Taiwanese-American blogging about his travels outdoors and occasionally his thoughts on life.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Traveling Alone (Solo)

A question I come across quite often during my travels and back home is how I feel about traveling alone. Thus far, all my trips have been solo traveling trips. My answer every time? I feel fine.

Sure, it would be nice to have company when I travel but time and money are not luxuries that everyone possess. Even when money is not an issue, synchronizing schedules can be difficult. There needs to exists compromise when planning group trips but occasionally, situations like a small window to travel simply forces you to travel solo or risk the possibility of not traveling at all.

Furthermore, what you get out of your adventures overseas or domestically really depends on who you are as a person and what you make out of your time. Whether you're with someone or by yourself, if you don't have the temperament to identify the opportunity in front of you and take advantage of it, it won't matter how many people you're with, you're still going to have a disappointing time.

Plus, there are benefits to traveling alone. The absolute freedom of holding yourself accountable only to yourself is exhilarating. You can make plans on the fly. I can't tell you how many times I've met someone or a group of people in a hostel and joined them on their travels.
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