As a solo traveler, I'm constantly asked why I choose to travel alone. Some people assume that solo travel is boring, lonely, or just plain weird. When I announced that I'd be taking my first solo trip, my family and friends looked at me sideways. Over 10 trips later, and they still don't fully understand why I choose to travel alone. Many of the solo travelers I meet can relate to this feeling of being misunderstood. There are definitely some things the solo traveler wants her friends to know when she chooses to travel alone.
I totally get why solo travel doesn't sound very appealing to most people. After all, isn't a vacation supposed to be sharing special moments with people you love? Well, sure. However, travel can mean different things to different people. Going alone doesn't make a travel experience any less valuable. In fact, taking on a new country alone can be extremely enriching.
It's so hard to plan a trip with friends, because we all have different schedules, budgets, and priorities. Everyone's all in at the beginning, but by the time the trip rolls around, it seems like nobody can make it. This is how many people end up traveling alone. In the end, many of us are surprised to find out that we loved solo travel more than we ever expected.