SOLO TRAVELLER: What is He Getting Away from Exactly?

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Really, it’s no joke to travel alone.

A 10-hour stay in a cabin full of strangers would always result to utter boredom and awkwardness. Treading the coastlines with nobody may equate to self-pity and restless hours of jadedness. And summiting mountains in solitude is a risk in itself.

But why does someone feel that particular urge to travel alone?

I mean, it’s not merely an escape from one’s busy life. It’s not exactly the search for a change of scenery. Heck, travelling alone does not cure any real problem at all and there has to be deeper, more complicated reason why one explores the uncharted, and in his lonesome, at that.

But definitely, it gives one a natural high—a higher state of independence.


There are times that we just want to be alone. In solo travelling, one would enjoy the ease of planning. If one would want to stay at the local museum, or stay at his room for hours, then there would be no problem for he’d compromise with no half-hearted travel buddy. No budget conscious confidante. No more over-thinking of the day’s itinerary.

Also, travelling alone would make one a better traveller. When there’s no one to talk to, one is forced to notice the little things: the way the locals speak, how they smile, how they smell and how it’s all different from home.

One could also choose to make friends when in a solo trip. Knowing the local language is a huge plus, or at least speaking a decent English— the closest we have to universal understanding— would at least break the proverbial barrier.


One has to solo travel because he may long to rid himself of daily life’s hassles. His boss being bossy? Go to the north’s mountainous region and breathe the freshest of air. His neighbourhood’s scene has nothing much to offer? Sail down to Boracay and drown himself with various hues of bikinis among other things. His girlfriend nags about everything? Go to Batanes and experience silence and zen in their utmost sincerity.

However, solo travelling is only a temporary cure. At the end of the day’s itinerary, one would always ponder the problem he has left behind. And after his vacation which is full of encountering new faces, new discoveries and new acquaintances, he’d probably appreciate once again the joy of solving things, or starting anew perhaps.

And if he’d be given the chance to choose from the comforts of his home and the luxury of his vacation, he’d probably choose the former. Because it is his home.

So what exactly is the solo traveller getting away from?

His own self.

He seeks for the lives he wished he lived. But ultimately, he only needs a step behind for a holistic perspective of his persona.

~Joel James Cubillas

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