My passion for travel began when I started working as Cabin Crew for Virgin Atlantic at the age of 18. I didn’t have a plan when I left school (I didn’t really excel at anything…..probably because I hardly ever showed up) and the thought of university TERRIFIED me. So, going against the grain of everyone else that was submitting their university applications, instead I decided to embrace the shiny red shoes, the red lipstick and go see the world.
Solo travel is great, until you need someone to put suncream on your back 😂
I have spoken at length about why I prefer to travel solo and the positive effects that I find it has on my own mental health and well being. I stand firmly by the fact that everyone should experience travelling alone at least once in their life.
Thanks to social media I can watch other fearless females take on the world as they gallivant around the globe all by themselves and ultimately, this is what inspires me to follow suit and do the same. Instagram and Twitter is flooded with articles and headlines encouraging solo travel and I have embraced this concept myself many times now, building up my confidence and pushing myself further out of my comfort zone with each new trip that I embark on.
Fairy Glen | The ‘In Pinn’ | Ben Tianavaig | Endless panoramic views
During my last visit to the Isle of Skye back in January, I was pretty sure that it would become my last trip to the family bed and breakfast as they have decided to relocate back down to Somerset. The property had already been on the market for a few months and I was presuming that a sale would be imminent. I had accepted this with a heavy heart but four months down the line there is still no sign of a buyer and so I took the opportunity to use my well earned week off at the end of April for another visit back the Highlands.
As many of you know I am a Paramedic (who has a serious case of Wanderlust) that has been working for the NHS for nearly 7 years. As a whole I enjoy my job immensely. I have made some of the most fabulous friends whom I practically consider as family, I have saved lives and welcomed lives and the desire that I have to help people is something which has been hard wired in to me from a young age. Recently however, I have been finding the state of my mental health faltering and I am not ashamed to say that I have been struggling to find that mythical work-life balance that we all strive for.
Dead Sea Marriott | Dead Sea sunsets | The Siq & Treasury at Petra | Petra by Night | Wadi Rum | Spectacular scenic drives
This was probably my biggest solo adventure to date. Before I EVENTUALLY took the plunge and booked my flights, I had spent a lot of time contemplating this trip…..repeatedly thinking is it safe? Should I go alone? Should I go at all? And honestly, in the few days leading up to this trip, I felt incredibly nervous about going. I was nervous not only about the fact that I was going by myself, but that I had also decided to road trip the entire length of the country in a hire car.
But…..Jordan has been firmly at the top of my Bucketlist for a long time! After spending hours pouring over numerous Travel Blogs and taking reassurance from other female solo travellers who had themselves visited the country, I decided in the end to just go for it.
My upcoming solo adventure to Jordan has certainly made me question and reflect on my own safety whilst traveling alone and is something that has been at the forefront of my mind whilst planning this trip due to its geographical proximity to unstable countries such as Israel, Iraq, Syria and Egypt.
So…..I wanted to share my thoughts on this topic and some of the tips I try to follow in order to keep myself safe.