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15 Reasons for Solo Travel

15 Reasons to Travel Alone

If you ask me, I think every man and woman should travel alone at least once in their life. Being a female solo travel blogger of over seven years, I attribute much of my confidence, life and personality transformation to traveling solo.  It’s made a monumental difference in my life!  While it would be easy for me to list all my reasons, I thought it would be more interesting to hear from some of you, who follow my GRRRLTRAVELER website.

A couple of months ago, I put the question out to my solo travel followers on Facebook.  I asked you what were your top reasons for traveling alone.  I got a lot of great answers.   Narrowing it down was hard, but it eventually hinged upon what I could perform.

This is what you said…

15 Reasons for Solo Travel

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15 Reasons for Solo Travel

 

Independence

“You get to stand on your own two feet, make your own decisions and find out whether you like your own company or not.”  – Sarahonthe808 Photos Blog Travels

Embracing the Unknown

“The unknown is a very scary place, but once you start traveling solo, you realize it opens up a whole new world of possibilities.  Many things can go wrong when you’re traveling. By tackling it on your own, you learn to harness it. You begin to see it as a positive advantage., not only in your travels but in your life! You become more comfortable winging situations and more flexible to change.  ”  – Anonymous  

Changes Perspectives on Life and Self

“It’s all about perspective.  ”   Anonymous  

Life affirming

“Because its life affirming to discover that you can reach out of your comfort zone all alone and survive it Not to mention Quite possibly have the time of your life…  It’s a beautiful thing!  ”   – Tracy Aaron

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Self Trust 

 ” You’ll have so much more faith in yourself…  ”   – Winged Turtle

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Adventure

“Travelling solo is were YOUR journey begins. As you start your journey, you quickly learn you are not alone. Happy travels, the biggest educator.  ”  —  Hoof Ingit

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Passion  | Carpe Diem

“Because you only live once, it’s an unique experience.  ”  – Carmen Yang

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Experience poetry

“It opens your eyes and your soul to things you would never experience when you’re with someone you know.” – Cary Michio Inayoshi

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Develops Character 

“Opens you up to the character you didn’t know you had.  ”  Badre Cogan

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Self discovery  

 “Well I always think that travelling solo will gives you much freedom ….but its more than that.It lets you know more bout yourself and your capabilities as an independent traveller.Furthermore if you are a frequent solo traveller,you will distinguish between what you need and what you want in your life hence a simple and happy life.  ”   – Nathaniel Ong

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Capability

“To prove to yourself that you CAN.   It’s the best thing I’ve ever done for myself.”    – Kelly Klobucher

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Confidence

“I travel alone because I can.”  –  EdesYeung

Self reliance

” To test your self-reliance. to truly experience things for yourself without having to worry about someone else. It is really hard to travel with someone once you get used to travelling solo..you simply can’t do what you want unless that person has a very similar mind.”     – Alexandra Meriç 

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No regrets

“I would definitely travel with someone else. I just don’t want to be near the end of my life and tell people I never did something cause I couldn’t find someone to go with.  ”  –  Tristan Rodeback

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Connecting  with your Environment 

“I don’t have time for “maybe” answers from friends when I ask them to travel with me. If you have to think about it, then the answer is already no. Traveling alone have been a wonderful experience because it has made it easy for locals to approach me and start a conversation. ”    – Kahi Constance

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Others which almost made it into my video

“Not having anyone to care about what anybody wants to do/can’t afford/can afford… I can focus on having the best experience possible.   ”  – Jennifer Phillips

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” When your faith in the good nature of humanity is restored. And you meet so many “gentlemen” too, who will assist you.”    – Diva Muni

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“I’ve got places to see … “   –Kari Mendoza

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For more solo travel tips, check out some of my other solo travel videos and posts. Let me know what you think~ why do you think everyone should travel alone once in their life?

28 Comments

  1. Drea Andrews says:

    Funny! I’m reading this while chilling in a Starbucks in Seoul and its reminding me why I came here solo. I normally travel to places where I have someone to show me around. Here it’s just me and yes, I’m learning a bout more about myself as I knew it would be a bit of soul searching trip. I think the biggest lesson is to give myself permission to just sit and hang out. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. Jane Lee says:

    Hi Christine, I just came back from a solo backpacking trip in Nicaragua and wanted to thank you immensely for your blog entries about solo travel. I was terrified of going alone at first but once I “settled in” to each town I went to and got more comfortable being alone, I found I loooved travelling alone. I had a rewarding and unforgettable trip and your writing definitely helped reassure me when I doubted myself. Now I can’t wait to travel alone again! Thanks and safe travels!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @Jane Lee: Awww. You just made my work worthwhile! Congrats on your first solo and Nicaragua too! You’re not alone in the fear dept. To experience a foreign place alone is terrifying to many. I’m not sure if you noticed but the moment you touch down, it’s all just do-do-do and everything is more ‘actionable’ and problem solving. FEar doesn’t quite enter the picture in the immensity that we all imagine. I hope you recognized your kickass moments too! It can open doors in who you are and your confidence. =D xo

      • Jane Lee says:

        You are 100% right. Once I arrived, the fear wasn’t what I imagined it to be. I admit the first 2 days were tough in terms of making new friends but I eventually adapted to being alone when I wanted to and accepted that sometimes other travellers are comfortable in their own “groups” and not everyone is as friendly as you want them to be which is totally fine. The fear of safety was another thing but being street smart and trusting your gut is very important. I learned to become more aware of my surroundings. Thanks again for your help 🙂

  3. Lisa says:

    I love to travel with my partners for every trip! But the video you have shared is really nice! I hope I have the chance in visiting so many places like you do! Thanks for sharing this great info with us here

  4. Brock says:

    Yesss. Agreed. I haven’t ventured out, yet, but will soon. I couldn’t agree more with your reasons. No regrets is a big one for me, that’s for sure.

  5. David says:

    As fun as it is to travel with others, traveling solo allows you to soak in a place without distraction … that’s why I love this form of travel better!

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      @David: So TRUE! Solo travel helps you have an unfiltered experience of a place.

  6. You said it EXACTLY like I would have! 😀

  7. I LOVE traveling by myself…it gives me the freedom to make my own decisions, and change my mind at any time. I also love to stay in hostels, and I have friends in Vietnam that I can stay with, and don’t have to worry about some traveling with me and complaining about sleeping on the floor, or taking a shower out of a bucket. I loved your video on solo traveling!

  8. Love this video, Christine. There is nothing better than traveling solo, in my opinion! All of these reasons for doing it are pretty much spot on. I was going to try to pick one that really stood out for me, but there are too many that I can relate to…I guess if I had to pick JUST ONE, it would be “adventure” because I LOVE a good adventure!

  9. Ben Ingham says:

    I stumbled across your website tonight researching Vietnam. I found it a veritable font of knowledge! I was excited about solo traveling to Vietnam, but now I’m even more stoked.

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      I’m glad you found it helpful @Ben! Glad you found me on YouTube too!

  10. David Yorke says:

    You do what you want when you want, see what you want to see and eat what you want to eat. No compromising, no reason to withhold your ambitions…..bliss

  11. Diva Muni says:

    Oh!! My comment is in there! 😀 So happy.
    Just wondering if you can edit my name please ? 🙂 You amazing lady you. ( Diva)

    • Christine Kaaloa says:

      Sorry about that Diva! I thought I cut and pasted that part. Your comment almost made it into the video, but I couldn’t find a way to perform it. It was wonderful insight and true though!

      • Diva Muni says:

        Oh! 😀 Now am even more happier. Yes, you’d need some assistance to act that one out.
        Thanks for such a fast edit, kudos to you for juggling all this so well. (I wonder if you’ve travelled to Australia yet?)

  12. Megan Indoe says:

    I’m not a solo traveler, but I liked how you shot the video. I found it to be more engaging and interesting when you were moving from place to place.

  13. Love the vdo…peace of mind. noone you have to worry about but YOU

  14. Great post, Christine. The video exemplifies the 15 reasons to travel solo beautifully!

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