Why travel solo?

Traveling solo sounds scary, no? Being in a foreign place, unbeknownst of cultures and languages can be frightening for most and exciting for others. In January 2015, I trekked to Thailand and spent a few weeks seeing the sights and learning Thai customs.  My favorite part of the trip was not knowing a soul in the country or continent. I joined a volunteer group with people from all over the world. We learned about the serious trafficking issues and ventured to some of the most amazing sights in Southeast Asia.

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Jykeaw Waterfall in Chiang Rai

While some travel completely alone, I totally recommend joining a tour group to see the sights in any country. I met some great friends that I still connect with to this day and we share life-changing experiences that I wouldn’t have made if I traveled with friends or family.  Traveling alone, I was able to go outside my comfort zone and really put myself out there to make friends.  Sounds like starting a new school, right?  That’s exactly what it felt like.  I felt as if I was a freshman in high school again, trying to find my rhythm in a new place.  Everyone in the tour group was on the same page, so we all bonded over being in a foreign country alone together.

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Ziplining in the forests of Chiang Mai with some of my new friends

So for all of you still feeling apprehensive about booking that trip alone, my advice to you is to just say YES!  My journey through Thailand taught me so much about other cultures and my love for Thai food. I miss the street Pad Thai, traveling on Tuk Tuk’s everywhere, and spending less than $20 on hotel rooms. There is no time like the present to change your life and see the world alone.  Who knows, you could meet the love of your life, find a new career, or maybe you will learn something new about yourself.  Happy trails and good luck!

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Hugging elephants at Baanchang Elephant’s Paradise in Chiang Mai

 

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