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The reason why I started going on solo trips

What is the image of going on solo trips, a travellers perspective:

Have you ever gone on a solo trip? In general, the image of a solo trip is “free” isn’t it? Actually, most solo travellers say “A solo trip is totally free because I can move to anywhere and decide anything at my own pace”. A solo trip doesn’t need to go at the same pace of others and doesn’t need to be on a regimented or tight schedule. You don’t need to feel the stress that often goes along with a group tour. When on a group tour you have to conform to the schedule of the tour operator which as a matter of course generally lacks flexibility and room for the whims of the individual traveller. One of my friends said “on the other hand , if you go solo, you can use your time for whatever it is you like”.

However, a solo trip is occasionally dangerous. When travelling alone your decisions are your own and the responsibility is all yours. When it comes to solo trips, most people consider those things and are afraid of a solo situation. Consequently , they end up not choosing the path of the solo traveller. We need the ability to take action and some courage to embark on the solo journey.

Actually, in earlier days I was one of those that thought travelling alone was too risky. I have travelled with my family and friends but a solo trip wasn’t in my travel lexicon. I had thought travelling alone isn’t in the cards. Before starting my first solo trip, I thought, “I can’t rely on anyone.” “I have to speak English or their own language.” “I need to be cautious of everything.” When I was in Japan, people around me were also thinking like that.

Solo travellers in Bangkok

When I was working at an IT company in Tokyo, the president of my company and my bosses suddenly called me to the lunch and started to talk about forming the subsidiary in Bangkok. “We are planning to advance into Bangkok. Can you join us?”

After moving to the Bangkok,I saw various people from all over the world. In the early days of my time in Bangkok I was struck by my first impression of it as a big, hot, humid city! The sparkling city was enveloped in a heated atmosphere of the local people and travellers. Back then I was in a totally different circumstance. But, then, all of a sudden I was immersed into a totally different set of circumstances to my life in Tokyo. However, this situation was conductive to solo travelling.

While I live in Bangkok, I often come across solo travellers. Since I came to Bangkok, I’ve been surprised and have thought that there are a lot of solo travellers in the world. From my point of view, they look happy. They follow their curiosity and are bubbling with something that they never experienced before they started travelling at their own pace.

Some of the solo travellers told me “If you travel alone, you have to manage yourself. You are responsible for everything. It sounds like a big burden but it means you can grow yourself to the next stage as a person. Don’t worry! Someone will help you if you are in trouble. Go beyond your personal limits as a solo traveler and renew yourself. You can do it with a little courage and a little grit.” These words changed my mind.

At present, I often enjoy not only a group trip but also a solo trip in Thailand and countries in South East Asia as my challenge. From my experience, I also think everyone can do it with a little courage and a little grit as they said and hope all travellers have a safe and nice trip.

Thank you for taking the time to read this  : )

Author - Taishi Suzuki
Author - Taishi Suzuki
バンコク在住5年目/WEB屋/旅ブログ「BE AMBITIOUS」を運営しています。Japanese travel blogger / I'm based in Bangkok and regularly travel throughout the region.