Solo Travel is Rarely Lonely

The same conversation repeats itself every time a destination is proposed. 

"Who are you going to go with?" 

Solo should not be a dirty word. 

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Traveling by yourself is the scariest thing you can do, but it can also be the most transformative. The stigma that surrounds traveling by yourself means that you will always be lonely could not be further from the truth. The thing about solo travel that many do not realize is that you are never alone unless you want to be, and many times you do. 

Sometimes, traveling without a group can work to your advantage. When you travel with your friends, you tend to do everything with your friends. As this option is not available to the solo traveler, you are kindly forced to branch out and meet new people. I've found that two people hanging out by themselves tend to gravitate towards each other. 

I have met people from Mexico and Morocco while solo picnicking at the Eiffel Tower, wonderful girls from India on the French Riviera, friends from Wales and the Netherlands in a beach town on the central coast of Spain, and a girl from Germany during the biggest festival of the year in Porto, Portugal. I met all of these people during traveling, not before. I would not have met them had I been with my friends. 

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In the real world, meeting new people can be a chore. It seems exhausting and full of effort, but when you're traveling, the task becomes effortless. Everyone is in the same boat of wanting to experience a new place with new people, and oftentimes the people you meet are from completely different backgrounds than you. This is amazing, and I have found that it only ever happens to me when I am alone. 

So how does it happen? 

An open mind is good. A touch of confidence helps. Hostels help the most. 

Solo travel is not lonely because it connects you to yourself, others, and the world around you.