When I went travelling on my own for the first time, one of the most daunting things to me was the airport. The thought of going through the whole process on my own was unthinkable. It’s not that bad but here are some things to consider to help prepare you.
Your hand luggage bag needs to have everything you need for your journey and it’s best to organise this in a way that minimises your panic at the airport. I keep all my valuables such as travel money, passport and boarding pass in a travel wallet. I bought an El Camino one from here when I bought myself one of their travel bracelets where each bead represents a country you have visited.
Keep your liquids in a plastic bag ready to take out for separate inspection at security. Although this depends on the country apparently! I’ve never not had to show it to anyone before, but in Ukraine they scanned the whole bag without needing to take your liquids out.
In my hand luggage, I also have a small packing cube of spare clothes just in case my checked luggage got lost, my flight was seriously delayed or I needed to change. The packing cube is ideal because you don’t want to be flinging your underwear around while digdigg in your bag for your liquids or electronics at security.
Talk to strangers
Travelling alone can be lonely at times, but there are so many opportunities to talk to the people around you and hear interesting stories that you never would have got the chance to hear if you’d have stayed at home. Just today I met a girl in Ukraine who is also a teacher and was travelling to Dubai, a French couple in the Bangkok airport headed to Cambodia and a guy who has been travelling Asia for the last 3 months.
Prepare yourself for the flight
To kill time while you’re waiting for your gate number, it’s a good idea to eat. If I’m leaving England, I always make sure I hit up the all day breakfast at the airport!! It’s become a tradition for me and it’s always a good idea to eat something good before being faced with airplane food.
You can also pick up a good book to read on the plane, especially if you’ve got a long flight. Inflight entertainmrnt on long haul flights is great anyway, but giving yourself a few options of things to do can help you avoid getting bored.
Most importantly, you need to make the most of your surroundings! Whether you want to windowshop at duty free or get a drink to celebrate your upcomig travels. The best thing about travelling solo is that you can do whatever you want without anyone telling you otherwise. I saw so many people arguing at the airport over what they were going to eat or do. I couldn’t handle that. I’m the boss when I trstra alone and I love that. That’s why my time in the airport was spent with a breakfast martini and no one could stop me.
Have you ever travelled alone or are toh planning to? What is your biggest worry or what would you like to know more about? I’m starting a series about solo travel and solo travelling as a woman, so any ideas or requests are welcome.