I started traveling solo after becoming single in 2014. Since then, I have traveled solo to almost 10 countries. I have learned a lot about myself during those trips and in addition, I think I have become wiser. I highly recommend traveling solo after a break up!
At those times, I really enjoyed the freedom that comes with solo travel. Obviously, I can just jet off whenever and wherever I want without having to inform another person of my travel plans. I can go anywhere I want, do whatever I want, eat wherever I want, and spend my time with anyone I want.
I will admit, though, that there were times when I felt lonely during those trips as there were some experiences that were best shared with someone else. Let’s take, for example, my trip to Paris in 2015. Going to Paris has always been a childhood dream of mine but I went there when I was single. You can imagine how it made a single woman in her 20s felt visiting the City of Love. I would like to say that it was still a good trip but to be honest, it was just a depressing trip for me. Once I got into the City of Paris limits, I instantly felt in love but then I realized that I was traveling alone. The feeling of love was so overwhelming that I wanted to kiss the person sitting next to me in that bus.
After traveling solo for quite a few times, the desire to have a partner to travel with became stronger. In early 2016, I met my current boyfriend who has so far joined me in all of my travels (Japan and Philippines last August and September) and he will be joining me in my trip to the USA this December. In January 2016, I planned a trip to Iceland and my brother decided to come with me. The year is almost over and I have been to three trips already and one more to come but it is safe to say that I have not traveled solo at all this year and I’m not going to lie, it does kinda bum me out. I can’t believe I’m going to say that I miss traveling solo. I am itching so bad to book a flight somewhere new on my own but things are different now and I have to keep in mind other people when making travel decisions. I’m not saying that I do not enjoy traveling with someone else but traveling solo and traveling with someone else are two completely different experiences and I do miss the freedom that comes with solo travel.
I guess my wanderlust is just insatiable and maybe I’m just greedy for wanting both traveling solo and traveling with a partner. What about you? Do you enjoy traveling solo or traveling with a partner? Let me know in the comment section below.