Tell us about your first trip alone overseas? What emotions you felt, scared, happy, excited, was it a mixture of everything? How old were you? Where did you go?
My first trip overseas alone was to work in Italy at the age of 18. I’d been doing a ‘resort reps’ qualification as part of my Travel and Tourism course at my local college and I somehow found myself applying for a role overseas that would last me 12 weeks. I flew to Tuscany in July of 2011 and I was terrified. I was so nervous and excited at the same time I had this overwhelming sensation that life had just begun for me and in a sense it really had.
How have your experiences travelling alone been compared to travelling with someone? Do you have a preference on alone or travelling with someone?
I love travelling with friends and with my boyfriend and probably do prefer it to solo travel, but sometimes you just have to do some things for yourself. When I went to Cambodia for three weeks back in 2013 I was meant to travel with a friend who actually ended up dropping out of the trip. It became one of the best solo travel experiences of my life because I had to completely throw myself into the experience. Although I love solo travel it does require a lot of effort – you can become very lonely if you don’t make effort to socialise.
What are your thoughts on traveling alone as a women and the issue of safety?
Don’t go looking for trouble and be cautious. Know your surroundings and do your research before heading to any destination.
Now this is a tricky one for me because I understand safety isn’t always something you can control, not just as a female but as a human being. We are often forced into situations that we wouldn’t necessarily like to be in this can be quite daunting especially when you’re so far away from home. On a lighter note it is extremely important to be switched on when you’re travelling whether you are travelling solo as a duo or even in a group. Danger comes in all forms and it’s certainly important that it’s always in the forefront of your mind. Don’t go looking for trouble and be cautious. Know your surroundings and do your research before heading to any destination.
Tell us a story about your best travel experience (with or without someone else)
As a frequent traveller it’s not easy to answer this question. I have had so many truly incredible experiences that it’s hard to choose just one. Something that will always stick out in my mind as a truly unforgettable travel experience is renting a moped/scooter on the volcanic island of Isla De Ometepe in Nicaragua (on Lake Nicaragua) and spending the day going round the island. The feeling of total freedom that came from that experience is enough to take your breath away. Yes, I’m really that passionate about this particular travel experience.
What are your top 3 favourite countries you have traveled too?
What is your least favorite experience or country traveled too?
I enjoyed my time in Oslo but I found it to be ridiculously expensive. Norway sticks out in my mind as being a fun trip but a seriously expensive one. I’d also have to say, regrettably that my time in Costa Rica was cut short and ruined by an experience I had in a place called Tortuguero. Without getting into too much detail I found myself on a National Park hoping to watch some turtles hatch in their natural habitat and make their way to the ocean. Unfortunately, all the turtles had been killed by stray dogs and the nests were then finished off by birds. After 2 wet nights in the rainforest and one in San Jose I left Costa Rica confused about my experience. I’m heading back to Costa Rica in November so I hope to have a better experience.
Let’s play a game, give us the first word or sentence that pops into your head around these words. (Think experiences on the road).
What has traveling alone taught you?
Travelling alone has taught me to be myself. Be the absolute most raw and purest version of yourself and still manage to connect with people after a few hours. Travelling alone has taught me that in any circumstance you can find kindness and compassion from the people around you and gives you a real feeling of hope for the world knowing that there are likeminded and similar people to you in a thousand different places.
Travelling alone has taught me to be myself. Be the absolute most raw and purest version of yourself and still manage to connect with people after a few hours.
What advice would you give to someone who is looking to travel alone but is too scared?
You will literally never know who you really are until you are forced to fend for and think for yourself on a solo trip. Yes, its scary. Yes, it’s. No, it doesn’t always work out but you will never truly understand yourself and your own company until you take a solo trip.
You will literally never know who you really are until you are forced to fend for and think for yourself on a solo trip
Your preference on how to travel, by which modes of transport?
I like to fly. Budget airlines in Europe have become the new inter rail or bus travel. The European travel market has become so accessible thanks to the likes of Ryanair. Love them or hate them you really can’t beat the value of a budget airline.
How would you describe your travel style in under 50 words?
My travel style is mostly budget and backpacking. When I travel I aim to pack in as much as possible in the time I have so my travel style is really get up and go for as cheap as possible whilst experiencing the most humanly possible.
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