Solo Roaming

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Why I’m excited for solo travel

The name for my blog “Solo Roaming” originated from when I thought this past February I would be travelling to California, well, solo. It turned out after months of soul searching, in the end I found a friend who was willing to come along for the journey south. We booked our flights three weeks prior to departure and headed down to the sunny state as part of our University reading week which is like a Spring break for those who are not familiar with a term some of us use here in Canada! However, now the time has come, I am FINALLY going solo. This time around it is bigger, better and farther than California. I could not even tell you the last time I was this ecstatic for a new adventure and am even more stoked because I get to experience it alone. Now that I am going head into this new chapter of travel alone, I have put a lot more research into this European escapade than I did last year. I knew when I had a travel companion, if something went wrong we would have one another to fall back on; this time – I only have myself. I am ready for the challenge that is sadly now considered “Going old fashion” which actually requires using paper maps with actual coordinates on it rather than Siri on an IPhone or google maps. I will be navigating my way through the streets of Vienna where I will begin wandering around aimlessly alone with a map and myself. Besides all that I have so far told you so far, I have compiled a few reasons here that explain more in depth why I am excited for my Europe 2.0 experience, solo.

Rome, Italy

Rome, Italy

1) I can do what I want, when I want: “You will go farther and faster when you are on your own”. When I wake up in the morning, I will get ready and leave whenever I am prepared to start the day and this goes for every day, whether I am travelling or not. When there is two of you or more travelling together, you have to wait for the whole crew to wake up and get prepared for the day, when you are alone, you are working around your own schedule that you catered to yourself. Being alone, I can also check out all the aspects of the country that interest me, I don’t have to compromise or accommodate to what someone else wants to see, it is all me. When I am by myself, I will also get through museums, art gallery’s, whatever it may be, faster because I do not have to stop of another person along the way.

2) I only have to worry about myself: As much as I truly did want a backpacking buddy to come along with me this summer, it was just not in the cards. The people who I really had a keen interest in travelling with, I asked continuously, gave them plenty of opportunities to make a final decision, but everyone’s priority’s are different at my age. A big factor of travelling is money as well which stopped many people in coming. Those who want to save money to travel, will do it no problem, those who are not dedicated will end up staying home. Once I accepted the fact that no one was either dedicated enough to come along or simply could not, I realized, why do I really need a travel partner when I have myself? I can save the money, I want to go badly enough that I should just go; from then on nothing really stopped me. If I was still waiting around for people to decide whether or not this is what they wanted, I would still be waiting. The point is – now that I don’t have to worry about another person, I can focus on myself. I don’t have to worry about arguing with a friend, being paranoid about getting split up and never finding them, or even being lumped with another person constantly when sometimes you just want to be alone, the list goes on, but this time around, I do not need to think about any of those scenarios.

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Santa Cruz, California 

3) You learn more about yourself: My experience in Europe and other various countries has already taught me a tremendous amount about the world, other cultures and about other people in general, therefore I can only imagine what I will discover on my own. Some sort of satisfaction comes along with teaching yourself and pushing yourself to accomplish new and different tasks. Think about a time when you thought you would never be able to do something successfully, and then you did it. Remember how good it felt? When you only have yourself to rely on, that is when you become a stronger, smarter, and more confident individual. I know I am going to get lost, I know I am going to wonder how I got myself into situations that I wish I hadn’t and I know that it will sometimes be scary when I am the only person I know half way across the world, however I also know that if I don’t try solo travel, I will never know what it is like. I can already tell as soon as I get started, I am going to wonder why I did not do it sooner.

This is just the start on some of my thoughts about beginning solo travel! If you have already taken the plunge, feel free to share some tips on how to be your best travel companion or why you think travelling alone is an adventure itself!

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  1. tealestravels
    May 18, 2015

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A girl with restless feet who you will always find smiling, laughing or falling in love with something. A girl who is determined to see all parts of the world and always planning the next big adventure. Strong passion for writing and a mind always set in a dream world.

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I am a strong believer in karma, luck and timing but I also believe you are entirely responsible for how your life turns out. For the last 7 years I have been anxiously waiting to move abroad and start a whole new chapter in my life. A new home address, a new job, new relationships, a new city and new travels to look forward to. Now that graduation is quickly approaching I can’t wait for it all to unravel and become reality. I am entirely responsible for how I want my life to turn out and where I want it to go. So are you✨ #travelitaly #solofemaletravel #backpackerstory #roamtheplanet #femaletravel #procida #lovethisglobe #pinktrotters #mytinyatlas #letsgoeverywhere #sheisnotlost
It’s all messy. The bed, the hair, the words, the clothes, the heart and this life. 🌴 #mexico #cancun #islamujeres
Explain to someone how much you love them that they love you three times as much afterwards. Express to someone why you are angry and explain it so well that they themselves are angry about whatever it is with you. Tell someone how much you miss them that they cry about it. Let people know how you feel when you feel it because I promise it will be worth it 💙 #bellletstalk #procida #italy #solofemaletravel #passionpassport #lovethisglobe #roamtheplanet #backpackerstory #girlslovetravel #ladiesgoneglobal #takemebackpacking #tinyatlasquarterly #wearetravelgirls
Do you ever find yourself telling someone a story that happened to you and once it’s over think “Wow, what is my life?” Because same. 🙈 In other news, can’t believe it’s been two years since I was sitting on this boat in the sunshine over in Vietnam🌿 #vietnam #travelvietnam #solofemaletravel #southeastasia #passionpassport #backpackerstory #mekongdelta #roamtheplanet #lovethisglobe #takemebackpacking #letsgoeverywhere
Your partner doesn’t define what you do!!! Over the last few months I have heard countless break up stories and they all seem to have two things in common: 1) One person is ready to settle down and the other isn’t. 2) They all end their break up story with “Now I can travel.” I have to ask, why can’t you travel when you are in a relationship? Why do you have to wait until something bad happens? Your partner doesn’t have to come with you when you travel, leave them at home and go by yourself or with your friends if that’s what you want. You can even travel WITH your partner when you are together. Experience what YOU want to experience when you want to experience it. I’ve traveled in relationships, out of relationships, on my own, taken trips just because I want and I don’t let anyone tell me I can’t go because it’s MY life and I do what I want, when I want. If your partner can’t accept that, then I think we have found the problem ✌🏻 #femaletravel #solofemaletravel #mexcio #cancun #roamtheplanet #passionpassport #sheisnotlost #backpackerstory #mytinyatlas #letsgoeverywhere
“Home is everywhere and nowhere” - Home is more than just four walls and a place to rest your head to sleep. Home could also be your favourite spot on the beach that gets the best sunlight all day long. Home could be a place where you walk through the door of your local bar and the bartender already has your drink prepared. Home could also just simply be the idea that your favourite city of all time is a just a flight away and knowing it’s not going anywhere. Home will always be there when you’re ready for it ✨ #Paros #Greece #passionpassport #solofemaletravel #tinyatlasquarterly #sheisnotlost #roamtheplanet #pinktrotters

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