This terrifies so many, the sneaker hikers as well put and society in general. Very few venture outside the exhibited touristy areas. And almost all relentlessly take photos of everything and everyone they see and clog the newsfeeds of your social media with them. Are we supposed to pretend that these people are better than the people who live and work every day? I travelled enough to learn that life and people are no that much different around the world. Maybe I have been in situations where my life was in danger and i dont want to make those stupid decisions again. Maybe I want to save my money for something more fun than staying in a rat and disease infested hotel in a poverty nation.
Maybe I view impulsive decision making as a problem rather than fate. I think that if you are a solo traveller you are more aware that you need a life partner who wants to travel as well.
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In fact, you dont waste time with anyone who cant understand you. Very well written! Why the need to put down and denigrate people who made other choices? Not so black and white, some travelers learn a lot, and some solo travelers mostly want to get wasted with other English speaking travelers at the hostel..
Everyone has a story. We share the world with equals. The privilege, entitlement, and self-righteousness of this piece is frankly disturbing. No one is better than anyone else. If you had truly travelled the world and realized your own humble place as a visitor to these other cultures and societies, not to mention on Earth, you would understand that all individuals are worthy of respect and should be treated thus in both word and deed.
This post is narcissistic and close-minded and ultimately reflects the dangerous side of travel, travel not as a positive way to get to know the world but as a neo-colonial predation on it. Acknowledge your own privilege and be kind to humanity. I think some may be offended by the bluntness of certain statements regardless of their validity though.
What a pile of wank! Nicely written article I am sure a lot of solo travellers can relate to.
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I was able to reflect upon my own journey and felt a lot like this in many different aspects. So, travelling does not only set you free but widens your perspectives, your believes and helps you to look underneath the surface when it comes to making new friends or meeting your love! Very well written article, all the best! I have lived and worked abroad in different countries for almost ten years now. During my journey, I have met people who have never left their home countries and yet are amazingly open-minded, free-spirited and enriching.
On the other hand, I have met people who have traveled the world and made an impression on me as dull as dishwater. I have also worked in touristic cities and hostels for many years, and the rattling on about endless lists of countries and touristic attractions people have been to and plan to visit, ritual of many backpackers, has often bored me to death, especially as many of them do not seem to really learn anything about or connect to the culture of the places they travel to, and do not even have the wish to do so.
Now, depending on the type of lifestyle you choose, you may crave a certain kind of entertainment, and routine may make you uncomfortable. If you are this kind of person, many people you meet might not provide you with the kind of entertainment you seek for your life, thus, bore you. I just think that solo travel is only one of many different factors that can, but do not have to, make you feel that way.
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At 72 and freshly retired I have just completed my first solo travel 90 days! Oh how I can equate with the concepts and statements of this marvellous essay. And I met so many living examples of whom it is written to too. Solo travel let me see the difference in the men in different countries and experience different passions and cultures.
Solo traveling let me also appreciate my family and friends the more when your ready to go back home. Solo traveling gives me a break and those in my environment a break. Solo traveling has also showed me that I attract different men from different countries and that I am date able. Do not listen to those who are trying to say negative things about you and your experiences, you are honest and saying things others are afraid of, that is all, thank you for this. It is my second year in Egypt, I love it and there are things that changed my life and made me and my life very different.
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All the best. Totally get that this will hit some folks square in the feels. I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!
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I am not looking to date again. I had a great husband, who was my travel partner, for 12 years. Thank you for your article. I was not a solo traveler but however traveled the world with my girlfriend of 7 years. We took on the adventure of travel and where both bitten by the travel bug together. I loved your different topics discussing what traveling does to you and the after effects it causes on you when you re enter the real world. Thank you for this well done article. In fact, I just got married to someone I met traveling — truly one of those things that happened in the last place I would have imagined and at a time when I least expected it.
Without much money, but focused attention, I have a loving family, beautiful home, nice car, steady albeit low income, and I travel a lot. I will be leaving for a 2 year solo trip after my son goes to college because I put money away in order to fulfill all my dreams. We can have it all if we dare to break free of the confines of our own thoughts and beliefs.
But if you feel we making it sound like we living the life, maybe you should try it… there is people who loves the world, sometimes im jealous, because i like the idea… but then I was there and my spirit was tied up… currently in u. A and February in China for a year… see you guys on the road… I loved this blog. I love this! I love, appreciate and very proud of myself for doing it and all on my own. Challenging myself to take one more step outside my emotional comfort zone.
Brilliant article. It also hit incredibly close to home, and precisely sums up my life, in every single way. I have travelled extensively solo, I must say yes it has its virtues, independence, freedom, time for reflection and personal growth, but I must also say after a time, it becomes somewhat lonely and weary.
Many times I have seen beautiful breath taking scenery only to feel alone, and wishing I was with someone who I cared deeply about to share it with. I am not disagreeing with this article but like everything there are pros and cons. Thats all. I found this quite insightful. I am currently in a hostel in Vienna feeling exactly like this.
I have mainly travelled solo over the past 5 years. Originally I wanted to tour USA, it had long been on my bucket list. Sadly I actually feel alone now, whereas before it was liberating. Some can carry on travelling solo their whole life, some will repulse at the thought of solo travel. Then some will change their tune at some point. It would be much more meaningful to share experiences with another. Awesome read! Loved it as I can relate a lot to it. Thank you for expressing solo travelling so eloquently.
Embarrassingly pretentious. Just because you travel solo does not make you some kind of a God this coming from a solo traveller. Interesting to read an entire article and never be quite sure if the author is being sarcastic or not. This world really stinks today as it is, and going solo traveling is the worst of all.