and I urge you all to do it once at least while you're young. I honestly cannot wait for the day where I will be telling my kids this full story in detail and I am so glad and happy that my parents let me go on this trip.


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