My 6 solo travel ideas for your first trip came after having a short conversation on the blog post 5 Reasons to travel in low season. Apparently one needs a lot of courage to start solo traveling. There is for sure a good dosage of will, audacity and madness too at first. 😉 After you traveled successfully once you will see that it is not so scary or big deal as you might have though before.
Who decided also that if you solo travel you have to be alone? No, no and no! Hereby I wrote an inspirational list for you with 6 solo travel ideas for your first trip.
1. Planned road trip visiting friends on the way
Personally this is how I started my solo travel many many years ago (I don’t want to say how many so you do not think I am old 😛 ). I was still in my student times, while the summers were hot and everybody was away. You do not have to do anything big: I took a tour through the west and centre of the country and in some places I had some friends to visit/ meet up or sleep at. It was a budget backpacking- camping tour, worry less and fun.
Moving to nowadays the option would be to take a holiday where on the way you meet or stay at people you know (friends, family or friends of friends that you trust). You do have company from time to time and you also have the freedom to explore and do your own things when the others are “busy” with their daily lives.
2. Take a learning vacation
4 summers ago after doing 2 weeks of solo travel around Spain and Portugal I decided that I would better spend my holiday with people that share the same interest like me. Next summer I booked 2 weeks of Spanish Course at a nice language institute in Malaga, Spain. BEST DECISION EVER. Not only that in 2 weeks I manage to get some Spanish basics but we manage to have a great group of young fun people with the same schedule like yours and also ready to go to beach/ sightseeing/ party/ tapas/ shopping you name it. And if you think that this is for young people only, well it is not. The Institute had also senior groups with their own schedule, that of course collided with ours from time to time. The Internet is filled with resources and not only for language courses.
3. Join a retreat
Wellness, healthy food, sports, nature what could you wish for more for a true relaxing holiday? Don’t panic directly at your first search and see the prices, because there are some really fancy all inclusive retreats in very exotic locations. Take some time to search a bit and decide exactly what you want to do according to your budget. Choose where you want to stay and if you want or prefer self-sufficiency, half board or all inclusive. There are retreats that go as low as 30$/ day and the locations variety is almost limitless: Europe/ Asia/ Latin America/ USA/ Australia/ Oceania almost any place you can think of. Start somewhere close in place that looks appealing to you. Please read the reviews before and make sure you feel comfortable with all the goods and bads. The idea is to go there and have the time of your life! DO IT and ENJOY IT!
4. Join a volunteering program
Now is the time to travel and support a cause you stand for. Whether is health, education, environment or a conservation project that is up to you. There are programs for all. This way you use your time and knowledge for a matter you stand for and also enjoy an unique and extraordinary experience abroad. During your stay you will meet people that are permanently in the project and fellow volunteers like you. Feel free to explore the resources of the Internet. They are abundant and you can find projects for all budges and time limits (even for a week).
5. Join an organised travel tour
This is one of the easiest and common ways for travelers and solo travelers to see the world and be accompanied in their holiday. Buying a travel tour where for 1, 2, 3 weeks you travel with a bus/ fairy boat, a guide and an already made plan of the places you will visit and places where you will eat and sleep. Easy as that. You are always accompanied and have a guarantee of safety from the company you travel with and the guide. During my life I did 3 tours like this: a bus tour through Italy (16 days), a bus tours through the Nordic countries (18 days) and a bus/ train tour through Sri Lanka (2 weeks – Sept. 2015). I was accompanied in all of them, but in each of them there were amazing people traveling alone. Sri Lanka was my first time in Asia and it was the best way to travel to an unknown culture. Our local guide presented very nicely many aspects about the country and places we visited and also thought us about the does and don’ts in a Buddhist country so we avoid any “cultural mistakes”.
6. Paid sponsored programs
This is more particularly and won’t apply to everybody but I will mention it anyway. Accordingly to the area you work in there might be a good chance to find partially/ fully sponsored programs. This takes place usually in summertime and the purpose is to meet and share experiences with fellow colleagues from other countries that work in same/ similar domain like yours. This applies in many cases for teachers or researchers and some volunteering programs. Take this into consideration and inform yourself about it.
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