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5 Things You Need to Know Before You Travel Alone

October 13, 2015 , In: Backpacker Tips , With: No Comments
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Travelling is an amazing experience that can change you to your very core. From the way you eat to the way you look at life, everything about you can be influenced by travelling. And yet, many people don’t do it – even if this is their lifelong dream. While for some of them budget may be a constraint, there are also a lot of people who don’t travel for fear of being alone while doing it.

What do you need to do before you pack your bags and travel alone, though? We have gathered 5 of the most important tips you should know – so read on and find out more.

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You will meet a lot of great people

This is one of the greatest things about travelling: you get to know so many amazing people that it will change you for life. You will meet fellow travellers, people who were born in the place you are visiting, people who share their experience, their jokes and even their lives with you. People who are beautiful in all ways possible and whom you will cherish for many, many years from now on.

…But sometimes, it will get lonely

Travelling alone can get lonely, especially when you are getting homesick. Handle it gracefully and know that there will be times when it will be a lot less lonely. After all, you could get lonely in your own hometown too, so this shouldn’t scare off your travelling dreams.

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You will call home (a lot)

The people you grew up with, your friends, your family – they will all miss you and you will miss them. It’s part of travelling (regardless of whether you travel alone or not) and it can get tougher the longer you travel.

It will get scary at times

Travelling alone can get a bit scary and it can be a little intimidating, but the absolute truth is that it is worth it. Just because you don’t have someone to share your travelling with, it doesn’t mean that you should give up on your dreams!

And, since we’re here: it will get scary no matter where you are travelling. Every place on Earth can be both unsafe and extremely safe at the same time. The important thing is to keep your eyes (and your soul) open and to keep yourself as safe as possible.

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And, in the end, it will be one of the best experiences

Travelling alone can teach you a lot about who you are, what your limits are and how you can move past them. At the end of the day, when you return home (your actual home or your newly found one), you will draw a line and conclude that it was all worth it. That nearly terrifying moment you packed your bags, the nervousness of getting on the plane and hoping your accommodation is all in order, the weird feeling of being surrounded by people who don’t speak your language – it will be all worth it.

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