Hey guys! After a long Hiatus I'm back!
Today's topic is about travelling alone.
Personality and Financial Means
It definitely takes a certain type of personality to be able to do this without fear. First, you have to be outgoing and adventurous (if you want to meet other people, which is half the fun!). Second, you have to have the means. Of course, you have to be able to afford it and I would advise against putting yourself into too much debt for the trip. The best way is to work and save enough for a month or a couple of months and if you live at home, then that's even better as you probably don't have too many bills. Now that your finances are in order, the next step is to pick a location. An easy choice would be Europe, as all the countries are so close to each other that it makes travelling around easy. My favourite spots were London, Munich and Barcelona.. I was even lucky enough to attend Oktoberfest in Munich, and that was a hell of a time!
My advice is to get out of your comfort zone early and push yourself locally to do things alone. Once you've gotten used to the feeling of being alone, then you should be ready internationally. Nowadays people travel alone so often that meeting other solo travellers is so common. I started late, I didn't officially travel alone until I was 25. Of course I had to wait until I had the financial means to do it, but once I was off, I had an amazing time. The gem in travelling is being able to meet people from all over the world.. Now I have friends from Australia, Germany, Spain, USA.. etc, it's CRAZY! With that being said, if you are an introvert and have a hard time opening up to people, then bringing a friend who is more outgoing is also a solution.
Hostels are an amazing way to meet other travellers, as typically everyone is staying there for the same reason. Hostelworld.com was such a handy resource when deciding on which hostel to choose from. Since I am more outgoing then most, I decided to stay at more lively hostels (party hostels) because they typically have nightly events/club crawls where they involve all the residents. Cleanliness is a huge thing to me, and a good thing about Hostel world is that they also break down individual ratings so you can choose the cleanest one for you.
I remember the first thing I did when I arrived in London was settle into my Hostel, dropped off all my things and immediately explored the neighbourhood in random directions around my hostel to get a feel of the area. This is super useful so you don't get lost at night. The great thing about London (and mostly Europe) is that you can literally walk in any direction for hours and be occupied the whole day. In one day I was able to go to the tower London bridge, a cathedral, an art show, the borough market and more random events and then at night, I would go down to the hostel bar and meet other travellers. My room was shared with 5 other people and having roommates can either be a big hit or miss. I met some of the coolest people and some of the quietest people. I was grateful when one of my roommates who was an aussie girl invited me to tag along with 4 of her friends and we spent some days and nights doing walking tours and drinking at neat little bars along the river. Then I met another buddy from the States who I spent the last few days going on pub crawls and discovering the rest of London.
Anyway, i'm going to wrap this up by saying... if you have the means, THEN DO IT! The rush of unexpectedness and the thrill of adventure is worth every penny. There is no discoverment greater then self discoverment.