There are a heap of posts online about the benefits of traveling alone, what you learn when you travel alone and the disadvantages but here are some things that no-one tells you about traveling alone.
1. Going to the bathroom at airports is a pain because there is no-one to mind your luggage.
Some airport cubicles aren’t the most convenient places for sports bags, wheelie bags or big backpacks. The only place for them is on the floor and god-forbid if the floor isn’t exactly clean.
2. You have no-one to make comments to.
Did you see that, how funny was it? What does that even mean? These are cute shoes. That was so gross, are you grossed out too? Unfortunately this is the dialogue you will be having. To yourself.
3. You can’t fall asleep on public transport or airports.
You could but then you’d risk falling into deep sleep with no-one to wake you while you miss the flight, end up in a different country or have things stolen from you.
4. You become very accustomed to the interiors of a restaurant or cafe.
Dining alone is something that you will have to get use to but if you don’t want your head to be stuck into a book or technology, there is little left to entertain yourself with. Luckily for you, most places have interesting fit outs and if all else fails, waiters are pretty funny to watch.
5. You become good at taking selfies.
Sometimes, you just want a snap with something (or want to frame a picture a particular way) and the only way is to take it yourself.
6. In saying that, if you want someone else to take the picture, many people are often happy to help.
No promises on quality though.
7. You can’t check the exchange rates with someone.
Most of the time, I would’ve researched roughly what the exchange rate is so
I can compute super long calculations in my head I’m ready to convert and buy if I need to but there have been times when I’ve arrived at an airport for a layover and all of a sudden “What is their currency even called?”
8. There is no-one to help you with luggage on trains.
If you’ve ever been on the train crossing countries or in winter near mountains, you’ll know that luggage space is scarce and snowboards/skis take up a lot of space. With ill placed bags (bottom of a luggage tower) or trapped behind skis and an impending train stop coming up, trying to get your luggage out alone is no easy feat. May the force be with you.
9. There is no-one to tell you immediately whether you’ve got food on your face.
10. You become very good at holding in fear (or not holding in fear).
Getting lost, getting lost at night & missing train stops seem to be less painful when you’re with someone.
What other things have you learnt that no-one told you about? I’d love to hear them!