Safety!!!! Yes the most important thing when you are travelling solo. There are many great ways of travelling solo and staying safe. The one I highly recommend, specially if its your very first Solo trip overseas is a guided tour.
I know a lot of you have wrong impression about guided tours.
(1) They are for young and stupid, out to party and drink every night
(2) They are for old couples, physically challenged or for the rich
(3) There is no time to do what I want
If the tour is picked wisely and with the right company, you can enjoy your travel in a safe environment and come home happy with nothing but beautiful memories.
I did my tour with Trafalgar, before I picked this company I research for over 4 months, comparing the cost, the duration of the tours, the inclusions and the hotels and transfers from airports. When I finally decided to go with Trafalgar, it took me another 2 months to decide which tour I wanted to do. I decided to do European Traveller 7nights / 8 days with Trafalgar.
Travelling from Australia to Europe, I wanted to get the most out of my very first European Experience. There where so many options and I wanted to do them all. But my bank balance made me realise I can only do one at a time… hahaha
My reasoning behind this choice was:
The tour was everything I wanted it to be and more, the fact that I woke up in one country i.e. France and went to sleep in another country i.e. Switzerland on the same day was fascinating and amazing. Luxury and comfortable drive though the countryside of France, arriving in Picture Perfect Lucerne, Speechless. Leaving Switzerland, the drive was nothing like I expected it to be, through tunnels and amazing mountains. Yes there was a lot of driving but I loved it, it gave me time to sit back and reflect on my journey and really enjoy the scenery. Going through Italy’s countryside was surreal …….. Florence, Venice, Rome, 8 days went so fast.
51 people from different parts of the world where on this tour, each one of them had different reasons for doing this tour. Most of them where travelling in couples or with family/friends. I was the only one on this tour travelling solo. Not for one second I felt alone or over crowded. 51 different personality, I was sure I will not get along with everyone. But people surprised me, I felt very blessed, I got along with everyone. Some of them are now my friends for life. Money can not buy this experience. I felt safe everywhere I went with the tour and on my own.
I have nothing but Respect for the Tour directors, before I used to think that they are just glorified babysitters. My tour director was an university graduate, full of information on history, culture, politics, economics and local stories. His ability to deal with all different personality, ages, cultural backgrounds and language barriers, just amazed me. He loved watching us fall in love with the places he loved and was so passionate about. He was alway professional, there where times when a guest would not get back on the bus on time or listen to instructions properly which would delay the rest of the activities for the day. If it was me looking after the tour, I would have definitely left a few people behind… haha. The tour was amazing but the tour director made the tour an unforgatable experience.
The extra activities offered at extra cost was a perfect addition to give me more insight experience of each country.
In Paris I enjoyed a night at Moulin Rouge Cabaret And Dinner – the night of glamor and music
In Switzerland I enjoyed watching the most magnificant sunrise over the Mount Stanserhorn
In Rome we visited Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Pia Navona, Sistine Chapel and Colosseum – day full of history
The best 8 days of my life, I visited 4 countries, I ate a lot, I drank a lot, I laughed a lot and I lived in the moment ……. this trip gave my life a new meaning…… live life with passion. Their is a saying ….. you see what you want to see and hear what you want to hear …… but you can not tell your heart what to feel…. heart feels what it feels…….
Travelling is my passion and ending loneliness / Depression is my mission