Things to remember when you travel alone...

Things to remember when you travel alone...

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I recently went on a work trip on my own. I had never met anyone I was meeting there before, hadn't spoken to any of them more than 3 times and had never been to the place before either. Unfortunately, it isn't the first time I've been put in this situation...

I would like to say I am quite an independent person, but I think that would be over-egging it. I am fairly independent in terms of I will do things on my own, and would never turn down an opportunity because I am afraid, but by god, I panic. I get really nervous going anywhere on my own and all the negative thoughts overcome me until I feel really uncomfortable. Luckily, Matthew is quite good at convincing me that I've got thing and I can do it.

But I thought it might be quite useful to put some top tips together, based on lessons I have learnt, in case any of you are doing anything by your own, or for me to look back on the next time I am sent away all on my tod.

Be prepared...

I think that when you're nervous or anxious then the best thing to do is limit the factors that make you feel like that. To me, I hate the thought of being late to anything, it literally makes me on edge. And I always think that if I get lost, or miss my train, then I will be upset and confused. The whole situation will be 20 times worse. So I always make sure I am really prepared, and I print out everything I need so that I can refer to it in paper. I know that my iPhone can hold all of the same information but there is nothing more reassuring than having it printed. So I will usually have my train tickets, a map of where I am going, hotel confirmation and any notes I need with me.

Write everything down...

The thing with travelling on your own is that I think its easier to over pack, as you know you wont be able to borrow anything. As I am a huge over packer anyway, I find the best thing to do is to write absolutely everything that I need down. For example, 3 tops, 2 jeans, phone charger and so on. This way I have peace of mind that I have everything and it is one less thing to worry about.

Travel in something comfy and appropriate...

The amount of times I travel and have to walk huge distances on these trips and I am wearing ridiculous shoes because I wanted to make a good first impression is beyond comprehensible. I also wear like lovely blouses and curl my hair, only to get windswept, rained on and end up freezing cold. Your first impressions are going to be much better if you are comfortable and warm and not dying to take your shoes off.

Have some things to do in your downtime...

Sometimes I forget that there isn't someone there to talk too. And although sitting on your own is all well and good for a few moments, my mind starts to wonder and I can never fully relax. My favourite things to do is to read a book, but I get horrendously travel sick. Sometimes I listen to music but most of the time if I am on my own I will listen to a podcast. There is something about listening to other peoples conversation that I find really relaxing. Especially when it is a particularly inspiring podcast. My favourites are Ctrl Alt Delete and The Talking Dead.

Enjoy yourself...

It's so easy to get wrapped up in worry and doubt, that you forget about the trip itself. I always try to look at it from anyone else's point of view. Think about how lucky you are to be there, take in your surroundings and just enjoy yourself. It is never as scary as your head makes it out to be!

This post is in collaboration with GoEuro, as part of their #travellessons competition. To read more travel lessons, written by other fab bloggers, check out goeuro.co.uk. All views are obviously my own.

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