The quote below is one of many that have motivated me and gave me the coverage to travel alone.
I was never going to go, if I had waited for someone to go with me
If you keep up with my blog, then you probably read my last blog post about lessons I learned on my last solo trip.
Before taking the trip, I fantasized a lot about solo traveling. So, when I went to Indonesia and came back in one piece and not completely broke, I was very proud and happy to call myself a solo traveler.
Solo travel is enjoyable, but it’s not meant for everyone. I’ll be honest in saying that it’s not all flowers and sausages either.
I traveled just my camera and a notebook, and these are the “unreal” and the “very real” reasons you probably shouldn’t travel alone.
You don’t like being selfish
Traveling alone is all about you, you and more you.
You don’t like meeting new people #Nofriends
If you took Drake’s famous line “No new friends” to heart, then you should not travel alone because it forces you to socialize with strangers.
You love your comfort zone
The most important part of meeting new people is that it forces you to approach and create conversations with other people. It’s not always easy, especially if you’re an introvert like me. So, for you to make friends, you have to step out of that comfort zone and try to be social.
Me time? What?
Ever met someone who just cannot stand being alone. Like they just hate their own company? Do such people exist? People, who just have to be around other people all the time? Well, if you’re one of these people then you definitely shouldn’t travel alone.
You don’t like making decisions by yourself
What’s more depressing than making every decision by your damn self? Where to stay, what to eat, where to go, it’s just a lot of decision making. Too much for one person, you just have to have a partner to be the co-decision maker. Is this you? Then stay home and travel when you friends or partner feel like it.
It can be pretty damn expensive
No kidding!! Travelling alone can be too damn expensive. You book a hotel, hire a driver, get taxis, food, day trips, everything has to come out of your pocket. It’s always nice to split the price between two or more people, but this can be hard when traveling alone. However, if you do make friends that have similar plans early on, you can still get the benefit of group travel even though you’re technically alone.
This is honestly the hardest part about traveling alone. Selfies are good, but they’re not awesome. You can’t do with just a selfie in every situation, and tripods don’t always work in crowded locations either. It’s also not easy to approach people and ask them to take pictures of you either. I was lucky that I had a driver who was will to take all my pictures while in Bali. Otherwise, this tops the list of things I hate about solo travel.
It can be dangerous
In my previous post, I wrote about the world not being a big scary place and fear being temporary. Traveling alone can be dangerous not only concerning being harmed by other people but also if you get into an accident. You’re traveling alone, meaning you’re nobody’s responsibility but your own; so if something happens to you chances are it might be hard to get hold of your family or your insurance company.
Eating alone is not cool
Eating alone in a crowded restaurant, especially in a honeymoon destination like Bali, is not cool at all. I ate my first two dinners alone because I haven’t mastered the courage to get over my awkwardness and make friends yet. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t mind eating alone in the city that I live in, in fact, I love it but eating alone on vacation is something else. Every time I asked for a table for one, the waiters looked at me weirdly and sort of felt sorry for me. I hated it.
Goodbye is the saddest word you’ll ever hear
You meet people, connect with them, share moments but after all, is said and then you have to say goodbye to them and go back to traveling alone. How weird is it to be sad to say goodbye to people you’ve only known a couple of hours or days? Travelling alone does that to you because sometimes you meet people who despite the fact that they are strangers, totally get you.