Travelling solo can be a daunting prospect. You may ask yourself will it be safe? Will I spend all my time alone? What if something goes wrong? The truth is you never really know what’s around the corner, but you never will unless you push yourself out of that comfort zone and go for it!
All I can say is every single time I have thrown myself into another country, usually woefully unprepared, I have met the most amazing people. I’ve lost count of how many times a complete stranger, often another traveller, has helped me out when I’ve been in a bit of a pickle in some random place. From serious food poisoning in South East Asia to borrowing mozzy repellent in Central America, I’ve always found kind and generous people wherever I go.
One time I remember in particular was after travelling solo around Australia, NZ and a spur of the moment trip to Fiji back in 2014. On a sunset tube cruise on a small island off the coast of Fiji on one of my last nights of the trip I’d had a few too many cocktails and managed to drop my waterproof camera (along with all of my photos) into the ocean in a remote bay in the middle of nowhere. The next morning I decided I had to go and have a look to see if I could find it, a guy called Rob and a Californian couple I’d been diving with the day before heard my plight and insisted on joining me (thankfully as I definitely shouldn’t have been out there on my own; not being the strongest swimmer!).
So we hiked through the Jungle, leaving the safety of the hotel grounds, to snorkel in the now pretty rough waters of the Pacific ocean: All in the vague hope of finding a tiny yellow camera, that had been in the sea currents overnight, amidst a massive coral reef.
“No chance!” I thought.
But lo and behold around 40 minutes in, long after I had given up and was just looking at the pretty fish, one of my new best friends (a pretty good free-diver as it happened) appeared with the camera!
To this day I can’t believe we found it AND it still works now! Photos and memories saved I couldn’t thank those relative strangers enough and will keep the kindness they showed in my hour of need with me forever. It taught me that even if you are travelling alone, you are never really alone with other travellers around. Go with an open mind and plenty of time for others and you can’t go wrong!