This month’s theme is solo adventuring and we’d love to turn this into more of a discussion than a Q&A. So:
1) If you’ve been on solo adventures, tell us what you do and leave some advice for people who want to go but haven’t yet, for whatever reason.
2) If you haven’t been on solo adventures, ask any related questions you’d like and we’ll see if the hive mind can answer you.
I've only been on a few UK solo adventures; backpacking the West Highland Way and Cowal way in Scotland, hiking and camping in the mountains solo etc. most of the time I would advise starting small and building up, because I feel you learn something useful each time! I always research where I am headed quite a lot prior to my trip as it makes me feel more confident – I use a combination of OS Maps, Google Earth and camping forums to find/research places to camp. Things I've found handy are; having plastic bags for collecting rubbish you make or spot on the trail along the way; taking dinners that are quick and easy to make (e.g. cous cous, dehydrated food packs, boil in the bag readymeals); a big plastic water bottle can double as a hot water bottle in winter!
Don't compare your adventures to those of others. Everyone comes from a different background and upbringing and everyone is different in what they consider an adventure. However, do embrace being on your own and if you're worried, first try a micro-adventure - such as sleeping out in your back garden on your own (if you have one) or invite a friend to join you until you start to become comfortable spending time on your own.
I walk long-distance secular pilgrimage alone. I'm in my late 50s and only started 5 years ago but am happy to answer any questions. Tip: carry a pan which doubles as a sealed container and a lightweight cup or mug as many European hostels don't have utensils even if they do have a stove.