How I feel about Travelling Alone

So as my final year at university is creeping to an end (so close yet so far…) I’m starting to get pretty excited for my freedom and therefore plans to head off to the land down under and have a bit of fun!

Of course, we’ll ignore the crippling fear of no job, no prospects or any ideas of what to do with my life – that’s for future Josie to worry about! For now, I’m going to totally let go, be wild and do whatever the fuck I want! Because I’ve earned it!

So enough of the off rambly intro – this post is about how I feel about taking on this adventure alone. Years, even months ago (even now sometimes) I would never have even considered going alone, and as travel is a common desire among a few of my friends – one’s even out in Australia now! – I’ve always assumed someone will come along with me. But as things are getting closer, myself and others have actually started planning/considering actually doing things, our timings, finances and actual willingness has turned out to be different.

For a moment, I’ll admit I did consider postponing a year, until a few other friends had finished uni/earned enough money to come out with me, but I know myself, and I know that the minute I get a job or get stuck in a routine, I’ll be finding excuses or other responsibilities will come along that will mean I never get to do it. 

There’s also the point that, because going alone is so scary and different, that’s completely out of my comfort zone, and for that reason I sort of have to do it! 

‘Life begins at the end of your comfort zone’ ~ Neale Donald Walsch

So it’s ended up being just me. And at first that was seriously scary – it still kind of is – I’ll be going to the other side of the world, a country I’ve never been to, one that I have no/little family there – bit of a scary prospect.

There’s also the fact that I can sometimes really doubt my ‘friend-making’ ability, don’t have the most amount of common sense and have just about enough money to see me through a couple of months.

However! As I’m doing my research (when really I should be revising, ssshh!) and I’m getting more and more ready for summer adventures (I think the recent spring/summer-ness is definitely boosting my mood), the fear I had – though still there – is turning more into excitement!

And as I’m planning/researching, I’m sort of getting excited to be on my own – as a constant people pleaser – I’m looking forward to having a bit of freedom to just do what I want, and to have that alone time.

Also, the number of people I’ve spoken to (hopefully aren’t just trying to make me feel better) have ALL said that they almost couldn’t not meet people – all/most other travellers, therefore a lot of fellow Brits thrown in there – so that’s definitely dampened my worries a bit. It’s also getting me all excited to meet some new, amazing people and learning so much more about myself and this amazing world!

I’ll do another post after I’ve been and satisfied my travel-bug (if I ever come back) to let you all know how I got on.

I know it’ll be scary at times but I’ve vowed to myself to – going against everything that comes most naturally – just have faith! I’m a smart(ish), kind and friendly person – and I’m going to have a freaking amazing time!!

Anyone ever been travelling? Did you go alone? Any places you’d recommend?


  1. Cherie Koh
    April 24, 2017 / 11:04 am

    Well done for doing this solo! I haven't done a 'real' alone trip, I mean I moved to UK alone for uni and work here currently so that's enough alone time for me hahaha. I did spend a month working in Brussels alone though! Many of my friends love doing it though and they meet fantastic people on their trips so hope it'll be an exciting and enriching one for you. What better way to celebrate the end of uni eh? Cherie ✿ sinonym

    • Josie Brownlee
      April 24, 2017 / 11:43 am

      Thanks Cherie – thought tbh that sounds like a lot more scary solo travelling than my trip! I really commend people moving somewhere else for uni and work, I bet it was an incredible experience! Exactly, a great way to celebrate, I can't wait!

  2. Anonymous
    April 24, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Great Post my dear. I ve never traveled alone. Wanna be there right now

    • Josie Brownlee
      April 24, 2017 / 3:18 pm

      Thanks Carrie! It was beautiful here (these pictures are kind of cheating though this was from a family holiday a few weeks ago!) There'll be a post on it soon!

  3. dreamofadventures
    April 25, 2017 / 2:21 am

    How exciting! Travelling alone can be so fun! i am in the works of planning a solo trip and I can't wait =o) It's fun getting to plan your own

    • Josie Brownlee
      April 25, 2017 / 7:54 am

      Ooh how exciting!! Yes it's nice having some freedom with it!

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  6. Steph Spying
    April 26, 2017 / 6:08 am

    I really think that travelling alone will be one of the best things that you ever do, Josie. I've traveled quite a bit (but only once alone). It was simultaneously the scariest and most enlivening thing that I've ever done. Take the opportunity now. Do it before you work (as you said). You've earned it!

    • Josie Brownlee
      April 26, 2017 / 9:05 am

      Thanks so much for the advice Steph! The more people tell me how great it is, the more excited I'm getting to go! I'm so ready to learn more about myself and to have some fun and freedom!

  7. Jordyn Pamela
    April 29, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    Wow, I never thought about traveling alone. I'm sure that is such a freeing and liberating experience! Maybe all do that after I finish university too xxJordyn Pamela | Beauty, Fashion, & Lifestyle

    • Josie Brownlee
      April 29, 2017 / 7:57 pm

      I'm getting really excited now! I was so nervous but now I'm just excited not to have the pressure or feeling like I need to do whatever the other person/people want and I could do anything I want! I'll keep you updated with how it goes!

  8. Giana Spiteri
    February 12, 2018 / 5:37 pm

    I stumbled upon this post at a great time! I plan to do a year in AUS in January but again I feel like I keep prolonging it because my friends can't go at that time etc, but it's now or never! Looking forward to reading your other posts! xxG

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