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.
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):
Prague is one of those soon-to-be iconic cities. Lots of people have been traveling there as of lately, and I definitely see why. With amazing public transportation and something to do around every corner, it’s a traveller’s paradise. We spent 5 days here and it was the perfect amount of time.
Santorini is one of the most beautiful places in the world, no exaggeration. The ocean views, the white buildings, the beaches… everything about this place is dreamy. The island is also super small so it is possible to drive up the entire spine of it in 45 minutes, and you’ll see everything on the way there. I stayed in Perissa, which is in the southeast end of the island. To go to the beautiful black sand beach from my hostel was only a 5 minute walk, and I could see the ocean from my window!