Friday, 25 August 2017

Things I Learnt Travelling Alone

Last year I flew over to Milan for a few days to watch some football and due to living about 100 miles away from everyone else going I flew out and stayed on my own. It was an experience to say the least...


I'm just gonna go all out and state the obvious here. Travelling alone for the first time is hard. Visiting a country where you don't speak the language is always daunting but doing it on your own is on another level. I flew into an airport outside Milan which was fine as I knew how to get into central Milan, it was just a simple coach trip but after this I was completely lost. I felt so tiny in a big city and probably spent an hour trying to locate somewhere with wifi so I could have a meltdown and panic message Becky for advice. As always she was a star and I was soon on my way to my apartment. You're completely on your own though, so always have a back up plan. I found eating alone the hardest, I couldn't hack it at all. Luckily my apartment had an oven so I picked up a pizza for the first night before my friends arrived. It was a rubbish pizza and absolutely nothing on the divine pizza I had out the next evening, trust me guys the food in Italy is incredible. Pizza and pasta galore. Give me all the cards.


I'm not saying you've gotta carry round an old fashioned map of the city with you at all times because to be honest I wouldn't know what to do with one even if I had one but phones are brilliant these days. Making sure you always have access to the internet when you're abroad is so helpful incase you get lost anywhere as finding wifi isn't always easy as I found out. Most mobile companies do brilliant packages for data abroad so I'd definitely look into what your provider offers before you travel! I also found that screenshotting my route for the day made it a lot easier and I didn't use much internet at all as I'd already worked out my route in the morning.


Being a blogger and going to such a beautiful city like Milan meant I took a lot of pictures but I quickly realised that I didn't have anyone to take any photos of me. I'm not a massive fan of having my photo taken by people that I'm not comfortable with so asking strangers was completely out the window. I liked being on my own so I could take my time to perfect my shots without having anyone there moaning at me to hurry up but I really felt like I missed out on the cliche tourist photos, especially for Instagram! If you've got the confidence to ask strangers to take photos of you, just go for it. There were lots of tourists about and I wish I had asked them but I couldn't pluck up the courage at all, even after some strangers asked me to take a photo of them!


Having a plan of my day before I left the apartment every morning made my trip run a lot smoother. I knew what I wanted to see and where I wanted to go. I wasn't overly fussed on paying for things so I spent a lot of my time wandering around the streets of Milan and visiting their main tourist areas like Duomo di Milano which is absolute beautiful in real life, I'd 100% recommend visiting if you haven't already! You'll also find yourself wrapped up in your day so much that you'll forget that you're there alone, taking away the lonely factor as such! I flew out to Milan two days before any of my friends arrived and I'd be lying if I said I didn't get lonely at first, I didn't have anyone to talk to and whatsapping friends back home wasn't quite cutting it. I didn't do a lot of the things I wanted to due to spending a lot of time in my apartment which I regret more than anything. Next time I travel, I'm definitely making set day plans.


Looking back, my trip would've been a lot more enjoyable if I didn't spend the first day completely lost resulting me being a mess when I got to the apartment and wanting to hide there for the next couple of days. If you really are lost or uncertain on something, just ask somebody. Finding somebody to ask may not always be the easiest thing to do but targeting tourists is always a good way to go. They've usually been in a similar situation themselves so are happy to help. If all else fails, tourist attractions are a good way to go to find someone to chat to. They normally speak a variety of languages and will hopefully be able to assist you! Don't fly to another country and spend lots of time regretting not doing more like I did.

I'm hoping to travel solo again this year but I will definitely be more prepared to avoid anybody seeing me having a little meltdown in a strange city, that can wait until I get to the hotel this time! Where would you guys recommend for travelling solo?

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