I have a friend who likes to tell me that “what I focus on will grow”.
She tends to tell me this when I'm not focusing on the right stuff. When I'm a little discouraged and my focus goes there rather than to all the great things in my life.
This “focus” principle is an interesting one. It's not original. Google it and you will find lots of references. But those references don't talk about travel and especially not solo travel and I think it's about time someone put them together.
So, naturally, I will. I want to distract you from the things that may be discouraging you from traveling solo and focus your attention on all the reasons you can.
Focus – Plan – Travel Solo
Let's put things in the affirmative…
- You have the money. Travel doesn't have to cost a lot. You can travel solo on the cheap and go far or you can travel locally and spend a little more. It's up to you. But, whichever your preference, you still need some money. Read 10 Tips to Save Your Travel Money.
- You have the time. As mentioned above, you don't have to go far to enjoy the pleasure of solo travel. A weekend away from the norm can feel like a week of holidays if you're doing what you want to do.
- You have the confidence. Some people hesitate to travel solo. They are unsure of their ability to do so. But you don't have to jump into the deep end right away. Plan according to your experience. Read Best Destinations for Solo Travelers to help you decide where to go based on your level confidence.
- You have the skills. You have experience in the world that will help you travel solo successfully. Plus you have a lot of information on this site to help you as well. Go to the How to Travel Alone category for lots of posts or consider buying The Solo Traveler's Handbook in paperback or eBook.
- You have the smarts to be safe. You are aware of safety issues and act safely in your home town. You can apply much of that when traveling. Also, check out the Solo Travel Safety section. It addresses issues of safety from many angles. You can get all the safety advice in one place in The Solo Traveler's Handbook.
- You have the ability to engage people. Meeting people is one of the things I like best about traveling solo. Because I'm not focused on a companion I am open to others. I meet people all the time. To brush up on your solo social skills read Meeting People: The Chili Cheese Omelet Opener.
- You have lots of good reasons to travel solo. I've addressed this issue many ways but the most comprehensive is in the free eBook “Glad You're Not Here: a solo travelers manifesto. Here's the link below.
Click on the Link Below for the FREE eBook
Here’s a look at the Table of Contents:
- No, it’s not weird.
- Top Seven Reasons to Travel Solo
- Discover Yourself- The Gap Year
- Define yourself – 20s and 30s
- Redefine Yourself – 40s and 50s
- Positive Aging – Seniors
- Solo Travel and Community
- Solo Travel and Global Society
- Solo Travel for Every One and Everyone
I hope you enjoy!