1. Meeting new and different people: When you travel alone you are put in the position where you have two choices. Either travel alone being lonely, or you put yourself out there to chat to everyone and anyone. Throughout this trip I have met some pretty amazing people... not just within hostels but out and about on bus journeys, visits to the beach and visiting tourist attractions. One example of this is when I went to explore the old ruins of historic Bar in Montenegro. Here I was in search of one of the oldest trees still alive today (an olive tree that is 2000+ years old) and stumbled across polish traveller who had the same intentions, so after a brief introduction we took on the challenge to find the un-signposted attraction. Later that day we decided to continue our adventure and climbed a small mountain in search of a castle that was literally impossible to get to. It was an excellent day out and having the flexibility of both travelling alone allowed us to do whatever we wished.
If your thinking about hitchhiking I have found hitchwiki.org to be a very useful website with lots of advice including "Montenegro managed to avoid the conflicts of the 1990s, so there are few landmines or other unpleasant surprises strewn about", good to know..... :/
Top 5 tips for travelling alone:
1. Do what you want to do
2. Stay safe
3. Keep your belongings close
4. Be a "YES" man/woman
5. Have fun and keep smiling
So at times.. alone along the road I will walk, with a taste for adventure and exploration.
Photos from this trip can be found in my gallery.