“I will definitely take a long trip to Rishikesh this winter. I might even try bungee jumping and white water rafting!”, Nikita told herself. Years have passed since and she hasn’t been to Rishikesh yet. However, she’s been on a backpacking holiday to Croatia with her friends and taken severalroad trips with her boyfriend. Clearly, Nikita loves travel & adventure, but hasn’t travelled solo, despite wanting to do so for years!

If you can relate to Nikita’s situation, you’ll probably relate to these fears & excuses that most of us make to avoid travelling alone.

  1. Fear of loneliness

    Do you generally treasure your personal space but get squeamish when it comes to travelling alone? You are not alone and the fear is not completely irrational. However, like they say, great things happen when you step out of your comfort zone. Venturing out alone gives you an opportunity to see and experience the world differently. When travelling with other people, you are less likely to make friends or spend hours at a local coffee shop, just soaking in the charm & ambiance of the place.

  2. Not finding decent toilets

    This one might sound ridiculous (even trivial) butthis is a valid reason why some women don’t want to leave the comfort of their own toilet, err, home. Don’t let this fear get the better of you, step out and explore. Remember that people around the world have bladders too. With enough travel experience, hunting for a toilet on-the-go gets easier. A word of caution though; be prepared for dirty toilets.  Carry toilet paper, disposable toilet seat covers, urination device &hand sanitizers to save the day.

  3. Afraid of being robbed or stranded

    A not so pleasant truth about travelling is that you put yourself at risk of being pick-pocketed. Don’t let this fear stop you from travelling alone. Take this risk with a pinch of salt but exercise caution, be alert and don’t be too trusting of strangers.Always pack a small bag that you can carry around when sightseeing, so you can keep your passport, some cash, power bank, your favorite lingerie and a snack in case you get stranded.

  4. Safety

    Safety is a valid concern when travelling alone, especially so for women. The fear for one’s own safety is quite natural, though being independent & taking care of yourself has its own perks. You will experience a heightened confidence and self-esteem after travelling alone.

  5. Running out of money

    Ending up in a foreign land with no money to spare can leave you helpless. So, if you’re scared of a similar situation, prepare well so you don’t end up in one. Always keep cash / local currency handy and have secret stashes in multiple pockets & bags. Research about ATMs & currency exchange centers before leaving for your destination.

  6. That you won’t find food

    One of the few things you might genuinely miss while travelling is familiar food. Not just the food from your kitchen but also the food from your favourite deli or pizzeria. Get over this fear and be ready to treat your taste buds to new experiences. However, if you know for sure that food is going to be a problem, carry your own stock.

  7. I’m not good with people

    If you are an introvert or believe that you have limited social skills, try travelling solo. Since you’d be on your own, you’d end up interacting with people instead of shooting from someone else’s shoulder. Along the way, you will meet different types of people, some interesting and some you’d rather not, but hey, it’s all part of the experience.

    What are you waiting for? Pack your bags and be the wanderess you want to be!