People often ask me if I’m ever afraid to travel alone. The short answer is yes and no. It can be a bit daunting to jump on an airplane and travel half way around the world, especially when you’re going to a country you’ve never been to. Certain places are off limits as a solo traveler, in my opinion. There are places where I would not feel safe going by myself, and would much rather have a travel companion or go with a tour group. For instance, I would not want to explore Egypt on my own. There has been conflict in Egypt, and that part of the world, and I just wouldn’t feel safe going by myself.
Stockholm is definitely not one of those places, though. Everywhere I went in Stockholm, I felt safe. I was still cautious of my surroundings, but I felt safe and secure nonetheless. I guess I’m a bit selfish when it comes to traveling. I want to have the freedom to start and end my day whenever I please, eat when I want to, and stop and take pictures without inconveniencing a travel companion. I love using my camera to soak in all the beautiful sights so I can feed my memories for years to come. I also want to share what I’m seeing with my friends and family.
I did plenty of research before I left for Sweden. I watched tons of YouTube videos of other people’s voyages to Stockholm, read blogs and books, and talked with people who had been before. Everyone commented at how safe the city is, and I immediately noticed this first-hand while I was there. People would ride their bikes to work, for instance, and they would just leave them unchained outside their buildings. No worries or cares of someone coming along and snatching them up.
The streets were clean, and the people were friendly. Not overly friendly, but always willing to help when I had questions or needed directions. They even seemed happy to welcome me into their country, and would flash a huge smile when they found out it was my first time there.
Public transportation in Stockholm was a breeze. It was super easy to get around the city by bus, tram, and ferry. It’s also very easy to get around the city on foot. Most of the tourist areas are compact and close together. Walking, you may be more inclined to pop into a shop or attraction that you may have missed had you been on the bus or tram.
I even felt safe in the evenings. There seemed to always be large groups of happy Swedes shopping and tourists soaking in the sights, no matter what time of day it was. Police officials were not far from reach either, which made me feel even more safe.
Does anyone have any suggestions of other places that may be perfect for someone traveling alone? I’m thinking Tokyo might be my next solo trip.