Going Solo and the social stigma attached to it

Backpacking, solo, Solotravel, vacation, wanderlust, zostel

Compass N' Diaries

Traveling solo can be one of the most exciting and eye-opening experiences. It offers ample opportunities for self-reflection, self-reliance, growth and boundless freedom.

It can also be horrible and tiresome, especially if you’ve never traveled solo before. And also attached to it, is the social stigma.

The Social Stigma

Its not you, its them – The Society! It always wants you to be one of them and looking down upon you condescendingly. Solo travelers are actually seen as Introverts or reticent people who are wanderers. Though 2019 did brought in a wave of people traveling solo. So much so that businesses and places now offer special crafted packages for Solo travelers.

You can never explain the travel to your family or friends. Here are some of the questions I get to answer every time I say the holy word “Solo”:

  • Why Alone?
  • So there’s a secret friend, ah?
  • Are you…

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Walking Alone in a Foreign Place

introversion, introvert, lifestyle, quebec, summer, vacation

Olivia Marisa

As unsafe as it sounds, there is something inspiring about wandering around a foreign town (in the daylight) by yourself. Although there are hundreds of tourists much like yourself bustling around you, it emits a peaceful atmosphere. You’re able to zone out on the strangers and focus in on the beautiful architecture or incredible landscapes or calming sound of waves crashing against the shore. When you are able to wander around by yourself, your experience deeply involves the relationship between you and the foreign city that you’re in, and I strongly argue that that experience is essential to enjoying your excursion to the fullest.

I have recently taken a trip to the East Coast of Canada, starting in Charlottetown and making my way over to Toronto. Prior to this, I hadn’t been past Winnipeg, so this was quite exhilarating for me. Although I loved relaxing on the white beaches and…

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