Downsides to traveling alone – yes, there are some

I firmly believe that traveling alone is the best thing that can happen to you, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t also negative aspects. There are downsides to everything that has upsides, but they shouldn’t stop you from traveling the world on your own.


1. You might get lonely.
Let me rephrase that – you will get lonely. Even if you are only traveling for two weeks, you might feel a little lonely every once in a while, but if you are on the road for a couple of months or even years, you most definitely will feel lonely. And you know what? That’s okay. If you want some company, there are most likely 30 other people in your hostel that might also feel lonely. And luckily, there are always things like Facebook, Whatsapp, or Skype to keep in touch with your friends and family back home.

2. It can be a little scary sometimes.
That is okay, too. It is natural to feel scared at times – just don’t let it hold you back too much. Use your common sense and judgement to evaluate the situations you find yourself in, and be aware of your surroundings. Even though you might feel scared sometimes, remember that 99% of the people around you are just like you – they might be scared too or in need of some company.


5 thoughts on “Downsides to traveling alone – yes, there are some

  1. I think a lot of people, men as well as women, don’t travel alone for those two reasons. Most especially the “danger” part …. I was carjacked by gunpoint in broad daylight in St. Louis, MO (I worked downtown at the time), but have not had anything even remotely bad happen while solo traveling (knocking wood!).

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  2. I’ve found traveling alone (at least camping) that I end up with more casual contact with others than when traveling with someone. My hypothesis is that other people are more inclined to leave you to your group than approach, whereas when you’re solo they think it’s more likely you’d be interested in meeting strangers.

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  3. I think it depends on your personality type. I admire people who are happy with their own company but I much prefer sharing experiences. I often find myself looking at some thing wonderful and my travelling pal will give me great perspectives and insights that otherwise wouldn’t have occurred. It enriches and embroiders the experience. BUT ( and there’s that big BUT everyone is always talking about) it has to be the right person. That’s the trick.

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  4. Thank you for the like. I agree that it is healthy to travel alone at times, but it is also nice to travel with company. I think not limiting yourself to one or the other is the key. We should all find our own balance. Each to their own… and to their company.

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