Not enough people talk about travelling alone. I know quite a few individuals who have travelled alone but haven’t spoken about it or shared their experiences publicly or widely enough. I must admit, I am also guilty of this. My trip to Bali, Indonesia, was my eighth solo trip and yet many of my friends were still shocked that I had decided to travel alone. For me, I think travelling alone is something that everyone should do at least once. It’s an enlightening experience that we shouldn’t overlook or approach with fear. Many questions spring to mind when thinking to travel alone; what am I going to do by myself? Will I have fun alone? Isn’t it more expensive to travel alone?
There are a few things that pushed me to start travelling alone. Tired of asking others if they had booked their tickets; trying to find times that worked for both us and the occasional, “I can’t afford it this time, maybe later.” I began to realise that if I waited on others, I would never go anywhere. To be clear not all my experiences have been like this, I don’t want some of friends to read this and hate me lol. But I wasn’t ready to delay an experience because of someone else. I do many things alone, so why not this. The benefits of travelling alone are endless. You wake up when you want, you do what you want and there is no comprise what so ever. It’s also an immense learning experience – you either sink or swim. You learn to be comfortable by yourself, independent, who to trust, how to make friends and most importantly how to get around in your chosen destination. People react differently. While I thrived in this setting, I know others who would never do it again. However, it is worth doing at least once.
Here are some tips for travelling alone with my most recent experience in Bali.
Prices will always vary depending on the experience you want and what you plan to do during your trip. It goes without saying when you travel alone, it will be more expensive so bear that in mind when you begin budgeting. Naturally, there will always be good value package deals, but on the whole, I have found that booking separately offers further flexibility and better value for money especially if you can get in contact with the hotel directly. You will get your value for money in Bali, depending on where you go and stay. For 11 days like myself I would budget between £700-£1600 for accommodation and living expenses.
Transport: I recommend checking routes between your accommodation and all the places you’ve got planned to visit. Many hotels offer shuttle buses which will take you to the main tourist areas. Mopeds are quite popular…. I never used them but it’s an option. There is also Uber… I am reluctant to recommend this as I had a bad incident involving a driver threatening me for money but I did have two trips with no issues, so I guess it’s at your own risk. Another option which I and many others used is hiring a driver for a day. It’s relatively cheap and very reliable. If anyone is interested in the drivers I used, give me shout and I will forward their contact details.
Safety: Safety is a big thing when travelling alone. Read reviews on independent websites about the area you’re staying in, the places you are going to see and most importantly your accommodation. Reading tens to hundreds of reviews can be tedious but when your safety is at risk, nothing is too long. Bali being a popular tourist destination is relatively safe, there are little to no reports of incidents happening but again it’s always good to check.
General: Social media is your friend when you’re away. You can see everything your chosen destination can offer through hash tags, locations tag etc. Some of the best spots I found in Bali was through this. Once you find the activity or location, search it up and see exactly what it is about. Make friends when you go out, most people are really welcoming and ready to engage with others on holiday. Step out of your comfort zone and build new friendships. Finally, communicating in Bali is easy. Bali as I’ve mentioned a few times above is a big tourist destination and everyone’s English I came across was quite good.
Most importantly – There will always be someone willing to take your photos and help you capture your moments.
A second blog post will be posted in a few days going into further detail about my Bali experience, accommodation, food and activities.
Check out the photos below!