Liz Lockard shares four lessons from her first solo trip and what you can learn too.
In May of 2009, I took my first solo trip to Spain – a 10-day adventure to a country whose language I was barely familiar with. Pre-trip I was nauseous with nervousness. Post-trip, I had changed my outlook and approach to life.
Lesson learned No 1: You’re capable of more than you think
It doesn’t matter how scary or big your goal or dream is. It’s just a matter of taking steps toward it. The simple act of clicking ‘buy now’ for the plane tickets to Spain put me on the path of solo travel.
And, shocker, I survived. More than survived, I learned that I really could accomplish more than I may have previously thought.
Lesson learned No 2: Don’t be afraid to do big things
Your gut isn’t always right.
That vomit-inducing nervousness I felt before boarding an international flight by myself? That meant I was doing something that was a HUGE growth opportunity. Sometimes that uncomfortable feeling just means you’re making a BIG step in the right direction.
Lesson learned No 3: Sometimes you just have to ignore the gut.
You are the only person in charge of your happiness and success. I always knew this to be true and you did too, didn’t you?
But not before actually putting myself in a situation where I was the only one having to make each decision did I really realize the power of this. The opinions of your family, friends and coworkers don’t take any ownership on the direction of your life off of your shoulders.
Lesson learned No 4: YOU can make big changes in your life if you want them.
This trip was May of 2009. In January of 2010 I started stockpiling my savings, quit my full time job in June, and moved to Philadelphia. After working remotely for six months, I began my life as an entrepreneur in January 2011 helping small businesses get more traffic and conversions online.
One year later and I know that it was the first step as a solo traveler that prepared me to ignore my change-fearing gut, take charge of my own life and believe that I was capable of bigger things to become the solo business owner I am today.
What have you learned from your travel experiences? Have you or would you ever travel by yourself? Let me know in the comments below!
About the Author
When Liz Lockard isn’t pursuing the next great travel adventure, she is a marketing consultant who helps small businesses get more marketing OOMPH out of their websites. With training and consulting services, she helps small biz owners get more traffic and conversions for their websites. Grab a copy of her Top 3 Marketing Mistakes Small Business Owners Make With Their Websites at www.lizlockard.com. Follow her at @lizlockard.