Although I had my initial anxieties about going away on holiday by myself, I have never really given much thought as to what problems I may encounter while I am away. I asked a number of people, both male and female, if they have concerns about a solo holiday and if so, what they are.
These are the responses…
- Feeling anxious before the trip, wondering whether you will enjoy doing it alone
- Feeling lonely if theres no-one to talk to
I remember feeling like this on my first solo travel trip so I wrote a couple of blog posts to help minimise and prepare for possible lonely moments as well as tips on planning your holiday carefully to maximise your enjoyment.
- Taking taxi’s alone
- Where is it safe to walk as a solo traveller
- Needing to use the bathroom and having lots of luggage to take in with you
A lot of people are worried about safety when travelling alone and that is understandable. My blog post about safety has some top tips on staying safe on your solo holiday.
- Concerns about the hotel being couples only rather than a mixture of families, couples and solo travellers
- Feeling intimidated
My first solo holiday was fantastic but not ideal because I went to a resort which was very romantic with some honeymooning couples! I decided to start writing reviews to help and inspire other people to do things solo. I now write honest reviews of how I have experienced hotels, restaurants and activities as a solo traveller, worldwide. Hopefully you will be inspired to try some of these places too and will enjoy them as much as I did. Click on the destinations I have been to so far to read my reviews.
- Dining alone
I dine on my own a lot and I have now created a list of top tips when dining solo including preferred places to sit and the book prop!
Eating Alone – Solo Travel
- Concerns about not being understood if English is not the main spoken language
I have written a post about language tips for solo travellers. This includes tips on learning the basics of a new language before a trip or, tips on getting by if you don’t have time to learn any before you travel.
Other concerns include the following …
- Having a car/bike accident
- Finding your way around the airport for the first time
- People feeling sorry for you because you are on a solo holiday and therefore wanting to talk to you all the time.
- Long haul destinations involving a change of flight causes concerns re lack of information desks and finding the right person to answer your questions
- Taken ill
- Nobody to problem share with
- Losing your seat or table because you can’t leave your items unattended when going to the bar, or bathroom, for example
- Getting lost
- Missing Transfers due to delays at baggage reclaim
- Lack of available seating if you have poor mobility
Some people said they felt a bit silly having these worries. They said they would be the only one thinking that way. However, several people mentioned the same concerns, so I thought it was important to share. You are not alone! It seems many of us feel the same. As a solo traveller, it is important to think about your concerns before you travel. That way you can consider how to solve those problems if they arise before you go.
Being prepared will make you feel more confident about your trip and ease anxiety so you can relax and enjoy it! Many of the concerns can be solved by communicating. There are always people around at the airport who can answer questions. Hotel or bar staff won’t mind looking after your seat if you talk to them. There are also ways of avoiding talking to people too if that is a concern. Take some earbuds and pretend you are listening to music or pull out a book. People tend not to interrupt you then!
The majority of people I asked would still go on a solo holiday regardless of their concerns. Having been, they found it a very enriching and pleasurable experience.
I hope the concerns about a solo holiday post has been helpful! My Solo Travel Tips page offers lots of useful tips for solo holidays, dining solo and solo activities.