I’m not that kind of person that needs to be surrounded by people all the time – in fact, I very much appreciate my alone time. So even though being alone isn’t something that scares me, I never quite ventured out on a solo trip before. When I was invited to Madrid for an event, the opportunity presented itself to discover the city by myself for a few days. I thought: well, why not? I love to travel, I love to discover new things, and it would be the perfect way to find out how I’d feel about being alone during a trip.
I had my doubts about feeling awkard sometimes – especially during dinner moments, but decided to not let that spoil the fun and just go for it. And honestly? I’m really glad I did. I truly loved being on my own and having the complete freedom to see and do what I wanted. Travel circumstances were definitely on my side (hellooo beautiful weather) and Madrid is an “easy” destination to do on your own – but I still loved every minute of it. Sometimes, travel opportunities may arise but you won’t always find someone to join you – or maybe you have the option to have some time off and your usual travel companion doesn’t. There’s no reason to pass up on those chances, just go for it! (I recently went on a weekend to Amsterdam again on my own, because I needed to be there for work on Monday – and it was really fun). And if you’re really worried about the awkardness regarding sitting alone in a cafe or restaurant, I can only give my advice and say it’ll be only as awkard as you’ll let yourself feel. Usually, there are a lot of good “single” options for dinner (think food markets or lively restaurants) – and if you just let yourself be relaxed about it, trust me when I say that people really won’t be looking at you as if you’re a total weirdo. Also, if they would do that – I’d be feeling more sorry for them than for myself.
Solo travel is an opportunity to do exactly what you want, whatever that may be. For me, it’s seeing as much of a city as possible (read my city guide of Madrid to see all the ground I covered), without anyone slowing me down. And there’s that added plus of pushing yourself a bit out of your comfort zone, too. I think the conclusion’s pretty clear here: if you’re having doubts or second thoughts about being out there on your own – just try it, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it too.