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10 Reasons Why You Should Travel Solo

travel soloA trend that’s been making its way around the interweb is all about traveling, specifically why you should travel solo. If you’ve never traveled solo, let me tell you now that those articles speak all kinds of truth, the number one truth being: YOU SHOULD DO IT, IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

I’m here to add to those plethora of articles online talking about why traveling solo should make it to your life  bucketlist. This list will be entirely subjective, based on my 18 day Eurotrip throughout Germany as a Big Blog Exchange 2013 winner, plus side trips to cities Paris and Amsterdam after that.

I know, the prospect of traveling all on your own in a foreign country six thousand miles from home is daunting. Before I left, I planned my itinerary, booked my train tickets and tours, and made sure I familiarized myself with the day-to-day activities and timetables I had to follow. It didn’t really scare me, until my mom’s German husband gave me the safety talk and the do’s and don’t’s around Europe, saying something like, “Germany is generally a very safe place but you still need to stay guarded and watch out for the other crazy people.” For example, he told me to stay away from train stations when the sun is down, I guess because like everywhere else, the crime rate goes up at night (I’m assuming, dont take my word for it).

And so off I went to Europe, and for 18 days my experience as a solo traveler is something I will cherish my entire life. I will forever be grateful to Hosteling International for the wonderful opportunity they presented me. So, without further ado…

10 Reasons Why You Should Travel Solo

  1. You have total freedom

    The number one reason I loved to travel solo was because I had total control of everything. I knew which places I wanted to go to, see, eat and do. If I’m set to visit the
    Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam but woke up too late the next morning, it’s not going to be such a big deal. I can still plan whatever else I want to do that day. This freedom is perfect for someone like me because I’m extremely fickle. My itinerary will forever be flexible, and no one will get annoyed at me for it.

  2. You’ll meet new people.

    I’m an introvert. I can be alone for a week at a time, only having human interaction for about 6 hours total in those 7 days… With at least 3 hours being interactions through the internet. I’m not even joking.That being said, I’m still a social being, so talking to and even meeting strangers around Europe was quite nice. One morning, I set off to go visit Dachau Concentration Camp, as I was getting a little lost in the subway, there were three American girls who looked lost too. One of them recognized me from the hostel we were staying at and introduced herself, and invited me to join them since they were headed to Dachau KZ as well. I enjoyed my trip to Dachau twice more than I would’ve enjoyed it if I had gone all by myself.

    In Amsterdam, I decided to pop into a thrift store to check out some clothes I might be able to get for cheap. That’s where I randomly met Anita, who turned out to be a blog reader of mine! Definitely one of the coolest experiences :)

  3. You’ll challenge yourself.

    To learn a bit of the local language, try delicacies and other food that might be weird or gross to you, cross as much things off your bucketlist, budget your money, be organized for your trip, waking up extra early so you don’t waste half the day… Basically do things that you aren’t used to doing, you’ll challenge yourself to do them.

  4. You’ll get lost, and that’s okay.

    I’m terrible at reading maps. I survived well on my own using Google Maps but that’s totally cheating. You won’t always have internet everywhere you go, so if you’re a terrible navigator like me, you’ll most likely get lost. But that’s okay. On my trip, I got lost a few times and ended up in streets and neighborhoods I didn’t originally have on my itinerary. In Berlin, I ended up in a closed street that was gearing up for a Pride Parade/Party that afternoon, LGBT locals were setting up banners and rainbow flags, while beer companies set up shop to serve the party goers. It was festive and I saw another side of Germany that if the Nazi party had been successful in their goals, these people wouldn’t even be here now. The whole atmosphere felt liberating, and I so badly wanted to stay and party with them!

  5. You’ll be pushed out of your comfort zone

    I generally am not the type to just go up to a stranger to randomly talk to them, especially not in a country whose first language isn’t English. But when the need to approach strangers come, especially for help, I know I’d have to just get over myself and ask for directions no matter how terrible my French or German is.

  6. It’s not as unsafe as most people think.

    If safety is your main concern, and it usually is for anyone and everyone else who hears you’re planning on embarking on a solo trip, don’t let this hinder you from going on an adventure! I know, the world is a scary place, and there are a lot of scammers and evil people around… The key is just to be SMART about traveling. Always tell someone about your plans, be self-aware and always keep your guard up, just in case. Believe in the kindness of strangers, but don’t be naive either. If something feels wrong, listen to your gut feeling. Staying put doesn’t mean you’ll be safer, it just means you’re waiting for danger to come for you — so you might as well live while doing so ;)

    In Berlin, I came across a guy who I believe was trying to scam me. I accidentally made eye contact with him outside a very busy train station crowded with pedestrians. He asked me if I spoke English, and just that moment alone where he picked me out from the crowd and approached me made me feel unsafe, so I walked as fast as possible, zigzagging between people so he would lose me. It was a few good meters away until I had the courage to look back to check if I was safe. He was gone. I know he probably was just trying to scam me into buying something or maybe distract me so a pickpocket can get to me, but by being alert I got out of the situation fast. You won’t lose anything by ignoring sketchy strangers.

  7. (You’ll be alone, but…) You’ll never be lonely

    This is one of the things I reveled in the most. I loved traveling alone because I could just be by myself, but never really be lonely. There are so many travelers like me around so I never felt out of place, or lost, or lonely. I saw travelers like myself, solo or in groups, and it somehow felt like I belonged. It was quite nice. If you ever do feel lonely, stay at hostels where you can meet loads of travelers and even travel with them!

  8. You’ll be best friends with yourself

    The best relationship you can ever have is your relationship with yourself. Believe it or not, you’re good company. Think of this solo trip as a “getting to know me” trip, because you’ll definitely learn a thing or two about you that you didn’t already know before.

  9. You’ll feel empowered

    Surviving a solo trip is empowering because it makes you feel like you can do absolutely anything. You’ve planned, gone, and survived all the hurdles and challenges that came your way,  and you came out of it unscathed!

  10. You’ll learn a lot about yourself

    I learned that despite being disorganized and messy, I can fix and plan my own trip and follow my itinerary down to detail, but I also learned that I will forever love the freedom and spontaneity. I learned that despite being an introvert and enjoying huge amounts of time with myself, I missed real life human interaction and would envy groups of friends I saw while traveling. I learned that despite my desires of moving to Europe, I will always, and I mean always, miss home.

Solo travel is an experience you should try at least once in your life. You don’t have to travel to another continent, although that’s a lot more challenging. Travel within your own country and you’ll emerge just the same, you’ll still be you, only wiser, stronger and more in tune with yourself. After the entire experience, I’ve decided that in the future, I should travel solo to somewhere new, at least once a year. :)

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31 Comments

  • Reply Jeline Catt (@jelinecatt) 2 May 2015 at 10:44 am

    And this just fueled up my wanderlust even more LOL.

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  • Reply Vianna Garjas 2 May 2015 at 10:46 am

    I really love no. 10. I never tried travelling by myself because they say that (the usual) ‘the more the merrier” thingy. But I really want to try because I really want to know about my solo traveler self; I wonder how I would deal unusual circumstances while travelling. Hahaha.

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    • Reply Camie Juan 2 May 2015 at 11:49 pm

      Haha! I think for me there will be places that you definitely want to travel with friends or family and there are places you can definitely do solo! :)

  • Reply Rose Nuñez 2 May 2015 at 10:54 am

    Now I want to really try it! :-(

    • Reply Camie Juan 2 May 2015 at 11:48 pm

      Plan it out and make it happen ;)

  • Reply lscrms 2 May 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Love this! You were my main inspo to starting a blog and you also converted me to a wanderlust. ❤️ Will definitely cap off the year with a solo trip! Can’t wait to get lost haha.
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    • Reply Camie Juan 2 May 2015 at 11:48 pm

      I hope you get to really travel by the end of the year! It’ll be so good! ❤️

  • Reply Mikyu Maglasang 2 May 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I agree with the things you listed, Camie! I have tried traveling solo in the Philippines (Iloilo) and outside the PH (Singapore), and I’ve never felt more free! Also, traveling solo will allow you to focus more on your surroundings and what’s happening, compared to when you have company — all you would do is probably talk and not take in much of what’s happening around. :))

    • Reply Camie Juan 2 May 2015 at 11:47 pm

      Your last point, that’s so true! I noticed that too. I people watched, especially with locals. It was fun!! :)

  • Reply Samantha Denise 2 May 2015 at 1:12 pm

    Ah, travelling alone. Thank you for these tips, Camie. Travelling alone is good for soul-search and meditation too!! Just the feeling of independence and exploring places all by yourself is really empowering!! <3

    • Reply Camie Juan 2 May 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Exactly ❤️

  • Reply bitsofjoyce 2 May 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Super agree with all this! I always wanted to go solo travel. The feeling on uncertainty is just awesome. Plus you’ll be able to concentrate on yourself, to know yourself more

    – Joyce / http://www.bitsofjoyce.com/

    • Reply Camie Juan 2 May 2015 at 11:46 pm

      Yeah :) for sure you’ll always learn something new!

  • Reply Hazel Praise 2 May 2015 at 4:00 pm

    Hi ate Camie! You are such an inspiration to me. I just started a blog of my own because of so many inspirations and you are one of the people who inspired me to join the world of ‘blogging’. I was motivated to pursue my dream to become a professional blogger someday because of your blog posts. I’m hoping to see you in person in the future! Keep on inspiring more people ate Camie! x

    • Reply Camie Juan 2 May 2015 at 11:45 pm

      Thanks Hazel :) keep blogging and I wish you success with it :)

  • Reply CorinthCorinth 2 May 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Gosh Camie, this post is too good and so true! I was thinking of writing up a similar post to this one. I just agree with everything you wrote down here. And I feel like we’re alike in so many ways! Haha. I’m really excited for your future travels!

  • Reply Shannon 2 May 2015 at 10:24 pm

    I sort of disagree lol (sorry to be a bummer). I think everyone should definitely try traveling by themselves at least once in their life, but I don’t personally enjoy it. I’m so used to traveling with my family that I just constantly miss them and wish that they could be there seeing what I’m seeing. Its depressing haha. Oh well at least I’ve tried it and know its not for me :) And I definitely did learn a lot about myself so that is always a bonus ;)

    • Reply Camie Juan 2 May 2015 at 11:44 pm

      That’s fine, it’s definitely not for everyone! I think my point was just to say everyone should try it at least once because you really come out of it learning a lot about yourself :)

  • Reply Jia Achacruz 4 May 2015 at 7:05 am

    I’m on a crisis between wanting to travel with my best friend and travelling alone. I guess I should try both!

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  • Reply Justineine 4 May 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Traveling alone so many times has made me realize the most important thing: it’s so much better to travel with other people. :)

  • Reply Ronith Dela Cruz 4 May 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Oh how I love this post for I do it all the time (traveling alone, I mean) and I cannot agree more. My favorite though is meeting new people and knowing parts of their stories. You’ll be surprised. It can be really costly though. But the fulfillment you’ll feel after every trip is really priceless!

    • Reply Camie Juan 4 May 2015 at 8:19 pm

      I agree :) as for the costly part, that’s the only down side but if you know where to stay or have strategies then the costs shouldn’t be more than when traveling with another person! Accommodations I think would rack up the most cash BUT nowadays we have couchsurfing, or simply staying in a big hostel dorm which is about 1,500/night depending where you are! :)

  • Reply Daria 4 May 2015 at 9:15 pm

    I have never solo travelled properly. The most I have done is getting flights and trains by myself to and back from England/Italy/Other countries to visit my friends. But I’d love to try. One of my friends is couch surfing in Russia this August and I’m so jealous! :) x

    • Reply Camie Juan 4 May 2015 at 9:17 pm

      You should try it!! Since you already live in Europe, take full advantage! :) even just for a weekend :)

  • Reply Cara 5 May 2015 at 7:09 am

    Agree with this in all of its entirety! I’ve always sought comfort through solitude, but never have I dreamed that I could go to another country and walk through its streets – alone. It was fearful, at first, but after that I’ve come in terms with the fact that it’s the good kind of fear. Traveling alone has helped me be at peace with myself and my thoughts, while being immersed in the unfamiliar territory of another country. I think it also helps you meet new friends a lot (which was my experience through staying at hostels) and go places a lot easier. Every time I go back home after a solo trip, I always feel that I’m a better person with a happier disposition lol.

    Also, *waves flag around*, FREEDOM! It’s the best feeling.

  • Reply Chester 7 May 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks for being a constant reminder Camie. Sometimes the wanderlust bug in me hibernates but it only takes a single post to liven it up again. <3

  • Reply Jomil Adrielle 7 May 2015 at 10:39 pm

    I love this! I traveled alone to Baguio last year and it’s actually exciting! Especially that I am my own boss. Lol. It’s really fun! Oooh and i have a blog series called 7 reasons why!! You might want to check it out heehee

  • Reply patriagarcia 15 May 2015 at 9:27 pm

    Ate Camie, hope you can give us tips on traveling x photography. You know, just being able to take gorgeous photos without ruining/lessening your precious moments in a certain place or travel :)

  • Reply Christine Alba 28 August 2015 at 2:21 pm

    Such an inspiration! I’m planning to travel alone to Penang, Malaysia next year. Reading this definitely added more courage for me to fly solo and discover other places by myself. Thanks Camie! :)

  • Reply Seph 2 October 2015 at 11:58 am

    I travelled to Hongkong all alone and it was my first trip overseas in a place which almost does not speak english. It was so scary just thinking about it but when I’m finally there it was not that scary at all. All the top ten mentioned here were so accurate. I feel freedom! I’m not attached to anything, I can do whatever I want at my own pace. There was a part of my day when I just sat down on a bench and let myself being consumed with feeling of peace, there I had self reflections and met myself again.

    It was really a nice experience having a solo trip. I would recommend to others to try this.

    Thanks for this!

  • Reply belle 4 February 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Have flown for more than 200 times to all my travel journeys and 70% of it were Solo Traveling! Indeed, everything you shared here were true! Keep it up!

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