Traveling alone without fear: my tips

Have you always wanted to travel alone but are blocked by fear? For several years now I have chosen to embark on a path of discovery that has led me to travel alone, exploring hidden corners of the world and learning about myself in ways I never imagined. On my Instagram profile and blog, I often share my solo travels, and this content leads me to read many posts from people who are scared of this type of travel. How many times have I read “Angela I would love to leave but I’m afraid.”

Traveling alone in fact can seem scary, I know. I, too, had my fears in the beginning. But I assure you, it is a life-changing experience. I started doing this simply because I love to travel, but I often gave up this passion of mine because no one could leave with me because of different commitments or mismatched vacation times.

During my travels, I learned a lot. I learned to trust myself, to be more independent, to enjoy my own company, and, most importantly, not to be afraid to explore the world on my own.

Today, I want to share with you some of the tricks and tips I have picked up along the way. I want to encourage you to take the leap, to travel on your own, to discover new places and have new experiences.

No matter if you are an experienced traveler or if it is your first time, traveling alone is an adventure that I recommend you try. And remember, you don’t have to do everything at once. You can start with a weekend, staying in Italy, and then, when you feel ready, you can go further.

Traveling alone does not mean being alone. It means being free to go at your own pace, to explore at your own leisure, to eat when and where you want. Once you have tried it, I assure you, you will never want to go back.

My tips for how to best experience a solo trip:

1. Start small: No need to book a trip around the world for your first solo travel experience. Start with a weekend, perhaps staying in Italy. This will give you an opportunity to get used to the idea of traveling alone without feeling overwhelmed.

2. Don’t be afraid to eat alone: Eating alone may seem awkward, but it shouldn’t be. Remember, you are traveling for yourself, not for the gazes of others. Enjoy your lunch, savor every bite and don’t worry about what others think. If you really don’t feel comfortable, remember that there are services such as Deliveroo or takeout.

3. Safety First: When you travel alone, safety should be your priority. Carry a handbag with you to carry around on your trip. I often use the Kipling ones, you can find them here: Amazon – Handbags. Avoid looking like a tourist with a blank stare. A shoulder bag and headphones (where you could listen to Google Maps guide you) can help you look like a local.

4. Avoid odd hours and evening outings if you feel unsafe: If you feel uncomfortable, avoid going out at night or taking transportation at odd hours. This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to enjoy your trip, but you will need to make arrangements to make the most of the daylight hours.

5. Get lost in museums: Museums can be wonderful places to explore on your own. You can take as much time as you like to admire the artworks, read the descriptions, and immerse yourself in the history and culture.

6. Savor the cities: Traveling alone gives you the opportunity to savor the cities to your heart’s content. You can walk the streets unhurriedly, discover hidden nooks and crannies, sit in a park and watch life flowing around you.

7. Eat when and where you want: One of the advantages of traveling alone is that you can go at your own pace. If you are hungry, eat. If you find a restaurant you like, come in. You don’t have to compromise or wait for others.

8. Download the Google Translator app: Although English is widely spoken, we are often faced with people who do not understand our language or even English. This app will come in very handy for communicating with locals.

9. Join guided tours:
Traveling alone does not necessarily mean being alone during the entire trip. Join local guided tours to explore the main attractions and hidden places in the city you are visiting. Get Your Guide is one of my favorite platforms for booking tours and experiences. Not only does it give you a chance to thoroughly discover a destination, but it is also a great opportunity to meet and socialize with other travelers. Or there are those who also do very well with Viator.

10. Prepare a medicine kit: Having a small basic medicine kit on hand can be very helpful and will always make you feel “safe”

11. Make a copy of your important documents: Carry a copy of your important documents, such as your passport or driver’s license. In case of loss or theft, you will have a backup copy that may facilitate recovery procedures.

Traveling alone is a journey not only through countries and cities, but also through ourselves. It is an opportunity to discover new places, but also to discover new aspects of ourselves. It is an opportunity to put ourselves first, to conquer our fears and to explore the world with new eyes.

There is no need to always share everything. Sometimes, the most beautiful experiences are the ones we have alone, the ones we hold close in our hearts. Traveling alone is a gesture of love toward ourselves. It is a way to prove to ourselves that we are strong, that we are independent, that we are capable of facing the world on our own.

And remember, you are never truly alone. Even if you travel alone, you are surrounded by people, by cultures, by stories. Every person you meet, every place you visit, every experience you have is a piece of the puzzle that makes up your journey.

Don’t let fear stop you. With the right steps, traveling alone can be a safe, rewarding and unforgettable experience.

And if you need some inspiration, check out the featured stories on my Instagram profile: https://www.instagram.com/angelaisai/. You will find all my solo travel adventures, the places I have visited, and the experiences I have had. I hope they can inspire you to take the leap and begin your solo journey.

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