There are so many travel blogs telling you how amazing is traveling by your own. It seems that everybody makes friends without taking a sweat. They join their adventures, take pictures with them in stunning landscapes,… But all that glitters is not gold. We talked in the last post about the reasons why you should travel alone, all the advantages that came to my mind. (Link)
But here we were cover the things that aren’t as nice.
You do get lonely sometimes. There are moments when you can’t meet people, they are by their own, with their friends, and you are going to wish your friends and family were there to join your adventure. And yes, you can always share pics on Instagram so they can see you, call them or Skype them. But, let’s be honest, it isn’t the same.
Another disadvantage is not being able to share expenses, there are many bookings that are cheaper when you get them in bulk, such as double rooms, tours,…. Booking a private double room in a hotel would cost you nearly as much as a single bed in a shared 12 bed-dorm and the comfort cannot be compared. But there is a good point about sharing dorms. Socializing becomes much easier. There are so many travelers that are in the same situation and can share experiences, advices, even adventures and of course they will inspire you.
And do not forget that in many places, being a solo female traveler is not easy. You will be catcalled, become the target of indecent glances,… When you are traveling with someone else, it doesn’t happen as much, and it is certainly not as scaring. If you are concerned about this topic (solo female travel safety) comment it below and I will write a post about my experiences, the good and the bad, some scary, some funnier; some advices, mistakes I have made,…
You are less likely to go out at night, visit some neighbourhoods that may seem unsafe; missing a lot of beautiful scenarios and moments you would have experienced otherwise. Also, there is no one but yourself to push yourself out of your comfort zone. I wouldn’t have tried gnocchi and found out I hate them if my friend Sara didn’t come with me to Rome and insisted to go to an Italian trattoria for dinner.
One more topic to keep in mind when traveling alone is that if you need help and, believe me, you will; there is no one there to solve it, to rely on, to support you when something goes wrong. I promise you will feel helpless from time to time. But this encourages you to improve problem-solving skills, ask strangers for help and many other options you would have never thought before.
Self-consciousness. You will look like the most forever alone person on Earth, sometime. You will spend your time carrying your backpack by yourself, eating alone. While you see cute couples and the funniest group of friends having an amazing time. Plus, you will only have pictures of landscapes and selfies on your gallery. And you will spend some time walking around holding a selfie stick in your hand. Looking stupid. But it’s the only option you have to have pictures of yourself in the beautiful locations without annoying people surrounding you or getting your camera stolen.
Just think how stupid should have I seem taking this picture!
Instead, look how happy I look here! Having homemade dinner with these amazing people I won’t forget.
So please, SOCIALIZE. Otherwise, it will be hell!
Finally, you will get lost twice as much, but it isn’t a disadvantage in my opinion. Let serendipity find you!
DISADVANTAGES OS SOLO TRAVEL
Not Sharing Expenses
Staying comfort zone
Look forever alone
But believe me when I say it is all worth it.