Discover Adventure: How to Get Yourself to Travel Solo
Take my tips and tricks to help you find your way into the RealGreen world filled with discovery & exploration!
Tip 1 Find the feeling!
“Wherever you go, go with all of your heart”-Confucius
What is on your bucket list? Where is the one place you’ve always dreamt of going? Let that thought inspire your decision on where you’re going. Allow yourself to imagine the feeling of getting excited. Use that to start looking into places to go. Don’t overthink the process just find the feeling of wanderlust-filled exploration of self. Free yourself to feel first.
Tip 2 Pick the destination!
Imagine the trip of your dreams. Is it more adventure, exploration, luxury or leisure?
Now pick your top 5. Once you’ve made up your mind to finally make the jump and take a trip you’ve made a huge move all in the thought itself! The hardest part is picking just one, just keep in mind this is only one trip of what will be many more to come but you gotta start somewhere, right?
Traveling changed my life on multiple aspects. Spiritually, I felt renewed in the worlds connections. Culturally, I was introduced to a whole new way of life. Socially, I met and made lasting connections with other explorers, with stories of inspiration & travel wonders. To tie it all together it gave me a new view on how I live and how I want to live & feel.
Travel has pumped a new breath into my life and awakened the wanderlust within me. Never again would I feel lost, traveling made me always know being lost is only a tinted perception of exploring.
Tip 3 Plan your adventure!
Just go for it! There are some awesome websites and companies that plan trips for you, set up adventures and even book your hotels all in one shot. I recommend starting to investigate guided tours in that country.
For my 30th birthday I decided to take a solo trip for the first time in my life. I was craving exploration and adventure. There was a piece of me that needed the beginning of my next living decade to be full of inspiration, life revolution and self-discovery. I searched the web and from one of my favorite sites, I found an amazing guided tour to Peru.
Manchu Picchu, an Inca city Peru has been on my life bucket list since I was 8 years old. The universe came together and put me in Peru on my 30th birthday, on my own traveling solo for the first time and feeling as if I was a whole new version of myself that made me proud of just being me and growing into so much more.
Tip 4 Don’t get trapped at the resort.
Resorts are amazing because they encompass so many things at one time. They come with a decent price point and give you almost everything you want. But how many times have you been to a larger chain hotel or resort in different places yet they all felt eerily the same. Humans are creatures of habit but a resort after a few days can get a little boring.
From my experience, whenever I took a guided tour that took me too several cities or countries they always felt like the best use of my money and time. Plus, it gave me a totally new way of traveling I'd never thought of before. The ease of not having to worry about planning anything made it incredible easy. It's a traveler’s secret to getting the best bang for your buck!
Tip 5 Avoid traveling stereotypes of danger
A huge thing that stop people from traveling solo is the fear of danger. It is so strong, that it can paralyze any thought of leaving the safety net of you home town or country. Aren’t there times where you go to a new city and kind of feel unsettled even at home? Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying just go anywhere, you should do your homework, maybe read a local paper from the area regarding the place you’ve decided to go. But that shouldn’t be the main thing that stops you.
There is crime everywhere but there are good people everywhere too. Do what the wise do, follow your gut, use common sense and don’t ignore your intuitions. Just saying, a dark alley after nightfall might not be the best route to the hotel you’re staying at. Don’t flash your cash around and think travel clothes. And my favorite trick to disarm people learn the way they say hello in the local language and wear a smile! Its amazing what a smile can do for you when your traveling.
Now you tell me your story...
What are some of the first trips you've taken solo or whats your idea for your first solo adventure vacation? Comment and share your story of your RealGreen Life!
"Where you go, go with all your heart." - Confucius