9 months ago 10 years of Solo Travel: Where I’ve Been
I’ve been traveling solo for ten years. Until then, I’d only traveled for work or to cities where I knew someone who lived there. Traveling alone can be stressful, but it is also rewarding. I have been to all seven continents solo travel.
Before you start traveling alone, it helps to get used to doing things on your own. You can visit museums in your hometown or take solo dinners. Even when I was on work trips, I would explore on my own. I also go to the movies alone.
After ten years of solo travel here is where I’ve been.
2013 – Seattle, Washington
My first solo trip was to Seattle. After reading a number of blog posts about it Seattle, I knew it would make the best first solo travel trip.. Staying in the United States felt less scary for my first trip alone.
2014 – Turkey
I had never thought about visiting Turkey. But I started a ready blog post about the country and wanted to take a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia.
2015 – Thailand and Indonesia
I was traveling to a yoga retreat in Bali. Because it’s such a long way to travel, I decided to visit Bangkok and Chiang Mai, Thailand. This trip was also inspired by reading travel blogs.
2016 – Australia and New Zealand
A few months after, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I didn’t think I would travel again.
Australia and New Zealand. This was my first trip out of the country since my diagnosis. This was the first “Survivors Trip.”
I did know someone who lived in Sydney, and I stayed with her for a few days. Then I set off solo to travel around the country and hopped to New Zealand for four days. I stayed for a month.
Group travel is a good way to travel if you want to go solo but not be completely alone. You can also choose to travel around a hobby or interest. I started going with groups to several countries alone.
2017 – India, Dubai, and Mexico
India on a photography tour and a stop on the way back to Dubai. I traveled to Holbox, Mexico, for a yoga retreat a few weeks later.
When I book group trips, I make a point to either travel to another country solo or stay in that destination for a few days before or after.
2018 – Hiking and Training
I was training to hike Kilimanjaro. Most of my travel was for hiking and travel blogging conferences.
2019 – Tanzania and Iceland
All of the preparation in 2018 has lead me to hike Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In October of the same year I saw the northern lights for the first time in Iceland
Travel was not possible for the past two years. My first solo trip back was a well retreat in Costa Rica.
2022 – Norway, Peru, Columbia and Spain
I visited five countries in 2022. I hiked the Salkantay trail in Peru, Columbia, and Spain. I traveled more this year than I ever had. International and domestic.
2023 – Argentina and Antarctica
This trip was three years in the making. I had one last continent to travel. I traveled to Argentina and went on a hike. Then I set off on a ship to Antarctica
These are just a few of the many places I’ve been to in my ten years of solo travel. I’ve learned so much about myself and the world and made some amazing friends along the way. If you’re considering traveling solo, I encourage you to do it! It’s an amazing experience that you’ll never forget.
Here are some tips for traveling solo:
- Be prepared: Do your research and plan your trip. This will help you feel more confident and prepared for anything that comes your way.
- Be open-minded: Traveling solo is a great way to meet new people and learn about new cultures. Be open to new experiences and not be afraid to step outside your comfort zone.
- Be safe: Always be aware of your surroundings and take precautions to stay safe. This includes being mindful of your belongings, keeping your valuables close to you, and traveling during daylight hours.
I hope this blog post has inspired you to start planning your own solo travel adventure.