Lots of experienced travelers suggest people to take solo travel at least once in lifetime. It is because there are so many valuable things to experience from travelling solo without any companion. However, not many people are brave enough to do it because of so many reasons. One of them being the myths that have been going around, making solo travel look to be terrifying thing to experience. However, solo travelling is not as daunting as people try to portray.
Most common solo travel myths
Any kind of travel carries its risk. Regardless of where your destination, you should always be mindful with your own safety and prioritize it. However, it doesn’t have to discourage you from experiencing the joy of solo travel. For solo female travelers, the myths are even worse. Here are the most common myths about solo travel (as woman):
Solo travel is too dangerous to take
Any travel can be dangerous regardless of your destination. Hence, it is important to always take precaution to keep yourself safe. It is true that travelling solo may expose you to more danger because you are easier target when alone. The key is to trust your instinct and always surround yourself with people. Avoid shady places and choose safe path to get around. The world is dangerous indeed but not as dangerous as what we are led to believe.
Talking to strangers always end up bad
Many people said you are not supposed to talk to strangers when travelling alone because you will get kidnapped and sold in sex trade. While there is a risk of that, doesn’t mean you cannot travel safely as solo female traveler. In reality, it is impossible to not talk to strangers at all while travelling. Not everyone is out to kill you. There are more good people in the world than what the movie tried to portray. Use your common sense and follow your instinct when travelling by yourself.
Tour is better than travelling solo
Yes, joining tours can be fun since you can share the fun and experience with other people in the group tour. However, there is also so much joy of travelling solo. Not to mention that tours tend to be expensive than solo travel. Sometimes, a tour doesn’t match what you want to experience from a trip. Therefore, there is no better travel than another. It is a matter of personal preference. You can still get kidnapped during a tour as well if you don’t know how to carry yourself in foreign place.
Solo travel only for young people
While it is true that young people tend to have more opportunity and energy to go solo travelling, it doesn’t limit older people to experience it. Solo travel doesn’t have any age or gender limit. Anyone can do it as they wish. Even if you are no longer a single, young person with no family to take care of, you can still have your solo travel and create your own adventure.