Benefits of Solo Travel: 9 Reasons To Stop Procrastinating and Plan Your Next Solo Adventure – Episode 165

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Insights on affordable and fulfilling solo trips. Get inspired for your own solo adventure! “It’s better to go alone than to not go at all.” Love solo travel? Hate it? After initially hating it, Nausheen Farishta learned to love solo travel in her 30s. Since then, she’s taken solo trips to Costa Rica, Mexico, Italy, France, and more. She shares her insights on the benefits of solo travel, highlighting its transformative nature and how it can be more affordable and fulfilling than traveling with others. Nausheen’s incredible story is a valuable guide for anyone considering a solo travel adventure.

If you have ever wondered why people go solo traveling or what the benefits are, keep reading. You can also listen to the podcast episode here. 

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In this podcast episode, we cover:

  • 7:12 – Affordability of solo travels
  • 9:18 – Influence of traveling with others on your budget
  • 10:13 – Maintaining budget and values while traveling with others
  • 13:37 – Coping with loneliness
  • 18:44 – Favorite solo travel destinations
  • 22:30 – Lessons learned from less ideal solo travel destinations

What is solo travel? 

Solo travel is the act of traveling alone without the company of friends or family. 

Solo travel allows you to explore the world, make decisions, and immerse yourself in new cultures.

There are many advantages of traveling alone, such as enjoying one’s own company, building unshakable self-confidence, and having the freedom to choose activities and destinations that align with your personal preferences. 

What are the benefits of solo travel? 

Solo travel can be a transformative experience that allows you to explore new destinations and helps you build self-esteem. Here are the advantages of traveling alone and why everyone should try it at least once. 

1. Don’t have to wait for others 

Have you ever gotten excited about traveling with someone and had plans fall through for some reason? It’s disappointing, right? 

One of the best things about solo travel is that you don’t have to wait for anyone to make it happen. You don’t need to find a travel companion or coordinate multiple schedules. 

Nausheen initially wanted to travel solo because she realized that many people who expressed a desire to travel were unable or unwilling to prioritize travel as she had. This led her to take a solo trip and discover the joys of solo travel in her 30s.

If you’re tired of waiting, go solo! 

2. Enjoy your own company

Spending time alone during solo travel allows you to connect with yourself and appreciate your own company. Reflect on your thoughts and feelings, confront personal challenges, and truly understand who you are. 

Nausheen explains her relationship with herself was transformed through alone time solo traveling, leading to improved self-worth and empowerment. 

3. Navigate independently

Another benefit to traveling solo is you can choose your own path, make decisions without the influence of others, and navigate unfamiliar places independently. Go where you want, when you want. This autonomy and complete freedom can boost your self-assurance and decision-making skills.

4. Greater control of your budget

Solo travel can be more affordable than traveling with others. When traveling with friends or family, there is a natural tendency for our budgets to compete with each other. This can lead to challenges in managing expenses, especially if the group has differing budgets or interests. 

Traveling with others makes you more likely to get caught up in the moment and unintentionally overspend.

Solo travel allows for complete control over your budget and spending decisions.

By traveling alone, focus on activities and experiences that align with your interests and preferences without compromising. This can result in more mindful spending and improve your ability to stick to your travel budget.

Nausheen mentioned that when traveling solo, you have the freedom to choose destinations that align with your budget and the flexibility to travel during shoulder seasons, which are often less expensive. 

Overall, the autonomy and independence that come with solo travel can lead to a more cost-effective and budget-conscious travel experience compared to traveling with others.

5. Sharpen your problem-solving skills 

When traveling solo, you are on your own, which means you’ll have to figure everything out, from navigating when lost to communicating with a language barrier

Traveling alone helps you feel more confident, knowing you can address anything that comes your way while on vacation and when you return home. Not relying on others is empowering.

Solo travel also helps you face your fears and push the bounds of your comfort zone.

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6. Meet new people

Solo travel offers unique opportunities to interact with diverse individuals, improving your communication skills and expanding your worldview. Develop friendships worldwide by sparking conversations with locals and fellow travelers. Meeting others is usually easier since people are more willing to talk to you when you’re alone than with a group. 

7. Easier travel planning

Traveling solo is easier to plan since you can control your schedule and travel at your own pace. 

Nausheen mentioned the ability to sit in front of the Trevi Fountain in Rome for three hours in the morning with a cappuccino, showcasing the opportunity to enjoy moments at your own pace.

Tailor your travel plans to align with your interests, preferences, mood, and schedule. Choose activities that excite you and locations that pique your curiosity.

8. Embrace discomfort

Do you get lonely while traveling alone? Embracing moments of loneliness or boredom during solo travel is normal. Use these instances to reflect and connect with yourself. 

Nausheen mentions that she has experienced moments of loneliness and boredom during her solo travels. She suggests leaning into that discomfort as it is part of the growth process. 

This can be a perfect opportunity to check in with yourself and reflect on what truly matters and what you want now. 

If you crave social interaction, join group tours, classes, or outings to connect with others. Participate in cooking classes, food tours, walking tours, or bike tours to immerse yourself in the culture and meet new people.

This process of self-discovery can be gradual but impactful. It can lead to a deeper understanding of yourself and a greater appreciation for your personal strengths and values.

Nausheen’s ebook “From Doubtful to Darling” is a beginner’s planning guide to confident solo travel. It features a solo travel readiness self-assessment to help you see where you’re at and start building that initial level of awareness. Regardless of your results, give yourself grace, and acknowledge you’re on the path, learning more and more. Use the promo code “GLOBE15” to get 15% off the ebook.

9. Reflect and learn

Solo travel provides a platform for introspection and continuous learning. Embrace the lessons, challenges, and experiences encountered during your solo journeys as opportunities for personal growth and self-improvement. Each trip can contribute to building your self-confidence and resilience.

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Solo Travel Tips 

To help you navigate the world of solo travel with confidence, here are some valuable solo travel tips.

1. Choose destinations wisely

Consider destinations that align with your interests, comfort level, and desired experiences. Opt for locations known for their welcoming atmosphere, vibrant culture, and opportunities for personal growth.

Nausheen visited Paris in February and did not particularly enjoy it. The weather was rainy and cold, which may have affected her experience. She reflected that perhaps she should have chosen a destination with warmer climate and warmer people, like Portugal or Spain, for that time of year.

This experience taught Nausheen the importance of considering weather and cultural warmth when choosing a solo travel destination. She acknowledged that it’s okay to make mistakes and that each trip is a learning opportunity.

2. Practice journaling

Document your experiences, thoughts, and emotions in a travel journal. Reflecting on your adventures can aid in self-discovery, self-awareness, and personal development. Journaling can be a powerful tool for capturing memorable moments.

Nausheen: “When you’re traveling alone, sometimes people think, I’m going to come back transformed and be this whole other person. Some of that is gradual. If there’s something you’re seeking to improve upon or some way you want to shift, being intentional and reflective is key.”

3. Choose budget-friendly accommodations

While these are not exclusive to traveling alone, opt for budget-friendly lodgings like shared accommodations and hostels where you can meet other people. Longer-term stays via slow travel can also help you save on costs.

4. Be mindful of dining expenses

As a solo traveler, consider taking leftovers, opting for half portions, or exploring grocery stores to manage food expenses.

Is solo travel worth it?

As someone who has dealt with her worries and the pressures and worries of everyone around her, Nausheen says solo travel is still worth it. She emphasizes that it’s worth pushing past doubts or fears to travel and see the world without waiting on anybody else. Nausheen believes that the time is passing either way, and it’s better to go alone than not go at all.

Solo travel offers a unique avenue for personal development, self-discovery, and building self-confidence. By embracing the journey, stepping out of your comfort zone, and immersing yourself in new experiences, you can unlock your full potential and cultivate a strong sense of self-assurance and self-worth. 

Whether traveling solo for the first time or planning your tenth trip, remember that each step taken contributes to your growth and empowerment. Happy travels!

About Nausheen Farishta 

Nausheen Farishta is a travel blogger and author passionate about empowering as many people as possible to experience the transformative power of solo travel. For more solo travel inspiration and tips, visit Nausheen’s travel blog, Globe Gazers, and explore her solo travel itineraries and resources.

Connect with Nausheen on Instagram: @globe-gazers

Read the full transcripts of this podcast episode below.

Danielle Desir Corbett: Love solo travel, hate it, or are you indifferent? Nosheen Farishta learned to love solo travel in her 30s. She's taken solo trips to Costa Rica, Mexico, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, Japan, and many more. Her list is ever-growing. On her travel blog, she shares that solo travel for women is not as scary or far-fetched as some may think. Solo travel offers many incredible benefits. Enjoy your own company. Build that untouchable self-confidence. Navigate independently and become a better communicator as you'll meet so many new people with diverse viewpoints on the road. In this episode, we're breaking down how solo travel can be, one, transformative. And also a hot take, how it's more affordable than traveling with friends and family. One of the big aha moments for me in this episode is how traveling with others can often influence our spending decisions. It's actually so easy to get caught up in the moment, compromise and end up unintentionally going over budget. I know I've been there many times, and sometimes I'm even the one influencing others to spend more. If you're not already following the podcast, I encourage you to do so right now. It's a free way to support my work. Hi, I'm Danielle, Financial Savvy Traveler here. Plus, you'll get notifications when new episodes drop on Thursdays. If you enjoy this episode, which I know you will, and want more solo travel content, check out episode 90 next for how to plan your first solo backpacking trip. Links will be in the episode description. By the way, our resource for this week is Nosheen's ebook, From Doubtful to Darling, A Beginner's Planning Guide to Confident Solo Travel. You can get 15% off with the promo code GLOBE15. Again, that's 15% off with the promo code GLOBE15. All the links mentioned in the episode will be in the episode description. Welcome to the thought card, a podcast about traveling money, where planning, saving and creativity leads to affording travel, building wealth and paying off debt. We are the financially savvy travelers.
Nausheen Farishta: So when you're traveling alone, it's a little bit easier to find that sort of shared accommodation. It's a step above a hostel, but you still have the opportunity to meet other people and more often than not, meet a local and get that additional perspective. So that's something that I recommend. Hostels are also great. Slow travel, if you can. Longer term stays are also great. Public transportation. And you know, some of these are not exclusive to solo travel, but they also apply to solo travel. So these are some of the things that I've done. The other piece is that when you're traveling solo and you are eating out, chances are you're getting more food than you can finish in one sitting. And so if you're comfortable and you want to take leftovers, you can get two meals out of one if that's something you know that applies. But on the flip side, I have had places like I've gone out to a pretty nice restaurant in Rome alone for lunch and they offered me half portions. So you can also get half portions and save that way and then of course grocery stores and then of course the tried and true where you go. You have complete ownership when you're traveling alone of where in the world you go. So you get to choose the destination that aligns with your budget and you get to choose when to go. So it might be easier for you to go during shoulder season instead of having to rely on someone else's vacation time.

Danielle Desir Corbett: So you learned to love solo travel in your 30s. What prompted you to change your perspective from hating it to loving it?

Nausheen Farishta: Actually taking a trip, a solo trip in my 30s is how I realized, oh, I actually like it this time around. So initially, when I had first taken my solo trip, I was a different person. You know, it was about five to 10 years prior to this second foray out in my 30s. And when I took this additional trip, it was in my 30s. The reason I even took this solo trip was because I realized that I had this desire to travel and that a lot of people said they had a desire to travel and you know, would get me all excited about taking a trip together. But I learned that they weren't able to or willing to prioritize travel the same way that I was able and willing to prioritize it. So it wasn't like I decided, Oh, I'm gonna love solo travel from now on. And let me just go and do this. No, it really wasn't even my first choice. But upon taking that solo trip in my 30s, I realized, okay, I actually really enjoy it this time. And then I was able to reflect and figure out why that is. Why is this so different? And there were a few things that had happened in my life that had led to such a different experience. One is that I came face to face with the realization that I had had really, really low self-worth for most of my life. And one of the ways that I was able to confront that or what I was able to do with the realization was to leave a really unhealthy marriage and get divorced. And that in and of itself was empowering and a step toward improving my relationship with myself. And then the world went into lockdown immediately after. And so here I was not only divorced and with this realization of low self worth, but also a year in isolation. And I was able to work on my relationship with myself even further. So The short answer to your question is the big differentiator was that my relationship with myself was completely transformed and I learned how to enjoy my own company and that made solo travel a lot more fun.

Danielle Desir Corbett: I absolutely love that. And I think a lot of people are waking up to the realization of how transformative solo travel or just travel can be. So your story is a testament of that. I also know that a lot of people will say, and myself included, that go on a trip with your friends, go on a trip with your family, because that's an easy way to save and share cost. But I love your perspective that solo travel can be an affordable way to see the world. So how does that actually work?

Nausheen Farishta: The way that it works is that you don't necessarily realize, you might not realize this because I didn't, but when you're traveling with your friends, your own budget sort of has to compete with your friend or family's budget, right? And there's no guarantee that you're going to come out on top. In fact, it becomes really, really difficult to manage if you have differing budgets. And even if your budgets are similar, it's very easy to get caught up in the moment and get caught up in the vacation, you know, lifestyle when you're traveling with other people, because you just want to have fun, you want to do the things Also, when you're traveling with other people who might have different preferences, you end up doing everything that they want to do, and everything that you want to do. And so your itinerary has sort of additional costs built in. Whereas if you were traveling by yourself, only doing the things you really cared about, you probably wouldn't be spending as much to do things that aren't as fun for you on your own. And then food is a big thing, right? Food, dining out is such a social thing. How do you connect and catch up with your friends when you're at home? You meet up for dinner, you meet up for brunch. And when you travel with friends, or what I found for me, is we bring that with us. And so we end up having three meals a day out and we're sitting at restaurants and we're ordering a bunch of food and drink and talking and catching up and enjoying each other's company and racking up that bill at the same time. So those are some of the pieces, and then it trickles in, you know, in all these seemingly minor ways where maybe your friend isn't comfortable on public transportation, so you end up taking taxis and Ubers around with them. Maybe they're used to staying in a particular kind of accommodation that falls outside of your budget, and you don't necessarily want to stay across town from the person you're traveling with. So it's just easier to either try to compromise, you still might spend more than you had originally planned or, you know, completely compromise. So there's a lot of ways that it adds up.

Danielle Desir Corbett: And it definitely sneaks up on you. Like I am planning a Disney trip with my family and they actually wanted to do a Disney resort that is on the lower tier. So I'm the one that was advocating for, no, we need the higher tier Disney accommodation. So it could work vice versa where you're influencing others or others are influencing you as well. So these are just powerful, powerful thoughts. I'd love to circle back to chat about when you are now not in a solo setting, you're traveling with others, how do you keep your values of, especially your budget, how do you stay in line and not compromise as much than when you before? Because I feel like the big realization for me, like when we're talking about is that influence that traveling with others has on your budget. So how do you keep those boundaries and lines intact?

Nausheen Farishta: it is really tough. It's tough because especially as someone who usually solo travels, as much as I love it, it's also really special to be able to travel with your loved ones and friends and you really want to make the most of it. What I have done is that doesn't become the exclusivity of my trip. So there will be at least a piece of it that's solo that I'm still doing for myself. And that's Partly, you know, budget can play into that, but also because it's how I like to experience a place. I like to have my own perspective on it, walk through it on my own. There have been friends who I've had conversations with where we've kind of collectively realized both from a but also from a health standpoint of, hey, we really tend to eat and drink a lot differently around each other when we're having fun, you know? And so if you have friends where you can have that open conversation with, once you're aware, like you said, once you become aware of this dynamic going on, then you can have a chance to address it.

Danielle Desir Corbett: Let's talk about self-discovery again, because I feel like you know yourself very well, Nasheen, that you can identify these kind of like hard to pinpoint things, like how your money's being affected when you travel solo versus with others and also your habits. So talk to us about this self-discovery and also how that plays in the fabric of who you are as a traveler? I'd love to hear your thoughts on that.

Nausheen Farishta: That's such a good question. And it's interesting because it's one of those things that's sort of like what came first. So I wrote an ebook recently about a beginner's guide to planning confident solo travel, and it's called From Doubtful to Daring. And I go into it a little bit there because we talk about there is a solo travel readiness self-assessment in there to help you see where you're at and start building that initial level of awareness. But one of the things that I make note of there is regardless of your results, some of these benefits and the self-discovery we talked about can be there before. And a lot of it can come from the experience of solo traveling and spending that time with yourself. So it's a little bit of the chicken or the egg of which came first, the being in touch with yourself and the self discovery or the traveling and getting to that point. And I think it's important to have grace for ourselves that we're all on that path and always, you know, learning more and more. In terms of how it shows up, though, once you start solo traveling and getting in touch with yourself, that awareness just kind of sneaks up on you, it becomes a way of you to talk with yourself and your inner dialogue and connecting with yourself. And so it becomes more and more seamless. And then the other thing I will say for, you know, more of the tactical intentional piece is journaling. So When you're traveling alone, too, I think sometimes people think, okay, I'm going to come back and transform and be this whole other person. And some of that is gradual. And if there's something that you're seeking to improve upon or something, some way that you want to shift, being intentional and reflective about it is really, really key, too.

Danielle Desir Corbett: I know when I'm solo traveling, sometimes there's this push to fill my itinerary to the brim because I don't want to necessarily be alone with my thoughts sometimes. Or especially as a mom, it's like, I actually don't do anything because I'm so exhausted. So it's either one extreme, either I'm overdoing it or I'm doing nothing, which is fine too. But have you noticed any of trying to compensate as a solo traveler because you're trying to not feel so lonely? Any thoughts on that?

Nausheen Farishta: Not since that first trip that I took, where I came back and I thought, that's a trip where I felt like I really latched on to people around me, because I was like, save me from myself being alone. Have I had moments of loneliness and boredom in my solo travels since? Absolutely, yes. But I think that that is part of it, where I have to even tell myself, OK, then be bored. Then be bored for a little bit. This is a perfect opportunity to check in and see, okay, if I could wave a magic wand right now and be doing anything, what would that be? That's a great question for getting to know yourself and see, and maybe the answer is, I would sit here and rest and I would look out at a pretty view and that would be enough. Or maybe it's, I really want to be around people, let me open up my fighter app, or, you know, one of my travel experience apps and book a group class with someone or a, you know, an outing or a day tour. So there are so many ways both free where you can run into people or paid where you're, you know, joining a group tour, where if you are worried that you're going to have too much time to yourself, you can do something about that. But I also would encourage people to lean into that discomfort. That is part of the growth, right? I think a lot of times we want the growth out of experiences without the discomfort. And it just doesn't really go that way. So push yourself. That's a good opportunity to push.

Danielle Desir Corbett: I love your perspective. I absolutely love it. I'd love to switch gears a bit and talk more about the logistical piece. So as a solo traveler, what are some of your favorite things to do, like your activities? that you enjoy while traveling?

Nausheen Farishta: My personal favorites are I love doing cooking classes in especially when I'm traveling internationally in new countries and food tours. I'm a big foodie so I love that perspective on it. I also think, like, I took a solo trip about a year ago to Oaxaca City, and there are certain places where, you know, I'm more or less comfortable being out alone after dark. And so for that one, I was a little less comfortable with it. So I joined a group taco tour, you know, around the city. And that was a fun way for me to meet other people, but also to get to try the food and get a local's perspective on it. So those are my favorites and then from time to time I'll book a day tour if there are must-see sites. But I also love just getting lost in places. I love just walking aimlessly without an agenda, without an itinerary, or I have to be here at this time on this day. and just take in the sights and the sounds and I think that's the piece that when I was fast traveling in my 20s got overlooked a lot because it was like we got to cram in all of these attractions we've got to do all these things and when you're traveling with other people we have to do everything I want to do and everything you want to do and when you're alone you can just wander and you can go sit in front of the Trevi Fountain for three hours if you want to in the morning with a cappuccino you know so

Danielle Desir Corbett: One of the things that I've really been appreciating is spas. Right now, as I'm older, like my 30s compared to my 20s, I definitely enjoy a spa treatment. When I'm solo, I also love walking tours, food tours, bike tours. I just love being able to see the city from a more expert perspective or have a large overview. I just love that as well. And then I'm one of those people that I love craft beer. So you'll see me at a brewery or at a bar. I'll just sit at a bar, even at restaurants. Instead of sitting at a booth or depending on the layout of the restaurant, I will sit at the bar. Everyone's heads down and everyone's doing their thing. So I could just be in my own little world. again, it makes it so much easier. I remember when I was younger, I would think that like, when I walk into some place, everyone's looking at me. So then it's like, no one is looking at you. No one.

Nausheen Farishta: Just like, go watch me. No one is looking. And if you need to, you know, imagine that if people are looking, you are a stranger, you're an actress, you can be whoever you want. You're that confident, you know, mysterious solo traveler, but truly no one's looking.

Danielle Desir Corbett: Absolutely. What has been some of your favorite places to solo travel in the US, Europe, or just worldwide?

Nausheen Farishta: Yeah, so I really loved Costa Rica. So that is where when I took that initial solo trip in my 30s, I went straight to Costa Rica had never been there before in my life and just decided that's where I was going to go. I also really enjoy Mexico and that trip to Oaxaca City was really, really wonderful. And I met a lot of people just randomly and on tours, but just outside of a food truck, you know, so that was pretty fun. and i have just a love affair with italy like that is where i want to move to i want to move to rome which everyone is like oh that's like the dirtiest loudest part of italy why but i don't know why it's just holds an allure for me and i spent about a year living in madrid ages ago and i really like spain you know it's nice to be somewhere where i can speak the language and i speak spanish decently okay so that helps i almost would say japan except the language barrier was so tough that it was it just added to the exhaustion it's a great destination for solo travel in general but i went for a month which was a lot so yeah

Danielle Desir Corbett: When you look at all your favorites, like your top five favorites, what do they have in common? And how does that play for the solo traveler? I would love to hear, like, is it they all have the same aesthetic or things to do? How would you describe them?

Nausheen Farishta: That's a really good question. I really like that. I think it is. It's a vibe. It's the feeling of it because I know that I am not a museum person and I am not a super history buff, you know. I like walking around Rome and being hit with ruins in my face and thinking about, wow, you know, who walked here? But it's that. It's more like where do I feel like I can just feel the pulse of the city all around me without having to actively seek out a museum to understand the culture? Where are there cafes where I can sit and people watch or, you know, outdoor areas where people are out at all hours, and there's this liveliness, but also there are quiet spaces where I can go away and soothe myself in parks. Mexico City is so chaotic on the one hand, but then has this beautiful, gorgeous park, and you go inside, you're transported somewhere totally different. And of course, food, like the entire reason I even chose Oaxaca City was because it's known as like the kitchen of Mexico or something. And it's the big foodie place. So I'm really, really guided by that. That's interesting. Do you have that for yourself? Do you notice where it is that you really like to go?

Danielle Desir Corbett: I definitely have contrast because my top destinations are like Iceland and Bermuda and China. And what they have in common is breathtaking viewpoints from the pink sand beaches in Bermuda Iceland volcanoes and just valleys. It's so beautiful. I also love what you mentioned about quiet spaces because I do like to be in the center of an action, but I also like to sit down and be reserved and just observe. It's interesting because knowing your travel interests and what you enjoy definitely helps you pick destinations that fit. especially in solo travel, I feel like sometimes picking not the best destination could definitely tamper your expectations and you come back. Have you had any situations like that where you're like, this is not what I expected and maybe this could have not been the best solo travel destination?

Nausheen Farishta: Yes. Well, one thing that that just brought up for me is that the other thing in common between the destinations and this is related that I just mentioned is the warmth of the people. And what is the culture like in terms of how you interact with other people, and how willing they are to, you know, bring you in and be warm and friendly and say hello as you pass them on the street or not, you know, I very recently was in France. And I think France, it's a great solo travel destination. I've done it several times. I love being in Paris alone. I think there were a lot of things that went into this, though. And so this is like beyond the location, which matters. it's also the time of year that you're going. So I went in February and I don't know why I did that to myself. Like I should have been in Portugal or in Spain where there would be warmer climates and warmer people and not that I ran into any rude people it just maybe I was not my best self because it was rainy and cold and I was in France for three weeks and So I think being in touch with yourself for that, but also, it's okay to, you know, mess up a little bit. And like, now I learned even though I've taken so many solo trips, and maybe I should have maybe a part of me knew that I shouldn't be traipsing off to France in February. Now I know. And the reason that I did that was also because I have learned that beyond being a beach person or a mountain person, that's like the common thing they ask you, right? I'm more of a city person. And so I like being in cities. And so I was considering like, Canary Islands. And I was like, What am I going to get so bored over there. And then that's all I wanted to do was be there. So you live and learn.

Danielle Desir Corbett: Absolutely. Absolutely. And I always say that, you know, sometimes a trip, because we mentioned like fast travel and slow travel, like sometimes fast travel helps you decide if you want to go back to a city. So I do like the aspect of like having a shorter trip to get a lay of the land and be like, I definitely want to come back. I definitely want to spend a lot more time here. So I feel like I know the answer to this question, but if someone is thinking about solo travel, would you say that solo travel is worth it or not?

Nausheen Farishta: As someone who has gone through the fear and dealing with not only my own worries, but the pressure and worries of everyone around me, yes, it's still worth it. It's still worth it to push past any of the doubts, any of the fears, to go and travel and see the world without waiting on anybody else. That is, you know, invaluable because the time is passing either way. If you want to go, it's better to go alone than to not go at all. and there's a lot of power in being able to go alone. And if you need a place to get started, I do have solo travel itineraries on my blog from trips that I've taken. I've gone solo, so you can use that as inspiration on

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