Hands up if you love solo travel? Not everybody does, though I firmly believe that everybody should try it at least once, just to see if it truly suits them or not. There are pros and cons which we’ve talked about in previous episodes (like the one on solo travel tips) but there are, of course, pros and cons of all kinds of travels, and it’s worth experiencing a solo trip sometimes. You might become a seasoned solo traveller! In this episode I chat with a bunch of very well-travelled people who tell the stories of their first solo trips and what they learnt from them (spoiler: they learnt a lot!).
Show notes: Episode 74 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast
First Solo Adventures
Travelling for the first time is something you always remember. And travelling on your own for the first time is possibly even more memorable. In Episode 74 of The Thoughtful Travel Podcast, I talk with four very experienced travellers who all have very clear memories of their first solo adventure and love talking about it. The common theme is that all of them have gone on to travel a whole heap more, both on their own and with others, and their first solo trips had a big impact on their future travels.
First up, Jo Castro tells me a funny story about her first trip abroad when she went to be a horse groomer in Belgium – and it wasn’t quite as wonderful as she’d expected!
I then chat with Jo and Jeremy Duggan who both had the experience of taking a huge trip as their first time travelling solo abroad – and fortunately, both really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it. Finally, Ian of the Barefoot Backpacker explains about his rediscovery of travel with his first proper solo trip to South East Asia.
- Jo’s website Lifestyle Fifty
- Jo’s travel blog Zigazag
- Jo and Jeremy’s website Coming Home Strong
- Ian’s blog The Barefoot Backpacker
- Ian’s Instagram
- Join our Facebook group for Thoughtful Travellers
- Episode 68 on Solo travel tips