Traveling by myself was one of the best things I’ve done in my twenty-one years of life. I gained so much confidence in myself and my abilities during that time and I would do it again and again and again. It isn’t always safe for women to travel alone, but I didn’t see that as a reason to not experience this. While it is important to listen and understand the concerns of friends and family prior to you leaving, don’t let them scare you out of doing something you want to do. Waiting around for someone else to want to go somewhere as bad as you do, and then hoping they commit to buying a ticket is next to impossible and I didn’t want to wait any longer. So why wait? Just go! Being on my own I learned a TON and I hope this post will help you in your own solo endeavors.
If you read my post about getting started with Workaway, you know a little bit about how enriching my experience was. I am not the expert workawayer, but because I have gone to live with a host family through the program and my family has hosted three people through the program, I believe I have an interesting perspective on how to be successful in this role.
The reason that me and so many other people have been able to experience the rich cultures of the world is an amazing website called Workaway. I found this website a number of years ago, but never had a good enough reason to use it. After certain life circumstances, I decided that I had to get away and experience something amazing. Workaway was exactly what I needed and wanted during that time in my life and I am so incredibly happy and thankful that I decided to give it a try.
I’m going to start this off by saying that I am by no means an expert traveller. I spent two months traveling around Europe 1. as a workawayer (living with a family for free and doing chores to earn my room and board), 2. a solo traveler, and 3. with friends. I would say that those two months were the most I’ve ever grown in my entire life; I learned so much about the world around me. I did a lot of research, like reading posts like this, before leaving on my trip and I think that is what helped me so much. Here are a few other important lessons I learned (sometimes the hard way):