Pros and Cons of Solo Travel - My Experience Solo Travelling
Updated: Nov 4, 2018
Coming off 3 weeks solo backpacking the Philippines and a week spent exploring NYC by myself, I feel like I have a pretty good grasp on the ins and outs of solo travelling. Whilst there are some downsides to travelling alone, I honestly think solo travelling is great and believe that you shouldn't let the absence of a travel partner stop you going on the adventure of a lifetime!
The first time I travelled solo was a two week trip to Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand in 2015 when I was 18.
I remember sitting on the plane thinking to myself: 'what hell am am I doing!?". I had never had been to Asia before and not known anyone else my age who had travelled by themselves. But that thought lasted all of two seconds before my excitement for seeing new places and yearn for adventure kicked in.
On this first trip I joined a group tour which was a great way to ease myself into solo travel as I was able to meet other solo travellers and have the security of being with a group the entire time. I had a great time and this time around I didn't hesitate to book four weeks of solo travel for my trip prior to starting my working holiday in Canada. I consider myself a pretty confident traveller - I'm good navigating myself around a country and I enjoy the challenge of exploring a country/place on my own.
If you've ever thought about solo travelling, I say do it! But it's important to be aware of the pros and cons that come with travelling alone:
You open yourself up to meeting new people - often when you travel with a group/partner you can inadvertently limit yourself from meeting new people as you are always guaranteed to have someone to do activities with, eat dinner with etc... I find travelling alone gives you the opportunity to open yourself up more to meeting new people. I was surprised how many solo travellers I met while in the Philippines! Wherever I went I was able to make friends with other backpackers through hostels, tours or at backpacker bars.
Having a Go Pro definitely comes in handy for solo travel photos!