Solo Travelling, Am I Crazy For Doing It?

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During the summer I was thinking about New Year this year (yes I was thinking super early!) A few of my friends had new boyfriends who I knew they’d want to spend time with, one of my best friends was going travelling in South America and a few had already made plans. I started to worry that I would be stuck doing something I didn’t want to do so I started thinking about going away.

For a long time i’d been thinking about doing a solo trip, it’s even on my bucket list so I started to think about where I could go. While I don’t mind being away for New Year, Christmas for me is a special family time so I knew I didn’t want to be away for that so I had a strict week slot. Sunday 27th December until Sunday 3rd January (the day before going back to work!)

It was a tall order but I knew it could be done. Solo travelling in a city is one thing but I wanted an adventure, I wanted to go somewhere and not be totally alone. I had a look through so many group travel companies and settled on a trip from Exodus to Morocco and The Sahara. The tour was for up to 16 people in pairs or solo travellers.

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Without thinking too much I just booked the trip, I tried not to think about how scared I would be being in a foreign country on my own, and I tried not to think about my own shyness and how I would cope in a group of all new people. This was a challenge and something I would just embrace.

With just 5 weeks to go I am starting to get a little nervous, although pretty excited too and i’m trying to not think about the trip itself at all and just about the fun things i’ll be doing like a camel trek across the Sahara Desert, market hopping in Marrakech, Staying in a massive bell tent in the desert and spending New Years Eve up the Atlas Mountains having a massive feast watching the snow covered mountains.

I’m trying to just think of the logistics and less about the trip itself so I don’t worry about being alone and not integrating with the group. Things like travel to the airport. When I go with friends we tend to get cabs and things together but this can be expensive on your own so i’m tempted to drive and park at the airport. Looking at Airport Parking I realised it’s not as expensive as I thought it was. And things like what luggage to take. Because of the travelling we’re advised not to take suitcases and just hoddals and rucksacks which presents me with something to think about.

Overall i’m far more excited than nervous (I think) but I guess i’ll find out in 5 weeks time. If nothing else i’ll get to visit a new country and cross something off my bucket list.

Have you ever been away on your own? How did you find it?

*This post was sponsored by Airport Parking but all views and opinions are my own

November 20, 2015
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26 Comments

  • Reply Tanya Brannan

    Oh my goodness! This sounds like an amazing adventure! I'm sure you will have an amazing time. I look forward to reading about it x

    November 20, 2015 at 2:50 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Thanks, it will certainly be an adventure x

      November 20, 2015 at 3:53 pm
  • Reply Lauren Hay

    Wow this sounds incredible! This is definitely on my bucket list as well so I wish you all the luck with it! Please let me know how you get on with it!
    Lauren // OhHay Blogs!
    xxx

    November 20, 2015 at 3:27 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Thanks, Some days i'm more excited and some days I am more nervous. haha x

      November 20, 2015 at 3:54 pm
  • Reply Kate Hackworthy

    You'll be fine! I once went to Prague on my own and I loved the freedom of making every decision myself. Have a great trip!

    November 20, 2015 at 5:12 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I like the freedom but with this trip it's all organised for me so I don't need to worry about where to go! x

      November 21, 2015 at 12:25 am
  • Reply Erin MacNeil

    This sounds like such an incredible opportunity! I love the fact that you are alone, and therefore able to kind of go to whatever destination you like, but you aren't totally alone so you don't have to worry too much about the realities of traveling completely alone. It's a nice compromise, in theory! Hopefully it all goes super well for you – I'm sure it will.

    Erin

    November 20, 2015 at 6:44 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Thanks, you're totally right this is why I made the decision, exciting times x

      November 21, 2015 at 12:26 am
  • Reply Hannah Latoya Bond

    I'd definitely travel solo, you can be your own boss and do whatever you want to do. x

    November 21, 2015 at 4:37 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Yeah that's what I think would be good about solo travelling in a European city x

      November 21, 2015 at 4:40 pm
  • Reply Elodie

    Definitely NOT! My friend Lily swears by solo travelling and every time she comes back from a holiday I am wondering why I bother going with people myself! Haha!

    – Elodie x
    http://www.elle-yeah.com

    November 21, 2015 at 4:42 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      So much more freedom, the only thing is accommodation can be a little more expensive if you're not with a group x

      November 22, 2015 at 10:29 am
  • Reply fashion-mommy

    I have flew by myself, but met people at the other end which is not really the same. I think people can travel by themselves these days, it's not such a no-no now.

    November 22, 2015 at 10:33 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      More people are becoming independent as travellers so its not so uncommon x

      November 22, 2015 at 12:42 pm
  • Reply Elizabeth

    Good for you! I was nervous about travelling on my own too, but a few months ago I booked myself into a studio apartment for five nights in Paris and I loved every single minute of it. You have total freedom to do what you want, which is really nice, without having to worry about catering to what others are wanting to do. I'm sure you'll love your trip. 🙂

    November 22, 2015 at 10:33 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Oh that must have been lovely for you, 5 days in Paris being able to do exactly what you want x

      November 22, 2015 at 12:45 pm
  • Reply Beautykinguk

    Now you are going to have one amazing adventure, I really hope you share it with us.

    November 22, 2015 at 4:12 pm
  • Reply Alexandra Tamasan

    While I've not ventured on m own completely, I've done school exchanges where I traveled to another country by coach with a bunch of other students that I didn't know beforehand. I stayed friends with some to this day. I'm sure your adventure will be brilliant! Enjoy!!!

    November 22, 2015 at 5:39 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Thanks, that sounds like such a fun adventure. I am hoping that I make some life long friends too 🙂 x

      November 22, 2015 at 11:36 pm
  • Reply Cassie Thorpe

    I went by myself on a quick trip to New York and I loved it! I did what I wanted to do and sometimes it was a little lonely but I had a great time 🙂

    November 23, 2015 at 10:32 am
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      I am planning a solo trip to New York next summer and I can not wait! x

      November 23, 2015 at 11:02 am
  • Reply Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    I'm going travelling alone next year and I'm nervous about it! Should be a lot of fun though 🙂

    November 25, 2015 at 12:44 pm
    • Reply Rhian Westbury

      Good luck. If a social recluse like me can do it so can you 🙂 x

      December 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm
  • Reply Louise Joy

    Oh my god, when do you go? This is so amazing, I recently took the plunge and booked myself onto a travelling holiday around Mexico with Trek America and I'm going alone too! It's so nice to read someones thoughts of travelling alone for the first time and how scary it feels…I hope you keep blogging about this all? Please keep me updated! There's so much to think about when yo go on your own too and when you haven't been before, my main concern is what shoes to wear when I'm going to be doing a lot of walking! Should I buy proper hiker boots? Or trainers?? In the end I settled for a specialist pair of sporty trainers but it was definitely something I'd never even thought I'd have to worry about x

    December 11, 2015 at 1:43 pm
    • Reply Louise Joy

      Oh I've just seen you're going just over Christmas haha x

      December 11, 2015 at 1:45 pm

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