Does long term solo travel feels lonely?

I have been recently traveling for little while being non-existent on my blogging part and finally decide to write on the very topic which have stuck my mind most of these times during my recent travels.


Most of us when we starts traveling, either within our native country or abroad, we always try to pick our travels by making return trips to places or countries which are also cheap and easy to plan accordingly.  For some it makes sense by the amount of holidays we get while working in a company/organization or studying in an institution. But what if you have the chance to actually experience travel for long term – staying for months or even years – and making travel plans in between. I know most of some famous travelers out there (storming on Facebook and Instagram) are even doing that by doing freelancing works and picking local part time jobs or simply doing regular successful blogging and trying to work about their money while traveling.

I tried this experience for the first time as my current job often allows me to work from home and I decide to do some weekly trips within my own country and abroad by picking up random places and switching to over to new ones in between coming back and forth to my own native city whenever my works requires. I wouldn’t deny that no doubt how smart you plan your things, you may end up spending some money along the way (which I was mentally ready for it). But trying this new random traveling for a little long while, was it really worth the experience?

I think I would say I had mixed feelings. I was meeting new people almost every evening, trying to sometimes experience life from their eyes. And the rest part I was exploring everything on my own. There was sense of extreme free feeling while explore local places, food, concerts, events etc. But then there was a part of me who felt alone or lonely sometimes, as if I am on the run and nothing stays with me ever. Most of our life are usually cyclic but when you are doing these long term traveling, the life becomes actually moving forward all the time. You meet people, make friends, make experiences, and then move onto another. There might be very few only you sometimes keep in touch while on the move but for how long? A normal life feeling usually revolves around circle of people and things you are doing everyday which may also provide you emotional security but that something you may always miss when it comes to long time travel.

However, on the other hand, its may still be question of debate! Even when it comes to meeting people, I had made some really good friends through travel (though very few) but they have been more close to me now rather than ones who stays in the same city where I live. I believe it solely depends upon on both the individuals how much keen they are to keep in touch and that can also happen when you are actually living in the same native town for so long.  Similarly experiences, I think travel is also another way of healing your inner self sometimes. It detaches you from the toxic thoughts of your life and fills your heart with some peaceful and amazing content-full experiences which in a way give great moments of happiness.

But then, why do feel lonely sometimes when we do these solo travels? If I ask this myself, then I believe its not the travel which makes us lonely, but the fear of connecting with our own self! We have made ourselves so much dependent on our day-to-day work life and dissolves ourselves mostly in  social and family cycles that surrounds us every time that we cannot imagine a life without it sometimes. And in those solo-moment with hardly no understanding of dealing with them we get stuck with feelings of emptiness inside and we sometimes starts doubting whether these travel decision were the right one to pick or not!

Traveling, short or long terms is always an amazing experience and I think key to best travel lifestyle is find a right emotional balance between traveling and your own life! It does varies for different people and we can only realize when we start experimenting such random experiences. At the end its all about feeling content-full inside your heart!

What do you think, would you feel alone or lonely if you had travel for a long while or what was your experiences if you have already done such long term traveling?


0 Replies to “Does long term solo travel feels lonely?”

  • I know the feeling you are talking about here. But then again I think that feeling lonely isn’t so bad during travel because it helps us to find ourselves. We have to just learn what we really want and not always just listen what others want. And I am so happy you are writing again! Like I have said before I am your blogs biggest fan 😀

    • Thanks! well I still wonder how you like reading my blogs even today :)….and Yes true we should look for what we want but at the same time we shouldn’t start looking that in
      other people but find within ourselves!

  • ‘I think travel is also another way of healing your inner self sometimes.’ Yes. This sums up SO MUCH of solo travel! The amount of realisations (both good and bad) that I have come across whilst travelling solo… they are absolute blessings in disguise, and although some were horrible at the time to deal with (I nearly broke down crying in Paris outside of a Starbucks at midnight), I wouldn’t take back/change anything, because it meant that I got to learn more about and heal myself.
    Personally however, I never really find myself lonely per se, but I miss having someone to just be like, ‘you know what? that was really bloody awesome!’ or ‘crap, my feet hurt from all this walking’ and then just moaning about it together, haha. Intriguing post! Very thoughtful!

    • Traveling solo is one of the best experience! All both the good and bad experiences and realisation helps us to grow more in life and sometimes connect with ourselves! Thanks again for sharing your thoughts! love reading them! 🙂

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