For quite sometime I’ve been meaning to learn about the solo travelers and what motivates them and what holds them back from pursuing it. I can’t say I’ve traveled a lot but traveling solo has been on my checklist for a long time. When I was in high school, my parents didn’t agree to the idea mainly due to safety concerns. Years later I moved out of house, went to college, became independent, and I was pretty sure parents’ permission wasn’t a concern anymore. What was holding me back? I have often tried to find an answer and ended up not doing anything about it. There’s work, school, projects, weddings, friends, drama, Netflix, parties, birthdays, friends’ choices, schedule that works for everyone.. there’s always going to be something. There’s never going to be a perfect time to go and solo travel. I’ve heard people say that it’s a once in a lifetime experience. You go with an expectation but come back with a bunch of experiences that you’d never expected.
So here I am, a 25-year-old going to school again in the most diverse city in the world, who hasn’t traveled solo yet. Luckily, one of my classes at SVA has given me an awesome opportunity to make a project out of anything I’m interested in.
After talking to bunch of people who like the idea of traveling solo, this is what they had to say.
“I don’t know where to go — my comfort level changes based on my familiarity with the place”
“What makes my trip worthwhile is when I know I’ve met strangers, connected with them over the trip, and also number of unique places I can hit. I’m competitive like that, I don’t like relaxed trips”
“Local cuisines and learning about them from locals is important. It’s something Google can’t tell you!”
“I always carry a lonely planet guide with me. I have one for every destination I’ve been to. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction and at the same time motivates me to travel more and bring more books on the table.”
“I went on this trip where I learnt how to cook dumplings. It was amazing.”
I’m not sure what my project idea will be. But with this research, I’m trying to find a sweet spot. An idea that can work for solo-travelers and people who aspire to. Something that motivates them at the same time facilitates them.
If you’re one of them and want to help out with my project, please feel free to write me – firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also post about your experiences here: https://goo.gl/forms/pJ3Zv7vuLZ9Fmg453