Sunday, July 16, 2017

3 Reasons Why you Should Travel Alone

I have got lots of feedback regarding my first solo trip to Japan "How was it?!", "Did you feel nervous?", "Aren't you scared?" As mentioned in the previous post, I was a bit scared, but I think it is one of the best time of my life. Somehow, it's different from when I moved to Manchester, UK, or spent my Spring Break in Florida and Chicago. This time, it was just me, the one and only. The trip of a life time, which allowed me to get to know myself better. New adventure, new obstacle, new connection, and the new attitude. Here are the 3 reasons I have learnt from traveling alone


That's right, the BFF (or best friend) with yourself. I had thought that I knew myself enough, but I was wrong. From this trip, it has made me realized how hot-tempered, reckless and weak I was. The vocabularies right here may sound harsh, but it's true. In fact, traveling alone allowed me to connect with my mind & soul better. I have learnt what I want and what I do not want. Without the voice of others, it made me stay with my thoughts all the time. So, no matter what I thought, it was just me telling myself. 

When I am home, my family might tell me to do this and do that, or when I have a problem, I always surrounded by people who suggest me things. However, this time, just me baby. I can honestly say that I could connect with myself better than anytime else. I have learnt to depend on myself, not others, and I have learnt to make a decision wiser than before. If you follow my Instagram (@thequinoxfashion) You may think "She looks so happy in Japan!!" Yes, I was, but there was something happened too, yet I decided to move on without any hesitations. If I was in Bangkok, I would probably call my friends or someone to talk to. However, I had no one this time. So, just only me and myself, I had no choice but to stand strong with my own two legs. 

Besides, I always had something in my head all the time while traveling. Yes, I was thinking about quitting my job, and starting to do what I want. It had been a hell of a week, but now my mind is clearer, because I have got the answer for myself. 


Before I went to Tokyo/Osaka, I only knew a few people, both are a friend of mine, and some people from Global Travel Blogger Summit I participated in. However, I ended up knowing more people now. I mean, I am very down-to-earth, so I am ok to meet those who I have never met before. Where did I meet them? Obviously, online channel. But only with those who look trustworthy! Most of the people I met were the Japanese travelers. It was good to have someone to talk to you know. Basically, we were just talking, drinking, and chilling.

I mean, I don't mind meeting new people, sharing my thoughts and experiences with them. Because, eventually, they might be my friends, business partners in the future, or a completely stranger. I have met a lot of bloggers whom I have followed on Instagram in real life. Isn't it just amazing how the technology can connect the like-minded people? I don't know about you, but I lived in the states before. So, talking to stranger who sits next to me on the train is normal.


And it will make you become a stronger person too. It is true that we have wifi, but getting lost even with the wifi on can be scary sometimes. Yea, I was once sitting on the street in Florida because I got on the wrong bus. No internet, just my luck...I don't know, but for me, I had to do everything since the beginning of booking a flight, accommodation, and planning the schedule of each day, which I ended up having nothing (lol) 

The purpose of my trip, apart from relaxing, was to connect to people as many as I could. As you know, I want to be The Equinox Fashion, fashion & travel bloggerFor me, I am not scared of trying something new, because in this life, I just want to live life to the fullest with no regrets. 

สำหรับใครที่กำลังคิดจะเดินทางด้วยตัวคุณเองฟังทางนี้เลย เพราะว่าแก้วอยากจะมาแชร์ประสบการณ์ส่วนตัวให้ฟังว่าจากการตัดสินใจไปญี่ปุ่นด้วยตัวคนเดียวนั้นแก้วได้เรียนรู้อะไรมาบ้าง คือมันต่างจากการไปเรียนต่อต่างประเทศหรือไป Work & Travel ที่อเมริกานะคะ อาจจะเป็นความรู้สึกส่วนตัว แต่ว่าแก้วรู้สึกว่าการที่ทำอะไรแบบนี้มันทำให้เราได้อะไรกลับมาเยอะมาก

อันดับแรกเลยก็คือมันทำให้แก้วรู้จักตัวเองมากขึ้น คืออยู่กับตัวเองแบบไม่ต้องนั่งสมาธิหรืออะไรนะ แต่เป็นการคิด การรู้จักตัวเองที่มากขึ้น คือจริงๆ แก้วก็คิดว่าเราอะรู้จักตัวเองมากพอนะ แต่พอไปทริปนี้มันแบบคนละเรื่อง มันทำให้แก้วคิดว่าตัวเองทั้งใจร้อน ทั้งอ่อนแอ แบบเยอะอะ เพราะฉะนั้นการไปเที่ยวในครั้งนี้มันทำให้แก้วอยู่กับตัวเองโดยไม่มีเสียงของคนอื่นเข้ามาแทรก คือบางทีอยู่เมืองไทยเวลามีปัญหาก็อะโทรหาเพื่อน ฟังคำแนะนำของคนอื่นบ้างอะไรบ้าง แต่ครั้งนี้นี่แบบ ฟังเสียงตัวเองล้วนๆ ถ้าใครที่ตามไอจีแก้วก็อาจจะคิดว่าเห้ยบล็อกเกอร์ท่องเที่ยวคนนี้แบบดูแฮปปี้วะ แต่จริงๆ ก็มีอะไรแย่ๆ เกิดขึ้นนะจ้ะ แต่มันเกิดขึ้นในขณะที่เราไม่มีใครอะ มันก็ต้องตัดสินใจเอง แล้วก็ต้องเดินได้ด้วยตัวเองต่อไป โตแล้ว คิดเองได้แล้ว ในเมื่อเราอยู่ต่างบ้านเมืองนอนถ้าไม่พึ่งตัวเองก็ไม่มีใครให้เพิ่งแล้วอะ

อีกอย่างหนึ่งคือการที่เราได้รู้จักคนเพิ่มหรือเพื่อนเพิ่มนั่นเอง ใครจะรู้ว่าคนพวกนั้นอาจจะกลายเป็นเพื่อน คอนเน็คชัน หรือเป็นอะไรก็ตามที่เราไม่คาดคิด คือก่อนแก้วไปอะแก้วรู้จักคนที่ญี่ปุ่นน้อยมากๆ แต่ตอนนี้กลายเป็นว่าได้คอนเน็คชันเพิ่มแถมเพื่อนเพิ่มด้วย คือด้วยความที่แก้วอยู่เมืองนอกมาก่อนแก้วเลยรู้สึกว่าการเจอคนใหม่ๆ หรือคุยกับคนที่เราไม่รู้จักบนรถไฟเป็นเรื่องปกติมากๆ ดังนั้นแก้วก็เจอคนที่ดูน่าไว้ใจตามช่องทางออนไลน์เหมือนที่แก้วเจอบล็อกเกอร์ตัวจริงจากการเล่นไอจีเนี่ยแหละค่ะ ส่วนใหญ่จะเป็นคนญี่ปุ่นที่ชอบเที่ยว ดังนั้นมันก็เหมือนเป็นการแชร์ประสบการณ์ แชร์เรื่องราวอะไรหลายๆ อย่าง คือแก้วว่าต่อให้คนที่ไม่เคยเจอกันแต่มีความคิดหรือทัศนคติที่ตรงกันอะมันคุยกันง่าย

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  1. It seems that you had an amazing time! I would definitely want to travel solo. It's on my bucket list! Thanks for sharing these trips, it's good to reconnect with yourself and have more self-love!


  2. Very cool post!
    Happy day!

  3. I'm yet to tick off traveling alone in my bucket list. But yes, I'll do it. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about it.

  4. love this, travelling alone can be so exciting xx

  5. I have never travelled alone, but I sure need to try it.

    X Merel

  6. I do think you meet a lot more people when you travel alone :)

    Have a great week!

    x Sandra

  7. Thanks for the tips! I have a trip coming up solo and it will be my first that I'd be doing alone. I'm pretty nervous I won't lie!


  8. I love these reasons and I think I wouldn't mind to travel alone! Thanks for sharing!

  9. I love this! Living in Japan has always been a dream of mine, but there are so many obstacles (especially with getting a visa). So exciting that you are persuing your dream!

  10. I totally agree with you! <3 Loved reading your post and the pictures are beautiful! Thank you for sharing and have a nice day!

  11. Thanks for the tips! I have never traveled alone so this was a great read!

  12. My best friend just went to Europe last month on her own on a tour and really enjoyed it. She said she was really happy she decided to do it and felt similarly to what you wrote above. I don't think I could ever do it alone, I would miss the hubby too much!

    Rina Samantha

  13. Great list. I especially agree w your third point. Traveling alone throughout my 20's forced me to mature & become more dependent. It helped to mold me into who I am.

  14. You are so brave hun! Looks like you had a blast!

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  15. I love travelling alone, it feels so good

  16. That's really cool that you learned so many things from this trip. It's not easy doing things on your own. Traveling solo can be difficult, but it's a great experience to have at the same time. :)

  17. These are all really great reasons! My friend recently did a solo trip and she absolutely loved it!


  18. So true! I travelled already a few times alone in my life and therefore I know you are absolutely right with what you wrote! Thanks for sharing and happy travelling :)
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  19. Great post ! I really love your advices. Travelling solo is not easy but it is a marvelous experience :)

  20. It is fun to travel alone because you have independence and you don't feel you can't do what you please when you are with someone :)
    I love doing both, being alone when I travel and with someone. <3

  21. It's so cool that you've travelled alone! I would love to do it some time to learn more about myself! This is such a lovely post! :) xx Laura

  22. I totally agree with you. I am in New York for 3 months and all by myself. It has honestly been the best experience ever. Have fun gorgeous!

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  23. Your smile is so lovely, Gail!
    Someday I would love to travel alone, so your post is very great for me!
    I am looking forward to talking with you next time :)


  24. all really great reasons! I think I still don't have the balls to do it though lol!

  25. I've never properly traveled alone, I have gone on the train to uni interviews across the country by myself though! I love the sound of travelling alone though, I can imagine that it is really relaxing x

  26. I don't think I would travel alone. I'm too lazy, I need someone to bush me :D

    Pink Frenzy

  27. Your tips are so spot on! Needing to do everything for yourself can really help you grow, and I love your point about forming new friendships/relationships. I guess it's easier to approach people when they're on their own!

  28. Ah, I can't agree with you more. Travelling alone is a musttt as you get to make your own decisions. I cannot agree more with the chance it provides to clear up your mind, get to know yourself better, and be more confident in yourself. I'm heading to Japan (family trip though) next month and I'll definitely check out what you did there^^ I'm so glad you met blogger friends in real life! I'm so excited to start meeting blogger friends as well, hehe! Following now and excited to read future posts! X

    Simplee Nikkie
    I'd love to follow each other! :)

  29. Awesome thoughts, babe! Travelling alone builds up your confidence.....xoxo

  30. I'm someone who loves to travel. And mostly I travel on my own because the people around me aren't as adventureuss as I am. And esecially the last point is so, so true!<3

  31. Obsessed with this post!!! Everyone I knew was totally freaked out when I moved to Taiwan for a year by myself and travelled alone, but it was actually the most exhilarating feeling ever!



  32. Such a truthful post. My favourite point is the first one. It’s crazy that no matter how well we think we know ourselves, how different we become when we are truly alone with not familiar people around. Loved reading this.

    TFM Life & Style blog

  33. When I went to Austria I wondered off for the morning around the local area on my own and loved it! Yet I had my friends back at the hotel. I still don't think I could ever travel on my own! Fair play to you for doing so though!

    Isobel x

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  34. You are such a doll. Perfect styling!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Much love, Len