I had a discussion with a friend last weekend. She just got back from her first ever solo trip to Hong Kong. She said she did not like it. Not the Hong Kong bit – she loves Hong Kong alright but she told me that solo trip is not for her.
To the contrary, I love traveling solo.
I was forced to travel solo when I left Indonesia to study. I flew by myself from Jakarta to London and then took a bus ride to Bournemouth. It was my first time traveling by myself. As much as I was so nervous, I remember feeling very excited. Not only because I was about to start a new life as a student, but also because of everything that I saw during my journey.
Since then, I grew a liking for traveling solo. During my days in the UK, I used to go on weekend/day trips to London or nearby cities from Bournemouth. Nothing too far or too challenging, I know. But I always enjoyed it.
When I’m back in Indonesia, I started traveling solo with a weekend break to Singapore in 2011. I still played it safe though – Singapore is not new for me and it’s easy to get around. Then in 2012 I travelled to Vietnam – Ho Chi Minh City by myself. It was quite challenging for my standard because I don’t speak the language and they don’t use English as an official language. Long story short, the trip was successful and even though I don’t really like the city, the trip reaffirmed my love for traveling solo.
Ever since, I try to travel solo at least once a year. Here’s why:
1. It’s the time for me to enjoy myself. I can have tons of things in my itinerary or not having any. Everything is up to me 🙂
2. I like the feeling of being challenged.. hahaha. I feel good knowing that I am able to overcome a problem by myself 😀
3. I love to meet new people and see new things! And funny enough, I love the feeling of “getting lost in the crowd”.
One thing though, I prefer the city when I’m on my own. I don’t think I would enjoy traveling solo to a beach or mountain destination.. to me those kind of places are best travelled with companion. Oh, and another thing, I haven’t travelled solo in Indonesia! 😐
So that’s me. What about you? Do you like traveling solo?
Now, as I am building my travel plans for this year.. where do you think I should go next? Please note that I have limited leave days and budget this year so I think somewhere in Indonesia will be perfect! 😉