Solo Travel

Haka Tours: Not your average group travel

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Have you ever wanted to swim with 400 dolphins in Kaikoura, swing Tarzan-like through canyons, or go skydiving over the Southern Alps? These are the things that the most ambitious bucket lists are made of and with a small company in New Zealand, you can easily cross a few life goals off your own list. Haka Tours is a tour operator owned by a team of passiona[...]

To the Woman About to Travel the World Alone

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You are about to chase the world, chase adventure, and chase pain. You might come back, you might not. You will explore ancient temples and run around with gelato in one hand and an Italian lover in the other (hopefully)! You will learn to believe that luke-warm is no good, and that culture and street food and local people are the essence of experience. You [...]

Why I am Not Afraid to Travel Alone (Anymore...)

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Are your friends too busy to travel with you? Have you considered solo travel, but your fears are holding you back? I was scared too before I finally booked my first solo trip, and afterwards I wondered why I waited so long. It's perfectly normal to be afraid to travel alone, but it shouldn't keep you from living the life you want. Here's a girl's guide how[...]

Going Solo Vs. Travelling With Friends

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Thinking of that next big trip, but concerned about being on your own? Secretly afraid that upcoming BFF vacation might have you all at each other’s throats by the end of it? Like most things in life, the choice between traveling alone or with others is full of tradeoffs, with pros and cons on each side. While only you can evaluate the specifics of your r[...]

5 Ways to Get Over the Fear of Traveling Alone

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I used to think that solo traveling was reserved for 'people without friends'. If you had asked me five years ago where I pictured myself today, I would never have dreamt of a life where I would be traveling the world completely on my own - and enjoy every minute of it. I would have never thought that traveling solo would be my preferred way of disco[...]

Tips for the First Time Solo Traveler

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It's raining outside in New York City as I sit at my favorite local coffee shop, Madame SouSou, in Astoria and write alongside a foamy cappuccino and mason jar of pink roses. As the petals fall on my keyboard, swirling around with the wind sneaking in from the front door, I find myself somewhere between nostalgic reflections of my first time solo traveling[...]

8 fears of travel and how to overcome them

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For those of you who are thinking of embarking on their first big backpacking trip, and those who have got their mitts on their first long haul flight, there can be a number of worries and trepidations running through your mind. You'll be jetting off far from loved ones, depending on yourself, carrying your possessions on your back like a turtle, responsi[...]

Looking Back: What Inspired My First Solo Trip

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I recently came across a reader's question about why people choose to solo travel. Beyond the usual reasons of discovering new cultures and destinations, this reader was curious about why one would opt to board a plane sans partner or friends. As I reflect back on my solo traveling in Argentina and look towards my future solo trips to Morocco and Vietnam, I [...]

How to fight homesickness

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Packing up my things and leaving home has always come natural to me. From the first sleep-over at my best friend's from kindergarten I was hooked. Soon I had stepped up to annual summer camps or ski trips and when I was old enough to fly, I spread my wings and went on a journey that has not found its final destination yet - much to my mum's distress. Moving [...]

Why I prefer to travel alone

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Frankie beautifully described in her Valentine's post the pros and cons of travelling with a partner. Since I don't have a boyfriend or preferred travel buddy I am here to tell you how awesome travelling on your own is. I think the most common argument why people don't travel is either “I don't have money” or “I don't have anyone to go with”. While money [...]

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