I’m currently debating with myself how travelling alone would effect my life and how happy it would make me to travel by myself.
Please share your experiences with this if you have any, where did you go, for how long and for what purpose?
If you have travelled alone do you feel that it has helped you develop as a person? What opportunities arose that you might not have expected.when setting out?
I have dreams about doing this as well. I don’t know if I have the personality for it.
@mickle, My problem with traveling alone is that I already spend (and have been spending) most of my time alone. I don’t go out much at all. I’m 20 and though I have had my fair share of hanging out with friends the majority of my teenage years was spent with me just hanging out alone in my room painting or making music. I feel like it would just be awkward to travel alone.
@mickle, @brandonphillips, I’m pretty firmly on the introverted side of the personality spectrum, and I had the time of my life traveling alone. You’re free to do whatever you want, wherever you want with as much interaction with others as you want. It can force you out of your comfort zone and offer new subjects for our introverted minds to contemplate.
I’ve thought about travelling alone, and I think it would end up being terribly lonely.
I find myself become lonely not from the aspect of actually being alone, but from knowing that what I’m doing right now could be enhanced and become something great if I had someone to share the experience with. Travelling is a huge commitment, once you set out there’s no calling home to see if Suzy wants to hang out, you will be alone until you meet someone on the road.
Traveling is such a magical experience, and makes every moment precious. Try and find someone who can share in it with you.
@mickle, I backpacked Europe for a few months, then to India for a bit and Thailand after that. I’m 18 and hail from Juneau, Alaska.
@brandonphillips, Outside your comfort zone is really the only way to do it. I tried to keep myself “comfortable” for the first part of my trip, but quickly realized that if I didn’t do something different I would miss the point of the whole experience. Going beyond what you’re comfortable with is about more than new experiences, though, it has more to do with shifting your perception of “normal”. If you’re able to redefine “normal” you’re able to enjoy any and every situation you encounter while out and about, without preconceptions and judgment getting in the way too much.
I have taken many trips with family, groups of friends, complete strangers, and by myself..
I am very comfortable being by myself (I dont follow alot of social norms, and find some of them irritating, so its easier to let go and be myself when I’m alone) but I also get along very well with others and can be social and pleasant, even when I would rather not have to..
Travelling alone is very fun, and even a little empowering when it all goes right. Like proving to yourself that you can be independent, and you can go at your own pace, do what you want to do..
That being said, if youre travelling somewhere incredible, it is alot better to be able to share the experience with someone else. It makes it more memorable, and enjoyable as long as you get along well..
I say, travel alone, then hopefulley you will get an opportunity to travel with someone at another point in your life..
Absolutely, it provides so much experience for introspection. it really helped me find value in everything revolving around socialism. i had enough time to fall deep into loneliness ( miserably wishing for company) but then i became ok with being simply alone (being aware there is no one else around, but fine with the fact). some of my most memorable times were traveling alone. Believe me i wanted so badly at some points to be in the company or warm others, but i continued to dig into it, and why. Ultimately i returned to my ‘Natural’ state with value for what i and others provide in a mutual community. it really is, in my opinion, essential travel. It can be hard but when you spend time in the polarities of your emotions, feelings, and thoughts you can return so much stronger and wiser. Please do my friend, please for the sake of humanity.
@brandonphillips, All told I would estimate $12,000 from the time I set foot out the door to when I returned home. Completely self-financed, though. I worked as a commercial fisherman here in Juneau and managed to save enough for it.
It could most definitely be done cheaper, though. I splurged a bit in Europe.
Would have a big effect in an extroverted person, not an introvert. Since my school’s out now I have been rarely talking to anyone but my family, and it feels alright, I feel like I’m healing from something you know… Anyway, it’s always a good experience, I would try if I could… :P
@brandonphillips, like I said, it could be much cheaper. I did barely any planning and went wherever I felt like whenever I felt like it, with the help of a Eurail pass while on the Continent, and buying plane tickets less than a week in advance in most cases. If you just did southeast Asia and India it’d be nearly free in comparison.
@mickle, Same here, but I actually met someone on here a few days ago who might join me. Just open yourself to the possibilities given to you and you’ll find someone I’m sure.
People who might be interested would like to see the enthusiasm you have for travelling. Maybe you can spark up a conversation with a friend and they will have been secretly wanting to travel for a long time but didn’t think it was realistic.
I’m in the same boat as you… i’d love to travel alone, but have only ever travelled as a part of a small group.
I lived for a month in Vietnam with a Vietnamese family and as an Australian I found that to be a super culture shock! I had contact to a few other foreigners/english speakers during work hours weekdays though…
Additionally, I travelled with 8 others backpacking through India for a month or so… and that was the best experience of my life.
For me, I’d love to travel alone, but i think travelling is something which should be done both solitary and in the company of another/others.
It also could depend on the destination…? Did you have any places in mind where you wanted to go?
Call me crazy, but I don’t get lonely when I’m alone. I like myself. As far as trips, the last 2 trips I’ve taken to Europe have been by myself. On my most recent trip I went to England, Spain, and France, all over the course of almost a month, and I went all by myself. The great thing about traveling is that you can stay in hostels and meet other people just like you who are doing the same thing as you – traveling and experiencing the world.