Travel Solo and Win Friends

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Alone in Ayutthaya
Alone in Ayutthaya

I prefer traveling alone. Not everyone may believe it, but some of my closest friends would agree, that I am really shy and loner. For a not so sociable person like me, my introvert side almost always wanted to be solo. No dependency, no other people to think of when doing out-of-the-box stuff, no other issues to deal with, plus the fact that I can sleep all throughout the transport time. I just love it… only me, on my own itinerary, options and pacing.

Traveling solo means I get to be the thriftiest that I can be, hold my hunger as much as I can, explore more and walk more. I remember touring the whole of Singapore by foot, walking from Khao San Road to Platinum Fashion Mall of Bangkok, strolling around Macau’s famous spots and the solo moment of night photo walk in Saigon. In the Philippines, I got to explore Albay, Bacolod, Davao, Iligan, General Santos, South Cotabato, Sagada, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro and other places all by myself.

My DIY Coron friends, Kel, Mario, Glen, etc., basta kasama kayo dito 🙂


Puerto Princesa
The group who adopted me in Sagada enjoying Puerto Princesa

To travel alone to a far away place is a challenge, scary at times, but one of the joys of solo traveling is meeting strangers along the road. Strangers that will turn out to be friends.. good friends. It happened  to me in three of my favorite places – Coron and Sagada in 2008, and Calaguas on 2009, and everything grew from there.

These people that I have met along the road are some of the best people I have known. They were with me on some of my most memorable journeys under the sun. We laughed, cried and got afraid together.  We shared stories and laughter, explored amazing places, walked through different roads, dove to a lot of underwater sites, tried awesome adventures, experienced wondrous destinations and discovered various cuisines.

Of course, the happy peeps that I met in Calaguas trying Caramoan 🙂

Today I rarely travel alone, why would I when I have the best people around me to be with? We may have different personalities, but we have the same wavelengths and passions. I may not have the flexibility that I wanted or the freedom that I dreamed of when traveling, but I’ve got the best travel friends in the world, and they are worth more than anything. With them on my journeys, what more can I ask for?

Pinoy Travel Blogger Blog CarnivalThis is in response to theSolo Travel theme of Pinoy Travel Blog Carnival. Check out what other Pinoy Travel Bloggers’ thoughts on solo traveling as compiled by Nina Fuentes of Just Wandering.



18 thoughts on “Travel Solo and Win Friends

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  2. we do share the same passion.I love travelling alone!Like you i want any other concerns behind me when i travel, no itineraries, no other stuffs to deal with. 🙂

  3. I’ve met a lot of strangers on the road when I travel solo. I hear their stories and share mine with them. That is one of the reasons why I love traveling by myself!

  4. Hi,

    I prefer travelling alone in secluded places, like my trip to Malapascua Island. Like you, I like to control my pace without regard to anybody else’s concerns. But, for security reasons, for myself, camera and other gadgets, I like travelling with companions in urban areas. I cannot imagine shooting important urban scenes with not-so-good people aiming at my gadgets.

  5. Matagal na tayong friends pero hindi pa tayo nagkakasama mag-travel 0_0 hinihintay ko ang araw na yun, Koyah Angel 😀

    Anyway, i feel lucky na i was able to travel solo, duo and group. There are certain pros and cons, pero some people find it challenging to do it alone. It may be hard at first at madalas pa nga maco-conscious ka, pero in the end kakaiba rin yung feeling na you survived that trip alone 😀

  6. nakakakaba, nakakaexcite, di sinasabi sa mga mahal sa buhay na mag-isa lang akong gagala nung una ko itong ginawa. pagbalik galing sa gala masaya, proud at fulfilled sa natapos na gala, at pwede nang sabihin sa sumundong magulang (oo nagpasundo pa ko nun, kahit ilang tambling lang nasa bahay na ako) na solo lang ako with matching big smile.

    ngayon bihira na kasi dahil sa pagsosolo ko noon doon lumakas ang loob kong sumali sa mga group tour at nakilala ang best travel friends ko and still looking forward na madagdagan pa sa mga susunod pa nating paglalakwatsa.

  7. We certainly have the same personality, I believe. I really love traveling alone. I’m a loner;sometimes esoteric and eccentric. But with regard to traveling I really prefer traveling all by myself; it’s what I’ve been doing for the past years.

  8. solo flight is quite an interesting idea to travel. it looked like you’re enjoying it too! i’d like to try it one day!

  9. hala! nilakad mu tlga KSR to Platinum Mall?? ang layo nun ah! next time gel try mu nlng mag-boat na TB20 per pax lng dun sa my KSR, will get you to the mall center ng mas madali. kuripot mu tlga, mas kuripot ka pa saken! haha

    it’s true, I rarely travel solo na din,mas tipid kase pag me ksama at xempre enjoy ang company ng frnds, pag out of the country nlng ako madalas mag-solo kase mahirap maghanap ng ksama na sa-swak sa sked tsaka masarap magpaka dugyot pag-solo ka abroad, walang nakakakilala saken. hihi

  10. ngayon ko lang na-discover ang blog mo lakwatsero. where have i been? …. haha you really walked from Khao San Road to Platinum Mall? ang tibay mo. i used to live in TH and never thought it’s possible to walk that far! you really have durable shoes/slippers! haha. i’ll visit this blog frequently. 🙂

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