Travelling Abroad: The Pros and Cons of Going Solo

Today marks 10 days of being in this beautiful country and 10 days since I embarked on what might be one of the most important journeys I ever make.

When I signed up for this tour, I won't lie, I had no idea what to expect. If you've read my blog, "My First Trip Abroad Part 1: Are You Ready?", you'd know that I considered literally everything that could and would go wrong before deciding to book. I didn't have anyone willing to join, and I've heard so much about travelling solo and that it is absolutely something you must experience at least once. A daunting idea to some, to others, not even a second thought. The months leading up to my trip flew by, and before I knew it I was headed to the airport for my first solo experience. 


Now there is definitely a few differences between travelling completely by yourself and meeting up with a tour group, like LBW. In one aspect, you have to rely solely on your own social skills to create an experience. What I like about LBW is it's the best of both worlds. I'm experiencing this on my own, as in I don't have that sense of comfort or 'home' in someone, but there is that comfort of having the group to lean back on, if you're not particularly outgoing but still want to share in the joys of travelling abroad and getting to know people.


So far, I've had plenty of back and forth moments. The majority of my tour came with someone, and there have been times where I wish I did too. A lot of it is in the mind though, and I'm learning you just have to let it go. Because for the most part everyone is amazing at making you feel included, and at the end of the day, it's a very freeing feeling to be able to trust yourself to go somewhere alone. It takes a lot of trust in yourself, your surroundings, and the universe but as I've always said, when you are open to the world, that's when the best things happen! 


My name is Jennifer, I'm a part-time English student and a part-time server at a pub in my hometown, Vancouver, B.C. I love my dog, the gym, and I just recently caught the travel bug, so I'm here to document my crazy, exciting, anxiety riddled life as I discover myself and all the things the world has to offer. 

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