Traveling the world alone: 5 reasons why I started a solo travel blog
A good place to travel alone and benefits of traveling alone – these are some of the two of my most searched and researched topics. Ever since I’ve braved out the time limit of a solo layover trip in London and trying to figure things out myself, I’ve gained the courage to do more solo travels. After several solo trips to places such as Dublin, Madrid, Barcelona, and even Marrakech, I’ve gained confidence that I can share my stories, issues, and tips that I gathered throughout my travel experiences.
It has been a dream of mine to launch my own travel blog. My passion for travel and promoting the image of a modern independent woman will be needing some serious platform, not just some free online journal that you will abandon after a few weeks of selfies, lattes, and other nonsense posts. But, why did I have to wait for a long time? There’s a lot of planning and research involved from simply starting a blog, to choosing your blogging platform (Wordpress versus Squarespace versus Wix versus many others) and reading topics about digital blog marketing strategies. I also have to work full-time and my workload has increased plus deadlines since it was busy season. Finances are also a big factor of this delay, as I also have other bills to pay. Starting something serious where commitment is necessary is not cheap. (I am not talking about a romantic relationship here.) Now, I am able to start my dream of becoming a travel blogger, one step at a time. But aside from being a dream, I have other reasons why I decided to create a blog.
I travel alone on most of my trips, and I have stories to tell. These are the types of stories that I want to share to anyone who is about to plan their solo trip. I am here to reach out to all types of solo travelers, from the first-timers to those who have traveled solo for the 97th time. Also, being a female does add a different dimension to my stories since gender equality does not exist in some other parts of the world. Sharing my experiences will also help other types of travelers, mostly some basic travel tips, planning, and packing. I want to show the world, coming from being a shy, awkward, sheltered little girl, how I gallivant the world alone as a female and how I have changed since then.
Great news! Solo travel is becoming the “new normal” if not being a new trend. Also, many tour agencies are slashing the dreaded single supplement fee to accommodate the growing market of solo travelers, as well as catering tours for those who choose to travel solo. However, in most societies and cultures, traveling solo as a woman is still considered a taboo. You will get anything from weird looks to clingy travel invites, as well as these following questions:
“Why are you traveling alone?”
“Isn’t it dangerous?”
“Aren’t you scared?”
“Don’t you get lonely?”
“Wow, you are so brave.”
And of course, my personal favorites:
“It’s not good for a woman to travel solo”
“You must travel with a man/boyfriend/husband.”
Let me tell you something. I believe that a woman can definitely be independent: she who does not wait for a man or someone else to do things on her own and get out of her comfort zone. Yes, solo travel for women is different than those of men, but this doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t do it, right? And yes, I will be talking more on this topic on my future posts for sure.
No travel is perfect. We may run into mistakes, mishaps, lost items, or any issues that will ruin the trip. These situations make it more difficult for the solo traveler as you will be on your own trying to figure things out and being in another country that doesn’t speak your language takes the challenge into a higher level. Such things happen to the best of us. I think starting a blog to share my travel lessons is a great idea, so others will be informed and have better understanding of the destination’s do’s and don’ts. These lessons are simply based off of experiences and some hear-says from people who has actually been to that destination, and not those who religiously watch a cable news channel that hypes the negative.
Encourage and Empower
As I have mentioned earlier, I am an advocate of the independent woman. Through this blog, I want to encourage females to take at least one solo trip in their lifetime. I want them to experience how liberating it could be. I want to express that they have what it takes to do things.
I also want to share my belief that solo travel is a great way to discover more about yourself – character, skills, abilities, and true passions. On my first solo travel, I discovered another passion of mine – photography. I learned that there is more to photography than selfies, filters, and just snapping a random photo.
Domain and Outlet
I would say that this reason is more personal. Honesty, part of the reason why this blog was started is due to anxiety. One day I just thought that I cannot be dwelling on four gray walls crunching numbers for 8 hours (or even more!) for the rest of my life, so I decided to take baby steps and start a creative outlet for myself, and for my sanity. Also, I am a 30-something, single American woman who loves to travel and while getting married and settling down sounds like a nice idea, I don’t see it happening to myself very soon. My contemporaries now live a very different life than me, with their spouses, children, a mortgage, and saving up for retirement. Though I would love to share my recent experiences through my personal social media accounts, it doesn’t look and sound appealing to them. They have different interests. Therefore, I set up a blog to share my experiences to like-minded individuals and hopefully great things to happen in the future.
I have so many travel experiences, stories, and lessons that I am itching to write about, and I am certain that I will have some more. In fact, I just booked a trip that will happen in a few weeks, and I am more than excited to experience new places and create new content.
I promise to work very hard and to give this passion project of mine lots of attention that I can give. I am hoping that with all those fruits of labor, the Explorabella brand and this blog will flourish, and open new doors for me to promote the image of the modern independent woman. Welcome to my journey.