I started traveling alone back in 2010 when I was 25 years old. It’s hard for me to believe that just 6 years ago I was nervous to even eat alone at a restaurant, let alone travel to a different country. I come from a family with very traditional and conservative values, so saying they weren’t thrilled about the idea of me traveling all by my lonesome is an understatement. To ease their minds, and my own, I started small. If you’re nervous about spending a lot of time with yourself, this is a great way to start.
My first “trip,” and I use that word loosely, was in my hometown – a “staycation,” if you will. I packed up a bag and drove myself over to The Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. A big part of being comfortable traveling alone is being comfortable spending that much time by yourself. Of course you will always meet people in your travels, but you need to be comfortable operating by yourself too.