It’s disorienting… sort of like a deer caught in the headlights. And yet, it really isn’t all that difficult: you enter the airport (so far so good) and check in your luggage and then you settle in for a long wait on a super comfortable chair, studiously avoiding any conversation, until you’re finally invited to board the plane that will take you to your destination.

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It’s spending a little too much money when you get off the plane… because you pick the first available form of transportation that will get you to your lodging. $30 for a 10-minute taxi ride? Umm, alright, perfect! Sure, you could probably get a better deal if you bargained a little (assuming that you were sufficiently clear headed enough) but the truth is, you’re in a precarious position when you’re on your own at an airport half-way round the world and you don’t know the best route to take. All you want at that moment is to go to bed as soon as possible (yeah, airports are exhausting).

It’s getting into vacation mode straightaway… because like it or not, you’re on your own so you have to think about, umm, pretty much everything! Fortunately, you learn to take it one day at a time, and from that point forward, you stop worrying so much and instead you start going with the flow!

It’s being a little disappointed… that there’s nobody around to take your picture when the scenery is gorgeous (not everybody remembers to bring a selfie stick!)

But it’s also about being independant… and that’s kinda cool. You decide what activities you want to do and at what time you want to do them, you choose the inns where you want to sleep, the food you want to eat, and the bars you want to check out. “Go to a bar alone??” You’re probably thinking, no way! But you’ll have to adjust your thinking if your biggest fear is to spend your entire trip without speaking to a soul!

You’ll soon realize that the inns are chockful of travellers who, just like you, be they alone or not, have come to experience something new and that some activities are far more enjoyable, and economical, when undertaken as a group! What’s really great, seeing as nobody is relying upon your choice, is that you get to decide whether or not you want to be part of a group! That might seem selfish but we all know, deep inside, that it’s nonetheless true…  ????

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*By the way*, if you plan to travel alone and you’re concerned about your personal safety in a foreign country, which is perfectly understandable, I recommend checking out the following Government of Canada website. There, you’ll find helpful advice that’s kept up to date as well as safety and security advisories that are updated hourly.

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