Solo travel can provide a profound sense of freedom, independence and achievement, and with only your own thoughts to listen to, it’s the ultimate escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So, what are you waiting for?
Prepare to be unpaired
One of the benefits of solo caravanning is that you can usually get away with a small van. Small caravans are lighter, more fuel-efficient, and easier to store and manoeuvre than large ones. Micro caravans, camper trailers and small motorhomes are all excellent choices for lone adventurers.
You will also need to get very familiar with how everything works. Knowing how to hitch up and level your van, park it and, importantly, reverse safely, will give you the confidence to tackle the little bumps and mishaps that occur on any road journey. Reversing cameras and motor will help you squeeze into small spaces by moving your rig with a remote control.
Safe as houses
Your personal safety requires a little more attention when you’re solo. Consider staying only at caravan parks, where there is more security and more people around for safety – sometimes it’s worth sacrificing a little peace and quiet for peace of mind. Also, when you arrive at a new caravan site, make the effort to greet your neighbours and fellow travellers.
Alone, not lonely
Remember that as a caravanner, you’re never alone; you’re joining a community of like-minded adventurers crisscrossing the country in every direction. It’s not just a metaphorical community – there are numerous clubs especially for solo caravanners, such as Rolling Solo (for women) and The Lone Trekkers – that host meet-ups and other events around Australia. It’s a great way to make new friends. And if you generally prefer the company of your four-legged friend, why not bring them along on the adventure?
Remember your memories
Consider keeping a journal to record your daily life on the road, things you learn and people you meet along the way. You could even record a video log to send back home to keep connected with loved ones while capturing your experiences for posterity. And lastly, switch off those devices when you can. This is a rare and precious opportunity to reconnect with nature and the world around you, and, of course, with yourself. Bon voyage!
Read more about the art of solo travel in the Winter 2021 edition of Caravanning Australia.