I have always talked to my friend about my desire to travel, my thirst for exploration, but unfortunately, many of them did not share my passion. I got tired of waiting so I decided to take the plunge myself and start my exploration of the world in Europe and I must say I could not be happier with my decision. Since I started exploring Europe by myself, I have gained so much confidence. Many of my friends and family cannot believe my transformation. This is why today I am going to share with those who I adore solo traveling in Europe. If you, like me, decided to take the plunge, you’re probably wondering if you’ll be fit enough to trek all over by yourself, well no fear, there are articles online such as – https://www.lacasadelriccio.com/getting-fit-for-solo-travel-what-you-need-to-know/ that can help you get prepared.
Europe is One of the Safest Places for Solo Travelers
Europe is one of the best places to dip your toe into the solo traveling world. From the bustling streets of Paris to the great outdoors you can experience when visiting Iceland, there is something for everyone. I know from experience that it can be extremely daunting to take that first step into the unknown. Europe has some of the lowest violent crime rates of any continent so you can feel safe and secure as you explore some of the amazing experiences Europe has to offer. For those who already reside in Europe, it will feel all too familiar which will give you the confidence to take the next step into the unknown, should you choose too.
Because I am traveling alone and feel safer in these European countries, I have discovered that I find it easier to explore some places I might not have explored if I was in a group. Sometimes I get swayed to do what the group wants instead of exploring at my own pace. This has helped me to realise that I am a lot stronger than I thought, developing a sense of self that I did not possess before my solo travels.
People you Meet are Kinder than you Think
I have always ended up being so surprised by the generosity of strangers. If you are lost people genuinely care and do their best to point you in the right direction. Even if they cannot answer your question themselves, they will often help you find someone who does. I am so used to city life that I am often guilty of being guarded towards strangers. Not wanting to talk to them. But the people I have met in Europe changed my perspective on this.
I will forever be grateful to the lady who gave me her spare change for a bus when I ended up stranded in the middle of nowhere in the French countryside with no signal or currency. I know for next time to make sure I change enough money to last me for the right amount of time.
Solo Travelling Is not as Lonely as You would think
I have heard from friends and family who found out that I wanted to go on this, in their words, crazy adventure by myself ask me “But won’t you get lonely traveling by yourself?”. At first, I thought I would as well, but I have learned to enjoy my own company more. I have been able to be more introspective and be more present in the places I find myself in. This helped me soak up so much more of the culture that I found myself in during my European travels.
You would be surprised how many other solo travelers there are in Europe, so I was not alone that much at all. This helped so much when I felt like I needed some social interaction because regardless of where I went, I found someone who was just as excited about traveling as I am. I will never forget so many of the friends I have made along my travels and I know for a fact many of them will not forget me.
To conclude, Europe is one of the best places to dip your toe into solo traveling. It’s safe, has an amazingly diverse range of cultures. Be more trusting in some situations where you might not usually be back home. So many Europeans are genuinely lovely people who will stop you from getting lonely on your solo travels.