I’ve traveled solo to seven countries — here’s my biggest advice so you can do it too

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After traveling solo to seven countries, I highly recommend everyone travel alone at least once.
Taking a solo trip increases self-confidence and can be a life-changing experience.
When traveling by yourself, remember to get outside of your comfort zone and treat yourself.

The first time I boarded a plane alone, I was 20 and headed to Paris to study abroad for four months. While standing at security in Boston waving goodbye to my parents, I felt a mixture of nerves, fear, and a whole new level of excitement.

During my time in Europe, I drank hot cocoa in Zurich, explored castles in Prague, and sunbathed on the French Riviera — all while traveling solo. Those four months opened me up a whole new type of travel, one where I could do whatever I want, whenever I wanted. A completely freeing experience.

After college, I went by myself on a trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand with Intrepid Travel. There I met my partner of four years and we had a long-distance relationship until I moved to Australia.

During my time Down Under, I went to Bali by myself and truly fell in love with a place like never before. Walking through the rice patties looking for a hidden restaurant and getting a massage just because I felt like it were just a few of the highlights.

Since then, I’ve moved back to New York and my most recent solo trip took me on a relaxing long weekend at the Barcelo Maya Beach in Mexico.

After visiting seven countries by myself, here are a few pieces of advice to make the most out of your solo adventure.

Just do it.

For people who identify as women, the idea of traveling alone is frightening, sometimes even taboo. The best advice I could possibly give to anyone who wants to travel, either solo or with someone else, is just do it.

People, especially women feel they need to have a companion while traveling. But from personal experience, traveling by yourself is liberating and often life-changing. You’ll learn things about yourself you didn’t realize, like that you have no trouble relying on yourself to get around or that you love eating alone. As a woman and as a traveler, this adds a new level of confidence that carries over into everyday life.

Have a plan.

This is not only for your own peace of mind but also for your loved ones. Traveling alone can be anxiety-producing, especially for parents and partners. Make sure to have a plan in place so that you know what city you’re arriving in and your accommodations for at least a few days. This way, you can give all the information to your family and friends and it will reduce the level of anxiety that travel can sometimes cause. This will also give you a chance to plan sights, restaurants and other activities so you can make the most out of your trip.

Try to be outgoing.

For some, the hardest part of traveling alone is the solitude. So …read more

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