Morning everyone and happy Friday!! Today I’m on the book birthday blitz for Solo: A Down to Earth Guide for Travelling the World Alone by Aaron Hodges and I’m delighted to have Aaron on with a guest post. He’s chatting about ‘Travelling Alone’ but first, here’s all the info on the book….
about solo: A down to earth guide for travelling the world alone
Feeling alone? Trapped? Lost?
Time for an adventure!
The bad times won’t last forever, and for more than five years, Aaron Hodges has journeyed the globe alone, visiting everywhere from Istanbul to Argentina. Honest and insightful, SOLO is packed with his personal travel tips and humorous stories. Learn about the ups and downs, the triumphs and the pitfalls of venturing off the beaten path. Follow his guidelines for exploring the world alone and be inspired to take the trip you’ve always dreamed of.
Discover the world of solo travel.
Published by:The National Library of New Zealand on 11 Dec. 2019
Formats available: Paperback & eBook
travelling alone by Aaron Hodges
I think one of the biggest things that stop people from heading off on a big trip around the world (other than global pandemics) is the fear of being alone. But I’m here to tell you, when a vaccine arrive and the world opens back up again, being alone should be the least of your fears! Really, in my five years of travelling, I have discovered not only is there a rich and vibrant community of travellers all over the world, but it will also be much easier to meet new people than you think!
You just have to make sure you’re travelling in the right way to meet them.
And I think probably the most important factor for this is what type of accommodation you choose. Hotels might be great for a holiday with family or a partner, but they will quickly add up on a long trip—and they offer you no chance to meet other travellers doing the same thing as you!
So where do you stay?
I know, depending on your background and where you’re from, hostels can get a bad rap. But these days, hostels in many regions actually offer some of the best accommodation you can find. Everything from pools high in the mountain jungles, to rooftop bars in downtown Buenos Aires. You’ll even find they often have the best tours for the cheapest prices.
But anyway, back to the main point. The biggest value of hostels is that they are host to other long term travellers—people like you! A lot of things come down to chance and timing, but most times staying in a hostel there will be at least a few other solo travellers around—maybe even in your room—who are looking for company on their own trip. Whether its going out for drink or a meal, teaming up to do a tour, or even hiring a car for the day, other travellers in your hostel are the way to go. I’ve met people I’ve ended up traveling with for weeks and even months through the hostels I’ve stayed at, even some who have become lifelong friends that I still chat with most weeks!
Of course, its not quite as simple as walking up to someone in the common room or your dormitory and saying hi…just kidding it is—once you’ve chosen the right hostel, anyway. Sometimes you might find yourself in a hostel that’s completely empty, but that’s okay, you’ll soon learn how to pick the best place for your own preferences. It just takes some getting used too and learning to navigate popular booking sites like Hostelworld and Booking.com.
I hope you enjoy the experience!
about aaron hodges
Aaron Hodges was born in 1989 in the small town of Whakatane, New Zealand. He studied for five years at the University of Auckland, completing a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Geography, and a Masters of Environmental Engineering. After working as an environmental consultant for two years, he grew tired of office work and decided to quit his job in 2014 and see the world. One year later, he published his first novel – Stormwielder – while in Guatemala. Since then, he has honed his skills while travelling through parts of SE Asia, India, North and South America, Turkey and Europe, and now has over a dozen works to his name. Today, his adventures continue…
Thanks to rachel from Rachel’s Random resources for inviting me to take part, and to aaron for his post!
Have a wonderful day and weekend lovelies!
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