Solo travel can be a scary thought for a lot of us, and especially for solo female travelers as there are often extra risks to account for based on gender. When I decided to embark on the solo travel train, I did exactly what you are doing now and read up everything I could about what to do, what not do, how to do it and pretty much any tips or tricks to make my first experience as pleasurable as possible. Spoiler! It didn’t go quite exactly as planned.
I made the decision once and for all that I would go off on my own on my 30th birthday and stop missing out on the adventure I kept hearing about.
I spent weeks reading blogs about solo travel, preparing myself mentally and planning each leg of my two-month trip. Things didn’t go as I pictured it in my head. Not that it was a bad experience, my decision to travel solo for that long truly was one of the best I’ve made. But my first week abroad was a mixture of emotions, from anxiousness, to tears and laughs, and I wish I had been better prepared for what I would encounter. People always seem to gloss over the less appealing parts of travel.
So here is my list of things that every first-time solo traveler should know and tips on how to deal with each of them.
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