If you’ve not been on a solo trip, just the thought of trip planning can feel overwhelming.
If that’s the case, you probably need to scale down your trip and start with something smaller.
My first ‘semi-solo’ trip
Growing up, I never believed that travelling solo was possible for a woman. I was worried about all the “bad people” out there who are targeting women travelling alone.
I even joked that I had “penis envy” since guys could gallivant around the world with no worries.
Thankfully my friend challenged me on that. (Thanks Deb.) So I decided to try out solo travelling while on student exchange. (I was about 20 years old then.)
I say “try out” because I didn’t go full on travel-around-the-world-alone. I started really small: a semi-solo trip in Shanghai.
I was on student exchange in Xiamen, China, and Shanghai was a budget plane ride away.
For the first part of the trip, I booked a spot in a tour group visiting Suzhou, Hangzhou and other cities around Shanghai.
For the second part, I stayed with a friend living there. When she was not in school, she brought me around the city.
Looking back, it was a great way for me to get my feet wet in solo travelling. It wasn’t too challenging but it gave me a taste of what it’s like travelling alone.
Three simple trips for first-time solo travellers
If you’re planning to travel solo, here are three types of trips that can serve as the baby steps before you go on your epic solo trip.
1. Group tours
Joining a tour means everything is planned and you just have to go with the flow. You get to meet other people in your tour group too.
2. Locations where you know someone
Travelling alone to a place where you already know someone is great practice for future solo trips. When your friend is not around, you can explore the place on your own. (I did this for the second half of my semi-solo trip in Shanghai.)
3. Familiar places
Another destination that’s good for first timers is a city you’ve been to many times with other people. You’re familiar with the place but exploring it along is very different.
What’s stopping you from going on a solo trip? Let me know in the comments.