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If there’s one thing that’s sure to broaden your mind and force you to find out more about yourself and how much you’re truly capable of, it’s travel – more specifically solo travel. Traveling alone can be extremely liberating, and it’s something that we should all arguably do at least once in our lives, but it can also be fairly daunting too, which is why it’s important that you choose the right time to embark on that solo adventure.

With that in mind, here are some sure signs you’re ready to travel solo…

You Can Afford It

It is possible to travel and stay pretty cheaply, especially if you’re visiting places like Southeast Asia or certain parts of South America, as you can see by looking at apartment rentals at That being said, if you want to travel solo safely and have a great time without having to work too much, having some money in the bank will definitely help.

You’re Great at Managing Money

As well as having some money in the bank, as a solo traveler, you’ll need to be pretty good at managing it too. If you want to be able to eat and sleep somewhere safe on every day of your journey, then you need to be able to budget. There’s nothing worse than running out of money halfway through a life-changing trip!  

You’re A Confident Communicator

When you travel solo, you’re going to need to do a lot of communicating. Asking people when the next bus is, getting directions, making new friends – you’ll need to do all of these things, and you’ll need to do them in another language a lot of the time, which means you’ll need to be a confident communicator; someone who can communicate as well wordlessly (with expressions and gestures) as you can verbally.

You’re Up for Forming New Relationships

When you travel solo, you may start out your journey alone, but it is only a matter of time before you start teaming up with other travelers and talking to the locals who have a lot of interesting stories and wisdom to share, which means that, you can’t be shy about speaking to new people and you must be willing to open your heart to strangers.

You Have No Problem Roughing It

Unless you have a lot of money, then when you travel solo, you’re going to have to rough it occasionally. You May find yourself sleeping on a rickety train or staying in a dingy hostel that isn’t exactly the Ritz, and if you can’t cope with that, then solo traveler has isn’t right for you right now. If you can deal with a little roughness, then it will build you5r character and help you to see just how strong you really are.

Getting Lost Doesn’t Fill You with Dread

You can still travel solo if you have no sense of direction, but you probably won’t enjoy it if you have a fear of getting lost. If, however, you’re the kind of person who can go with the flow, keep calm and overcome any problem, then you should be good to go.

You Need a Challenge

If you’re feeling bored with your current life, you hate your job, and life just seems dull and pointless, now is the perfect time to go traveling. It might be scary, but one thing’s for sure -it’ll be boring. It might just give you a new zest for life and some new ideas about what you want to do with your time in the future.

You’re Good with Your Own Company

Although you will undoubtedly make many friends along the way, a lot of your time spent traveling solo, you will be alone, which means that you need to like yourself and be happy in your own company. If you’re as content sitting on the beach with a good book s you are partying with friends, and if you have no problem eating lunch in a restaurant alone, then you should be fine.

You’re Interested in Other Cultures

If you aren’t interested in finding out about other cultures and other ways of life, then there’s little point taking a year out to travel the world – you may as well just take a vacation to Florida. Solo world travelers get the most from their experience when they are interested and when they are willing to immerse themselves in the local culture.

You Can Look After Yourself

Most solo travelers rarely run into trouble, but some will and that means that you need to know how to look after yourself if you plan to take off on an adventure all of your own. This means that not only should you be able to physically defend yourself, as shown at but you should also know basic first aid and what you need to do to treat a range of very basic conditions. You should, of course, also make sure you have an insurance policy that covers you on all of your travels, just in case.

You Aren’t a Picky Eater

If you’re the kind of person who needs to know exactly what is in your food at any time, and you aren’t going to  be put off if you’re served chicken’s feet or a sheep’s brain, for example, then you will have a much every time traveling and dining alone than someone who is very picky, just because it’s not always clear what any particular dish in any place is. Most of the ethnic foods we eat here bear little resemblance to their counterparts in their actual country of origin, and this is something that you need to be aware of.

You Love Adventure

Traveling solo is a huge adventure. If you’re the timid type who can get anxious on a simple trip to the grocery store, then there’s a good chance traveling alone could seriously overwhelm you. That being said, people who’ve suffered from anxiety in the past have found that solo travel has cured them of that particular problem, so perhaps it’s fairer to say that wanting to love adventure is important for solo travel.

You’re Cool with Spontaneity

Although you’ll want to plan the bare bones of your journey at the very least, when you’re traveling alone, the beauty of the journey is that you never know what is going to happen next; one day you could be in Rome, the next Hong Kong and you need to be okay with being flexible if you want to make the most out of solo travel.

You Can Travel Light

If you wouldn’t ever consider going away for the weekend, let alone six months or more without two huge suitcases brimming with half the contents of your wardrobe, hair straighteners and multiple gadgets, then you’ll struggle with solo travel, where a backpack with the minimum essentials is the order of the day.

You Desire Self-Improvement

Perhaps the most important sign that solo travel is something you should do is the desire for self-improvement. If you want to change your life and build your character, packing a bag and going out into the world on your own, is a sure-fire way to do exactly that.

If the majority of these points hit the mark with you, then it’s undoubtedly the case that you would benefit from, and immensely enjoy solo travel, even though it can be challenging at times. If you know in your heart that it’s something you want to do, but you’re wary, my advice is to feel the fear and do it anyway!


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