If you’re asking this question, chances are the answer would be “yes”. Whether you’re looking to meet people or to get away from it all, travelling solo is a pretty good way to meet those needs.
It is completely natural to be saddled with worries and to question your life choices prior to embarking on a solo trip. People around you may discourage you and feed you horror stories. However, if you’re even contemplating the idea of hitting the road alone, you do already have it in you to put yourself out in the world.
Travelling solo is not as dangerous as they say it is. Perhaps not incidentally, ‘they’ are usually people who have never stepped out of their countries alone. Of course, this is not to say that you can abandon all common sense and treat the world as your private playground, but it does mean that travelling with a peace of mind can be done.
If you’re an introvert, you’re most likely torn between wanting to experience the wonders of the world and having time for yourself. Unsurprisingly, most of the solo travel stories I heard back home came from an extroverted friend who’s all for 10-bed dorms and chatting with complete strangers. However, after staying in a couple of hostels myself, I realised that there are many introverts who are doing the same, and the best thing about making friends with them is that they completely understand your need to recharge after a day out.
Of course, being an introvert doesn’t mean you’re a social recluse. I find myself craving social stimulation sometimes! However, reaching out to someone may not be your forte. I would suggest starting with “Hello. Where are you from?”. This will undoubtedly kick off a conversation. People LOVE telling stories about their lives, their travels, their fears, etc. Pretty soon, you may be sharing the time of your life with a new friend and have scored an open invite to a house on the other side of the world.
So yes, if you’ve ever wondered about travelling alone, you’re almost definitely good to go. You might not be ready now, but you will be eventually.
Have a nice day, and for those of you on the road, safe travels.