During the fall semester of my junior year, I participated in a study abroad program in Scotland.
We had a two week Fall Break during the middle of the semester, and my family was able to fly out to visit me from Minnesota. We were going to meet up in Munich and then travel around to a few different places before they had to go back home. They wouldn't arrive until a few days after my break started, so I pondered for quite a while how I should spend those days. Stay in Scotland? See where other people were going and join them? Something else?
I ended up choosing "something else." I decided to take a little journey to Paris. By myself. At the ripe old age of 20 years old. Carpe diem, folks! Besides, when else would I get the chance to do this?
1. It helps if you do some planning and researching before you leave.
2. Don't be afraid to get lost, because it will probably happen.
3. YOU are the tourist. YOU are the foreigner. And YOU are the one that has an accent.
4. Be conscious of your surroundings.
5. There are certain things that should be taken into account when deciding where to stay when you travel.
6. Make an effort to learn some of the native language.
7. Traveling alone can sometimes be even more fun than traveling with a group.
8. Never let fear stop you from having an adventure.
Be brave, be courageous, embrace wanderlust, do something that scares you.
If traveling alone is something you want to do, do it. You won't regret it. You'll regret not doing it. It very might well be the most magical, beautiful, and life-changing experience you ever have in your life.