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Travelling solo, the stigma?

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1. Posted by cardb9 (Budding Member 46 posts) 11y

I am planning to travell solo next and probably do a route around the World. but wheni told people they were all like thats 'dangerous', 'scary', 'complicated' and lonely.

The last one really shocked me i didnt even think about being lonely as i assumed id meet people along the way?

Anyone have any views on this?

2. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Carwyn (what a cool name you have! :) )

My opinion, at the moment, is that travelling solo is preferable in lots of ways to going with a bunch of people you already know. I have travelled on my own in Italy and also once in the U.S and both times, I really enjoyed the experience. I can't give an opinion on travelling solo in the long-term, but this January I'm leaving Ireland on a RTW trip which should last 12-18 months, and I'm going solo.

I have all the usual doubts about loneliness, hassle, vulnerability but every time I weigh up the pros and cons (as I perceive them) there are infinitely more pros to the solo experience.

This topic has been discussed so many times before here, and one of the points that kept rearing its head was the people are always ready to point out the negatives when you tell them about something like this, primarily because it involves a bit of the Green Eyed Monster

The way I feel about it, you can be just as lonely, vulnerable or in danger right at home where you are surrounded by people you know and all your supposed safety nets. If travelling solo is that miserable, we can always turn around and come home, right? :)

Any savvy traveller will tell you that, apart from occasional days where you dont meet anyone, you are never really alone on the road. There's always someone to talk to in a hostel or bar, and being alone forces you to come out of your shell and be bold about approaching new people.

Just think about all the friends out there that you havent met yet? WHo might be part of your life in 6 months or a year's time?

Of course there are practicalities to think of, and its good to have a level head and think about the what-ifs, but just think about how exciting it all is too! :)

3. Posted by cardb9 (Budding Member 46 posts) 11y


It doesnt bother me travelling solo in fact i think thats part of the trip and the reason for going.

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

So, where are you off to next? :)

5. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 11y

Quoting cardb9


It doesnt bother me travelling solo in fact i think thats part of the trip and the reason for going.

Agreed. I plan on travelling RTW solo. Its the only way to go.

6. Posted by Adrock (Budding Member 55 posts) 11y

Traveling solo is the only way to go and you will meet tons of people on your travels so no worries.

7. Posted by SeeTheSky (Respected Member 558 posts) 11y

really, its the best way to get to know yourself better than you think. its really amazing becuase its all up to you. so go for it and see just what your capable of!

8. Posted by Pati (Full Member 120 posts) 11y

Always, the first solo trip is the most difficult, after that it's a piece of cake, i find going alone exciting besides is a great way to go, I converse more and have more direct interaction with local people at my destination. And the best part, my schedule is my own and not adjusted to accommodate someone else's plan.

9. Posted by evakan (Full Member 188 posts) 11y

Quoting ppatti

Always, the first solo trip is the most difficult,

I hope it's not too difficult. I have never travelled for any extended period of time, and the first time I am going to do so will be my RTW trip which I am planning to begin in late 06' or early 07'. I will be travelling alone and can't wait!

10. Posted by B1121 (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y

I didn't think the first solo trip was the most difficult. What was difficult was the decision and to find the guts to go solo the first time. It's always difficult to step out of your comfort zone, and always worth it...Once you're on the road you will love it.

After that first trip I decided that solo is the only way. You can do what you want, when you want, and if you want some company for part of the trip you will find that. But if you've had enough it's easy to go separate ways again.

The biggest benefit in my eyes is that you will interact a lot more with other travellers and with locals if you are on your own, than if you weren't. And for me that has always been the most important aspect of travelling...

I've travelled Europe, Asia, Australia and South Africa on my own. I'm female, I had no problems anywhere, and I loved every minute of it.

Hope you go it alone, and enjoy it as much as I did!