I’ll be travelling to South East Asia this summer. ALONE.
I know. I’m out of my mind. But all the travel blogs say that solo travel is something everyone must do in their life, and I’m up for the challenge! Not without fears though.
I am a young, black female. I do not think there is a scarier combination for a solo traveller in Asia. More on this later.
Anyway, here are a few fears and concerns I’ve got about travelling alone.
- Nobody to take pictures of me
I love to take pictures, but I also like to be in them. I’m worried about not having a friend with me to take pictures with, and/or take pictures of me. I’m sure I could ask a stranger to take a few pics, but I can’t bully a stranger to retake photos that I don’t like, now can I? And what if they run off with my camera? 😮
- No costs savings
There are often savings made in pair/group travel. I’m worried that I may not score on these as a solo traveller. Single rooms are more pricey than doubles and I can’t really do that 2 for 1 special. Also, if I run out of money, there’s no friend to cover me, or at least be broke together.
- Opinions and suggestions…
“Do you think my sister would like this? What should I buy my parents?” “Which colour do you think looks better on me?” “What do you think about this ——(insert commodity)——?”
Who am I going to ask these very deep and pertinent questions?!
I trust my judgement (for the most part), but it would be really nice to get input from somebody that knows you, especially when shopping.
Remember my profile? Young, black, female? I will probably stick out like a sore thumb on the streets of Bangkok. I’m scared I’ll be an easy target for scammers and thieves. I’ve also heard stories of women being harassed and black/African women especially being fetishized, and presumed to be sex workers too. *shudders*
- Loneliness and boredom
Will I get lonely? Will I be able to socialise with strangers? Will I get bored of my own company?
Have you travelled solo before? Do you share my demographic? What experiences have you had? Any tips on how I should deal with my concerns? Please share in the comment section!
Thanks for reading!