TRAVEL TALES OF AN INTROVERT

I think I consider myself an introvert. I don't have tonnes of friends nor do I go out socialising very often and I'm probably far too comfortable in my own company. I've always been the quiet one, seemingly shy and will often pick a night in over a night out. It came as a shock to myself as much as it did my friends and family by finally biting the bullet and booking a two month trip to South East Asia. Alone. As much as I wanted to go with one of my friends, sisters or boyfriend, there were too many elements getting in the way and I just thought to myself that I have to do this now otherwise I'll never do it; in the hopes that someone might one day be able to come with me.

A week before I'm due to leave, I've overpacked my backpack and I'm so overwhelmed by a terrifying mix of emotions ranging from utter excitement to gut wrenching anxiety in an instant. Will I make friends? Is two months too long? Will I get sick of being with people everyday? I can honestly say these worries evaporated as soon as I stepped off the plane.


A few bits of advice?

1. Personal growth starts outside of your comfort zone. 
Naturally it's going to be terrifying taking that first step and booking a ticket to a faraway land but once you push yourself outside of your comfort zone, each step from then on becomes easier. The first hurdle is the hardest but you will adapt and you'll surprise yourself at what you can achieve. This applies to all life situations too, not just travelling! 

2. Try new things! 
Be open minded once you reach another country; don't dismiss anything you haven't tried before, whether it's food, the culture, snorkelling, skinny dipping, whatever! Just go for it and have fun with it. There's so much joy to be had experiencing the unknown - try to welcome new things with open arms and see where it takes you.

3. Try travelling with an adventure tour group. 
Solo travel is extremely intimidating and especially if it's your first time. By going with a group, you don't have to worry about making friends every time you get to a new hostel since you get to travel with the other people in your group whilst also having complete freedom to go off and do your own thing whenever you want. It's the best of both worlds. I opted for a group tour through G Adventures and LoveTEFL but there are so many more offering different travel styles and group sizes, like Contiki, which offers different energy levels of travel too. 

4. Bring your introvert supplies. 
Alone time can be super important and sitting back and recharging is essential. Bring some books and music to unwind from the stresses of travelling and don't forget some earplugs and an eye mask to help zone out from your surroundings - super helpful, especially when staying in hostels or overnight trains and buses. 

5. Be yourself! 
It sounds like an obvious one but don't be afraid to be you in order to fit in. If you don't want to go out for drinks, don't. If you don't want to go to an overcrowded tourist trap, don't. Simple as. Everyone has a different idea of fun and that's nothing to be ashamed of. Just be sure to make the most of every moment you have and enjoy it!


The beauty of these tips is that they aren't limited to travel or solely for introverts either. I recall booking two nights in a hotel in between group tours so that I'd have time to recharge but instead invited a girl I met to come shopping with me because I felt lonely. I now find that I've come out of my shell a lot more and find it so much easier talking to new people and approaching situations with a care free attitude. 

My first backpacking experience was without a doubt one of the best times of my life. I met some of the most wonderful people, some becoming life long friends. I spoke to locals and stayed in their homes, which taught me things I could have never began to understand from a textbook. I tried foods I couldn't even imagined existed (yes, crickets and BBQ guinea pig did make an appearance). It's often feels like a fantasy that you can travel the world but once you've saved the money and buy that ticket, all you have to look forward to are months of fun, amazing new friends and the unforgettable memories you'll have gained.

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4 comments

  1. It's such a good idea going in a group, the thought of doing it alone does scare me though! I'm going interailing with my boyfriend next summer, but I'd definitely like to do something like this at some point as well. Your tips were great!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

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    1. I'd love to try interailing! Where are you guys going to visit? I've just followed you and look forward to your posts on it :)
      You have to! The group trip was one of the best times of my life! xx

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  2. Great tips, i definitely need to take notes because these could apply for every day life!

    Emma at www.collagemepretty.com

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  3. Love this post - I'm hoping to go to Australia next year when I finish uni and I kept trying to plan it with friends too but became too difficult so I've decided to just go for it anyway! Love these tips - I'm nervous about making friends out there too but hoping it'll be ok!

    Glad you had such a wonderful time, thanks for the advice!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

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