We’ve all heard about strength in numbers. Take Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, for instance. These girls travelled far and wide together, and through their unique bond made remarkable self-discoveries along the way. But as a woman, have you ever taken a solitary liberating trip on your own terms?
Travelling alone can be a sort of self-therapeutic adventure. It involves going someplace alone, where you are visiting for the first time and, to add pressure, the native language of this place is different from your own. As women, we, too, find it a stretch to divert from the safe family-vacation trips or girl trips. Solo travel is in fact risky; however, adequate planning and research on the desired location may allow a normally perceived unsafe activity to become the ultimate getaway experience.
Flair spoke to Jessica Chung, a 28-year-old “lover of the exhilarating beats of Electronic Dance Music (EDM)” and solo travelling combined. To the outside world, Chung is your typical marketer, leading at corporate life at JMMB. But Chung discovered a deep spiritual connection to EDM: her initial encounter was a beautiful love at first sound. This fascination fuelled a greater drive in her to live out her best life, exploring the pure joy of this magnetic movement in new places and new experiences; since this musical genre is not readily available for concert viewing in Jamrock.
Jessica jet-setted her way across two continents, visiting over eight cities in six countries. This summer, she will be making another ‘trek’ to Europe, to as far as Belgium, to see one of her favourites perform.
She definitely encourages individuals to get over the trepidation of “soaring solo and instead embrace being able to march to the beat of their own drums”. Travelling alone allows you to pick new skills that you can solely experience. Better yet, you have no one to blame but yourself when you take the wrong cab and end up at the park instead of the beach! The surge of energy you get when travelling alone, especially to a foreign country, amounts to no other and it should definitely be on your bucket list.
Be friendly - It’s good to smile and talk to locals. After all they are the closest thing to best friends for your stay in a foreign country. Locals will be more receptive to help you out if you are more friendly.
Be open minded - Living in the moment is what any trip is for, but more importantly a solo trip requires you to be more active in your experience. Therefore, share in the culture around you and perhaps share a piece of your own with the people and places you visit.
Sight-see - Don’t stay cooped up in a hotel if you have so much scenery and outdoor recreations. If that’s not your pick, then try scheduling activities in your area.
Always have several back-up plans - Research on your flight details, hotel or living reservations and travel activities is extremely crucial. The slightest details are important and will help you figure out alternative plans.
Leave a trail - Before you leave for your trip, let someone know where your heading. Take snapshots of the places you visit and send to someone. Safety is your first priority, so make sure to update your family or friends.