Back in September I had an out of the blue urge to travel alone so I decided to book a last minute trip to Paris! Even though several members of my family and friends may have thought I was having a mini life crisis, I defied all odds, hopped on the Eurostar and spent three days in Paris which was an incredibly liberating experience – here’s my advice on why you should travel alone…
You learn that it’s okay to be on your own: I have to admit it was so daunting at first, even when I sat down on the Eurostar my first thought was ‘what have I done?’ but the second I arrived in Paris I knew I’d made the right choice. I’m in a happy, steady relationship, have some incredible friends and family but I realised it’s okay to want to do something on your own – several people almost felt sorry for me at first and were shocked when I said I wanted to go alone. Through life we meet some amazing people along the way, some who stay and some who don’t but for me this trip was about being comfortable in my own skin and learning to love yourself; I believe it’s important to learn to be happy by yourself before you can be truly happy with others.
It’s on your terms; do what you want, when you want and take your time doing it: It was such a refreshing feeling waking up each day of my trip and thinking what do I want to do today? It was okay to have a lie in if I wanted to, to switch off from the online world or to take too long browsing in Zara (come on Hayley, you’re in Paris stop shopping!) – there was no-one to rush me or to negotiate my plans with, it’s all on your terms and it’s a wonderful, wonderful feeling to explore by yourself.
Time to reflect: I feel like it was almost a mini life crisis that drove me to book my trip to Paris (more on that next week) but I felt like I really needed time out, away from the hustle and stresses of everyday life and to take a step back and to not have to think about everything for a few days. If I’d have taken my trip with someone there’s a good chance I’d have stewed over my problems or worries with them where as travelling alone allowed me to enjoy a few care-free days and really reflect on what I wanted, when I came back I felt so refreshed and was raring to go again, sometimes it really does pay to take a step back and switch off for a few days to get started again.
If you’re thinking of travelling alone, I really hope this post has shone some light on any concerns you had. If I could give you one piece of advice it would be, do it! I promise you won’t regret it, it’s amazing to step out of your comfort zone and to prove to others that you are capable of doing it by yourself, even if it is only for a few days it feels like a big step and would I’d encourage you all to take!