I’ve been traveling alone for six months now. I admit, it can be boring and lonely if I choose to but it can also be an experience of a lifetime if I choose it to be. Traveling solo gives you the freedom to travel at your own pace, at your own time or schedule. If you want to stay in your hotel or hostels bed, you can, without worrying about another person. You decide everything, and that’s the perks of traveling solo.
Whether it’s you or your friends or family, there are always some negative thoughts of traveling alone. As someone who is traveling solo continuously, I am here to convince you otherwise and tell you about the thoughts you can let go…as they don’t make any sense. So let’s change some thoughts!
1 Traveling solo is boring.
No. No sweetheart, it is not. I can assure you that traveling solo is not boring. Well actually, traveling solo is as boring as you make it because the result of your trip and the way you spend your time is in your own hands. Locking yourself in your hotel room and mopping around how boring traveling alone will not make your travel experience nicer. You need to go out. If it’s your first day of the trip, you can walk around nearby your hotel or hostel so you can somehow familiarise with the place. Look for a cafe or restaurant through Google Maps that you can easily walk from your hotel. On your second day, ask your hotel receptionist how you can get here and there or ask Google Maps. If your destination is available in Moovit, download Moovit, it will help you take the public transport easier.
Visit all the tourist attraction you want to see, enter the museum you want to explore, eat all the food your craving to eat and don’t be picky, be adventurous with food, and meet friends during all of this, you probably have one of the best experiences in your life! So boring? Certainly not!
2 Traveling solo is lonely.
Sometimes you’re alone, yes. But being alone is something different than being lonely. Aren’t you ever alone at home? And do you immediately feel lonely at those moments? The answer to that question is probably no. So why would you feel any different when you’re on a trip? The truth is while doing what you love, and letting yourself be amazed by everything you see will leave you no time to feel lonely.
And then again, in my whole life, I have never met so many people at once so I did during my travels. When you travel solo, you immediately and naturally start to talk to just everyone you see and meet. And if you don’t? Believe me, they will. Most especially for solo travelers like you. Since I started traveling solo, I mostly stayed in dorm hostels and literally haven’t been alone for a single minute not unless I choose to be. I met people with whom I still keep in touch, from the hostels to tours that I joined. Trust me, this will happen to you too.
So will you get lonely during traveling solo? Absolutely not.
3 Traveling solo is not safe.
I admit this is my worry before I started traveling. But when I was already there, I personally have never felt unsafe. So if you’d ask me, I would answer you that you have nothing to be afraid of, just go.
I actually feel more safe while I am traveling than while I am at home. A bit extreme maybe and even a little bit weird, but it has to do with the fact that while I am traveling (solo) I feel right at place and invincible. While I travel, I feel like I am home.
Of course, there are situations in which you probably feel less safe and there are countries that are less safe than others, it always depends. But in these situations, you only need one thing to survive, that’s your common sense. You shouldn’t be going in small and dark alleys late at night, and you should flash your money, jewelry or gadget around. Also, a little bit of research about your destination will help you feel more safe.
4 What will people think of me?
“Why are you traveling solo? Don’t you have friends or boyfriend to travel with?” or “Are you traveling solo? That is just weird..” These are the thoughts that people asked you when you tell them you’re traveling solo. These are also the common questions I’m being asked when people know I’m traveling solo. Although I am already used to that, sometimes, it just feels weird why would people asked me those questions. Good thing, I never mind other people opinion, and neither should you, At least, you have the nerve to step out of your comfort zone and do what you love without waiting for other people to go with you… while they probably do have this need. You really shouldn’t care about what other people think of you because it will get you nowhere. Do whatever you want, don’t worry about other people, they don’t define you. At the end, you’re the most important character in your life journey, not them.
Fortunately, there are also people who will admire you for what you do and your guts on doing what you’re doing. Even more than I get told that I am weird, I also get told that I am brave. “I think it is brave of you to travel alone, I wish I had the nerve to do the same!” How great is it to hear stuff like that?
5 What if I go traveling solo and hate it?
“What if” is the most familiar phrase that always crosses our mind on a daily basis. Let me ask you this, “What if you travel solo and you love it?” You wouldn’t know if you’ll hate or not unless you do it. Why don’t you just do it? You love to travel, otherwise, you wouldn’t be reading this post, so why won’t you love traveling solo? What’s the difference of traveling solo and traveling with someone else?
I know it’s a big step, perhaps an uncomfortable one. Believe me, I also been there. But it’s also a step that will bring you out of your comfort zone in so many ways that you couldn’t imagine. You just have to dare to and go with the flow. In the long run, you’ll thank yourself for daring to. So my advice? Take the plunge!
My first travel abroad was in Hong Kong, a two-hours fly away from home, and I traveled solo. Culture shock, food, and currency hit me so bad. But it didn’t stop me to explore the place. Thus, it opens my mind and heart to traveling.
How about you? What are your thoughts on traveling solo? How did you manage those thoughts? Share your thoughts in the comment section below. I’d love to hear about it!
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