Traveling alone is liberating, but it’s not for everyone. Being a girl – backpacking alone, I often receive many questions from people on social networks. Many of the sentences are very good and interesting, but no less personal questions. In the article below, I want to share it with everyone, especially girls.
Is it dangerous for a girl to travel alone like that?
This is a question I get a lot. And my answer is NO, it’s not dangerous for girls to travel alone.
For me personally, whether solo travel is dangerous or not is not determined by gender. Danger is everywhere. And it can happen to anyone, it doesn’t have to be girls.
However, the way women walk will be very different from men. As long as you know how to take care of yourself, don’t do reckless things like going out in the middle of the night or trusting strangers too much.
I am not saying that it is completely safe for women to travel alone, because in fact there is a lot of information in the media. Even I myself sometimes encounter sensitive things when traveling Sri Lanka and India. But such things can happen anywhere, not necessarily while traveling.
Why don’t you travel with friends or family?
It’s not that I don’t want to go with my family and friends, but it’s really hard to find people who are like me. I am passionate about long-term backpacking, I go without a schedule, and I like adventure. So only when I am alone can I feel free to struggle.
Although starting out alone, I am not always alone. I always find like-minded friends on the road. Even though we’ve only been together for 2 weeks, 1 week, or even 1 day, at least we’ve enjoyed some good times together.
Does your boyfriend and family agree to travel alone?
As for the family, my first friend also did not receive support from her family. Like many other families, my parents want their children to find a stable job, have a good income and get married after graduating from school, instead of doing such youth wasteful things.
However, I feel lucky because my parents always respect the decisions of their children, even though they disagree. And I have also proven that it is not necessary to work in an office 24/7 to earn an income. I can still fulfill my passion for travel and earn money at the same time.
As for the boyfriend, because I often move a lot, I don’t have a boyfriend.
Don’t you feel lonely going alone?
In everyday life, I usually do everything alone. Gradually it became a habit and I really enjoyed it. And travel is no exception.
I really enjoy the freedom, I can go wherever I want, I can eat whatever I want. No need to argue or depend on anyone. I mostly travel by inspiration, so I don’t want to affect others.
Moreover, as I said above, I always make new friends. I am always friendly, proactive in asking and helping others. Also thanks to traveling alone like that, my communication skills are better, I also feel much more confident.
However, there are many moments when I still feel lonely, especially on holidays. At Christmas, despite being on a paradise island Gili T in Lombok, but I still feel a bit sad when everyone around has family and friends. But those are only temporary feelings, and also pass very quickly.
Traveling alone is so expensive!
Maybe people will think, traveling alone is much more expensive than going in a group, because you have no one to split the taxi, hotel and tour costs.
There is no specific standard for more expensive or cheaper because it depends on each person’s way of going. I go alone, but my expenses are much more economical than others.
Instead of staying at a hotel, I often choose to stay at a hostel or homestay. Cheaper and easier to make friends. Also thanks to making friends, I often split the tour and transportation costs with my roommates.
When it comes to eating, I’m more inclined towards popular and local restaurants than luxury restaurants.
I usually hitchhiking (hitchhiking) or take public transport.
After that, what about career and family?
This is an interesting question, and I’m sure women will get asked more than men.
Ever since I came up with the idea of pursuing this nomadic lifestyle, I have also wondered a lot. I have to struggle with ideas between not following the traditional path.
And then I was predestined to work as a freelancer, a job that allows me to be free in time and space, able to travel anywhere. I suddenly realized that, anything is possible, I can still pursue my passion and still earn an income.
As for getting married, I think being a little late won’t kill anyone. As long as I find the right person with the same interests and hobbies as me. Otherwise, I don’t mind enjoying the single life.
Going like that, when will you stop and stabilize?
I don’t know if I want to pursue this lifestyle when I’m older. I don’t know when my legs will get tired. When will I want to stop and settle down.
All I know is, I’m living my life in the present moment. I will do anything on the bucket list, no matter how crazy it is. I will do everything to set foot in the mysterious land that I dream of.
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