Hope. Fear. Excitement. When I left to travel the world, I did not know what to expect. I was not well traveled and was as green as they come. No one I knew had ever done this before. To compensate for my lack of preparedness, I followed my guidebooks and wet my feet . I was young and inexperienced, and I left a great deal of rookie travel mistakes.
1.Don’t be so shy
I know you’re an introvert. I know you worry about what people believe. It takes courage to speak with strangers but everybody is in the exact same boat. All around you are other solo travelers searching for friends. They wish to meet new people too.
Request to join people’s drinking games and discussions in hostels. Nobody ever says no. Take off your headphones, turn to the individual beside you, and say hello.
You’ve got nothing to lose and, in the process, this is the way you are going to get over your shyness, make new friends (and wind up in a few weddings), and get better in conversation.
2. You are not alone
Wherever you go, there’s a network of travelers that are your friends, give you guidance or hints, and help you out. You are not out there by yourself. You may make friends. You’ll be OK. Though you’re traveling alone, you’ll never be alone.
3. Stop Overpacking
Everybody knows that less is more when it comes to luggage on a long trip. Request any traveler on a huge trip what they wish they would have done otherwise, and many will tell you that they should have attracted less.
Overpacking is by far the biggest mistake that travellers make. And after you’ve got all that stuff on you, the options are limited: lug it around for the duration of the trip, give it away, or throw it out
4. Don’t live by your guidebook
Guidebooks are useful for a general overview of a destination.But it’s possible to become overly reliant on them to the detriment of your trip.
People are your best source for up-to-the-minute travel information. Unless a guidebook is updated and digital often, it’s probably out of date, so don’t live and breathe by it.
5. Don’t be scared
Fear is a powerful deterrent. Taking the leap into the unknown is scary, but you are not the first person to travel the world. You aren’t discovering new continents or exploring uncharted territories.
There is a well-worn travel trail out there and people to help guide you along the way. If millions of people are able to make their way around the world each year, so can you.
You may feel nervous and scared but you’re just as capable as anyone else.