The Empowerment of Solo Travel


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I’m writing this private update from Angola in Central Africa exactly where I have just arrived. I have only been in the nation for much less than an hour however I have discovered myself:

  • Missing my pre-arranged transfer due to the time modify in the flight and possessing to barter with a taxi driver.
  • Refusing a lift with a lady who claimed she was a taxi (get in touch with me more than cautious but I choose to get into a registered taxi than with just everyone).
  • Standing my ground with the boss of the taxi driver that I chose to take soon after he agreed to 7,000 and his boss then demanded 10,000 Angolan Kwanza (£23).

I have arrived at the hotel to the receptionist telling me that she cancelled my area for the reason that I wasn’t at the airport when my transfer arrived. Immediately after a large sincere apology I am lastly settling into Angola, a nation which is not too long ago opening its doors to tourism soon after experiencing 4 decades of an on/off civil war.

Rewind two months and I had arrived in Ghana in West Africa as a vulnerable solo traveller. If you had noticed me you would have honestly believed that I had never ever travelled alone prior to. If truth be recognized I was scared of going to this African area solo. It was totally outdoors of my comfort zone, extremely culturally distinctive and I was actually stepping into the unknown.

Now as I have flown back to join the finish of the original trip that I had booked (study this post for my African itinerary), I really feel as although I am a completely distinctive particular person arriving in Africa. I have stepped into a distinctive persona and really feel straight away empowered and as although “I can do this.”

Gone is that scared lady who had no concept what to do in Africa to an individual who is confident and assertive. I couldn’t be any distinctive and however once more, it is portion of the transformation that travel brings.

The view from outdoors my hotel in Luanda

I wanted to create this post to reflect on the adjustments that solo travel brings of the unfamiliar that adjustments to a weirdly comfy familiarity. The reality is that you will never ever going to be 100% ready no matter how substantially arranging you do beforehand, how quite a few individuals you speak to who have personally been there or how substantially reassurance you get from supportive groups such as the Girls about the Globe Facebook neighborhood.

As with something, you discover from truly performing it, from getting there, from creating moment to moment choices that let you to make your personal errors and develop.

Travel is a voyage of private discovery and it tends to make you step up. No matter how substantially you want to be in your comfort zone it whisks you out and plonks you into uncertainty. Admittedly it can differ from nation to nation. A weekend in Rome may possibly not have the very same challenges that Central Africa may possibly bring but operating out how to get about, how to converse with out speaking the nearby language and how to invest an evening alone can be just as daunting.

The colourful Thomson Art Home in Luanda

So, I am writing this post to reassure you if you are a scared solo traveller that it is okay to be overwhelmed by your trip, no matter regardless of whether it is a extended weekend away or you have sold every thing and are arranging a one particular-way trip about the globe. The anxiousness and doubts are equally as measurable. But, recall that each and every trip is a stepping stone.

That empowering feeling of “I’m performing this!” is addictive. But it can only be seasoned by stepping up and finding out of your comfort zone. I am now in nation 126 however I am nonetheless experiencing the transformation that solo travel brings. My nerves have changed into ones of excitement and I really feel prepared for Africa. If I am nonetheless travelling solo then honestly, everyone can.  

Bring it on globe!

P.S. I hope this post has inspired you to travel solo. I’d adore to hear your comments on regardless of whether solo travel has empowered you. If you will need some tips and reassurance that you can travel solo never overlook to join our Facebook neighborhood x

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