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I recently returned (somewhat reluctantly) from a 5 month solo backpacking adventure through eastern Europe. During my travels, I would read stories from my favorite couple bloggers, like Dave & Deb from The Planet D, who give fabulous advice on how to survive traveling as a couple.

I would think you know, it must be nice to have someone else to travel with; someone to help figure things out or to share these special moments with. Someone who’s shoulder you can sleep on when you’re stuck on a 15.5 hour train ride from hell. Someone to do some of the planning.

Then I met up with my sister for the last two weeks of my trip and realized just what a blessing solo travel is. Just kidding! (Sort of…)

The two weeks of traveling with my sister were great. There’s a lot to be said for traveling with friends, family or significant others. But there is something you get out of traveling solo that you simply can’t get from anything else.

You might think traveling solo isn’t for you. Maybe it sounds lonely, scary, or selfish to take time just for yourself. It’s not.

Here are the reasons every woman needs to travel solo at least once in her life:

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1. Boost your self-confidence.

Most women struggle with low self-confidence issues at some point in our lives, and it can be crippling. Low self-esteem is one of the biggest things that can hold you back when you’re going after your dreams. Maybe you’re not sure you can really be a leader. Maybe you second-guess your decisions. Maybe you have a hard time making decisions in the first place.

Traveling on your own is the perfect chance for you to practice being in charge. You get to make all the decisions, and there’s no one to answer to but yourself. You don’t have to worry about pleasing anyone else or letting anyone down. You do what you want & see what you want. You’ll learn to negotiate with street vendors and ask for directions in a foreign language. Your self-confidence will soar.

2. Explore your independence.

When you’re traveling alone, you get to call all the shots. Want to go see some ancient ruins? Jump on a bus and head to a remote waterfall with some new friends? Spend the day people-watching at a cafe? Or stay in your hotel room and do absolutely nothing? Guess what, your itinerary is all yours.

You can change your plans at the last minute if you want to. Head off somewhere new at a moment’s notice. You’ll be the one figuring out what to eat or where you want to go today. You don’t have take anyone else’s likes or dislikes into account. The world is yours to explore.

3. Experience the kindness of strangers.

Traveling solo essentially restored my faith in humanity. I couchsurfed with hosts who cooked gourmet meals for me and took me on guided tours of their cities. I had complete strangers take me to lunch, give me bus fare, or adopt me into their travel group to make sure I got somewhere safely.

People will go out of their way to help you when you travel solo. If someone asks if you need help, don’t be afraid to answer them with a smile and a “yes, please.” There are always a few bad apples but for the most part people are genuinely helpful. Open up and prepare to be touched by the kindness of strangers.

4. See the world in a different light.

We are the product of the people we surround ourselves with. Friends, family, significant others. Sometimes those people, no matter how well-meaning they are, can color our view of the world. Their preconceptions can become yours without even realizing it.

When you travel with others, you tend to stick together, which can hold you back from truly experiencing a new country on your own terms. Solo traveling can open your eyes and allow you to shed preconceived notions you might have held about other cultures.

5. Make genuine connections.

When you travel with friends or a significant other, there’s a tendency to be in your own little bubble. Other people are less likely to approach you, which means that you have to work extra hard to make real connections with people.

Not so when you’re flying solo. People tend to be drawn to lone travelers. You’re not as intimidating to approach and strike up a conversation with. One of the best parts of traveling is the people that you meet, and being alone forces you to make more of an effort to get to know them.

Without a travel buddy to fall back on, you’ll find yourself opening up, gaining valuable communication skills, and making genuine connections all over the world.

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And if you’re single, who knows? Maybe you’ll even find love…

6. Discover your true passions.

When you travel alone you will discover ALL kinds of things you didn’t even know about yourself. Talents you didn’t even realize you had. Interests  that may have been simmering in your subconscious. There’s a good argument to be made for why you shouldn’t travel to find yourself, but in many cases, you will.

Before I went on my trip I had no idea which direction I wanted my career to go in. I had a lot of vague ambitions, but the only thing I really knew for sure was what I didn’t want – to work a typical 9 to 5 job, not really doing anything meaningful, always having to answer to someone else. Spending time alone helps you clarify your thoughts and have a better understanding of what you really want out of life.

Now I know that my passion is to help people create a meaningful & adventurous life. Had I not taken my own journey of self-discovery, that might not have become so clear to me.

7. Overcome something you’ve been struggling with.

When you’re surrounded by the same things day after day it’s easy to get bogged down, and even depressed. Problems start to look bigger than they really are. Maybe there’s an unhealthy relationship you haven’t been able to let go of or people at work you’re having a conflict with. Maybe you’re stuck in a rut and you’re not sure what your next step should be.

Solo travel is cathartic & refreshing. Being somewhere totally unfamiliar helps you gain a new perspective, and often times that shift in perspective is all you need to re-jump start your life.

Stressing out about a project at work? Puh-lease. That’s nothing compared to the time your bus didn’t show up in the middle of the night and you were left stranded on a highway in Budapest. Or what about that time you accidentally got off at the wrong stop and got lost in Croatia?

Getting out of your comfort zone is empowering. Getting through challenges you never thought you’d face can make the ones back home seem a lot less scary.

8. Gain a new appreciation for your life.

One of the best parts of travel is getting to experience new cultures and ways of life. You can eat foods you’ve never heard of and learn how to live more simply than you ever imagined. After taking cold, 30-second showers, you will never again fail to appreciate a long, hot bubble bath. Even though it may seem like your life is falling apart, you can learn that you really don’t have it all that bad. As they say…first world problems, man.

When you do return home, you’ll see your own life with a fresh set of eyes. Remember, your hometown might be a tourist destination for somebody. Go explore it! Check out this great guide by my friend Adelina on how to be a tourist in your own city.

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9. Indulge without any fear of judgment.

When you’re traveling by yourself, you get to be exactly whoever it is that you want to be. You’re no longer tied to the “old you” that people from your past might see when they look at you. This is your chance to be anyone you want to be. If people think you’re weird they’ll probably just chalk it up to you being a foreigner. Plus, who really cares? There is a 99.9% chance you’ll never see them again in your life.

Want to eat gelato for breakfast…every day for a week? Go for it! Eat, drink, let your freak flag fly. As a woman, few things are more liberating than being able to live your life without feeling judged.

10. Realize just how free you really are.

Sometimes it can feel like invisible chains are binding you and holding you back. You want to break free but you’re just not sure how to do it. When you travel alone you’re free to go where you want and so what you want.

Reinvent yourself, get to the core of who you are and what you really want. Solo travel helps you realize that freedom is a state of mind.

So stop making excuses & make solo travel a priority. Book a ticket, pack a bag and just GO. Whether it’s for a week or 6 months. You will never ever regret making this kind of investment in yourself.

 


This post is part of the #SundayTraveler series. For more fantastic travel-related posts (or to link up your own) check out The Fairytale Traveler, a special kind of blog that searches the world for legend, myth and lore.

It’s also linked up with #TravelTuesday through A Compass Rose.

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Mandie is a writer, rebel & web design junkie. In her spare time she enjoys drinking wine, traveling & working on her perpetually unfinished novel. She was a nerd before it was cool.

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  1. Caitlin Travis    

    As someone who had literally given up on ever being able to be a solo traveler, this post makes me want to try. I’m so bad at being a good planner and I can’t make it anywhere on time and I hate being lost. But maybe that’s not so bad. You seem to have many, many great stories from your adventures (and misadventures). Thank you for changing my perspective. I really love reading a blog post that forces me to think, and this one did.

    1. Mandie    

      I’m a terrible planner, Caitlin! When I was traveling with my sister she kept asking how I had managed to make it ANYWHERE on my own because I’m so awful. You can still do it – in fact, sometimes solo travel is actually easier if you’re not a great planner, because your itinerary can change at a moment’s notice and nobody will mind. I’m so glad this post make you think, and I hope you will attempt a small solo journey at some point. I don’t think you would regret it! 🙂

  2. Emma    

    It sounds like a fantastic adventure. Completely agree with all your points too. I have done very little solo travel, but the stuff I have done has been so empowering! 🙂

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks Emma! It certainly doesn’t need to be every trip you take, but I think once a year it’s just a great idea for every woman to take a break and go on a little solo trip by herself. It’s refreshing to spend some time alone sometimes, too!

  3. Kelly    

    I agree, every women should travel solo by herself as it builds confidence and independence. You feel a lot more empowered when you return from your trip and it proves to you what you can achieve by yourself. xx

    1. Mandie    

      Yes! It doesn’t have to be an epic 5 month long adventure – even shorter trips make you feel revitalized and empowered. Women are badasses – we just need to be reminded occasionally. 🙂

  4. Amy Lynne Hayes    

    I actually love to travel solo. I confess, though, that I’m a bit nervous/stressed out by this move to New Zealand, not because I’ll be going it alone, but becauseI have no idea what I’m going to do for work and will start “bleeding” immediately lol. When I moved to Australia I at least had a grace period when I stayed with a friend until I find work. I’m sure it will all work out just fine, and will be one of the best experiences of my life. Cheers to traveling solo! 🙂

    1. Mandie    

      New Zealand will be awesome!! I think it’s so badass that you’re moving there without a clear cut plan. Sounds exactly like something that I would so (oh wait, I have lol). I am so excited to see where life takes you and what amazing things you end up doing, because I have no doubt that you will be doing amazing things. 🙂 And then I’ll come visit you. Haha

  5. Brittany @ Paws for Beer    

    Some great points! I love solo travel – although I usually bring my dog with me, so I’m not totally solo 😉

    1. Mandie    

      Haha Brittany, I think it still counts unless your dog has learned to decipher train schedules in foreign languages. 😉 If I had a dog I would definitely bring him with!! Cats, on the other hand, are not always the best travel companions…lol

  6. Shikha (whywasteannualleave)    

    Agree with so much of this – I’ve actually only done independent travel once when I went to India for 2 months as part of a med school placement but like you say,it was such a boost to my own confidence and made me realise I was capable of more than a had previously thought. Also, I made some really great friends as a result 🙂

    1. Mandie    

      It’s SUCH a boost to the self confidence department. Even if you totally screw up and have a major travel fail, you realize it’s not that bad and you can get through anything! I’m glad you realized how capable you really are. 🙂

  7. Sammi Wanderlustin'    

    Looove this post Mandie 🙂 all great points 🙂 what are we waiting for, let’s go, let’s go!

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks, Sammi! I know it can seem scary to some women, but I would have really regretted not solo traveling. 🙂

  8. kelli    

    Hey Mandie
    I really loved this post and you brought up so many great reasons. For the last three years, my fiance and I have been traveling together, but before that, all my trips have been solo. Having been someone who was never hesitant to do something on my own, and enjoyed spending lots of time by myself, the idea of traveling alone was never something I had any hesitation about. It definitely is a different experience than traveling with other people, and can offer a very unique brand of growth, learning,etc…

    Because there is no second person to take the reins on anything, leaving you to figure everything out, it can certainly boost your confidence as well as show us we are capable of a lot more than we probably give ourselves credit for.

    Traveling can accelerate our personal development like nothing else, and I always encourage people who are considering traveling alone to just do it. Now that I am so used to traveling with someone, I don’t know how different traveling alone would feel to me, but I definitely would still do it in a second.

    1. Mandie    

      Hey Kelli,
      I agree, it’s such a great way to boost your personal development, especially if you’re wanting to be more confident and improve your decision-making abilities. I’m like you in that I’ve never been hesitant to jump on in and do something on my own, but I know for a lot of people something like solo travel seems pretty daunting.

      I would still love to experience traveling with my significant other someday, and I’m sure I’ll be able to write all kinds of interesting things about that once I do! Haha. Even though I doubt we’ll ever live in Fuji, I hope to be able to document our adventures together some day. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by, as always!

  9. SJ @ Chasing the Donkey    

    You’ve made some great points. I have never travelled solo, but will take a short 4 day trip alone next month and am actually looking forward to pushing myself. I am so scared, but know that it will be great to get lost on the train alone and have to figure it out. Thanks for linking up to #SundayTraveler again.

    1. Mandie    

      Yes, you can do it! It will be good for you, and even if you get lost, it’s not that scary. 🙂

    2. kelli    

      Hey Mandie
      Long-term travel as a couple will certainly provide lots of great material for you, and with your sense of humor, I’m sure it will make for some great reading!

  10. Alyssa    

    This is a great post! I have a long-term manfriend and we go on vacations and lived abroad together, but I always find I have a better time when I travel solo. Even though I’m shy, I meet more people when I’m by myself and I don’t have to worry about him taking too long in the shower so we miss our train!

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks Alyssa!

      I have a long-term manfriend myself, but he isn’t quite as nomadic as I am. I’m an introvert myself, but I met so many people when I traveled. I can imagine that traveling with someone else who may not be as punctual as you would drive you slightly crazy lol.

  11. Katie    

    I always love reading your inspirational posts! Love that quote about the grass is greener where you water it – so true. I’ve actually never traveled solo, but just might be next year. Having a travel buddy is not always bliss – mine never helps figure anything out or do any of the planning, but he does provide a nice shoulder to sleep on on trains/planes! 🙂

    1. Mandie    

      Haha, Katie…there’s a lot to be said for having that shoulder to sleep on!! I’m sure that having a travel buddy comes with its fair share of pros and cons. I do hope you get a chance to solo travel at least once, because it really is a special experience. 🙂

  12. Nats ~ coraltintedperceptions    

    Last year I went to Europe on a two week trip solo but I didn’t realise how big a deal it would be until I was actually in transit. What you said about having to make all the decisions was one of my biggest realizations. I tend to have an opinion but not want to take responsibility for the final decision but my trip changed my life. You’ve captured a lot of the reasons why it changed everything but I think until a woman does it she won’t truly understand the worth of herself… and travel.

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks, Nat! I completely agree, and I’ve been the same way about avoiding decision-making most of my life. I didn’t even realize how bad I was until I traveled solo and had to make all the decisions. And every single one of them turned out okay (even the travel fails).

      I wish that every woman would try traveling solo, even if it doesn’t sound appealing at first. Like you say, you didn’t realize what a big deal it would be until it was. It’s a game-changer, so to speak. Glad you got to have and appreciate that experience!!

  13. Ryan Biddulph    

    Hi Mandie,

    Well, you know I’m a guy but I still have to comment 😉

    Awesome, awesome post. 3,4 and 5 really resonate with me….especially 5. I become some type of Pied Piper when I walk around without Kelli or when I did solo trips to Chiang Mai and Cusco, as well as Lima.

    People see solo travelers are more approachable. Seems like a courage thing to me. Like, a solo traveler could use the chatting, or company, so folks become more social about such travelers.

    I’ve grown like a weed by traveling solo and Kelli has spent many more months on the road by herself than me, so she’s seen the benefits too. When all responsibility is on you, you become so much less lazy, and get things done because you’re in charge.

    On the whole I prefer sharing the experience with KC so I like traveling with her but I know the many benefits of doing the solo bit.

    Thanks so much Mandie.

    Tweeting soon.

    Ryan

    1. Mandie    

      Ryan,

      You’re a pretty enlightened guy, so you’re definitely allowed to comment. Haha I was actually inspired to write this from the comment section of your awesome post about getting over the underdog mentality. I noticed that the guys were mostly agreeing with you, but the women seemed to struggle more with this concept.

      I see so many brilliant, successful women who still have major self-confidence issues. In fact, before my solo travels I hated to make decisions. I would agonize over them; constantly second-guess myself. After flying solo for so long and having to make ALL the decisions, I stopped second-guessing myself and started thinking of myself as a capable, resourceful person.

      I can totally see you as some kind of Pied Piper, rallying people and having all kinds of random adventures. I would guess that your energy and charisma makes you someone people naturally want to follow. 🙂

      I can’t wait until I’m able to write a follow-up post about traveling as a couple. I know there’s a whole other, wonderful side of travel that I haven’t really experienced yet. It will happen (if we can ever get our schedules to line up haha).

      Thanks for “island hopping” over to my blog, Ryan. (That was terrible…I have not had enough coffee yet.)

  14. Drewry    

    Your blogging is beautiful, Mandie. I noticed you from Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger and just wanted to stop by real quick to see what you were blogging about. Love your writing style about travel and open mindedness. Would love to have you on the site someday contributing a guest post if possible.

    Please feel free to stay in touch. Thank you for just being you! (smile)

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks, Drewry! Appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment! I’ll check out your site and shoot you an email. 🙂

  15. Amy Hagerup    

    HI Mandie, I love travelling solo. I usually go on my business trips alone or when my mother was dying, I flew alone to be with her (though I was with family once I was there). There is something intriguing about being “alone” in the midst of the hustle and bustle of travellers. Something magical. I love it. Thanks for this post. Amy

    1. Mandie    

      Hi Amy,
      Thanks for the comment. I’m so sorry that you had to go through that. But you’re right, there is something very special about being alone . It’s something I don’t think you can really appreciate until you’ve done it. Thanks again for stopping by, and have a good weekend!

  16. Nicola Waudby    

    I decidedast year that I wanted to go to Russia and Moscow and St Petersburg to be precise and in my own.

    My mother didn’t come it and say it till a few months later a friend asked if they could come to Moscow with and I thought why not, my mother felt relieved as didn’t like the idea I was Travelling to Moscow on my own. It was a great time but I kinda wished I had stuck to my original plan and visited this place on my own.

    Next year I’m heading to Bucharest, Copenhagen, Lisbon, Athens and hopefully San Francisco on my own and can’t wait.

    Travelling on my own gives me freedom and I love it

    1. Mandie    

      Hey Nicola, mom’s are funny like that, aren’t they? Mine still worries about me constantly even though I remind her that I’ve been living on my own fairly successfully for quite a few years now.

      I’m sure it was a special time to get to be with your friend, but I think you’ll also love your upcoming trip. It will be interesting to see the differences. That sounds like some pretty awesome travel plans you have coming up! I’m jealous about Lisbon – it was one of the places I wanted to get to but didn’t on this last trip. Next time. 🙂

  17. Adelina // Pack Me To    

    I LOVE this post. While I’ve never done a major trip solo (5 months is pretty impressive), I’ve done mini trips here and there on my own and it’s so liberating. I’m naturally an introvert so I thought it would be so hard to make friends, but it really wasn’t. I thought I’d be lonely, but I just got comfortable by myself. I mix my solo travels with traveling with a significant other and with groups of friends. I would definitely take solo travel over a group of friends (as much as I love them).

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks Adelina! I’m an introvert, too, so I thought the same thing when I left but instead I found myself having to work just to get time alone. Lol. I’ve traveled with one other person or my significant other, but I’ve never done more than a day trip with a whole group. I’d imagine it’s a whole other experience! I’d definitely give it a shot, but all my friends live in different states (that’s what happens when you move every 2 years ).

  18. Amanda    

    I love it. I don’t think people believe me when I say I actually LIKE traveling solo! For all the reasons you’ve mentioned, but mostly because you are outside of your comfort zone so you pretty much have no other choice but to make new friends. The kindness of strangers really is moving, and when you start chatting to other solo travelers you realize they’re in the same boat, and just by traveling you all already have something in common, so it’s really easy to make friends quickly. Go the solo travel! 🙂

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks Amanda! So true – being out of your comfort zone is such a good thing. I agree – when you’re traveling solo you start to notice other solo travelers so much more and it’s easy to connect with them. Can’t wait until I’m out there again. 🙂

  19. Camila    

    This is very interesting because there are posts everywhere these days about people travelling solo. I personally am on the fence for this whole thing. When I moved abroad the first time, I did it by myself and I knew absolutely no one – and the year of my move was the best year of my life! Like you said you make genuine connections – I seriously think I met some of the best people ever that way! Travel wise I’m also a big fan of travelling solo – I hate to be slowed down by people and I like to only have myself to care about. If I’m late or anything, I know I only have myself to blame and that’s okay. However, that’s only applicable for the ‘travelling part’ the ‘visiting part’ I personally hate doing alone. While it’s cool to be on your own sometimes – I just like to have someone to share moments with, have someone to take pictures of me, etc. There are only a certain number of selfies acceptable per trip haha

    1. Mandie    

      Haha, very good point about the selfies, Camila! I agree with you that there are certainly benefits to both. I don’t think you should ONLY travel solo, but I do think it’s an important part of personal development that every woman should try at least once. It may not be for everyone, but every now and then it’s good for us to be on our own for awhile. 🙂

  20. Adrienne    

    Hey Mandie,

    I couldn’t agree with you more.

    My very first cruise I did solo. I had just come off from a back breakup and my parents wanted to help me get back into the swing of things. They knew I always had dreamed of taking a cruise to the Bahamas so they booked me a trip, gave me the ticket and told me when I was leaving. All the way up to stepping on that cruise ship I was just so so about it. I was heartbroken if you must know the truth but want to know what got me out of it?

    I stepped on that cruise deck and the most handsome Italian waiter walked up to me, handed me a drink with that beautiful smile and it was smooth sailing from that point on. I roomed with three girls I had never met but one of them I bonded with and we are still friends with to this day. That was 30 years ago this year. Amazing right! I met so many awesome people and had the time of my life.

    I’ve always been a very independent person anyway and I like my space so I did what I wanted to do by myself and hooked up with new friends when I wanted to. It was a blast and although it was only for a week it was the best week of my life. I came home feeling rejuvenated and no more broke heart.

    Ladies, I say go for it because it’s going to be one of the best experiences of your life.

    ~Adrienne

    1. Mandie    

      Adrienne,

      Ooh, a solo cruise sounds great! You have some pretty nice parents. 🙂

      You’ve just touched on another point that I didn’t include because I wanted to round it off at 10 – healing from a devastating life experience. Nothing makes it harder to get over an ex than being surrounded by things that remind you of the person. Same goes for losing a job. Getting away and seeing a bit of the world can allow that healing to begin.

      Oh, and cute Italian waiters sure don’t hurt. On second thought, I probably shouldn’t book myself a solo cruise unless I’m single. 😉

      Thanks for stopping by!!
      Mandie

  21. Anna    

    These are all great points, and I think some could be said for any kind of long-term travel (whether solo or not)… but when traveling as a couple, the independence part (#2) doesn’t get to come out. I admit that sometimes I find it really frustrating having to compromise, or not getting time to browse the cute little craft stores because he hates things like that! But then I guess the upside is that there is someone to help with the travel planning!

    It’s also true that when traveling as a couple, we don’t really get to make friends… something that I wish we were better at. I would like to try solo travel at some point. I think it will help make me a lot more confident about my own abilities.

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks, Miss Anna! 🙂
      I agree, there are awesome benefits you get just from long-term travel, whether it’s solo or as a couple. There are pros and cons to both – like you mentioned, having that other person to share those memories with is priceless. I know from the few times I joined up with other travelers, that the stress level does go way down when you have someone else with you.

      I think traveling solo would be great for you, though. Maybe not a year long trip or anything, but I do think there is a self-confidence that you get from solo travel that just can’t be duplicated. Personally, from reading your blog, I see you as a smart, talented writer who could do anything she wanted to. YOU just need to believe that. 😛

      Have a good weekend, my dear!

  22. Katie Featherstone    

    Thank-you for this- I always love to hear of women travelling alone and loving it. It makes it seem so much easier for others who might be scared to try. There are plenty of places it is perfectly safe for women to travel alone and even those which can be more difficult are possible with a little caution. I hope you continue to enjoy your travels whether alone or with a friend. You know you can do it now however you decide to explore!

  23. grasya    

    I travel solo but I don’t really feel lonely because you meet people everywhere you go. In every place that I go, there will always be locals who you become instant friends… But yeah I like the feeling of being free and not waiting on for people to decide on which place to go, what food to eat, etc… Can’t wait to be on the road again

    1. Mandie    

      Me too! I’m getting itchy feet here. 🙂 I agree, I really never got lonely – a lot of people don’t realize that you’re rarely actually ALONE when you solo travel. 🙂

  24. Wendy Bottrell    

    Very good points and I can appreciate them. I spent 20 years on the road for my business and totally appreciate your points however where I am now in my life I find going on holiday with my partner is such a great luxury. We spent a month in Spain this year and it was spectacular. I find that travelling together can be a very good experience to learn who you are as a person and a couple. We had a great time and are now planning our next adventure. Thanks again, Wendy

    1. Mandie    

      Oh I think traveling with your partner is an amazing gift as well! I can’t wait until I get to do just that. 🙂

  25. Susaye Rattigan    

    I love this post. I agree with the confidence raising benefits if travel and the independence that women can get. Keep it coming.

  26. sherill    

    Hi, this article is an eye opener for me, I have not traveled alone, usually i go on vacations with my friends or family, but you gave me a good idea, sounds really awesome and adventurous. I’ll try this one and i think I’m going to love it. Thanks for sharing a great article.

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks so much for the comment, Sherill! I really do think it’s a wonderful experience for every woman to try at least once.

  27. Recumbent Bike    

    I was always affaid to travel solo, because I don’t know the way and I have the struggle with the map. But after read this post , I really want to travel solo. It’s a great way to discover myself. Thank you so much, Mandie

    1. Mandie    

      Don’t be scared! I got lost all the time – took the wrong train, got off at the wrong bus stop. It’s actually a great feeling to realize that the “worst” that can happen isn’t that big of a deal. 🙂

  28. Miriam of Adventurous Miriam    

    Yet another excellent post, Mandie! Your writing and topics are so inspirational x

  29. Renuka    

    Hi Mandie! I have landed on your blog for the first time. 🙂 It’s really nice! I love to travel solo and I agree with every point that you have made here. Yes, every girl/woman should travel alone at least once in her life to be able to recognize her own vision, her own strength and confidence.

    1. Mandie    

      Well thanks for stopping by, Renuka! Always glad to meet another solo female traveler. 🙂

  30. Lynne    

    Great post. You have surely convinced me to try it out. Exploring sites and experiencing new places by yourself truly seems like an adventure. Thanks for sharing.

  31. Martina Donkers    

    Hey Mandie 🙂

    I’ve just discovered your blog, this is the first post I’ve read – and it’s such a wonderful ode to solo female travel!! I’m definitely going to be exploring more of your site. 🙂

    I think you really capture the spirit of the idea so well. So many people have this idea that solo female travel is dangerous, scary, and well, just a bad idea. Last year as I was planning my trip to Borneo and Myanmar, the question I always got from friends and colleagues was “And who are you going with?” When I told them I was going by myself, the reaction was always shock, But I LOVE travelling by myself.

    It’s the independence, the freedom, the not having to worry if anyone else is enjoying themselves. But I think more than anything, it’s being able to meet people. Whenever I’ve travelled with a friend, yes we’ve talked to people, but I’ve never come away with those same close experiences with other people the way I have when I travel by myself. There’s something just so approachable about a woman travelling by herself that people often welcome you into their conversation and their lives in a way they wouldn’t for anyone else. It’s wonderful, and I love it.

    Thanks so much for the great read. I’ll be coming back to your site often I think!

    Martina 🙂

    1. Mandie    

      Thanks, Martina, and welcome!

      I think you hit the nail on the head here. For me, solo travel has never seemed scary. But I guess you don’t get to be 33 and single without being fairly independent to begin with. :)I think, like you say, people welcome you into their lives in a very special way when you’re a solo female traveler.

      So glad you likes the article – I’m going to hop over to your blog and check it out now, since clearly you have good taste. Haha 😉

  32. Joseff    

    I think this is what my wife needs. She is really busy lately taking care of our kids and could rarely get time for herself. I guess I should allow her to have this time travelling on her own and have the fun that she needs.

    1. Mandie    

      Hey Joseff – I think that would be great for her! Maybe you can encourage her to take a few days for herself and recharge. 🙂

  33. Steph    

    I must say I absolutely agree with anything you wrote in this post Mandie! I traveled solo for the first time last year, when I left for a 3+month trip around Southeast Asia. I was absolutely terrified before leaving,and there were a few moments in the trips where I felt lonely (for example when in bed with a bad case of food poisoning in Borneo), but the trip was filled with amazing encounters and experiences that wouldn’t have happened if I weren’t alone and a bit vulnerable. Traveling alone makes you more receptive of what’s out there, and now I’m longing to do it again…soon leaving for the Philippines! 🙂

  34. tanveer@kashmir_ladakh    

    Dear Mandie,

    I would definitely show your blog to our women in my family, because we belong to a place in world where women are not encouraged to travel solo, unless accompanied by a family member or husband.

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