If you’re an introvert like me, the idea of traveling alone probably entices you.
The role that social media plays when you are alone
Here is a list of a few ups and downs of traveling alone
- You can choose own music or podcasts
- The route is entirely up to you
- You might reach out to strangers more
- Reflection time alone is easy to come by
- Not stuck with anyone (this one sounds mean)
- You can go at your own pace. Stop if you want to.
- Being solo can allow for more opportunities like squeezing into a tour more easily
- People are more likely to talk to you
- Photography (for me) is best done alone
- Introverts need space and you don’t get that in a cramped car with someone else
- No one else to bounce ideas off of
- You have to be the sole decision maker
- No one to motivate you through hard hikes or get you out of bed when you don't wanna
- Having someone around might make you feel more safe in certain situations
- Can’t drive as far
- No one to help set up the tent or cook
- No one to split the bill or the Airbnb
- Conversations with yourself get old
- Someone else will understand the wild journey you are on
I really think there are solid points on both ends. I believe traveling solo is necessary for figuring out how you interact with the world, but traveling with someone or a group can be a lot more fun. But things like eating alone, going to the movies alone, camping alone (in non-bear country) have never been problems for me. It's important for me to get over those small feats in order to bring on the bigger ones - like backpacking alone (which I did! and survived!) For the main part though, I am not alone. I am visiting great friends and family and filling my cup in between the long stretches on the road alone. And it's awesome and tiring and rewarding and the best way to clear my head.
Jenni is a photographer and graphic design from Central New Jersey. She has always had a passion for travel, art and specifically finding new ways to be creative.