Getting Tired of Solo Travel

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Getting Tired of Solo Travel

At the moment, I am in San Diego for a wedding, and as usual, I am alone. It’s become the norm for me, especially when it comes to travel, but for someone who loves being around people, it’s time for me to admit something is missing from my travels, and I’m getting tired of being alone.

Don’t get me wrong, I love solo travel and the person I’ve become because of it. But, I have spent so many hours alone on a plane, in the airport, and at a destination, that part of me is getting tired of solo travel. In the past few years, even when I’ve met friends and family at a destination, I have usually traveled alone to get there, except for a few trips thatย have been taken with a friend or significant other. Still, it’s been so rare for me to travel with anyone but myself.

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While I enjoy my me time, and need it often, I also enjoy the time I spend sharing an experience with someone else. I want to marvel at a new world and take in a new culture with someone by my side and be able to recount travel tales with someone when I arrive back home. There’s something so special about sharing a travel experience with someone, and I am ready to adventure with someone else, and see the world through their eyes as well.

These feelings are all coming just before my next big adventure, which just so happens to be one I’ll be embarking on alone. This trip, however, is one I’ve been dreaming up for a while and planning to take by myself, as I feel as it’s important for me to be alone and grow, especially after all of the recent changes in my life.ย It will be my last big trip of the year and in many ways, I feel it will also be a turning point in my life. After this trip, I’d like to take less solo trips and find someone who I can adventure with.

Getting Tired of Solo Travel

Solo travel has taught me more than I would have ever learned traveling with someone else, and I have learned to love and appreciate myself more than I would have otherwise. I am not saying that this is the end of my solo travels, because I’m sure I’ll be craving them again in the future, but I will say that I am ready to share the beauty and hardships of travel with someone else for the first time in a long time.

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Comments (13)

  1. Tim

    I think this a conclusion we all reach at some point. Solo is a great way to travel but with the right partner, traveling in tandem can be a whole new and exciting experience. The wrong partner, oy, that’s a disaster.

    1. The World Wanderer

      Yes! Let me be clear, I am looking for the right partner to adventure with, haha. The wrong partner can be a mess – I’ve lost friendships over travel gone wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love solo travel, but it’s definitely time for a bit of a different adventure.

  2. Dana

    I agree with you- I have a hard time as well finding people near me who share the same interests or have off the same days I do to travel- going solo is ok now and then, but I definely have more fun when I’m with a friend! Can’t wait to see what is in store for you next!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. The World Wanderer

      Agreed! I was just on a cross country road trip with a friend and that totally made me realize how much I missed it. Solo travel is great and all, but I sometimes miss having a buddy. Plus, always having to make friends is exhausting! It’s nice to have one already with you. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you need a travel buddy, you know I’ll be sure to go with you!

  3. Raul (@ilivetotrave)

    Erin, I travel a good bit on my own and I totally relate to you what you describe. I often wish for the shared memory with a relative or friend. But not having a travel partner will never keep me from going somewhere I want to go! One way that I travel where I know I will not travel alone is when I do the treks with Trekking for Kids. By now, after 4 of them, each trek is a mini-reunion as, invariably, I will re-unite with someone from a past trek!

  4. Traveling Ted

    I travel so much by myself that I do not even consider the other option that much. If I do get to travel with someone else, I am grateful for their company, but when our paths diverge, I am fine to be by myself again.

  5. the lazy travelers

    neither of us are too psyched about solo travel. we definitely see the advantages but much prefer being with other people. you need someone to cheers with when you’re at the pub, ya know?

  6. Francesca (@WorkMomTravels)

    I’ve done more solo travel since I became a mother than at any other time in my life, but I can see where you’re coming from. The grass is always greener, ya know? Hey, I’ll be your travel buddy!

  7. Leah

    I had this discussion with myself {yes, I talk to myself} just the other day. I love traveling alone, but sometimes it’s just nice to share the experience with someone else. So, when I’m in Provence all next week, I’ll be alone {again}thinking it would be kind of cool to have someone by my side, at least for a few days to help with the luggage and such. You’ll no doubt find a travel partner. If you don’t then I’m always available. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. craig zabransky (@StayAdventurous)

    the answer is balance I believe… traveling alone, solo travel offers benefits, but there are adventures best shared…. I know I certainly enjoy traveling with you as we have in the past…. I look forward to more adventures in the future, shared adventures…
    stay my travel buddy, Craig

  9. Ryan

    I feel ya on a lot of that. Not that I’ve been to many weddings, but I’ve been given that feeling of being alone all the time when I have photos of tons of places with me not in it because I wasn’t with someone. Or photos of me in tons of places alone and knowing that, besides an article or if someone asks, I have nobody that can truly share in that experience. Sometimes that’s great, and it has been being alone in places and being able to absorb in fully, but there are plenty of times where I’ve wondered what it be like to share and experience it with someone else. Then again, traveling solo has helped me begin break down emotional barriers that would have blocked that, so who knows. Either way, I want an adventure buddy at least so I don’t have to buy a selfie stick… =P Good post!

  10. Melanie

    It’s nice to know I’m not the only one who feels this way sometimes!

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