Bondi Beach Australia

So I recently read on O is for Ottilie’s blog, a post about how Solo travel changed her and how she believes everyone should try solo travel once.

So I thought I’d tell you a bit about my experience solo travelling and why you should try it.

Two years ago I was travelling round the East coast of Australia on my own.

Before I went many of my close friend and family had concerns about me travelling on my own. Was I safe? Would I get lonely? And honestly it was the best experience I’ve ever had.

I like Ottilie, feel like everyone should try solo travel once. And if you do need some persuading here are some reasons as to why you should.

Sydney Harbour Bridge at sunset

You meet so many great people

One thing everyone went on about before I left was that I wouldn’t know anyone and I wouldn’t have anyone to talk to.

Wrong.

While solo travelling I met some of the greatest people I’ve ever met. One thing I would say though is stay in Hostels if you are travelling alone, because it is the best way to meet new people.

The first day I got there I did start to get a bit nervous that I wouldn’t meet anyone. But within an hour of getting to my first hostel, I was talking to my room mates and was going out for drinks with them.

This happened pretty much every time I moved on to the next place.

So many people in hostels are on their own. Everyone is wanting to make friends which makes it so easy to have people to talk to.

I even kept meeting up with some travellers in various locations as a lot of people all travel in the same direction on the East coast of Australia.

You can set your own schedule 

Now, I hate doing things I don’t want to do. Like I’m sure the majority of people do.

Travelling on my own was great of me though as it mean’t that I could go off and do activities whenever I wanted. Not only that but I could move on to the next place when I wanted too.

This happened so much. For example I only had planned to stay in Nossa for three days. I loved it so much though that I ended up staying for over a week. It was great because I didn’t have to ask anyone if that was okay and if they wanted to as well. I just did it.

There were certain places I liked more or less than I thought I would. Being on my own mean’t I didn’t have to ask someone if we should go to the next place yet. I just did it.

I absolutely loved the freedom of being on my own.

You learn so much about yourself

When travelling around Australia on my own, I realised how much more confident I was than I thought. How I was able to speak to new people and make friends so easily. I met so many people that I still speak to now and keep up to what they’re doing and where they’ve been.

It showed me how I was capable of, and how easy I could deal with challenging situations.

You learn what it’s like to be completely independent and not rely on others. You learn that how to make all the decisions and not asking someone else what to do. You have to do it all yourself.

Feeding wild dolphins

At Melbourne Luna Park

This was my first time solo travelling, and honestly it was one of the best experiences. Yes there were times I wished someone was there to help me when things were tough but I’m glad I did it. And hopefully I will be able to solo travel again in the near future.

 

So technically I didn’t graduate until November as thats when Sheffield Hallam do there graduations ( should explain the coats). So unlike everyone else my graduation was cold and I completely regretted not wearing tights.

Anyway, I did however finish in July last year so maybe one year since finishing uni would of been a better title, it just didn’t sound as good.

So around this time last year I got my results that I would be finishing university with a 2:1 in Psychology. At the time I was thrilled as I had been concerned I wasn’t going to do as well as I did.

Throughout this last year I have had many ideas of what I wanted to do but none ever felt right.

I spend most of the last year still living in Sheffield with my boyfriend in our tiny 1 bed flat, working at a bank. Not exactly what I had in mind when I finished university. It was okay though, it was meant to be my year to ‘figure out’ exactly what I wanted to do. But that didn’t happen.

First it was doing a masters I started to research different Universities looking at what I wanted to do. Then I decided that wasn’t for me, and started looking at graduate schemes including the company I was already working for but that just didn’t seem right either. Then I went back to wanting to do a masters again at the beginning of this year. Applied to a few Universities and got some offers. But then decided again I don’t think thats the right path for me, so I’m back to square one.

I am now unsure if I even want to do anything related to my degree. Which a few months ago made me question the point of my degree. Did I just waste 3 years of my life? Get into a load of debt for no reason? But I don’t think I did because god knows I may change my mind again. Plus I still learnt a lot even if I may never go into anything exactly related.

One of the hardest parts is comparing yourself to other people. With my graduation being in November by then most of my friends had started there graduate jobs or further education. Sometimes it’s hard to see everyone around you having success in what they are wanting when you’re stuck not knowing what you want.

The important thing is to realise that we are all different and some people find what they want and hit their goals quicker than others.

If you’d asked me a year ago where I’d be today it definitely wouldn’t be where I currently am but thats fine. Life doesn’t always go exactly how you imagined. I’m enjoying myself and having fun and currently that’s the most important thing to me.

I’m now currently back at home still not really knowing what I want to do with my life and learning that thats okay. Still trying to figure out what I want. Hopefully I will figure it out soon but I’ll be okay if I don’t.