One of my monthly goals for October was to interview a solo traveller, and get some great insight for you guys! After perusing numerous travel blogs, I stumbled across Where is Lydia. I was immediately drawn in by her amazing photos, engaging post titles, and unique voice. I sent her an interview request, and she was kind enough to answer my questions.
Solo travelling can be a very intimidating experience when you are doing it for the first time. What were some of the fears you faced while on your first solo trip?
My biggest fear was being lonely. Back home I enjoy having alone time but when I’m feeling social I always know I have friends to spend time with. I thought I wasn’t going to meet anyone and spend my vacation alone.
In Mexico City I wasn’t lonely at all. I was able to connect with people through Couchsurfing and rarely had any time alone. However, when I got to Cuba it was a different story. My cellphone did not work there and you can only use wifi in certain locations. So, for the first few days I was lonely and alone and unable to contact my friends and family. By experiencing my worst fear I was able to overcome it. Normally, I’m a shy person around people I don’t know but traveling alone forces you to break out of that shell. If you want friends you’ve got to be outgoing and make an effort.
I would HIGHLY recommend making an account on Couchsurfing. They have everything from daily meet ups to a feature on the app which allows you to connect with travelers or locals who are available to hang out right at that moment.I would also plan as minimally as possible. Nothing will ever be how you expected it to be. Don’t buy multiple tickets or plan how many days you’ll be spending in each city. Have a general idea of where you want to go and just go. Do whatever feels right in the moment and don’t be disappointed if things don’t go as expected.
My all time favorite place is Havana. I just spent a month in Cuba and it was definitely very challenging but I loved it. Nothing makes sense, everything takes forever and the food can get pretty repetitive. However, you will find the most beautiful, nicest people you have ever met, enchanting architecture and a country that is incomparable to any other.My next stop is Mexico. I plan to backpack the country and then head to Colombia. I would also one day like to travel to Brazil.