Interview With a Solo Traveller

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.

Lydia, from Where is Lydia

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.
How did you address those fears?
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.
What tips would you give to first time solo travellers?
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.
 Where are some of your favorite places you have visited? Where would you like to go in the future?
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.
A huge thank you to Lydia, for answering my questions! I wish you the best of luck in your travels. 🙂
To all readers who are considering solo travel for the first time: I hope this insider’s perspective helps you prepare. If you’re a wanderlust spirit, leave a comment below about where you would like to go some day!
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30 thoughts on “Interview With a Solo Traveller

  1. Wow! Great post! Strangely I’ve never travelled solo – but definitely something I would have done – not sure if I’m brave enough. I’ve always sort of known someone in the destination – even just one person. But I know people go and have an awesome time and just make new friends. X

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  2. I have no words. My dream is to travel, I don’t really know how and with who, but I am going to do it. This really inspired me to travel solo every once in a while. It feels amazing to be a 16 year old and already knowing what I want.
    Love this post and thank you Lydia for sharing these amazing tips!!😊😊😊😊

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  3. I think one of the best things you can do when you travel is to go on your journey with an open mind and with no expectations – let the destination surprise you don’t build a perfect image of how it should be like. I love your blog and your pictures are phenomenal – wish mine were at least half as good!

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  4. I think this was a really interesting interview to undertake. Lots of people shy away from solo traveling because of they worry about being lonely on their trip. I think it’s important to face your fears and just throw yourself into doing a trip alone, and you will inevitably make friends 🙂 Great post! xx

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