Solo travel: I find it fascinating, I find it scary, I find it the best and worst experience ever.
My advice: if this is the first time you’re traveling solo, you should start with a short trip. Don’t travel half across the world all by yourself because you will end up feeling lonely. Trust me, I know. Oh, and it should be a place where you are able to understand the language. In that case, you will never be completely alone during an emergency. Anyway, I think you should start with a citytrip. It could be a new place or somewhere you have been before. How about Paris or London? There is nothing more exciting than arriving in a new city and let the adventure begin. The freedom, the chance to do whatever you want, whenever you want, wherever you want. You don’t have to think about anyone or anything but yourself. Traveling solo might be the best way to get to know your inner self, your true self. You will meet yourself along the way. For me, it was one of the best ways for soul searching. You never know how independent you are until you have no one but yourself to depend on.
Of course, nothing beats traveling with a partner. I’m not able to be quiet for 5 minutes, let alone the entire trip. I need to talk to people and that’s why I prefer traveling together with someone. On the other hand, there will always be issues. What if the other person wants to do different things? What if you’re totally into museums and he/she isn’t? Or the other way around, what if you want to explore the outdoors and he/she would rather stay inside? You will have to adjust your trip to their needs. You don’t have to do this when traveling solo.
However, I’m not trying to promote solo travel because it’s not all roses. It might be risky, especially if you’re a woman. Let me give you a personal example: I attract creeps. I don’t know why, but it happens every single time. I think I have some sort of label on my forehead saying ‘idiots: sign up here’. Remember: if a stranger starts talking to you on the train and even changes seats to come sit next to you… be aware (or in my case: RUN!). It could be a friendly person or it could be a total creep. I was ‘lucky’ enough to end up with the last option.
My last piece of advice: Be safe. Always. Don’t go outside in the dark all by yourself and avoid bad neighborhoods. Talk to strangers but not to ‘strange’ strangers, if you know what I mean. Never leave your luggage alone. And the last one, talk to the receptionist in your hotel. Let them know where you will be that day and the exact time that you will be back. In that way, there will always be someone to call the emergency services in case you disappear. Let’s hope not, but you never know.