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Michelle Tobias  • Contributor
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Cover photo by Lost Juan. Graphics by Noodle Donato.

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WHEN YOU TELL SOMEONE YOU WANT TO GO SEE THE WORLD, more often than not, it will be met with a positive note. But once you add the word “alone”, prepare those eardrums for a whole lot of negative. Well, why wouldn’t it be? Traveling solo has received a bad reputation for causing a lot of worst case scenarios: You’ll get mugged on the streets, get ripped off by sneaky vendors, or be forced to stay there indefinitely. Or worse, you’ll get massively bored and lonely that you’ll end up wishing that this banana boat can take you back home.


But traveling solo is anything but a banana boat nightmare.


For the record, solo travelers are sprouting like mushrooms in the Philippines. Comprising mostly of Filipinos and a handful of westerners, these solo travelers are not only getting addicted to traveling alone, they are also becoming a trend, sharing a colossal community of independent backpackers and couchsurfers online. Regardless, traveling alone is not as lonesome as you think. It could even be the best way to explore a strange new place, if at all.


Here are 5 reasons why you should travel solo right now:

1. You get to appreciate life more

Let’s dmit it, we take our life for granted more often than we think. We have so many distractions that we don’t see what a big gift of pleasure being alive is. Traveling alone is a great way to relish this waking life!

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Graphic image by Teacake Travels.

2. You gain new friends

You’d be surprised at how easy it is to just walk in, smile, and have a great conversation, whether with a fellow traveler, or one of the locals. Some of the most amazing people you’ll meet are just along the same routes.

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Graphic image by Teacake Travels.

3. You get to be more open to new experiences

Without a companion, traveling alone makes you more aware of the place, its culture, customs, cuisines, and experiences. It’s a total immersion that demands complete presence, something that might not be achieved when you’re busy with a group or travel companion.

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Graphic image by Teacake Travels.

4. You trust yourself more and become braver

Because you have no one to rely on but yourself, you get to push your own boundaries, take exciting risks, and ultimately feel that you have absolute control of your life. You’ll never know what you’re capable of until you try.

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Graphic image by Teacake Travels.

5. You get absolute freedom

Isn’t that what we’ve always been looking for? To be free? Traveling alone is the ultimate form of freedom as you get to be where you want to be and do what you want to do. You don’t need to wait for someone else’s opinion to decide on anything!

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Graphic image by Teacake Travels.

We assure you, traveling solo is one of the scariest yet most liberating decisions you’ll ever make in your life. It’s like having a growth spurt that’s immensely rewarding and satisfying. Try it at least once!


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This is Part One of our Solo Travel Series. Read the rest:

How to travel solo safely in the Philippines (Part 2)

Top 3 destinations for solo travelers in the Philippines (Part 3)


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