I have been all over the world, travelled to far flung reaches of the globe with just a few tshirts and a travel guide.
People always say "oh aren't you great!?"
"Aren't you brave?"
My favorite is "I wouldn't be able to that!"
Do what exactly?
Get on a plane and arrive somewhere new and fabulous? It's not hard at all, well I don't think so. Sure it takes a little planning, a little bit of gumption but so what? Most of my friends are settled down, have commitments that won't allow them the freedom I am fortunate enough to enjoy. Some don't have the money and for the most part, they just don't want to go to the places I want to.
So what are the choices? Go nowhere and live my life dreaming of far off shore or get on with it and go it alone
I choose to go it alone every time!
Not all of my solo expeditions have been that exoctic or that long haul, in fact I am just back from a really great few days in Portugal. I went to the Tiny Whale Surf and Yoga Camp where I enjoyed stand up paddle boarding, yoga classes and time out by the pool and beach.
I met lots of lovely other solo travelers who like me just fancied a bit of sun and respite from the temperamental summer of northern Europe. A very friendly and enjoyable few days, I actually forgot I was there alone!
The great thing about going on a trip with some activity is that you will most definitely meet like minded people. Not only that, the ice is broken as you will be discussing the day's activity / achievements and the conversation flows freely. Voila! No more alone, new friends on the horizon.
So if like me, you find yourself short of travel companions and are a little apprehensive about going solo, let me tell you the best part about solo travel.
So you see, there is no need to be brave. You just need to research a hobby or interest that appeals to you. Something that you wouldn't mind doing on holidays. I have gone to India on Yoga holidays, Cycling in Spain, Stand up paddle boarding in Portugal and the Inca trail in Peru to name a few. The world is out there waiting for you to explore and experience. So why not dust off your passport and give it a shot? You will never be sorry that you travelled solo, only sorry that you waited so long to try it!
Fancy an activity holiday? I have two trips coming up which are full of like minded people and mostly solo travellers.
About the Author:
Sinéad Kennedy is a Physical Therapist, Yoga Siromani and Pilates Instructor, based in South County Dublin. She treats and teaches people from all walks of life, including many athletes, especially cyclists, runners and golfers. Recently featured in the Irish Independant, FIT Magazine, her Yoga 4 Cyclists class has gained notoriety. A keen cyclist and proud member of Orwell Wheelers she has completed numerous cycling events including La Marmotte Sportive. Sinéad has also completed three Dublin City Marathons, numerous Adventure Races & Half Marathons. Travelling the world is her biggest passion in life!
Keen to spread the word on all things related to Wellness, Fitness, Coaching and Travel.