First Indonesia Solo-Trip: Guide For Girls
10 July 2019
This idyllic dream of traveling alone has been haunting many women back since the book “Eat Pray Love” came out. To go away, leave everything behind, have some new experience and make acquaintances, everything is all by yourself and your thoughts. Sounds incredible, right?
Lately, this kind of trip has become especially popular. One of the main reasons is ‘retreat trips’ concept appearance — solitary journeys for spiritual or psychological working on oneself. More and more people leave their healthy lives and surroundings for a few days or months, fully dedicating themselves to self-discovery and complete silence for various reasons. Solo-travelling — is a compelling practice that the majority don’t have enough courage to experience because of the number of insecurities or fears. We have created the guide for women, who want to try solo-traveling, but yet don’t know how to organize it correctly or who to ask for advice. So, here it is:
The main thought that hits the girls’ mind, who’s planning a first lonely journey, is safe enough to do? Of course, tourists attract much more attention, but it’s not always a bad thing. On Java, for example, you seriously have to be very careful. You have to be cautious everywhere — avoid going to places you feel uncertain about and listen to your gut. Try not to scream ‘I am a tourist’ by your look, don’t sit in stranger cars, don’t put your valuables and belongings in the same place and don’t go to the ‘dark districts’ alone especially in the night — these rules are always crucial to remember. Women who are doing solo-traveling recommend turning on the tracker for a long time, so your relatives and friends always know your location — Find Friends for iPhone and Glympse for Android.
Of course, it’s beautiful to meet new people in a new place, but be careful to someone who is intrusively offering help or a company, so trust, but verify. For example, there is no hitchhiking tradition in Indonesia, so when one suggests you a free ride — better look for some proven taxi in Facebook groups.
Furthermore, when you’re alone, it’s important to remember that your route should be more well-thought-out to be ready and know what to expect. That’s why our next tip is also related to safety:
Plan Your Journey. At Least a Little Bit
It is super fun to go wherever the feet take you without the precise route, simply following your heart. But still, if you are on a solo-trip, try to imagine where you would like to go the most approximately: first of all not to waste time looking for attractions when you are on the spot, and secondly to know what to be ready for. We suggest starting your journey in Bali, drive through Ubud with staying there for a couple of days, then go to the other island Java to visit volcanoes Bromo and Ijen and world-famous temple compounds Prambanan and Borobudur as well.
If you’re willing to see some extreme locations with hard and sometimes dangerous paths, such as mountains or volcanoes, you should certainly better not get going on your own.
For that, there are many special group tours to places you can always join.
Even if you want complete loneliness, it’s safer to find yourself like-minded people joining the Facebook girl solo-travellers groups. There you can read feedbacks, recommendations, advice to understand what to expect. Here’s one of them.
The full self-exploring training in Indonesia is yoga and meditation practice. We mean, if not there, then where? You can finish your trip to Vipassana near Jakarta. It is a unique spiritual experience, so be sure you are registered beforehand.
Experiment, relax, listen to your instincts.
Reasons why you need a ‘retreat solo-trip’ can be very different — social exhaustion and runaway from the fuss will discover your inner self, just a vacation, new experience, wild random decision, or reboot. If you are uncertain about flying to the other part of the world alone, maybe you should go solo somewhere closer for the first time — Europe, for example. And then go to Indonesia with renewed vigor. Consider it as a spiritual practice and complete meditation in quiet time only for yourself. But please, don’t forget about safety — it’s a key in different cultures and religions country. Take your time for the trip, as much as you need. We’re sure you will be thrilled.