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20th Jan 2014
Thinking about going on a Contiki trip alone?
Everyone has different attitudes and opinions when it comes to travelling alone. For those who do choose to do so, it can be quite a daunting thought and emotions can rollercoaster from feelings of excitement to nervousness.
In a pervious poll conducted on our Contiki forums, almost 70% of people polled as travelling on tour alone. So in reality, even though you may start the trip alone, you are more than likely not going to be the only one!
For those of you who are a little unsure, here are a couple of reasons why travelling alone ain’t so bad!
One of the best things about travelling solo is that you get to do what you want to do. Don’t want to go to the art gallery today? Visit the market instead! No one is stopping you. You get to call the shots and spend your ME Time as you like!
5. Meet more people
While travelling, you’re bound to meet heaps of people. Being away from your normal group of friends means that you will probably end up chatting to more people and eventually making plenty of new friends.
4. Learn more
Maybe not in terms of the history of France, but you’ll learn more about yourself and capabilities. Being a little out of the comfort zone and norm can be a good thing. It usually opens up a new way of thinking and seeing the world. Travelling alone can also be a massive confidence booster.
3. Challenge yourself
Didn’t think you’d ever be able to navigate your way through the New York City subway system? Well, you might just surprise yourself. When you are in a different country, your bound to face new challenges.
2. Try new things
You might end up going on that white-water rafting day trip or paragliding the Tyrol - those once in a lifetime experiences that you never would have done if you’d been in the comfort of your own country and friends.
1. Less drama
You’re not with your usual friends and everyone is there to have a good time. It is generally less likely for you to have to deal with drama. Plus, if you need some time alone, you can head off and chill out for a while. It's your trip - so make the most of it!
If you’ve booked your trip and are all ready to take on the big wide world, here are a couple of handy tips that may help prepare you for your trip and suppress those nerves!
1. Be positive - Everyone is there to meet new people, see the world and have a good time. If you go in with a positive attitude and a smile on your face, you’re bound to make friends.
2. Do your homework - Write a list of things you want to see. Tick some things off your bucket list. Want to see that museum? Check out that vintage store? Or stuff your belly full of exotic foods? It’s your time and your trip.
3. Join MeetUps - Chat to your fellow travellers before the trip even begins. You’ll get to know each other and ask questions about the trip before you go. This will help ease the nerves.
4. Be conscious of your surroundings - When you’re on your trip, be a little more aware of what and who is around you. Don’t hop into a cab with a random, make sure you are in a section of the train with lots of other people and don’t walk down that dark alley – pretty simple!
5. Keep in touch! - Don’t forget to tell mother you’ve arrived safely. Its important to keep family in the loop so that they are aware you are safe and having the time of your life.
So go out there and have fun. Be yourself. Because life is about unexpected adventures, inspiring places, creating lifelong friendships and living life with #NOREGRETS!