Traveling alone for the first time? This is a big milestone for any twenty-something, whether it’s adventuring without friends or the first time without family. Even if it’s a small road trip, a big international flight abroad or another solo adventure, the first time traveling completely independently can be overwhelming. But have no fear! Here are five must-see tips for traveling by yourself for the first time.
The first time I left the country by myself, I was downright terrified. Sure, there’s a bit of anxiety associated with being totally independent for the first time, but you will come out of it feeling sure of yourself than ever before. Before you even start packing, take some time to jot down your fears and things you’re looking forward to. You’ll notice that the positives definitely outweigh the negatives. Look on the bright side! You have more to be excited about than to fear.
Come Prepared With Entertainment
Books, magazines or new music on your phone can soothe a nervous mind when flying or road tripping by yourself. Keep your mind busy with crossword puzzles or word searches, and you’ll find yourself with less time to worry.
Taking the time to create a list is a crucial step in traveling alone, as you can clearly organize your thoughts and what you need in a helpful fashion. Make lists of what you want or need to do once you reach your destination, what you need to get in order to prepare and what you need to bring. Having everything laid out in front of your eyes will jog your memory and keep you on your toes.
The most valuable piece of packing advice I ever received was to lay out all of what you think you need and put half back. Consider light layers and jeans that can be worn a few times before they need washing. Better yet, ensure the place you’re going or staying has laundry facilities, and then only pack a few outfits. After all, you’re by yourself, and only you will be in charge of lugging around a heavy suitcase.
Be Brave and Open-Minded
You got this! Being confident and sure of yourself (even when you don’t feel that way) is enough to set you on the track for success in a solo trip. Be brave, take that day trip you want to by yourself, and see how much you grow from thinking independently and on your own two feet. You’ll be amazed at how far you’ve come.