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#359
Definitely enjoyed the video! Thanks for sharing.

I love solo travelling, but also enjoy travelling with my girlfriend. We've figured out a way to get a bit of the best of both worlds. For the most part we travel together. But we take occasional breaks from each other and go on our own solo adventures. Just like the video says, alone time is healthy! The lovely side effect is that time apart really helps you to appreciate the other person as well.

What's your favourite aspect of solo travel ChillFeelTraveler & John N?
#443
Good morning (it is where I am at least),

I agree that travelling solo can be a great and enriching way in which to move around. All the benefits as noted by you and shown in the video are undoubtably true: it gives you exposure, a unique perspective and can be therapeutic indeed. However, having travelled long term with a partner and a friend, it is my opinion that all of these benefits also ring true when travelling with other humans.

To quote our man from Into the Wild - "Happiness is only real when shared". This of course can be gained whilst travelling solo; through the people that we meet on the road, locals and fellow vagabonds. But equally it can be achieved with whom we choose to travel with.

So in my mind I believe that we (you!) are ultimately in charge of our own journey, we write our own story and all the people that we meet or spend time with along the way contribute to our own narrative.

Surely there can be no definitive studies to prove in which way or another is best to travel. Such is the beauty of subjective, free and nomadic travel!

As we've been offered this special opportunity that generations before us and many people in the world do not and perhaps never will have, let's make the most of being a digital nomad. Whether that be solo or with a +1 (or may even 2!) .
#445
theguitarist, love your perspective! I just watched into the wild and that quote is definitely food for thought. Totally agree there is no one way that is better definitely. Let's make the most of it for sure!
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By laurie_awe
#520
Currently contemplating this subject. I know I want to travel. I have a male friend who also is thinking of traveling. Do I want to combine our travels or go on my own? Will take some soul searching to discover the true purpose and mission of my traveling.
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By chuckiemn
#594
Maybe it sounds crazy but I think you can travel with a friend and still call it solo travel in the sense that you are not with a group and following some jerk around with a yellow umbrella and visiting 6 major European cities in a week.

Solo travel with a friend can be simply that... solo travel together. You're not in a group, you're not following some preordained schedule, and you make your own decisions about where to go, how long to stay, and what to do.

I always found it more enjoyable to share a travel experience with someone instead of experiencing it alone. Nice to have someone to talk to ... it enhances the experience . At least for me.
#665
I've travelled solo, in a couple, with a best friend and in small group of friends. All of the experiences I've had are different.

Traveling solo I find it's easier to make new friends and you socialise more as I think you're more approachable and your open to travel with other people. You learn about yourself and gain a lot of independence. However some moments it can get lonely.

In a couple you get to share and create lovely memories wherever you are on the road. Traveling will be a test on your relationship especially when you're tired and Hangry! However you are so comfortable with each other, making new friends isn't a priority.

Traveling with your best friend is fun, make new friends and do some cool stuff together. Being in each other pockets for a long period of time, can test your friendship as you take out your frustrations on the closest to you.

Traveling with a small group is a constant party! There are moments when you all take turns on who wants to go out more than the others. This is a great way to travel however it can get tedious at times when you want to do different things or just want to do your own thing.

In my experience there is no best or worst way to travel. It depends on the people, place and experience you want to have. If you can, arrange your trip traveling with friends, significant others, family on different parts of your trip including going solo for a duration, whatever works.
#906
I love solo travelling, but also enjoy travelling with my girlfriend. We've figured out a way to get a bit of the best of both worlds. For the most part we travel together. But we take occasional breaks from each other and go on our own solo adventures. Just like the video says, alone time is healthy! The lovely side effect is that time apart really helps you to appreciate the other person as well.
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By JG84
#934
I much prefer travelling myself, solo.

I enjoy company too but I always take the view that I meet new people in hotels, bars, attractions when I'm where I'm at anyway .. plenty of times if I felt like a bit of company at night time or in the bar you can get that too but still maintain your independence.

It's the small things that annoy me about travelling in groups. If someone wants a breakfast in the hotel and you don't you can be sitting frustrated for an hour, if you want an extra hour in bed in the morning then your not holding anyone back, not enjoying an attraction? no problem you can move on, enjoying sitting in a bar? no problem ... stay for another couple.

Things like that.

Anyway I'm new here. I'm away to have a look around the forum :)
#937
Yes travelling solo to the destination which you already know can be interesting. But when it comes to travelling at the unknown locations then i have different thoughts.

If you are travelling to the mountains that obviously is a remote location then there needs an assistance for you. Naturally mountains and hills are great to travel but the unexpected naturally occurring acts while travelling, frequently creates chaos and sometimes it even leads to end of life. Despite this it is very thrilling adventure travelling to such destinations where there are tall mountains and all the walking trails are hills with green jungles,ups /downs and beauty of Nature. I am sure who has traveled to mountains of Nepal only have such experience of natural feelings and excitement from inside.
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By oprochzka
#962
Hey, guys) I also wanted to share with you my experience in traveling alone. Once I had a solo trip for a week to St.Petersburg. It was quite scary at first, to be honest, I don't know language, and you know all these stories about crazy Russians. But I thought that one week in St. Petersburg will be more exiting than typical trip through Europe, and I was right)
During the days I have visited a lot of sightseeing places, like Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, Hermitage, St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum, St. Isaac's Cathedral State Museum etc (you can look it up in tripadvisor).But what is more important – I can definitely say, that citizens there are really-really friendly, I didn't even had any troubles like where to have a lunch or how to get somewhere cause each person that I asked was kindly replying me (even if this person doesn't speak english very well). So, if you are still thinking whether to go to St.Petersburg or not, I can clearly say – GO! Even if you travel alone, it is not a problem to find friends among russians. I guess, I didn't even spent one evening alone, I always had a company for dinner)
In addition, I can say, that st.petersburg is also suitable for nightlife-addicted tourists. There a lot of cozy bars with good beer and vodka, like Siniy Pushkin, Tcvetochki (good cocktail-menu), Sidreria on Mokhovaya (good choice of beer and cider), and for those, who loves smth more exotic Zavist (pr Zavyst, i am not sure) with interesting erotic show)
To sum up, I can say that after this trip I had changed my opinion about solo traveling. You just need to plan your route and feel free to find new friends, who can help you) And St.Petersbutg is full of kind people, so don't be scared and add this city in you "must visit" list. Good luck!

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