Since 2012, Kristin Addis has been traveling the world. More often than not, she’s solo.
The former investment banker decided to sell her belongings five years ago and hit the road. She since has lived in silence at a Buddhist monastery in Thailand, trekked to see gorillas in Uganda and hiked on glaciers in Patagonia.
For Addis — who blogs about her experiences at bemytravelmuse.com, and wrote a book on traveling solo, “Conquering Mountains: How to Solo Travel the World Fearlessly” — traveling solo is easier than negotiating with a travel companion.
“You make all the decisions,” she says. “You get to just wake up that day and say ‘I want to go somewhere.’ Or ‘I really like it here, I think I’ll stay five more days.’ And you don’t need to ask anyone if it’s OK with them.”
Plus, she says, traveling alone is a great way to learn about yourself and put your skills to the test.
“You’ll become so much better at problem solving, because you learn very quickly that there is absolutely zero point in sitting around crying about it,” she says. “Because no one is going to come fix it.”
Here are her tips for traveling solo.
Start small: If you’ve never traveled by yourself and are considering a lengthy solo trip, it might help to test the waters — and calm anxious friends and family members — by going on a small trip first. “If you’re going to go on a big solo trip, your friends and family might be trying to talk you out of it. (A smaller trip) is a good way to show them, ‘Hey I can do this just fine,’ ” Addis says.
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