Why you should too
Working in Korea isn’t easy. People work for many hours per day and the vacations are very short compared with other countries. And most of the times it is hard to have vacations at the same time of your friends or partner.
That’s why I had to ask myself, do I want to spend my vacations at home? Well, no.
So I started traveling solo. And it was the best decision I could make.
After you start traveling alone I can assure you, you won’t be the same. You will meet new people, get involved in the culture of the countries you visit; find yourself connecting with locals, getting closer to them.
In my case, it made myself stronger, I can only rely on me.
1. Always be careful
The fact that you are alone, also make you more aware of everything, you need to be safe and be responsible to have the best experience.
I usually travel to places that are considered safe for women, stay in hotels, but if you are on a budget try to find hostels with best reviews and well known.
I also make lists, to check even the smallest details, usually long lists, but i will leave examples below:
1- Make my plan for the day (places I will visit, if I will meet with someone I met)
2- Share with someone of my family my location and information that I consider relevant.
3- Leave my passport at the hotel, but bring a copy with me.
4- Carry phone charger, cable and a portable battery…
2. Enjoy Your True Self
Hey! I’m in a place where nobody knows me!
I like the wonderful serenity that has taken possession of my entire soul.
I am alone.
While I walk, in the calm morning, I put my playlist (with all kinds of music styles, from classic to Latin songs). But I like to start my day with piano, violin, and maybe you will understand why…
Max Ritcher: Dona Nobis Pacem, On the Nature of the Daylight, November, Spring Recomposed.
If I am in Paris, well, my day starts with Yann Tiersen: Comptine D’un Autre Ete
3. Would I rather go Alone or Not Going at All?
Don’t wait for other people’s schedule to go somewhere.
Life can change easily.
Like starting a family, your priorities changes, and with that, bye bye travel dreams.
Make a list of places you want to visit and it’s ok to you to go alone.
There are places you might want to share with someone special, but the places that you feel confident you can enjoy alone put in your list, and go for it.
I don’t want to wait for retirement to travel with my husband and wander the world.
Don’t take me wrong, I absolutely want to be that lady who keeps traveling. I just don’t want to wait until then to start doing it.
If nobody can go with me, then it’s fine, I can go alone and enjoy.
Remember, the only person holding you back is yourself.