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  • Writer's pictureAlison Ebbs

Explore The Benefits of Travelling Solo.





I have wanted to travel and explore from my earliest memories, and no matter what, I was going to do it. The idea of not travelling because I would be on my own never crossed my mind, and thus, my life as a solo traveller began.


I have never looked back.


I am the very best version of myself when I'm travelling, especially solo. In my experience, solo travel is the very best way to really learn about myself, and how I tick. How (and why) I respond in certain situations. How to get out of my comfort zone and rely on the kindness of strangers. It builds confidence in ways that can't be imagined.


I encourage everyone to try it at least once – you might hate it, but you might surprise yourself too. It can be daunting and maybe a little overwhelming, but if you're even a little bit curious, I have a few tips to help you get started:


1. Talk to a travel agent. A good travel agent will recommend what's best for you and your travel wants & wishes. They have the knowledge, experience, a network of other agents, and a host of suppliers to get you where you want to go.


2. Consider group travel. I have had so many incredible experiences with group travel and recommend it to anyone. There are several different tour companies that specialize in a variety of group options, so finding one tailored to you will remove a lot of the unknowns. They make it easy for anyone – especially women – to travel solo.




3. Research your destination. We all have a 'must-see' list of places we want to visit, and knowing a little bit about them and how they tick will make your trip more memorable. The Canadian Government has a travel website that is packed with a wealth of information, tips, and links to help everyone travel safer. The following link is for female travellers, but it applies to everyone: https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/health-safety/advice-for-women-travellers




4. Be prepared to get out of your comfort zone. In all of my years of travelling, my one big takeaway is that we're generally all the same, no matter our background. We all want a roof over our heads, food on our tables, and to enjoy the company of others. Travelling solo forces you to put your fears and misconceptions aside and immerse yourself in a new and foreign culture. This is a very, very good thing.


This article by @Travel+Leisure focuses (www.travelandleisure.com) on senior solo travel, but the information is applicable to all travellers, even experienced ones. There are some great tips and good reminders here.


Inspired to give solo travel a try? This blog post by Kiersten Rich from The Blonde Abroad (www.theblondeabroad.com) will give you a list of the top places for solo travellers to visit. I've been to a few of them and fully agree with her.


I've always maintained that travelling is the best education you can buy for yourself. Don't let the lack of a travel partner stop you. The world awaits!










Alison Ebbs is a firm believer that travelling offers the best education possible. I'm a travel consultant who has explored many parts of the globe, and I thrive on helping my clients get the most out of their travel experiences.


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