Traveling solo can be a scary, yet amazing experience. Leave everyone behind, take your laptop, your suitcase, your spirit of adventure, and just go. I can tell you from experience, traveling solo is incredibly good for you especially if you’ve recently gone through major changes in your life. Maybe you lost a job or loved one, or maybe you recently broke up from what you thought would be the love of your life. A solo adventure is the perfect reset and recharge pill in so many scenarios. I know it was for me at a time when I felt like I was at the bottom of the pit.
Pros of traveling solo as a digital nomad
- You get to do everything in your own rhythm. Explore, visit, eat, work, you can do it all in your own rhythm, without anyone telling what to do.
- You get to clear your ideas. There’s nothing better than taking walks and visiting new places to clear your head and your ideas. When you travel on your own, all that is a given.
- It provides a boost of inspiration – which is especially useful for bloggers, writers, and all creators in general. Bonus: you can immediately put the ideas on paper, as there’s no one interrupting.
- You can still meet new people when you feel like it. How? My favorite way is going to a coworking space. Most of them actually offer networking hours at least once or twice a month, and even if they don’t, the lunch break can have mighty powers. Share your favorite way to meet new people as a digital nomad in the comments!
Cons of traveling solo as a digital nomad
- The costs might be higher, depending on your lifestyle choices. Sure, you won’t need a 4 bedroom apartment, nor a vila, but usually, even 1 bedroom apartments can be pretty expensive, especially in large touristic cities. Costs might also be higher if you don’t want to work from home and keep going to coworking spaces or cafes.
- If you are an extrovert who needs people, solo traveling can get lonely really quick. Sure there are ways to meet people, from coworking spaces, cafes, bars, and even Tinder, but it does require an effort and results aren’t always guaranteed.
- Some destinations are just better with groups – think Peru, Bolivia, and many more. They can still be done solo. They just might feel better with groups, especially if you don’t speak the language or know nothing of their culture.
- It might be harder to stay motivated. Notice the use of the word “might”. As an introvert, I don’t really have this issue, but I know many people who love coworking because seeing others work motivates them better.
Coworking online community – the best solution when you need constant support regardless where you are in the world
If you like to travel solo, or an in a period where you work from home, mostly on your own, and you don’t have a coworking space near you, or just don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home, AND you are a woman, I strongly recommend the Digital Nomad Girls Inner Circle. I have been a member for a few months. Besides the awesome community of like-minded ladies, they organize 3-5 coworking sessions per week (sometimes more, it depends on the availability of the hosts). These sessions are on zoom, they last for 2 hours and working is done in 4 pomodoro sessions, with 5 minutes breaks in between. Did I mention there are also expert packs from WordPress experts, lawyers, branding experts, and more, and they are all available in the Inner Circle for a chat when you need advice?
The DNG Inner Circle is opening its doors for the last time this year. Doors are only open for a short period of time every few months, so don’t miss this opportunity! You can also sign up to be on the waitlist and be the first to know when the doors are open!