The solo traveller is an enviable character. They whisk themselves across the globe at will and explore all of the wonders of the world without any distraction whatsoever. They are cultured and have an air of sophistication even when jet-lagged and toting around a massive bag. They are not afraid of trying new things and they are always up for their next adventure. We all want to be this person. And we can be.
There is always a tiny bit of trepidation for anyone pondering a solo trip for the first time. Whether it is your first time travelling beyond your hometown, your first solo bike tour or the first time you are crossing an ocean, travelling firsts can be a bit nerve-wracking. However, once you arrive, things always fall into place and you end up having an incredible experience.
An important part of travelling alone is being open to experiences. If you are typically a shy person, you may have to go out of your comfort zone a bit to truly take advantage of your travels. That means talking with strangers in your hotel’s lounge, chatting up fellow cyclists or signing up for a last minute boat trip around the island. While you may have left your hometown without a travelling companion, some of the best memories you have are with other people. So, make some new friends along the way – you never know where your friendship will take you. Perhaps, they live in some incredible city and you will get to visit them in their villa or beachside cottage for your next trip. Or maybe they have excellent recommendations for house-sitting opportunities in the Mediterranean. You may learn of exciting new cycling routes in a city you never considered. Whatever it may be, you never know until you start talking to people.
Beyond that, solo travel is incredibly freeing because you are not held to anyone else’s schedule but yours. You get to visit the art museum when you want to and for however long you like. You can ride those extra miles each day. You get to be you and make your own choices. It can be incredibly liberating!
As you begin to plan out your exciting adventure, take note to ensure you are staying in safe neighbourhoods, you have filled in your family and friends of your travel plans and are prepared for a life-changing trip. Bon voyage!
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In Situ Travel staff note: we do often answer the question, “What if I am traveling alone for a bike trip?” The answer is simple: we welcome you and are excited to have you! We endeavour to put solo travellers into a group that best fits their travel needs, cycling experience and dream destination. Contact us if you’re considering a solo bike trip this year.