“Why I Am Traveling Solo?”

“Are you going by yourself?”

“How can you enjoy alone?”

“Bu…but..how do you do that?”

“Is it even safe?”

If I had a penny for every time someone asked me this, I would be traveling first class to all my favorite destinations. Don’t I have any friends? Am I crazy? Did my parents disown me? Why Am I Going Alone? Why I Am Traveling Solo?

Why I Am Traveling Solo?

Well, It’s very simple. For me, travel is a personal experience. It’s a chance to learn more about myself; who I am and what I want from life. Below are the reasons.

1. Discover Yourself

As a woman, traveling solo will not only give you confidence and independence but also it will also teach you to love yourself. You would agree with me that we ladies often have this thing about comparing how many nuts we have saved for a rainy day (pun intended).  Solo travel will teach you to look at the world through a different kaleidoscope. Like they aren’t cool already.

You have a whim of different people, different personalities, different seasons, different skin colors, different terrains, different food. Since birth, we are tied down to one or other labels but in the end, we are all different. So, Love your individualism.

(I know guys I’m leaning towards solo female traveling a bit more, Give feminism some support.)

2. Freedom is more than just a word

When you are alone, there are no limitations. You can go north and things might go south, but hey! who’s complaining? Why I Am Traveling Solo? You can book a train, or take a boat (given they have boats) or you can hitchhike with a stranger. Not your thing?  You can just sit on the street for the whole day and watch the people go by. There are no rules and that’s the beauty of it. There’s no one else to worry about you so that you start to worry about yourself for once. You can eat whatever you want and sleep wherever you want (yeah, try it). For once, you can finally just ask yourself what you want to do today, and then do it. In the process, you’ll learn things about yourself that will surprise even you.

Why I Am Traveling Solo?
Enjoying freedom @Zanskar Indus confluence


3. You break down the idea of a ‘comfort zone’

Forget the days of those little pampering by your parents, telling you what you should or shouldn’t do. A female traveler no longer cares about looking her best 24/7,  you gotta get ready in under 60 seconds in the morning,  you gotta share your seat with fellow travelers and not everyone will be as entertaining, which is an entertainment in itself. You might not get the ideal hotel you wished for and so you just need to make do with the best of the lodges or dormitories around your locale. Remember, Fear is just a word which stops you to travel. I never said it’s gonna be easy. But it’s gonna be wor…. you get the idea.

4. You become a Problem solver

We all have the capacity to solve little problems &  but have never tried. So when you traveling solo, facing & fixing problems by your own is your only option.  

5. You become a money wizard

You become better at managing your money if you travel solo. In fact, solo traveling can be very cheap if you use local transport or share vehicle. For accommodation, you can choose hostels and home stays over elite suites and fixed lunch packages.   

Why I Am Traveling Solo?
Shared accommodation @vaishnodevi

6. Convenient for only one, YOU.

The more people engaged in planning, more it will be confusing. In solo traveling, however, you will be able to set your own itineraries, activities, and dates easily. You can change plans as per your mood.

7. You Learn stuff.

Solo traveling makes you ready to keep your eyes and ears open and learn, you get introduced to basics and greetings of different languages, you would no longer need 10 articles from Buzzfeed to learn about different cultures, traditions, cuisines. You will learn more about the world that you live in.


Why I Am Traveling Solo?
Learned Ladakhi Roti @nubra valley

8. Less chat & more cultural observation

When traveling with a group, it’s more of usual chats and gossips with friends, which is nowhere wrong, but we never try to feel and understand the culture. Solo traveling gives you chance to observe the people around you, the locality, their customs, sounds that you don’t often hear(Don’t tell me I’m only that feels so), festivals & sights.

Why I Am Traveling Solo?
Tried to follow south Indian culture

9. You understand the four letter word ‘Love’.

A year before, I believed that love was exclusively an emotion between two people in a relationship. I may have even stretched my understanding of love to give way for animals because I love street dogs. But there’s so much more to love than just that. By traveling solo, I learned to love feelings of bliss, a sunny day, a gratitude, a clear sky, a city, a smile from a stranger, a smell I was fond of, food(who doesn’t love food). I learned to love in so many forms beyond people or animals. I learned to love.

Why I Am Traveling Solo?
Love them @Rishikesh

10. Faith in Humanity, Restored.

As I mentioned earlier, things can and will go wrong. Even then,  I can’t tell you how many times I have been offered help by a stranger – by someone who is willing to share his food, by offering proper information of the locality, by offering their cell phone to make urgent calls, a free ride from one place to the other(yeah, that happens), by caring and providing unconditional love to a fellow traveller… you name it, people are mostly inherently good by nature.

Why I Am Traveling Solo?
Teaching English to kids @Bankikodla (Karnataka)

11. Healing in the right sense.

Whether you’ve gone through a breakup, some financial loss, life changing career move or you’ve just simply had enough of playing the game of life, solo travel will help you to heal.

12. You’re not alone anymore.

Surprised? you should be. Why I Am Traveling Solo? Traveling solo doesn’t mean you’re traveling alone. From train stations to restaurants & bars, you will find a lot of people who have their own stories to tell. Trust me, you will find people who can relate to you more than anywhere near you a couple of thousand miles away from your home. More importantly, you have yourself. You can give yourself a proper time to be whole again.

Why I Am Traveling Solo?
With just became friends @Jog waterfall

Why I Am Traveling Solo? I always encouraged people to travel solo at least once in their life. An adventure with no limitations, no excuses, and no compromises. It might be the scariest thing you’ve ever done, but if you do it, I can promise you three things:

  1. It’ll be one of your most memorable trips.
  2. You’ll return home a completely different person than you were before, and people will notice it.
  3. You’ll definitely do it again.

Call it a cliche or just another lifestyle choice. But traveling solo is something more than just about soul searching. It’s about changing your perspective from everything you see in front of you 24*7. It’s more about taking the next step into something unknown with only your wit and will and make yourself worthy for your next challenge in life. Believe it or not, You need this.

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Author

I am Pankti Shah, a traveler by heart and an entrepreneur by passion. You can call me an avid speaker, a day-night dreamer, a keen writer and a passionate lover of Yoga. I'm a solo traveler luster and enjoy a life as a happy traveling soul.I love spreading smiles by my initiative, "Be Charitable"- it's an NGO which is providing education, life lessons to less privileged and working on breaking stereotypes from society.

17 Comments

  1. Even you travelling solo . group is automatically framed .in fact you are not remain solo

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  2. Hi Pankti,
    Nice blog , I totally connect to it.
    I also love to travel solo and though I am a boy but face so many like u other than safety .
    So, now I can answer my friends with ur blog. :-) it’s easy u know .
    Love to hear more about ur travelling experiences.

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    • Crazy Wanderer Reply

      Hi Abhishek,
      I’m glad you liked my blog..Stay connected for upcoming stories.
      Keep travelling,Don’t litter,Just spreading Love!

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  3. Great article! I too am a female solo traveler and it’s so nice to meet others who feel as passionate about it as I do! I encourage everyone to try and travel solo, but especially women. It can be so frustrating that you’re taught to think the world is such a scary, dangerous place and especially so if you’re a woman, when in fact, with a little common sense the world is completely accessible to anyone and just as safe for a man or a woman. People back home couldn’t believe it when I told them I was going to South America by myself. “It’s so dangerous, are you crazy?” Etc. And even now that I’ve returned home unscathed to regain some finances, people keep insisting how brave I was to go alone at all, when in fact, anyone can do it and it’s perfectly safe to do so. Keep it up, girl!

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    • Crazy Wanderer Reply

      Thanks a lot girl..absolutely true..one can understand only when they actually try..so keep inspiring others.xx

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  4. Traveling solo is the only way to travel, regardless if you’re a woman or man.. I’ve done it for years, I’ve been to all the continents and being a woman alone has basically never been a problem. You just have to think and be street smart. Traveling solo is by far the best way to meet new people from new countries, learn about new cultures and experience all the beauty this planet has to offer us. Why? Because as a solo traveler you are much more open to new things. If you travel with someone you are more likely to just stay with that person and miss out on all the things around you. Plus honestly, being alone is awesome ☺.

    Good luck on your upcoming adventure!

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  5. Sahil Chawla Reply

    V well wriiten…delight to read… Definately will exp it soon…
    Thanks…keep writing…

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  6. mind blowing…ur words made me to travel to another world…inspiring one..keep sharing ur informations.

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