a guide written by a fellow shy solo traveller

Going up to a counter and asking to buy a train ticket would have absolutely terrified me once upon a time.

I spent my entire childhood and teenage years being painfully shy, but I always had this urge to explore the world.

In 2012, I made a decision to move to the USA for four months through a university exchange program. I spent the first two weeks feeling isolated and incredibly homesick – and I just wanted to go home.

Then I was asked something that changed my perspective: “You can go home if you want to. But, do you feel you’ve give it enough time and your best shot?” My short answer was “no”. Over the following weeks, I accepted any invitations that came my way and began contributing more in class. The more I put myself in uncomfortable situations, the more comfortable I became with being uncomfortable. And honestly, that has been the KEY for me.

Having the courage to push yourself outside of your comfort zone is truly the first step to personal growth. It’s certainly not always going to be easy or fun, in fact it’s usually extremely hard and pushes you to your limits. But growth doesn’t happen without working for it. .

If you’re shy too, this is your reminder that you don’t have to be outgoing or the most confident person to start travelling solo. Instead it’s just about learning how to travel solo when you’re shy  – and that’s part of your journey!

Now, you know what's not helpful for a shy person? Being told not to be shy!

What is helpful would be giving that person tools or resources how to manage certain situations as a shy person.

That's where I come in! I want to help you overcome being bound by your shyness so you can enjoy solo travel.

On this part of the blog, I share tips and stories about how to begin travelling when you're shy. All of this advice and tips comes from my years of solo traveller, so it's tried and tested on yours truly.
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