Please don’t travel alone

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One of two responses comes to mind when I tell people that I prefer traveling alone. The response is always one of two: “Wow, that’s impossible” or “Are we sure it’s safe?”. I am tired of telling people that I don’t travel alone because I don’t have friends or because no one wants to.

These are the reasons I don’t recommend traveling alone.

Don’t travel solo if you’re too introverted

Solo travel is for those who don’t mind talking to strangers. People who are comfortable talking to strangers and don’t mind rejection or embarrassment.

You can’t travel alone if you identify as an introvert. Don’t travel alone if you prefer to curl up on the couch reading the latest J.K. Rowling book than going out dancing at the club with your moves and sipping a G&T.

Don’t travel solo if you’re poor

Solo travel can be expensive. There. It was my opinion.

It is more costly to eat out for one. The single supplement will be your responsibility. Certain deals won’t work for you.

You don’t need to travel alone if you don’t have enough money to spend on a nice vacation. You will, even if you travel solo, need the money. Unexpected situations could lead to you spending a lot more money, and you won’t have anyone to help you.

My ebook on cheap solo travel is not something I am saying. They are empty words, and they only sell a pipe dream that seems too good to be true.

Don’t travel solo if you’re a woman

Talking to women about traveling alone, I hear that they are too worried about safety to travel solo.

They are honest to goodness my friend.

I am not going to lie at my computer and say that solo travel is safe. You are taking a huge risk. Anyone who attempts to convince you otherwise is either ignorant or very naive.

Many blog posts offer tips for solo female travelers to keep safe. Why are there so many? (Answer: Because they’re necessary.

Don’t travel solo if you’re selfless

Travellers can be selfish if they leave behind everyone they care about.

You don’t want to take anyone else on this trip, do you? Are you sure you don’t want to take your family and friends on a miserable holiday?

Solo travel is only for the selfish. If you are selfless, don’t go on a solo trip. It will make you miserable and it will hurt those you love most.

Don’t travel solo if you get homesick

I can tell you that solo travelers will feel lonely. Particularly if you are an introverted solo traveller.

I have written before about making friends solo travelers and it seemed easy. It is not. It is difficult to make friends with strangers on your first solo trip to Dublin.

And don’t even get me started on getting homesick. It’s not something that you would expect for a travel blogger, but it’s a fact of life. If you are even slightly like me, you will want to return home as soon as your trip ends. Do not travel by yourself.

If your career is important, don’t travel alone

Traveling alone will require you to give up time and money. This is not an opinion. It’s a fact.

You will need to take some time off. This is a precious time that you can use to work on your next project, or start new ones. By leaving everyone at work for a certain time, you’ll let them down and disrupt the natural flow.

As I said, you will need some savings. It’s not enough to save money – you must be able to use that money to fund your trip. It’s gone are all the hard work that went into making that money. Just saying.

If you are serious about your career, this solo trip might be worth it.

If you are over 25 years old, don’t travel alone.

It is a difficult world out there and this statement becomes more true as you age.

As you get older, your options for accommodation are less available. You may also find it more difficult to find the right accommodations.

It’s best to stay under 25 years old. While you can find adventure in another place, please do not travel alone.

Do travel solo if …

You understand sarcasm.

In case it wasn’t obvious, solo travel is possible for all. While not everyone wants to travel alone, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to.

Every reason I mentioned has been proven false.

Solo travel does not have to be expensive.

It is not selfish to travel solo.

You can travel solo with women. Solo travel by women is a popular niche in the blogging world. There are many great bloggers such as The Blonde Abroad and Adventurous Kate, along with others like Young Adventuress. This is just a random thought.

Do not listen to anyone who tells you to stay away from a solo adventure. Do what your heart tells you.

This blog post is based upon a chapter from the Solo Travel Handbook (Lonely Planet). This book is a great place to start if you’re thinking of solo travel.

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