Have you ever wanted to travel, but you didn’t want to travel alone? You thought it was dangerous, scary and lonely, yet you didn’t have any travel buddies due to incompatible interests, budgets, or schedules? That was me for a long time, and all I could think about was “One day…”.
But that day didn’t come. Instead, I’d see people go to all the places that I wanted to go. That was when I realized I could either go alone, or not at all. I will give a shout out to my mom who is in the most literal and perfect sense of the word, the perfect travel partner, but I knew that we wouldn’t always be traveling together, so I decided to try solo traveling. I’ll be honest with you, it wasn’t easy, and I’m not talking about the traveling part. It’s getting over the fear of it and just booking the ticket.
By the end of 2015, I made it my 2016 New Year’s Resolution to make that year my Year of Travel. I wasn’t going to listen to any naysayers. And that year, I visited 6 destinations, 3 of them solo! While working full time, I visited New Orleans, London, and Paris with my mother, and Hawaii, Seoul and Iceland solo.
My solo trips gave me the courage to pilot a plane over Oahu, roam around Seoul where English was limited, and snorkel in frigid waters between two tectonic plates in Iceland. They allowed me to grow as a person, reach for a life outside my comfort zone, and forever have my heart yearning to see more of the world.
In December 2016, I launched See For Oneself, inspired by my solo trip to Seoul. I heard various accounts of what it’s like to visit, so I decided to see it for myself. As the Asian proverb goes, “Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.”
So let’s exchange stories and journeys, ups and downs, lessons learned. Let’s inspire each other to grow into the best versions of ourselves.