Why I am NOT a Solo Female Traveler
Solo female travel. It’s like this big buzz phrase going around right now. Other women are so proud of the fact that they are seeing the world on their own. They boast the benefits, saying it makes a girl more independent, that you can just go wherever you please, and that you don’t have to wait around for anyone else to make your dream come true.
And thats fine. But some of us don’t want to travel on our own. Frankly, it sounds boring and scary.
Maybe I’m just lucky that I have a male friend that wants to travel too so I don’t have to worry about any of that. I’m pretty sure that if I didn’t have Zach along, I wouldn’t take a ’round the world trip at all.
I am NOT a solo female traveler and I don’t intend to BE a solo female traveler. Why?
Traveling by yourself is lonely.
I know that supposedly you always will meet people when you’re traveling. But what if you don’t? What if no one likes you or you don’t like anyone you meet? What if you do meet people but they want to do something different than you want to do? And I’m sure I wouldn’t find anyone who wanted to go to all the same places I do. Meeting people when you’re traveling by yourself is not guaranteed and that means you’re going to be lonely all the time.
Traveling by yourself is boring.
Can you imagine taking a gondola ride in Venice or going to the top of the Eiffel Tower by yourself and having no one to share the experience with? That’s just sad.
If you travel alone, you have to do everything alone.
Other than like McDonalds, I’ve never been to a restaurant by myself. I’ve never gone to a movie theater by myself. I’ve never gone to a concert by myself. I’ve never gone to a bar by myself. Why would anyone do that? Most activities are just plain better with other people.
When you travel alone, you have to make all the decisions.
If you travel with someone else, the number of decisions you have to make is automatically cut in half. If you’re really lucky, it’s cut by 100%. Deciding where to go, how to get there, where to eat, where to stay, what to do? It’s just too much for one person to handle by themselves.
Traveling with a guy is much safer.
Traveling is dangerous but traveling with a guy at least makes it safer. In some places just being a woman, let alone being alone, makes you a target for robbery, rape, murder, whatever. Guys are less likely to be victims and traveling in a group is always safer. Plus I can pretend he’s my boyfriend to get rid of any creeps. LOL.
I am not a solo female traveler and I don’t have any desire to see the world alone. How about you? Do you travel alone or with a friend? What is your preference?
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