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VINJABOND /// JOHN V CAINASK is a series of posts answering questions asked by readers about vagabonding. Contact me to ask your own or view all ASK posts.

SPN // HOW TO BE INVISIBLE
SPN /// THE ART OF MANLINESS
SPN /// BADASS BACKPACKS

QUESTION:

I’ve done a backpacking trip through South East Asia with a group of us and it was a blast. I’m fairly shy so it was comfortable being with all my friends, but we pretty much kept to ourselves.

I’ll be going back this summer to parts of SEA I haven’t been to but will be going alone this time.

So, do you get lonely traveling solo?

Chris Acosta
Bronx, New York

ANSWER:

No. As ironic as it may seem, traveling alone is potentially the (read) most social way to travel.


There is no better way to meet people than when your alone. As a loner, other solo travelers will be naturally drawn to you – particularly since you’ll be backpacking in South East Asia. So if anything, it’s often harder to be alone than accompanied while traveling solo.

Meeting and befriending other like minded travelers from all sorts of nationalities is easy as long as your welcoming. The local people are relatively harder but most are usually very friendly to foreigners.

Vagabonding in Don Det Island in Cambodia

– Backpackers I Met While Traveling Alone in Laos –

While vagabonding the world alone, I have gone on adventures, crossed borders, partied and most importantly made many life-long friendships because of my solo status. Social connections that would be difficult or impossible traveling with a group.

So unless you actively seek solitary and avoid people all together while traveling, you won’t be lonely.


Do you get lonely while traveling alone?

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1 COMMENT ///

  1. Teddy L

    Good advice. When I travel with my girlfriend, we almost never make any new friends or even socialize, we stay in our own bubble. But then i travel solo, I tend to make friends left and right. Funny how that works. So yeah, never lonely despite being alone.


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