4 Things I’ve Learned from My Solo Travel So Far

Hi all! So, it has been more than a week since I arrived in Ecuador for my solo travel adventure. I did a lot of things after getting to this amazing country, including flying to the Galapagos Islands, spending the New Years with amazing individuals, eating my first lobster, and also taking my first ever surfing class, which I just did a few hours ago and now I’m actually ready for bed. However, before I tuck in and sleep at 7 PM, I thought I would share what I learned from my solo travel trip so far:

1. I learned how to be alone
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Taken in Las Grietas, Santa Cruz

Usually, I find myself alone and lonely, but this trip taught me how to be alone without necessarily feeling lonely. In me being alone, I found myself observing and noticing the smallest of things, like the color of someones dress, random posters on the wall, kids walking with their parents, and more other random things that you don’t usually notice with other people. These things amuse me so much that I’m always entertained and loneliness was not something I felt. I accepted the fact that I was alone and that loneliness is a choice; you can choose to feel it or you can choose to feel some other type of way.

2. Solo travel does not mean you are always by yourself
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Taken at Cerro Santa Ana, Guayaquil

If someone had asked me what was the most wonderful part of solo travel, my answer would be meeting people. I met fellow travelers and locals who always greeted me with a new story. I’ve encountered not only Ecuadorians, but also Argentinians, Canadians, Americans, people from all over Europe, Filipinos, Taiwanese and so many more. Yes, I am on a solo travel adventure, but I’m never 100% by myself.

3. Look for local friends
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I love food. Taken somewhere in Las Salinas.

I was lucky enough to have a friend living in Guayaquil and even luckier when this friend of mine took me to so many places that I would have not gone to by myself. Personally, my favorite spots were when food was involved. Honestly, if you have a local friend in that country, try to meet up and get them to recommend awesome places to go and to eat (better yet if they take you there). You can always return the favor in your home country or in other events!

4. If you are comfortable, you are doing it wrong.
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Climbing on top of boats in Isabela Island

Solo travel is that one chance to get out there and for me, it was my one chance to get out of my comfort zone. Trust me, I have so many embarrassing stories after this trip, and some actually occurred today when surfing and doing yoga. But hey, I’m not really going to see these people again; so I thought “whatever”. During the evenings, I did update my social media and talk to the family (I don’t go out in the evenings alone much), but during the day I definitely tried to be out as much as possible.

So much more to come!

And so, ladies and gentleman, those are the top things I’ve learned so far during this trip. I apologize for the lack of articles. It really is quite hard to find functioning Wi-Fi and enough time to write and upload pictures. I hope you like this post at least, and I will surely bring more to the blog next time. Now if you will excuse me, I’m heading for bed (it’s 6.30 PM by the way). Happy travels to you!

Abrazos,

Bethanny

P.S.: Have you learned anything in particular in your solo travel?

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37 Comments

  1. Proud of you~~~For me, I did learn that have to bring more food in my bag because I get lost all the time.πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„ Need more chocolate bars and candies with me.😝😝😝😁😁😁

  2. I traveled solo bee married days!!! I’m
    Not going to lie, I sorta miss it once in awhile. Traveling with the family is fun, but traveling on your own is truly something special!

  3. Hi Beth, you always bring me something new to think and they really amaze so much. Reading this article makes me feel like travel abroad once again. I am more curious about these embarrassing moments and the continued stories that you are going to share. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€I am looking forward to more articles. Best wishes.πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

    1. Hi Judy! Thank you so much πŸ™‚ Yeah we should Skype and talk about the embarrassing stories. Haha! Like I said, you should visit me one day!

  4. Some of my best times were traveling solo. Can do what you want when you want, eat what you want where you want and shop all day long if you choose to!

  5. You’re so right, being alone doesn’t mean you have to be lonely. I read somewhere that the person with whom you spend the maximum time is yourself, so learn to enjoy your own company the most. And that is really not difficult at all πŸ™‚

  6. One thing I’ve always loved about solo travel is the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends. Sure, it can be an adjustment but I love it. I enjoyed your insights.

  7. Love items #2 and #4. As an introvert, being alone doesn’t bother me. My “out of comfort zone” is actually mingling with strangers. When I started traveling solo, I learned not to be afraid of opening up to others, especially fellow travelers. A lot of times, all it takes is to smile or smile back before you find yourself enjoying exchanging stories.

    1. That is true. You smile and start having a conversation. Sometimes I converse with people so much and the last thing I ask is their name. Whoops.

  8. Great post and I admire your bravery for going it alone. I had to learn to “be alone” for the first time when I moved to Florida right after my last child went off to college. I loved it. I think you can only find inner peace when you have mastered the art of being alone. πŸ˜‰ Much wishes.

  9. I’m so glad you are having such a positive learning experience! You are pushing boundaries and learning so many new things. I think we could all use a lesson on “being alone”. I’ve never traveled alone, but I plan to do a trip someday just for these types of experiences!

  10. This is a good post, sounds you enjoy your travel alone my hubby was kill joy and he didn’t like to go anywhere. I think I should I need to travel more alone just like you.

  11. I think learning how to be alone is one of the best things to learn about yourself and will stand you in good stead in later life. Knowing you can be happy and survive on your own is a great skill to have.

  12. I agree with you solo travel bring and enriches one’s life so much. I think the best things learned traveling solo were to get over my shyness and making friends. It also helped me get closer to the locals in the place I was traveling to.

    This didn’t happening when travelling with my friends as I used to do earlier.