Why I travel solo

No matter who I am speaking to, wherever I am in the world… when I tell them that I am a solo traveller I always get looked at like I’m crazy! I also always get the same response “But your so young!”, “Your so brave!”, “Your so crazy!”, “Aren’t you scared walking around on your own”, “That’s not safe!”… these statements really annoy me and to be honest I get most of these from my family whenever I tell them I am going travelling!

Honestly, I love travelling on my own! I enjoy the freedom, the ability to do what I what when I want and not having to wait around for someone or debate where we go and what we do. If I want to go somewhere I can just hop on my bike and go. I have only really travelled with other people twice, the first time didn’t go so well but the second time was quite recently and I ended up having an incredible experience! I don’t think it has quite converted me away from traveling solo though.

My first ever solo trip was when I was 19, I needed to undergo some work experience for my college course but instead of doing something close to home and boring I decided I wanted to really push myself and go outside my boundaries. At this point in my life I was stuck in a rut. I hardly had a social life and I had really bad anxieties about going outside and meeting new people but I knew that this was not how I wanted to live my life. I wanted to be more outgoing and confident, I just needed to get out of my comfit zone that I had locked myself into. So I got onto the internet and found an volunteering opportunity in Thailand. Thailand was never really a place that I had ever considered visiting but the more I looked into it the more I got excited, so I booked it!

I had an incredible time in Thailand and since then I have not stopped travelling! I caught the travel bug! Since then I’ve travelled solo to Germany, Italy, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, France, South Africa, Malawi and I’ve been back to Thailand four times. I can’t stop, nor do I want to. I love meeting new people, it terrifies me but I love it. I love immersing myself in other peoples cultures and trying new things. Sometimes It can get lonely but I enjoy my own company and I am most happy when I’m exploring beautiful places with my camera and finding new sights. I feel that everyone should travel solo at least once in their lifetime, it’s an incredible experience and you learn so much about yourself during this time. You learn how to be strong, independent and what your really capable of. Yes, it can be dangerous but so can walking around your local town. Life is short and you don’t know what is going to happen so that is why I am trying to get the most out of my life as I can, and that is why I love to travel solo!


28 thoughts on “Why I travel solo

  1. tamsing says:

    I will be honest we are crazy! Tears and fury this morning as I hiked solo through Austria getting lost YET AGAIN. And yet I agree with everything you write! Thank you


  2. Bernadette Jackson says:

    It took me more years to build up my courage – I don’t think I traveled solo until my mid-20s – and I am full of admiration for the way you pushed yourself beyond your comfort zone. There is so much that we learn about ourselves and the world when it is not filtered through someone else’s lens.


  3. Ufuoma says:

    I love this post and I love solo travel as well. It is one of the most liberating things ever. It signifies confidence and freedom and you are open to meeting new people and hearing their stories. You go girl. You’re doing amazing.


  4. Suitcase And Wanderlust says:

    I understand you so well. I love traveling solo, too. Right now, I’m traveling with a friend and it is a disaster. Look forward to my next solo trip 😉


  5. willsavefortravel says:

    I have never really travelled solo. I’m not against it, but I think my husband would kill me if I went without him! Thanks for sharing your story 🙂


  6. lisannevanbeurden says:

    I completely get what you mean! Although I love travelling with my boyfriend, when you travel alone you get to decide everything without having to think about anyone else. Great post!


  7. Odette says:

    I have traveled solo through Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, the Middle East, South Asia and people always look at me with wonder. Like why? Simply because I am not going to wait around for someone to join me, and then I met my boyfriend on the road, and I didn’t travel solo anymore. I always admire fellow solo travelers, it isn’t always easy!


  8. Sarah Lynn says:

    Same boat! I’m very introverted, but I love traveling and putting myself out there when I’m on the road. I like learning about people, getting knee deep in different cultures, and trying new things (especially food!). The first time I pitched a trip abroad to family, I was seriously discouraged from following through. I’m so glad I did.

    In short, if we had to wait for someone to go with us, we might not ever go! Forgot that; catch a plane.


  9. Meg says:

    What you say about being able to decide to go and just do it, not having to coordinate with someone else – is exactly what I loved about my first and (so far) only solo-female-travel. It was so freeing to being beholden only to myself. Of course, I’m a 45 year old wife & mom of two teens, so I’m deep in the ‘beholden to everyone else’ years!


  10. Ricarda Christina Hollweg says:

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts regarding solo travel. I think traveling solo is a priceless and important experience I don’t want to miss in my life. I used to travel a lot solo but now I go together with my husband. Luckily we want to do the same things and don’t debate often 🙂


  11. Boarding Call says:

    I completely support this. There are plenty of people who don’t understand, but don’t let that bother you. I even get comments about the places I travel to with my boyfriend – how can we travel there, why are we going there, blah blah blah… just do what you enjoy!


  12. seekneverland says:

    I loved this! I love that more and more women are getting out there and traveling the world SOLO. I haven’t done much myself, but vowed to do more solo trips in 2018. Ireland is going to be my first stop!


  13. Danielle says:

    I absolutely love travelling solo too! Although I have had some really great trips with my friends and family too – nothing beats being able to do exactly what you want when you want!


  14. Mattea says:

    Thank you for sharing, a really interesting read. I myself have never travelled properly solo (only on a plane journey to meet someone) but I can really see the appeal after reading this.


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