I used to be afraid of traveling alone. I didn’t want to be seen as a loner and just the thought of having to explore on my own just seemed boring and very scary. Boy was I wrong.
Solo traveling makes me feel empowered and free. I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. I also learn to become more independent, get comfortable with being uncomfortable and develop courage along the way. To me, that’s next level badassery.
I admire people who do things on their own, especially women. I give high fives whenever I see another female doing her own thing, especially when I come across any on a hike. I’m like, “Hell yeah girl, get it!”
Along my travels, I’ve come across many couples and families traveling and hiking together. At first it made me feel a bit awkward and embarrassed because I felt like they were wondering why I was alone and that there might be “something wrong with me”. Then I realized that those kinds of thoughts are just a waste of my time and really, who cares what other people think?
I also realized that as nice as it is to share traveling experiences with other people, there’s just something very profound about traveling alone. I do plan to travel with others again at some point but right now is my time alone and I am very much enjoying it.
So if you are thinking of doing some solo traveling, I highly recommend it.
The world is our playground. Go out there and explore it! Cheers!
Photo: A view of the Columbia River. I was driving through Knappton, Washington this morning and had to pull over for a minute to check out this view. The city on the other side of this river, way yonder, is Astoria, Oregon. Goonies central!