Solo Travel: Why women should travel alone at least once

 By Somali K Chakrabarti

 

It’s been an exceptionally long break of about two weeks from blogging for me. Just in case you are wondering where I had disappeared, here I am back before the year end, scribbling down my thoughts. Resuming after a break sometimes becomes a bit challenging, but then I remembered the advice that I often dish out to others about blogging regularly, and pushed myself out of my self imposed hiatus.

With the year coming to an end, my stream of ideas was somehow drying up. I was also yearning for a change and wanted to break away from my routine. But, with a new member in our house– a cat named Po, a family vacation is not feasible. Po happens to be an overtly sensitive creature, who is a source of constant amusement to us but he needs to see known faces around him and he cannot be left alone overnight.

CuteCat

 

Luckily, my wish was fulfilled when I had to travel to Jaipur for a meeting. Packing my bags, I set off to Jaipur.  While earlier, I have traveled alone on work to many places, I would never go alone on a vacation or for sightseeing. Since the idea of going around alone to see different places never enthused me, I would always manage to catch hold of a colleague or a friend to accompany me to see the sights of interest. At times, I would even arrange for my family to join me during holidays for visiting the attractions in different places.

But, this time it was different. I was keen to explore the Pink City all alone, get a feel of its lifestyle, culture and garner some creative inspiration, on my own. Entrusting Po to the care of my daughter, who is home on a vacation, I extended my stay to three days.

I checked out the blog Jaipur Thru My Lens !!, called up a friend who hails from Jaipur and chalked an itinerary for myself. I have shared my experiences in Jaipur in the post Jaipur: My first impressions. In this post, I share how I felt travelling alone and why I think women should experience solo travel, well at least once.

Why women should travel solo

Solo travel mandates that a person is always conscious while travelling

While the established norm is to travel with family or in a group, travelling alone requires that we are completely in charge of ourselves and are always in an aware frame of mind. This is totally in contrast to how I do when I travel with my husband or have company to bank on. I habitually tend to depend on my husband to take care of cash, ticket bookings for travel or even for managing time. When alone, I had to be prudent and mentally prepared to deal with unexpected situations –due to changes in weather conditions, people or situations. Safety was always of prime concern. The driver who ferried me to the hotel offered to drive me to Chokhi Dhani, a place for Rajasthani Village Fair & Dining, which is open in the evening till night, but I consciously avoided being out alone at night and chose to return back to the hotel before dark.

selfie

Solo travel provides expression of individuality and creative inspiration

When we go to a place for first time we perceive it in a unique way. These perceptions normalize over a period of time when we continue to stay there. While travelling solo, one can consciously grasp these perceptions without distractions. One can do or move as one likes, be unencumbered and spend as much time at a place as she wishes. So, here I was wandering around, soaking in the feel of the city, walking through the bazaar in the old city and visiting forts and museums at leisure and will, something which is not possible with a group. Solo travel is just the perfect trigger for those seeking creative inspiration.

Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.  ~Edward de Bono

 

Solo travel teaches people to enjoy their own company

We generally tend to seek happiness in the company of others, be it our family or friends. This particular travel taught me to be happy and contended in my own company, and enjoy the experience of each moment. Though sometimes, I would get an occasional odd glance, I was determined to be in a cheerful frame of mind throughout the journey. It was yet another attempt of moving out of my comfort zone and appreciating different things that life has to offer. In the evenings, I enjoyed the folk dance and music performance in the hotel.

The best part of the trip was that one of my college friends so liked the idea of a solo travel that she took a leave and came all the way from Jodhpur to spend a day with me, without my asking her to do so. We had a awesome time catching up after years, and together we visited the Amer fort. She took the train back to Jodhpur in the evening. That was such a wonderful surprise at the end of the year!

At the end of it I must say that travelling solo made me feel much more confident.

Though one may prefer company for travel but now I know that solo travel is one of those things that at women should do at least once.

The pictures of the trip can be found on https://www.instagram.com/schakrabarti1/

Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.” ― Roman Payne

 

 

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Readers Comments (200)

  1. Hi Somali! Welcome back after your break. Your trip to Jaipur has certainly made you think and I agree with everything you say. When I was much younger I was happy to travel on my own but these days I too tend to rely on my husband. I don’t think I would travel as far as Jaipur (not from the UK, anyway) but I am content to travel to places I have never been – or only once – in the UK. My daughter has moved away from London, so when I visit her in the new year, she will be working much of the time, so I will have to explore her new town on my own. Thank you for this encouraging blog!

    • Thank you very much Kim. That’s the spirit! You have a new place to explore now when you visit your daughter. I think with the cat at home, I may need to make some solo trips now in the near future. 🙂

  2. Wow…….congrats on doing something different and something that made you more proud of and confident about oneself…..Travelling solo for a woman is something definitely daunting, especially in our own country….But you managed well…..The snippets of wisdom that are part of this post will help the women readers if they wish to take a solo trip….I have never thought of it myself…..But maybe when the kids grow up, I will……:)….And welcome back to blogging….Did Jaipur inspire you to write poetry?

    • Thank you Sunaina. Yes, travelling alone is more daunting in our own country. but thankfully now with Uber and Google map it is much more manageable. I was captivated by Jaipur. Somehow, poetry didn’t flow naturally. Maybe because I was alert , and assimilating the experiences , the left brain (logical side) was dominant all over, and the right side subdued. 🙂

  3. Seems like we had pretty similar experiences Somali! 🙂 Cheers to the traveller within.! 😀

  4. Hey Somali, congrats on your solo travel. I’ve always wanted to do it but never gave it a serious thought so far. But reading your blog has inspired me to think about it. Thanks for sharing your experience!
    Wishing you a happy new year with many more great experiences 😊

  5. Solo travel gives you freedom.

  6. Somali, this is a super blog on solo travel!! I completely agree with you and I did a few solo trips, one being to India this past January. Solo travel definitely increases self-confidence and every woman should try this so she can listen to her intuition more, learn how to depend on herself and even get to know herself more. I wrote a blog on this too if you ever want to check it out. I also follow Jaipur Through My Lens and it’s a beautiful blog written by such a nice person. I hope you loved the city, it looks amazing there. You too look amazing in your pic. Good for you Somali for traveling solo! <3

  7. Is your cat’s name inspired by the Panda from Kung Fu Panda?
    And I thought these reasons are equally applicable to both genders!
    A Good Write Up !
    Welcome back and have a Happy and Prosperous New Year 2017 ahead!!

  8. Looks like henceforth I also need to holiday solo as I am in a similar predicament, have adopted two puppies during the hexa event and now playing mother to them!!!
    The selfie is smashing and reflects on the spirit of travelling alone:)
    Season’s greetings and reminisce the year that was and wishes to enjoy the year ahead Somali.

  9. Hi Somali,

    Welcome back! I missed you! Po is so cute and reminds me of my daughter’s cat who doesn’t bother if you are sitting around but gets very upset the moment he finds the home all to himself! In the morning when everyone leaves for work and if he knows we are around, he would come and sit in front of our room, waiting for the door to open and see us. Once reassured he would go to his favorite place to snooze all day!

    Solo travel!! I have never done it but besides being liberating, it can be very challenging…very brave indeed! Last time my sister travelled alone to meet us and her flight got delayed, then re-routed and she had to wait almost 24 hours all alone at London airport. She has travelled alone many times but this was a harrowing experience!

    Jaipur is a beautiful city and I am sure you must have enjoyed your stay…looking forward to all the stories! Chokhi Dhani is an experience in itself but I agree it was not good going there alone.
    Wishing you a wonderful New Year dear friend. 🙂

    • Hi Balroop, Lovely to hear from you and to know about your daughter’s cat. Cats appear to be aloof creatures, but they are just as attached as dogs are, and are very communicative too. They just communicate differently than dogs.
      I agree that solo travel can be challenging . I had a very discomforting experience during an official tour, when I was stuck up in Chicago for a night. My luggage had gone ahead to Memphis. I had no clue what to do. Luckily the airlines booked me in a nearby hotel and had arranged for transport. When I reached Memphis next day, I found my luggage waiting for me at the airport and heaved a sigh of relief. Due to such hassles somehow I did not enjoy my official tours much particularly when I was travelling alone. This time, though I did enjoy the trip to Jaipur.
      Btw, a Chokhi Dhani has been set up in Mumbai as well.
      Thank you for your kind wishes. Wish you too a wonderful New Year ahead. Love & warm regards. Somali

  10. I totally agree. One has not traveled until one has traveled solo. As a male, I enjoy it thoroughly and I think women would equally experience much from it.

    I enjoy your blog, have a wonderful New Year… JC

    • Hi JC , Thank you for stopping by and for your wishes and kind words. I agree that travelling alone can be a good experience for both men and women, just that we women tend to hold back when it comes to travelling alone. I wish you too a happy and wonderful New Year ahead, Regards, Somali

  11. bhudeb chakrabarti December 29, 2016 @ 10:47 am

    Enjoyed reading your experiences as a solo woman traveller.Solo travel gives you great freedom and provides you the opportunity to expand your imagination and broaden your craetivity.Congrats.

  12. Thank you very much for reading and for sharing your valuable thoughts.

  13. Wow, Somali, this is such a great post! I love how you enjoyed travelling solo and learnt new things. I have never travelled by myself before but after reading Jennifer’s India visit and yours to Jaipur, I’d love to think about it in the future 😀 Sounds unique. I hope you had a wonderful year and I wish you a blessed New Year 2017 🙂
    P.S. Po is a cutie pie
    P.P.S. You are very beautiful in the photo snap 🙂
    Stay blessed.

    • Thank you Deepika. Travel by yourself only when you strongly feel like doing so. Po and his antics are cute and his presence gave me the trigger for my solo travel. Thanks for your compliment and many warm wishes for the New Year. 😊

      • Yes, Somali, we should take these trips only when we are confident about ourselves 🙂 It’s great Po inspired you so, he’s wonderful! You’re most welcome and I hope you had a lovely New Year celebration 🙂

  14. Since coming to uk I have discovered the travel solo idea.. back home it was lways oh let’s get together and go together.. I don’t remember any trips I made solo..it was always with a gang of friends

    But now in UK with everyone so far away I slowly started to learn the fun of going solo.. you are right makes one confident and also I have experienced lots of more fun going solo..

    Happy new year to you and everyone around you…. and Po looks cute…

    Is that you in the second pic…

    • Thank you Bikramjit. Here in India, for an Indian women to roam alone for exploring a place sounds somewhat odd, more so in the north. As you have said it is mostly like let’s go together, but when one is mentally prepared to go solo, it can be quite enjoyable.
      Yes that’s me in the second pic. Ever since Po came I have become a big time fan of his and of animals in general. 😺
      Wish you and your dear ones a very happy New year 2017.

  15. Such a brilliant post on traveling solo, Somali. Good on you for stepping out of your comfort zone and seeing the sights with your own company. I like traveling solo and going to places on my own – as you said, we can do what we like and see what we like, and there is a sense of empowerment being able to plan your trip and having a sense of awareness of where you are and what to do.

    So far my solo adventures have been good and I’ve not run into trouble. But I do take a lot of time to plan ahead and plan for different scenarios. For example, I will look up different routes of transportation, the people, has the place been in the news lately for wrong reasons and of course, I keep checking the weather.

    Your cat Po looks so cute! He looks very intelligent, and probably is trying to figure out how karma works 😀

    • Thank you Mabel. Happy to know that you are comfortable travelling solo and find it empowering. The observation that you have shared about planning well and checking if the place has been in news for wrong reasons is one that needs to be given due thought.
      Po and his philosophical quests often baffle me. 🙂 Wishing you a very Happy New Year 2017 ahead.

  16. Glad you enjoyed it, Somali, Lovely place, Jaipur, and you couldn’t do better than have Arv as a guide!

  17. I agree. While travelling with friends, and family can be fun, solo travel teaches us to enjoy our own company.

  18. Somali, it’s good to see your detailed post on Solo Travel. I have traveled in every possible combination. It’s true that with solo travel, you are on your own. You don’t have to be bothered with the preferences of the traveling partner or the group.
    Given how our society functions, it’s sometimes difficult to explain to everyone why we choose solo travel. I feel solo travel is liberating…mentally that is!
    And before I forget, thanks for the mention. I hope you enjoyed your solo travel to Jaipur with the perfect weather, we have right now.
    🙂

  19. Travelling on your own means that you don’t have to rush the art galleries!

  20. Thoroughly enjoyed your post and yes we all need some lone and solo time be it travel or anything else

  21. I always prefer travel solo for the very same reasons you have stated. But, unfortunately, I have travelled just to a few places solo. It becomes difficult when you have a family with kids. Travelling solo means you can roam around independently and can spend time according to your wish. Of course, safety is a concern, but that can be managed.

    I loved how you stated your experience of being in Jaipur 🙂 Arv’s blog and his guidance must have been of great help. The selfie is too good…looking beautiful and contented… 🙂

    P.S Po seems to be a wise cat… 😀 😀

    • Thank you Maniparna. Agree it is difficult when you have a family and kids, and people like me tend to aviod unless I have a strong reason like Po to make me want to travel alone. Arv’s blog was undoubtedly helpful and one of my friend’s was my on – call guide . 🙂 These days not able to focus much on blog, as daughter is there. Will soon catch up on the pending posts.
      May this year turn out to be a wonderful year for you and your loved ones. 🙂

  22. Wonderful post, inspires me to travel solo!

  23. Most of my traveling these days is solo, since my husband works all the time and can be impatient to get back when we do travel together. I believe in your advice as long as the woman doesn’t decide to travel via hitchhiking — much too dangerous.

    I like Po’s taste in literature! You’re quite the adventurer, and it was so wonderful seeing a photo of you, Somali. I see a confident and lovely soul. Happy New Year, my friend. xo

    • Hey Happy New Year Rose ! Lovely to hear from you. I completely endorse your safe and sane advice for women against hitchhiking.
      Looking at Po’s taste in literature and in my laptop, I think that he may soon start blogging. 🙂 xoxo (from Po & me)

  24. Indeed Somali this is wonderful topic for reflection and you have touched so many nuances of solo travelling, it is fascinating to dwell. I know it is easy for boy than a girl to do that solo venture but that is space both wants to enjoy without any gender bias, it is the safety and security that is vital importance while away on a tour.

    Just being yourself in such solo travel makes you feel more empowering and emancipated from the self imposed exile that we unknowingly keep doing, and we keep looking for friends and family to accompany us. Yes, we need to be in a zone of complete control of our frame of mind, we have no dependency factor where we weigh some tasks onto our companion. Though we have take care of everything. Though it demands higher responsibility but we are able to soak each moment, we are able to connect with self and the surrounding with equal vigor, no distraction and no diversion of thoughts with others around us. In our life, we want our own little space, the space to think, the space to talk to ourselves, the space to reflect, the space soul search by putting ourselves in different place and different context, just by going alone we create that opportunity…but not always easy to go for a vacation leaving friends and family, and in official trip we rarely get the time spend and when we do we are either exhausted or have some work to catch up…

    Yes Somali, first time for anything and the place we visit for the first time has its own charm and the unknown factors that makes it tad more exciting and inspiring…till than we carry our imaginations and imagery but soon it becomes a reality and comes along with the reality the facts and feelings undergoes a sea change…perceptions matters and true it gets rationalized.

    By the way Jaipur has always been a beautiful place to explore…
    The quote from Edward De Bono sums it up…
    😀

    • Thank you Nihar, Yes Jaipur is a beautiful city to explore – well planed layout, colourful and buzzing markets, and of course so much of history in the forts and palaces.
      Your words that travelling solo helps us to connect with self and the surrounding with equal vigor is absolutely on the mark. Being in a different context and in a different place helps us to see things in a new light, and being on our own sharpens our reflexes as well. Btw, a couple of years back, I had been to Hyderabad for a day but had returned by the evening without seeing anything as I had not yet understood or appreciated the need to travel solo then. 🙂

      • It’s been long I have gone there, yes Somali I also had the same impression…the planning to the happening markets and the colorful people to the grand forts.
        I keep travelling solo quite a lot as a part of my business requirement, and I have enjoyed the space we get for ourselves outside our family and friend to reflect and soak into that exclusive space meant for us. Yes, it sharpens our reflexes as we have do to everything and there is nobody to depend…

        Hyderabad indeed is another place to explore and enjoy the range from historical places of old Hyderabad to modern structures of Hi-Tech city…and it is also a food paradise other than Hyderabad Briyani of Paradise, it has a variety of eateries in the lanes and by-lanes of the old city, and it is safe a city. Somali, you must come down and explore this city, you will cherish your stay…
        😀

  25. I love the idea of traveling solo, especially as a female as so many people don’t understand it. I travel alone often and have come to really love it. Being with friends is always a good time, but there is something special about traveling alone that you can’t get when you’re surrounded by people that you already know.

    • Thank you Jen. You’ve rightly said that many people don’t understand or appreciate the idea of a female travelling alone. i myself would not have till I tried it out and felt good about doing so. It feels like exploring the place and exploring yourself. 🙂

  26. This is really cool advice!

  27. I have never traveled alone before but I’ve always wanted to. I think it would be very exciting to go somewhere alone and be able to choose what I did and when I did it. That’s why I’m kind of tired of tour groups. You have no freedom to explore anything that isn’t on the itinerary. I have always been in a group or with my husband. I wish I could experience traveling alone at least once but I know my hubby would have something to say about it. Not because he’s controlling or feels the need to be in charge. Quite the opposite. He’s very supportive of me when I act independently and encourages me to be independent and to take charge. He can just get a little protective at times and if I wanted to travel alone it would drive him crazy knowing he would be helpless to save me if I needed saving. For his own sanity, I don’t think I’ll travel alone 🙂 Luckily, he’s super adventurous and spontaneous. I’d probably have more fun with him than I ever would with myself 🙂

    • Hi Megan, It is very interesting to read your story. I can relate very well to it . I too enjoy travelling with my husband, but
      I guess I become too comfortable in knowing that everything will be taken care of. That’s a catch 22 situation – since we have fun travelling with family, we don’t want to travel alone, and even if we do we think our people back home would worry too much for us. We need a trigger to get over this – my cat has been the trigger for me.
      Wish you many enjoyable trips with your hubby, but do try out once whenever you can, maybe somewhere nearby to where you live, and where safety is not much of a concern. 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your thoughts.

  28. Traveling solo is so enriching. You learn so much about yourself. I often have clients that are afraid to travel solo (I’m a travel consultant) though I understand the initial fear, I’m so glad when I’m able to encourage them to spread their wings.

    • Thank you Monica. I loved the way you said that you encourage others to spread their wings. I am sure it would be a wonderful feeling to convince others with self conviction, one that translates to job satisfaction for you as well. 😉

  29. It is wonderful to travel.. And although I have traveled short distances within my own country alone for career reasons.. Travelling further afield on my own I have not done.. I have always had the companionship of my husband or like when I traveled to Sri Lanka in the 90’s with another female work colleague..

    It must have been so nice to have one of your college friends chose to join you for the day.. You were wise though not to travel alone after dark..
    My daughter though has no concerns.. She has traveled to Africa, Peru, Hawaii, and Srl Lanka, All on her ownsome.. She loves it.. And like you says we should not be scared of travelling on our own.. So long as you do not take undue risks in the environments you are travelling within..
    I loved seeing your selfie photo Somali and your new House Cat Po.. as a cat lover who has been owned by many feline members, they are such great company and personalities..

    Thank you so much for your recent visit, and I wish you a wonderful Happy New Year.. May you continue to be so inspired to embrace that freedom of Self..
    Love and Blessings
    Sue <3 xxxx

  30. Please check out my travel piece on Florence on my new blog. https://readbetweenthelines.blog

  31. Really inspired by this post, thankyou! On the way to visit my brother in Japan I spent time alone in Tokyo, and it was strange being alone as I’m used to travelling with my boyfriend all the time. It was exciting, albiet a little scary, being alone and in total control of what you do and where you go. You definately take in your surroundings much more, I would like to do it again when I have the money! It’s a confidence booster.

    • Thank you Em, you are bang on when you say that you are more perceptive to your surroundings when you are alone. Like you have said, at first it can seem to be a little strange, scary, but once you have made up your mind and decided what to do it’s a great confidence booster. Being alone in a country with a different language adds to the degree of difficulty. I am sure your solo travel experience in Japan must have added to your confidence and persona. Thank you once again for stopping by. 🙂

  32. Thank you Sue for your wishes and for sharing your thoughts. I guess the outlook is changing with generations. I have traveled with both male and female work colleagues to UK, different countries in Europe,US and China, and was okay with it on the workdays, but on holidays, I felt miserable being alone and always looked for company (colleagues or known friends), to go out. I think that would not be the case with your daughter, or with many girls of the younger generation who travel on their own.
    Being owned by feline members is such an interesting concept. Yes, you can’t own them or decide what you want them to do. It’s always the other way round. 🙂 Love and Regards,

  33. I agree. I mostly travel solo 🙂 It´s just giving deeper experience of culture and meeting more locals 🙂

  34. Great article and beautiful photos! Love your blog! 😀 xx

  35. that’s really inspring. Great article well thought. I have a travel photography blog i hope someday i can experience soli travelling.

  36. Loved this article. I am making big changes to my life and one of the areas I am considering is travelling on my own, so will keep your words close. I hope 2017 will be a great year for you.

  37. I believe it!!! Enjoyed the post!!!

  38. Love this, very inspiring!! To be constantly aware and have a plan is really good advice for women. Thank you!

  39. My fiance and I recently moved from NY to London. We always travel together, and are excited to explore Europe more this year, but I always wonder whether I should break out of my comfort zone and book a trip on my own! I think the answer is yes, i should 🙂

    -Reg
    @helloandcheerio

  40. Very inspiring. Thank you!

  41. Nice….agree with you ..Every women must travel alone at least once

  42. Solo travelling is both scary and exciting at the same time. ah reminds me of my time in Paris. i didnt experience the whole of Paris but i felt happy and strong walking around the places i thought id never be able to set foot on. this blog has inspired me to write about it. thank u very much.

  43. Thanks for your article. I have travelled alone many times and totally agree with your points!

  44. This is all so true. I love traveling alone. I can do what I want, when I want, where I want, and I don’t have to worry about conflicting ideas or distractions. Admittedly, I still do get nervous/scared sometimes, but having to face those situations alone is really important.

  45. This is amazing, I am a travel enthusiast and can’t wait to travel alone some day (I’m too young at the moment) have to been to 5 countries including my own, but have all been with strangers and not my family or friends. I like being with people I don’t know because it means I am forced to make at least one friend. Thanks for the read

  46. thereadersaffair January 20, 2017 @ 10:36 am

    I went on a solo trip to Alaska last summer and did some camping on my own, I definitely recommend solo travel! I learned a lot about myself. In the past I’d travelled with friends/family/partners but exploring alone was a very different experience, an empowering one too.

  47. I’m extremely new this blogging stuff, but I just wanted say I really enjoyed this! Solo travel, even if it’s just a day trip here or there, is something that I’ve found really improves my confidence and creativity. Some people are so afraid of it but it really opens you up to new things. Thank you for the read 🙂

  48. love this post! It was really inspiring! x

  49. I agree with all points! I do solo travel so much, though, that I’m almost too skewed on being too conscious and enjoying my own company that I think I would do well to travel with someone more often. 🙂 But for many who have never tried it, this is really empowering!

  50. So empowering! I will definitely try that!

  51. So rightly said Somali 🙂 It gives time for oneself to introspect the goodness in life and we start valuing little things that make us happy 🙂 beautiful post 🙂

  52. Well written Somali. Living alone for over an year, away from family has taught me a lot of these things you mentioned.

  53. Love this post! I am a solo female traveller and wild advise anyone to try it at least once! http://www.threebrits.com

  54. Very nice post! I completely agree with it because I travel and like to do it alone very much! For me it is special time when I can listen to my own feeling, much think, get some inspiration…

  55. Great blog!!

    I’m backpacking Europe for month with my best friend in June https://whitegirltravellingblog.wordpress.com

  56. Love this post <3 So encouraging to see so many solo female travelers empowering one another.

  57. love this post!! its very true it helps you find yourself and shape yourself

  58. This is a great post,,,

  59. I travelled from Australia to England by myself when I was 20 and then, a few months later, moved permanently to London on my own. It’s one of the most liberating experiences and I’m so glad I did it myself and on my own terms rather than with another.

  60. Loved your post! I have learned so much about myself after traveling alone. Never not for work though!

  61. This was such a great and interesting topic! Thanks for writing it!

  62. This post is so important! I am actually traveling on my own right now and it was one of the best decisions!

  63. Great post, I’m going to give this a try!

  64. Somali, I am so happy you had this experience, its a wonderful thing. I started traveling on my own when i was 19yrs. I did this because i felt instead of going to collage, I wanted the world instead. I went to so many places and countries, just wondering around. I loved saving up for a new adventure, while my sisters or friends saved up for a new outfit. They all thought me crazy and living dangerously. Now thinking back it was, all before cell phones and internet. In my late 30’s i stared wishing i had someone to travel with and share in my experiences. Now in my 40’s I got married and my husband love to travel as well…………..BUT……. I do miss the feeling of standing alone on the earth when I traveled. And it’s true when you travel with others, there is always other programs to follow, and now in this day and age it’s safer as a woman. This past August I met a woman from Australia traveling alone in Sicily, and she too always traveled alone but now she finds she has to dress with clothing too big and look a little disheveled, to not attract unwanted attention. My husband and I ran into her a few times on that vacation in different cities, on the island of Sicily, since we had a camper. We were also lucky to have been graced with her company in our home as she moved her way up the boot of Italy. But I is truly another experience for a woman to travel alone and after a certain age, when we know of the dangers of the world. In comparison to when I was young without a care in the world.
    Issa

    • Hello Issa, Thank you for writing. I am fascinated by the account of your solo travel, considering that you started travelling alone when there was no internet and no cell phones. I, too am in my forties and know that I could not have ventured out alone in those days. Guess I was too much of a home buddy. My work took me to different countries, and I had to travel alone, but I always had this fixed idea of finishing up my work and head back home as soon as I could. It is the first time I completely enjoyed my solitude for a few days.
      It is interesting to know about the Australian lady travelling alone in Sicily. I feel that when you travel alone, you start relating to the world in a different way. On one hand it empowers you, makes you confident, on the other hand it also humbles you.
      Thank you once again for sharing your experience and for initiating such an engaging discussion. Have a lovely day.
      Somali

  65. I’ve been contemplating the idea of travelling alone for such a long time but am always hesitant. Definitely a great blog! I have my own travel/beauty/ fashion blog that I have started https://petiteperspectives.com/ and this will definitely be great for it!

    • Hello Sujata, I agree it does take quite some effort to break away the hesitation of travelling alone to a different place. Thank you so much for stopping by. Your blog does look stylish and trendy. Best wishes. 🙂

  66. Very insightful post – really enjoyed reading it! Po is such a little cutie, you’re very lucky to have him in the house. Love your blog! Keep it up xx

  67. I’d love to visit India and I’m still considering traveling solo. Great post! I also keep a blog and love to know what you think! https://wordpress.com/posts/girlwhotravelscom.wordpress.com

    • Thank you very much, Kelly. You must visit India some day to get a feel of the vast diversity of the country. I had a look at your blog and enjoyed reading the post on “Reverse cultural shock”. An unusual but very relevant topic. 🙂 Keep up the good work.

  68. This is beautiful. I’ve written a similar piece on my own blog but it’s fascinating to hear other people’s reasons for travelling.

    • Thank you very much, Bryony for reading and for sharing your thoughts. I wondered what your reason’s for solo travelling are, but I couldn’t find the link to your blog. 🙁

  69. It all arouses the zeal in me to step out to the world all alone! And grab the fun too

  70. I cannot agree with you more! Solo travel is such a beautiful thing and I wish women would be less afraid of it!

  71. Yes,This post is one of the best post.

  72. Really great post! It was so inspiring, I love traveling alone and not many women can say they like to do that. Keep it up I’ll be sure to watch for more post 😆

  73. My contribution may have limited relevance because I am a man but here goes: I often travel alone and find that if your alone you people will engage you in conversation. I suppose if your travelling with a companion, a stranger might not want to intrude, but when your alone that barrier is removed. In this way I have been lucky enough to have very interesting conversations and meet new people.

    • Thank you, Motorcycle Rambler for stopping by and sharing your views. Please let me assure you that your views are not of limited relevance as the diversity of views always open up a new perspective. Furthermore, your observation that the possibility of having interesting conversations is more when you are travelling alone is absolutely on the mark. Hope you have had some great rides on your V-Strom. 🙂

  74. I traveled solo when I was younger and sometimes I really miss it! I’ve got a toddler now so it’s great to bring him along, but I’m so glad I went solo while I was still able to!

    https://letsgolittleone.com/

    • Hello, Laura, We have to adapt ourselves as per the changing situations, and you seem to have found out a good way to take your baby along. 🙂 Thanks for telling us about ‘glamping’in your post.

  75. I am travelling solo for the first time this year and there’s no feeling quite as liberating. Found this extremely inspirational, thank you.

    https://livewithlottie.wordpress.com/

    • Thank you, Lottie. Went through your blog post and am impressed with how you are living in Spain and managing all your chores by yourself. Keep it up dear.

      • Thank you for taking you time to do that! I find that writing about it helps to motivate me and keep me plodding on, I will hopefully get better with time. Thank you for the support and keep inspiring us! :)x

  76. it does teach you a few things totally agree about enjoying your own company and thus loving yourself first 🙂

  77. Traveling on my own is something that I am really excited about doing in the future.

  78. I agree that travelling alone does make you extremely aware of your surroundings due to being in unfamiliar territory. I also think that the unfamiliarity of your surroundings also helps to make you enjoy your surroundings even more because you are paying attention to everything. Great post!

  79. Wow this really speaks to me. I have always wanted to travel alone but found excuses why I couldn’t. I had always said I’d go traveling once I found friends who want to come with me… 4 years later I still haven’t been to the places I want to see. This year I booked my flight and I’ll be heading to Europe for 4 months by myself. I’m equally scared and excited, but your post just reminded me of how enriching it is to find comfort in your own self when traveling. Thank you!

    • Thank you so much, Kia. Happy to know that the post reminded you that is worthwhile finding comfort in your own self while travelling, I loved reading about how you have taken to yoga and have made it a part of your life, Wishing you a wonderful trip to Europe.

  80. Very nicely put! In fact, the reason behind us (Indians in general be it men or women) not opting to travel solo (unless and until it is very important like an official tour etc.) lies deep down in our upbringing. We are designed to involve our parents, siblings, friends, spouse in everything that we do; and when it comes to travelling we follow the same biological clock. Also, one thing that I noticed about Indian Travelers is that we rarely take a trip to explore that place (however that comes collaterally), the main motive remains spending quality time with our near and dear ones! But yes if someone really wants to explore a place, solo is the way to go:)

    • Hello, you have just nailed the reason why we Indians don’t like to travel solo. Spending fun time with family is always the primary motive and exploring a place is the secondary. It requires a shift in the outlook to realise that solo travel is a different experience altogether, and it can be enjoyable too. 🙂 Many thanks for sharing your views,

  81. progressing point of view, it’s about exploration than just visiting a place. I have recently went on a road trip and it was wonderful. you may like to check it out. http://wp.me/p8p4rd-3g

  82. I loved reading this! If you get a chance, feel free to check out my travel blog 🙂 http://www.heystefanie.com/blog

  83. During my travels I’ve met many brave women travelling alone. It’s a great thing to see when your hear that it can be dangerous. Travelling alone is always a risk but the world isn’t as harsh as it seems on the tv or media

    • Absolutely Ben, There is a risk in travelling alone and that entails a person (particularly a woman) to be mentally alert to avoid any untoward incident while travelling alone, and yes the world is not always as harsh as it appears in the media. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  84. I love travelling on my own! It makes me feel so empowered and successful. It really is something everyone should try. I just wrote about how to book cheap flights, check it maybe ?http://areadingcat.com/2017/02/22/how-i-book-cheap-flights-travel/

  85. Love the article, so well put together and meaningful. The stereotype surrounding how women should travel is way too real.

  86. Cool! I could also definitely recommend to travel alone at least one time. I did this when I was 19 and I made a nice trip to India and Nepal. For me, as a girl from The Netherlands, was a big chance. I made some pretty cool memories <3!

  87. What you said about forcing yourself to be more aware rang very true. I tend to leave the “adult-type” planning to others. When I was alone, I had to be aware of time and where I was going.

  88. sounds like a fun challenge to travel alone, hope to do it one day.

    Great post.

  89. I recently went to Malaysia on my own, and it was truly an empowering experience. Travelling alone really teaches you a lot about how strong and smart you really are.

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