Travelling alone can seem a daunting prospect but it’s an exciting one too. Rather than postponing your travels until you find someone like-minded to go with or compromising on the places you visit or things you do, travelling solo means you can plan a trip that suits you perfectly. Here are some solo travel ideas to add to your bucket list.
Travelling to the other side of the UK
You don’t have to go far to experience the thrill of solo travel. Why not start close to home, literally, and travel from one side of the UK to the other? Or visit the other side of the country from where you currently live – whether that’s East to West, North to South, or vice versa? The UK is a vibrant, multicultural place with a rich heritage and you’ll be surprised at the differences in cuisine, landscape, and culture just from travelling from one side to the other.
No matter whether you’re just starting on your travel adventures or you’ve been travelling for a while, solo travel can enhance your life in many ways. It can boost your confidence, help you make friends, know when to trust your instincts, and learn handy life skills such as knowing what to pack for a trip and how to make yourself understood in other languages. If you’re feeling more ambitious, you could even set your sights a bit further and travel to the opposite side of the world, such as Australia!
Experiencing different holiday seasons
Travelling during different holidays such as Christmas, Halloween, and New Year’s Eve means you can experience how other countries and cultures celebrate and embrace different holiday traditions across the globe such as the pre-dinner wafer shared in Poland on Christmas day or the Christmas Eve pinatas in Mexico. Being away for major holidays can sometimes be a more relaxing experience than staying home and getting caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season and all the obligations that come along with it.
Pack up your campervan and hit the road
Backpacking is a fantastically liberating way to travel that allows you to be spontaneous and stay in places as long as you like, moving on when you’re ready but there are downsides too. Travelling solo in a campervan offers some of the plus points of backpacking and eliminates many of the stresses, such as finding safe, affordable accommodation. It’s basically like backpacking but instead of a suitcase, you take your bedroom with you! You could hit the road and explore some of the wonderful countrysides here in the UK, exploring the incredible nature and wildlife we have whilst knowing you have the comfort of your campervan and all your belongings to returning to after a day in the wild.
If you’re new to van life, it’s possible to rent out campervans or caravans for your solo travels, or if this is something you could see yourself doing regularly, you might want to research caravans for sale in the UK so you can have your very own holiday home.
Helping out others
If you want to combine your love of solo travel with helping others, you might want to consider the idea of volunteering abroad. This is a wonderful way to meet new people, build your life skills and give back to the communities and areas you visit. Many people who volunteer abroad during their travels find they come home with broader minds, new knowledge, skills, and a newfound appreciation for what they have in life. If you’re planning to travel for a longer period, you might even want to look into the possibility of working abroad whilst you travel so you can earn money as you go, allowing you to fund your solo travel adventures without exhausting your savings.